VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash told Rolling Stone magazine (web site) that before he entered rehab last year, he was plagued by a certain rumor that some of his bandmates chose to believe: "They thought I had quit the band and joined GUNS N' ROSES," Slash said. "I would do my best to convince them that I've never even entertained that idea, and they'd be looking at me like, 'Maybe you're full of shit.'"
Slash acknowledges that he turned up at the gates of Axl Rose's Malibu house one day in October 2005, but he says it was to try to quash a messy lawsuit over GUNS publishing royalties. In a statement GUNS N' ROSES' management released to the press, Rose claimed that during that visit, Slash insulted several members of VELVET REVOLVER, calling singer Scott Weiland "a fraud." Slash denies it all, and Weiland ended up responding on Slash's behalf, calling Rose a "fat, Botox-faced, wig-wearin' fuck" in a web site post — and when Rose ran into Sorum a few months later, he informed him that Weiland had "hurt his feelings." ("Then I felt really bad," says Weiland in turn.)
"Axl is so jealous of our band," Sorum told Rolling Stone, adding that his encounter with the singer at a New York party ended up being friendly. "Even though he's going out with his GUNS N' ROSES fucking bullshit, he's just fucking jealous and he's trying to tear us down. Fuckin' Slash is out playing rock 'n' roll and he [Axl] don't like it. It's sad."