Former manager explains Axl Rose, Slash feud

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Axl Rose, Slash Feud Explained


Turns out one of the most notorious feuds in rock 'n roll history started over the King of Pop and a big screen TV.

It's been nearly 20 years since Guns 'N Roses rockers Axl Rose and Slash have been on good terms. Slash left the band in 1996 but it was never really made clear what sparked the battle within the group.
Guns 'N Roses former manager Doug Goldstein recently sat down with Rolling Stone Brazil and explained the heat began in 1991 when Slash announced he would be working with Michael Jackson.

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OCTOBER 1985: (L-R) Slash, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler of the rock group 'Guns n' Roses' pose for a portrait in October 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jack Lue/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 28: (L-R) Axl Rose and Slash of the rock group 'Guns n' Roses' pose for a portrait at the Stardust Ballroom on June 28, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jack Lue/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 28: (L-R) Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Slash, Steven Adler and Duff McKagan of the rock group 'Guns n' Roses' pose for a portrait at the Stardust Ballroom on June 28, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jack Lue/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 21: (L-R) Axl Rose and Slash of the rock band 'Guns n' Roses' perform onstage at a UCLA frat party where they played 'Welcome To The Jungle' for the second time for 30 bucks and some beer on July 21, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Marc S Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 28: (L-R) Duff McKagan, Axl Rose and Slash of the rock group 'Guns n' Roses' perform at the LA Street Scene on September 28, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. Slash uses a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar for the first time onstage with the band. (Photo by Marc S Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, CA - MARCH 21: (L-R) Duff McKagan, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Axl Rose and Steven Adler of the rock group 'Guns n' Roses' pose for a portrait backstage on a night when they opened up for Johnny Thunders on March 21, 1986 at Fenders Ballroom 5 days before they get signed to Geffen Records in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Marc S Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N Roses perform live at Rock In Rio II on January 15, 1991 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
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Duff McKagan, Slash and Axl Rose of Guns 'n' Roses perform in concert at the Ritz on February 2, 1988 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 16: (L-R) Steve Darrow, Axl Rose and Slash of the rock group 'Hollywood Rose' perform at Madame Wong's on June 16, 1984 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Marc S Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Members of the rock group Guns n' Roses (L-R) Slash, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin. (Photo by DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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He explained,"I told him not to do it because Axl was molested by his father when he was two and he believed the charges against Michael Jackson. Everyone knew that Eddie Van Halen was paid $1 million for participating in 'Beat It'. So, I asked Slash, 'How much are you receiving?' and he said, 'I'll just get a big screen TV.'"

When Axl found out his good friend and band member was playing with who he believed to be a child molester for a TV set Goldstein said, "He was devastated. He thought that Slash would support it and would be against all the abuse. From the point of view of Axl, that was the only problem. He could ignore the drugs and alcohol (with which the guitarist had serious problems) but could never ignore child abuse. "

Slash continued working with Jackson, even scoring a fiery guitar solo in the 1991 hit "Black or White." But his partnership with MJ only made things worse with the band and he played his final show with Guns 'N Roses in 1993.

Over the years Axl has promoted himself as quite the diva for a number of famous feuds, including Tommy Hilfiger, members of Motley Crue, Dexter Holland and The Offspring, Metallica and Kurt Cobain.

Goldstein told the Rolling Stone that there's a good chance the band could reunite if Slash apologized to Axl but...we won't hold our breath.

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