Remembering Guns ‘N Roses’ Early Days: Slash Rocks and Axl Sucks!

As any rational rock music enthusiast knows, “the original Guns N’ Roses is one of greatest bands ever.” During Guns N’ Roses’ early days, die-hard G ‘N R fans would flock to sold-out concerts to hear the perfect synergy of former lead guitarist Slash (Saul Hudson), former rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, former bass player Duff McKagan, former rock drummer Steven Adler and … er… the vocal talent of long-time lead singer Axl Rose.

So, why is the hatred that many fans feel for Axl still exists?

I think that the primary reason that their hatred still exists is because… Axl still sucks. Period!

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Unlike Axl, Slash represents many positive different things to many loyal Guns ‘N Roses fans:

  • Coolness
  • Sexy
  • Nice
  • Smart
  • Hot
  • Orgasmic
  • Serenity
  • Adventure
  • Kindness
  • Love
  • Innovation
  • Energy
  • Joy
  • Respect
  • Professionalism
  • Proficiency
  • Excellence
  • Service
  • Loyalty
  • Understanding
  • Caring
  • Happiness
  • Talent
  • Fun
  • Outgoing
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Diversity
  • Virtuosity
  • Generosity
  • Humility
  • Ethics
  • Fluency
  • Smooth
  • Good Hair

Saul “Slash” Hudson has earned his spot among the guitar legends like David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Lita Ford and other equally worthy guitarists. I sorely miss the early days of Guns ‘N Roses. That golden-era band is everything that the current Guns N’ Roses isn’t and can never be duplicated.

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To many unhappy fans, Axl represents many negative things…

  • Arrogance
  • Fat
  • Bloated
  • Scummy
  • Sneaky
  • Unfaithful
  • Anger
  • Ignorance
  • Goofiness
  • Pride
  • Stupidity
  • Gluttony
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Harassment
  • Sloth
  • Gossip
  • Envy
  • Fear
  • Hatred
  • Lust
  • Blasphemy
  • Disrespect
  • Pessimism
  • Guilt
  • Frustration
  • Weirdness
  • Selfish
  • Self-Centered
  • Annoying
  • Narcissist
  • Coldblooded
  • Ruthless
  • Shady
  • Immature
  • Worthless
  • Unfair
  • Badly Corn-Rowed
  • Bad Hair

Despite the many circulating reunion rumors, they are almost always quickly discounted as merely wishful thinking. Sadly, many fans missed the original Guns N’ Roses, a band which slashed and burned it way through the annals of rock and roll history.

Despite Axl’s position as the front man, Slash was a vital part of the band’s early success. Each time the flamboyant guitarist would step onto the stage, along with his fellow founding members of Guns ‘N Roses, many fans would roar with approval at the sight of the guitar hero’s trademarked top hat, under which his long, curly black hair unfurled and hung casually over his shoulders. Slash is truly the essence of which legendary guitar legends are made.

In a survey of G ‘N R fans, the majority of whom contributed the band’s untimely demise to Axl Rose, it seems obvious that there may never be a reunion. Obviously, to most dedicated fans, Slash, Izzy, Steven and Duff’s departures are enough reason to deem the “new version” of Guns ‘N Roses to be a lame duck version of the band’s former glory.

How can any fan enjoy going to live Guns ‘N Roses concerts if Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff, and Steven aren’t playing together again? I have recently emailed a few music bloggers several questions to provide unbiased answers to help me understand the strong hatred for Axl and why he still sucks.

It’s very clear, after intently reading and re-reading their rational responses, I concluded that Axl is a person who lacks good judgment, loyalty to his former band mates and business integrity. Having been a Guns N’ Roses fan since the band’s inception, I can attest to the fact that G ‘N R is a class act that is often duplicated but never equaled. Axl’s unfortunate inept handling of the Guns ‘N Roses situation has caused his many fans a lot of grief.

