Former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein recently made headlines by claiming that Michael Jackson is responsible for the ongoing feud between ex-bandmates Axl Rose and Slash. But now the guitar god himself is weighing in on the theory—and he ain’t buyin’ it. In fact, he calls it “B.S.”
Goldstein alleges that Slash’s decision to perform and record with the King of Pop in the early ’90s is the source of the split. According to the story, Axl—who was molested as a boy— was horrified that his friend would collaborate with Jackson in the wake of his widely publicized child abuse scandal. “He thought Slash would support him and be against all abuse. From the point of view of Axl, that was the only problem. He could ignore the drugs and the alcohol, but never the child abuse,” Goldstein told Ultimate Classic Rock.
Slash disagrees, and refuted the claims during an appearance on Washington DC’s Elliot In The Morning. “You know what?! I’ve been hearing a lot about this particular interview from a lot of people that he really p-ssed off. And I’ve heard that. And I don’t think there’s any truth to that. I mean, obviously, the band stayed together for years after that whole thing. And it wasn’t a big deal at the time. And if it did p-ss 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…I don’t wanna read or hear that guy’s B.S., so I just avoid it. That way I stay sane.”
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