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Slash slams GnR split claim

Slash has slammed a former Guns n’Roses manager’s claim that his departure from the band was fuelled by his collaboration with Michael Jackson.

Exec Doug Goldstein last week said that frontman Alx Rose never forgave the guitarist for playing with the Pop Star in 1991.

He suggested Rose had been furious because he believed the rumours that Jackson was a child abuser – because the singer had been abused himself as a boy.

Goldstein said the situation directly led to the breakdown in relations between Slash and Rose, and the guitarist’s departure five years later, adding: “Axl could ignore the drugs and the alcohol, but could never ignore the abuse.”

But Slash tells Elliot In The Morning: “I’ve been hearing a lot about this particular interview form people that he really pissed off.

“I don’t think there’s any truth to that. The band stayed together for years after that whole thing – and it wasn’t a big deal at the time.

“And if it did piss anybody off, it was something that went away. So I don’t think it had anything to do with the original Guns n’Roses demise.”

He says of Goldstein: “I don’t want to hear or read that guy’s BS, so I just avoid it. That way I stay sane.”

Slash will release a live DVD after appearing at this year’s Download festival (opens in new tab) at Donington on June 12-14.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.