Any reasonable fan can criticize Axl without disrespecting the rock idol as a person. Moreover, he or she must also acknowledge Axl’s achievements as a talented songwriter, musician and singer.

If you hanker for the early days when Guns ‘N Roses rocked the world, then wait no longer. In a darkened room lit by candles, play November Rain (which was recorded with Matt Sorum, not Steven Adler) or Sweet Child of Mine as you sit back in your favorite comfortable, winged upholstered armchair and reminisce the early days of Guns ‘N Roses. Because there may never be a reunion, this alternative solution to a live GN’R performance will alleviate the anxieties associated with your being denied the opportunity to go to another live Guns N’ Roses concert featuring all the founding members.

Yes, I have a bias, which I am duly disclosing in this weblog entry. Slash rocks and Axl sucks! However, I have always respected Axl Rose, despite his personal hang ups. Like many loyal Guns N’ Roses fans, I remain hopeful that Slash, Izzy, Duff, Steven and Axl will perform live together once again, even if they play only a few gigs. I am willing to pay to see the bad boys in action one more time.

About Wil Ford

Wil Ford — a disabled U.S. Marine veteran and the founder of Wil's Domain — is a technologist extraordinaire with whom bloggers, Webmasters, Web developers and other technologist extraordinaires from around the world connect. A native of New York City, Wil writes articles on many and varied topics in which he is sincerely interested.
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41 Responses to Remembering Guns ‘N Roses’ Early Days: Slash Rocks and Axl Sucks!

  1. rezha says:

    I am loved guns n roses

    .Axl rose
    .Slash

  2. Simon says:

    I want to see theses fuckers and I do not care about a price! Whatever the price may be I’m going to see them if they reunite. My goal is to see them in America as I think it would be an experience. I hope they reunite as they are being taken into the rock n’ roll hall of fame. Had choice of words there… Can’t remember the real word I was looking for.
    Please reply on my email 😀

  3. Wil Ford says:

    Yes, Simon. I would love to hear the original Guns N’ Roses again, too. 🙂

  4. Art rodriguez says:

    i would love to c the original guns n roses live and here them play Dont Cry

  5. hangerfry says:

    Okay not everyone hates him, all this is just your opinion and Im going to disagree, while yes Slash is pretty awesome….SO is Axl Rose.


    hangerfry, I have never inferred that everyone hates him. Get REAL. Axl is still my hero, man. Lighten up, huh? Stop taking life so personally, Okay? Experience REALITY for a change. LOL

    In the REAL world people have OPINIONS but this Weblog entry isn’t about my OPINION. Get it? 😀

    No, it’s not my OPINION. Stop taking this issue so personally. Get real. After all, didn’t I took a unbiased poll? huh? Haven’t I stated that I’m still hopeful that the original G N’ R get back together? Axl needs Slash now than ever before and Axl knows it. Yes, he is good; however, without Slash he can never be GREAT. Get it? 😀

    Slash, Steven, Duff, Izzy and Axl could make the biggest comeback in rock history only if Axl let go of his ego. Just mull over that statement for a moment. No, don’t ever make that lame statement that this Weblog entry is only my OPINION… this Weblog entry is about Axl Rose doing the right thing for the many fans like me who had propelled the G ‘N R movement in the early days. I am one of the many loyal fans who are awaiting for the original G ‘N R band mates to tour again: Imagine being at the biggest comeback in rock and roll history. Imagine going to a MAJOR rock and roll reunion that would make Paul McCartney green with envy. 😀

    Sadly, the fact is that Axl caused Izzy, Slash, Steven and Duff to leave the original Guns ‘N Roses. Sadly, Axl Rose has to live with that fact. He is the main reason why G ‘N R can no longer claim the title of “the Greatest Rock band” of all times. But he can still save the day if he kisses Slash’s ring and begs for the Guitar Hero’s forgiveness and plan the biggest comeback in rock history. I sell the house to buy a ticket to see the REAL Guns ‘N Roses again. 😀

    Try to stay focused on what this Weblog entry is CONVEYING. Also, don’t lecture other people on what they should think. I strongly urge you to re-read and re-read and re-read this Weblog entry until you get what it is CONVEYING.

