VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has admitted that he visited GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose's house in 2005, despite previous claims to the contrary.
Slash and ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan sued Rose in August 2005, accusing Rose of changing publishers of GUNS 'N ROSES' songs without their consent and pocketing the royalties from the deal.
Rose countersued Slash, and then stirred up further controversy by saying that Slash showed up at his house uninvited to offer a truce. According to a March 2006 MTV.com article, Rose said Slash dissed VELVET REVOLVER by telling Rose that singer Scott Weiland was a "fraud," McKagan was "spineless" and that he hated Sorum.
Slash denied everything except the visit to Rose's home.
"It's a long story," Slash told the Home News Tribune. "I actually did go to Axl's house at one point, but I never saw him. I never talked to him. I left a note with his person over there having to do with lawsuit that we were in. I don't know how it got turned into what it got turned into."
Axl's assistant, Beta Lebeis, recently told GUNS fan site Here Today...Gone To Hell! that she was the person that Slash spoke with on the night he visited Axl's house in 2005 and expressed negative feelings for his current bandmates in VELVET REVOLVER.
Rose's revelation of Slash's visit prompted a scathing rebuttal from Weiland, who called Rose a "fat, botox-faced, wig-wearin' fuck."
The quotes from Rose, as well as other rumors, though, did cause tension in VELVET REVOLVER. But Slash said he thinks the band has survived the rumors and innuendo and is more solid than ever.
"From the end of the ('Contraband') tour to the beginning of the (new) record, there was a lot of that going on," Slash said. "It was actually pretty detrimental at one point because it just got to be so overwhelming we couldn't seem to escape it. But it was just a matter of sticking together and getting through it, and we did. It will be interesting to see what they come up with next. The band is pretty firmly bonded, so I don't think it will be too easy to break that, to chip away at that stone, so to speak."