Slash revealed in a new Classic Rock Magazine interview why Guns N’ Roses can’t remove their Chris Cornell tribute from the setlist, the Soundgarden classic “Black Hole Sun.”
“It just became something that we don’t feel comfortable taking out of the set now,” Slash says. Their epic versions of Layla and Wish You Were Here, meanwhile, are in there just because they like playing them. “There’s no message there,” he says. “It would be brilliant if I had a real reason, but there isn’t.”
While speaking with Vulture.com 5 years ago, Chris Cornell was asked what his recollections were of touring with Guns N’ Roses back in 1991.
“Without saying anything negative about Axl [Rose], what I remember the most was Duff [McKagan] and Slash and everyone else being regular, sweet, warm guys in a rock band that just wanted to play rock music,” recalls Cornell.
“And then, like, there was this Wizard of Oz character behind the curtain that seemed to complicate what was the most ideal situation they could ever have been in: They were the most successful and famous rock band on the planet. Every single show, hundreds of thousands of fans just wanted to hear songs. For some reason there seemed to be this obstacle in just going out and participating in that. That is what I remember the most. It’s sad.”
Cornell posted a photo of his daughter Toni wearing a Guns N’ Roses shirt on Twitter in 2016, so he appeared to have positive feelings about the band despite his criticism.