    Chill out, dude. I will never abandon Axl. The man is still a legend… in his own mind. Just kidding. The man rocks. sadly, he destroyed Guns ‘N Roses. I hope you have a better understanding about what this Weblog entry is CONVEYING in this Weblog entry. 😀

    “…I have always respected Axl Rose, despite his personal hang ups. Like many loyal Guns ‘N Roses fans, I remain hopeful that Slash, Izzy, Duff, Steven and Axl will perform live together once again, even if they play only a few gigs. I am willing to pay to see the bad boys in action one more time.”

    Get it? I hope so because I stand by my words.

    Take care

    Wil

  6. Manuel says:

    I agree 100% with hangerfry. Axl is damn talented and his “sucky” voice is a perfect rock voice. Pride as an ugly human trait and unfortunately, it appears Axl is full of it. However, I think Chinese Democracy is pretty damn awesome so the dude can still write great music. I miss Slash’s guitar style on the album though….


    Thank you for your comment, Manuel.

    I miss Slash’s guitar solos, too. That is the point of this Weblog entry. Get it?

    Slash’s awesome guitar solo contribution is the very foundation on which Guns ‘N Roses became a success. Chinese Democracy misses the mark for that very reason… Guitar solos are the main ingredient of Rock and Roll. Anything else is purely popera. Chinese Democracy is very good. Axl Rose has never lost his talent; however, his new band sounds like popera (rock music without rock guitar sol0s). 😀

    BTW, we wouldn’t be debating this issue if Slash, Steven, Duff and Izzy were all part of Guns ‘N Roses today. Just think about that for a moment.

    I don’t agree with hangerfry, because he is 100% wrong about my assessment about Axl Rose and he is totally clueless about what this Weblog entry is CONVEYING:

    Axl “sucks” because he destroyed the original Guns ‘N Roses…

    and Slash “rocks” because he singlehandedly defined what a REAL rock band should sound via his mad guitar fretwork.

    Take care

    Wil

  7. jim Jacobsen says:

    Wil ,Your right. Chinese democracy is a disaster. Yikes.

    Axl is an IDIOT! We need Slash!

  8. hunter jacob bettinelli says:

    dude i love gnr its the best band ever i would give anything to see them play sweet child o mine or welcome to the jungle.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i like your blog vary much you rock your friend hunter j. bettinelli

  9. Alex.G.Perera says:

    Axl is a damn shitty singer and he needs to get off the stage!Slash rocks.And if Slash ever reads this site You rock!

  10. elizabeth says:

    I 100% agree with Simon. I would do anything to see the original band members perform live.

    slash, duffy, steven, and izzy along with axl make gnr and without 1 there just isn’t a gnr if they were to reunite i would sure as hell be there and i wouldn’t miss it for the world no matter what the expense is nothing would be worth more seeing the greatest rock band in history reunited and playing together again =DD
    i along with others only dream of the day this will happen and hope and pray it’ll be sometime soon

  11. dan says:

    come on guys.. Axl is talented too. but i have to agree whit you… He is a idiot..

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    Dan! Dan! Dan!

    Pleeeaaasssee re-read and re-read the Weblog entry. I have duly stated that Axl is talented. 😀

    Take care,

    Wil

  12. Carole says:

    Axl is ugly outside and inside, Slash is beautiful outside and inside. Period.

  13. FLASH says:

    FIRST & FOREMOST MUCH ORANGE*COUNTY LOYALTY & RESPECT TO THOSE CHOSEN FEW WORTHY OF SUCH ! SLASH IS THE ESSENCE OF MUSIC PERIOD.

  14. H.B says:

    I hope they play together once more. AND you have to admit that Axl is cool too.

    • Wil Ford says:

      Yes, Axl is cool. I duly stated that fact in the Weblog entry. Just read the Weblog entry.

