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We’ve seen bassist Duff McKagan shake off the drama of old and take the stage with Axl Rose, but will the true Guns N’ Roses reunion of Slash and Rose ever happen? According to guitarist DJ Ashba in an interview with Australian radio station Becko, it’s best not to hold your breath.
“That’s completely false,” Ashba said, replying to a rumor that the estranged duo planned to play together. “I know Axl really, really well, and he basically said that it would be a cold day in hell [before they work together]. But, that being said, obviously I don’t know the inside insight, and I’m just happy to be in the shoes of an amazing, legendary guitar player. It’s really a treat for me to stand onstage next to somebody like Axl and [the rest of] this band. Everybody in this band is just top-notch musicians.”
Ashba joined Guns N’ Roses in 2009, replacing guitarist Robin Finck, who left to rejoin Nine Inch Nails. The legendary act has gone through a cavalcade of members since 1997. But even with a whole new lineup, the classic Guns N’ Roses lateness to the stage still continues to plague the band with legal problems.
The first night of the current Australian tour was marked with the band starting over an hour late and going over the mandated curfew of 75 minutes. “It isn’t even Axl that’s late,” Ashba joked on the issue, “it’s always our room service that’s late. We’re waiting to eat before we go on.”