      Regarding Axl’s ego, the man sucks eggs. Although Chinese Democracy is a success, Axl’s latest recordings still blow very badly and he knows it. Without Slash, Chinese Democracy misses the mark, despite the proof of Axl’s musical genius.

      Do the right thing, Axl Rose! Unite with Slash, Steven, Duff, and Izzy! You fans will love you once again, bro!

      It is imperative that he makes up with his former band mates and rekindle the golden-era G N’ R movement and the original Guns N’ Roses. First, Axl must get Steven a lot of help. Then, the “Corn-rowed One” must kiss Slash’s ring and ask forgiveness.

      I am waiting the day tickets for the original G N’ R reunion rock show go on sale. Rock On! YEAH!

      Take care, H.B. 😀

  15. superhiper fan of guns says:

    G&R WAS THE BEST OF THE BETTERS , I REALLY LOVE ALL OF YOURS SONGS. BUT WITHOUT SLASH THERE IS NOT ESSENCE OF ANYTHING, WITHOUT ANY OF THEM IS NOT A BAND ANYMORE.

    GO

  16. Crystal says:

    Hmmm much food for thought methinks….

    I love G-n-R’s now and always, I miss all the boys together. However I love Chinese Democracy, I do think it is lacking Slash’s riffs though. But seeing as I love Axl’s voice and song writing I do enjoy the CD….

    Thanx for your opinions 🙂

    Crystal

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    Chinese Democracy is a “good album”, Crystal; however, Chinese Democracy is not a “great album.” Without Slash, Chinese Democracy sucks. 😀

    Although Chinese Democracy is good listening, Chinese Democracy is not Axl Roses’ greatest efforts since the early Guns ‘N Roses days.

    Lastly, this Weblog is not about my “opinions.” Please re-read my entire Weblog entry. (ROFL)

    Thank you very much for your comment. You are very kind.

    Take care,

    You rock, Crystal.

    Wil

  17. Taylor says:

    I do love Slash more than Axl, but that’s just my opinion. I would also LOVE to see the original GnR play live. It’d be a dream. Does anyone know, or have a general idea of when that picture of Slash (above) was taken? Random question, but just wondering. He does have absolutely amazing hair. Haha. 🙂 Slash<3.
    -Taylor

  18. Dom says:

    i don’t think a reunion is happening any time soon, slash is with VR and hes happy there WITH Duff and Matt, to reunite it would get tricky between who comes Matt or Steven cause Slash wouldnt offend Matt by not letting him do it cuz then he might leave VR, so im not sure about a reunion… would be cool though 🙂

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    Dom,

    Here’s my prediction: the more Axl Rose’s fan base defect over to Slash’s camp, the more Axl realizes that he must do something to stop the hemorrhaging — at which point Axl Rose will be painfully compelled to reform the original Guns N ‘ Roses lineup. Yes, Axl must kiss Slash’s ring and ask for the guitar heroe’s forgiveness. Period! 😀

    I remain confident that Axl Rose will confess his sins against his fans and kiss Slash’s ring — making it possible for one of the biggest comeback in Rock and Roll history.

    Regarding Velvet Revolver, Slash and Duff can plan their schedule to play for two bands at the same time if possible. Don’t worry about Matt, he will be OK.

    Take care,

    Wil

  19. sol says:

    slash eres lo maximo eres el mejor guitarrista q existe ojala q se vulvan a unir los guns and roses eran el mejor grupo q existia que aun se sigue escuchando ud son lo maximo.

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    Sol,

    ¡Sí, Slash es uno de los mejores guitarristas del mundo! ¡Axl está loco! ¡Necesitamos a Slash!

    Adiós amigo mío.

    Wil

  20. sol says:

    Slash, you are the best in the guitar rock history. Yeah, I love guns and roses.

  21. ifan says:

    Iam

    Loved

    Guns
    N
    Roses

  22. GnR Guru says:

    This article is all over the map. Author talks about “classic” GnR and then suggests listening to November Rain (which was recorded without Adler and with Dizzy).

    Chinese Democracy definitely could have used some Slash licks, but “This I Love” and “Street of Dreams” and a few others are easily UYI quality songs.

    Slash rocks and he is the reason I learned to play guitar. Axl is deep and disturbed and while that may be painful for performances and record production, the quality of Axl’s work cannot be denied.
    ————————————
    GnR Guru,

    It is imperative that we G ‘N’ R fans acknowledge Steven, Izzy, Duff and Slash’s contributions as well. Guns ‘N Roses is not a “one-man show.” 😀

    Axl Rose should have known better than to release that Chinese Democracy , which does not include Slash, Izzy, Duff and Steven.

    Thank you very much for your comment. You are very cool.

    Take care,

    Wil

  23. Jeff Birdsell says:

    I would love to see it happen…. its possible, but not probable


    Jeff,

    It’s a 50-50 chance: therefore, it’s a 50% probability as well.

    I would love to hear the original Gun ‘N Roses lineup, featuring the dynamic duo: Axl and Slash. Axl is one of the best singers of ALL times. And, Slash is one of the greatest lead guitarists of ALL times. It would be nice to hear the greatest band ‘live” one more time.

    Jeff, I hope Axl hear the cries of his many fans: “PLEASE bring us back the REAL Guns ‘N Roses. Your fans only say you suck because you are being selfish and denying your fans the REAL sound of rock and roll: the original Guns ‘N Roses.”

    You rock, Jeff. Take care,

    Wil

  24. chuck says:

    im from philppines and im the latest fan of gnr. i want them back.

    axl said that love cant exist between themm but i hope it will.

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    Kalibigan!

    Kumusta ka! Ang bait-bait mo. I love your comment. Maraming salamat! Ang Pilipinas ay magandang bansa. 😀

    Take care,

    Wil

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  26. Maylinn says:

    i love axl rose but i loooooove slash more. :S

  27. franco says:

    aguante los guns n roses y que vivan para toda la vida que hay y mi sueño esonocer a slash o a axel es el sueño que eseo con toda el alma y es mas me crie con ellos
    LOS AMO

  28. Lizzy says:

    I LOVE GUNS N’ ROSES! Velvet Revolver redid Patients and it was great with everything but the voice but thats the thing Axl has the voice to that, Slashes guitar is AMAZING and so is Axl’s voice so they need each other I would Love to see them play Appetite for Destruction It would be AMAZING!

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    Lizzy,

    I may seem like a mean person but I’m not. My response to your comment is simply…

    Too bad Axl Rose doesn’t know the meaning of synergy:

    The voice of Axl Rose + Slash’s expert guitar skills = Timeless music.

    To the many Axl Rose butt kissers who flamed my blog, I have been vindicated. No, it is not a manner of my being right; however, it is a manner of my being truthful: Axl blows and he knows it. The original Guns ‘N Roses lineup should have toured the world while simultaneously releasing Chinese Democracy. What was Rose thinking?! Grrr! Can anyone say: “Missed opportunity?!”

    Rose should have never stiffed Slash (a loyal and most valuable bandmate) and pretend all of his problems should be attributed to the guitar hero. I feel good about myself but I am very saddened about the unfortunate demise of Chinese Democracy CD and record sales.

    It is incredible that one lone blogger can rally G ‘N R fans into boycotting Chinese Democracy without even trying. Thanks to Axl Rose’s screwed-up ego, he has made this all possible.

    Thanks, Axl. You’re the greatest… NOT!

    My prediction about Chinese Democracy being a failure should be a very important lesson to Rose. He has single-handedly destroyed Guns ‘N Roses. He is a two-faced person who doesn’t care about what his fans want: A reunion with the original G ‘N R lineup.

    A music blogger has recently informed me that Rose is now hiding out in his mansion, following that disgraceful Chinese Democracy crap he “dumped” on the public. Presently, Rose is not “granting” interviews. What an utter shame. (Sigh!)

    Sadly, Axl Rose is a pathetic man who will live out his days figuring what went wrong with Chinese Democracy. For the answer, Rose must look into the nearest mirror “to see the failure” that he has recently became. He no longer has Slash to blame for his personal failure. Chinese Democracy is Axl Rose’s failure. No, Slash is NOT the reason for Chinese Democracy’s poor records sales.

    Actually I love Axl. Unfortunately, he has a screwed up ego and personality, both of forms of “cancer” which I strongly dislike. This is not a very pleasant comment for me to post; however, I hereby state…

    Slash rocks (because of his amazing fretwork and contribution to rock and roll)!

    Although I admire the man’s musical genius, Axl Rose sucks (because of his denying us long-time fans a reunion)!

    And… You rock, too, Lizzy! 😀

    Take care.

    Wil

  29. adi slash says:

    i willy lov e guns n roses, snakepit revolver
    i wont to now ex person guns n roses
    i want guns n roses back

  30. slashnaxl says:

    slash n axl are superior there guns n roses axl is not an idiot when it comes to music but he did destroy what was my faviourite thing in life GUNSNROSES they will reunite cause nothin last for ever belive that line of november rain.

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    Hi Slash ‘n Axl,

    After Chinese Democracy, Axl Rose has been declared a mediocre song writer. What a sad ending for the man who rocked the world along with the original Guns ‘N Roses.

    The only thing that can save Axl’s reputation, as well as his ego, is a reunion. We real G ‘N R fans would like to hear the Early Days of Gun ‘N Roses “live” in concert.

    Sadly, Axl is running out of time. A lot of the long-time G ‘N R fans are leaving the “Corn-rowed One” in droves.

    What a sad ending to the original Guns ‘N Roses. Because of one man’s folly, we fans are being denied the great music produce by the original lineup.

    I hope Axl promptly consider the option to tour with Slash, Izzy, Steven (or Dizzy) and Duff.

    You rock, Slash ‘n Axl!

    Take care,

    Wil

  31. JAckx says:

    man the original G N’R was the shit!!..i would do anything to see them rock the house once moreXD!!….even though Axl is pretty much hated…but not by all..its pretty damn clear that Slash is awesome and he is one of the greats;)

  32. MICKYGUNS says:

    W.AXL ROSE YOU ARE THE BEST FOR MI…Y LOVE YOU,AND SLASH YOU ARE THE BEST METS THE GUITAR

  33. MICKYGUNS says:

    W AXL ROSE SOS LO MEJOR QUE ME PASO EN LA VIDA
    TE AMO

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    Micky Guns,

    ¡Me Gusta el Slash! ¡El es muy amable!

    ¡Me Gusta W Axl Rose un poco! ¡El es mucho malo!

    ¡Encanta Mucho Guns ‘N Roses! ¡G ‘N R Extraño Mucho!

    ¡Adiós!

    Wil

  34. shashwat says:

    slash is the greatest guitarist of all time.

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    shashwat,

    Slash in one of the best guitarists of all times. I hope Axl get over his ego and rejoin with the original Guns ‘N Roses. I would pay a King’s ransom to see them perform alive again.

    Take care,

    Wil

  35. All fair points… But why is weirdness listed as a negative thing? 😛

  36. Rock Star says:

    Slash is 100% original, Like Jimi, Bo , Chuck, Lenny, Legends! Brothers can rock the axe!

  37. Wil Ford says:

    If any REAL G ‘N R fan has read this far, he or she can help spread the love for AXL and encourage him to bring us back REAL rock and roll.

    In the meantime, support the music from the early days of Guns ‘N Roses. Axl, Slash, Izzy, Steven and Duff would be proud.

    Take care,

    Wil

  38. CassidyB says:

    I agree! The world sucks for pulling them apart!! If they got back together the world would be a better place! Axl and Slash were like brothers and now Axl is calling Slash a cancer!! I would die to see them together again

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