Band's former guitarist was kept from attending concert at Hard Rock
and Casino in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas wasn't paradise city for Slash when he tried to check out
Roses at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino late last month. It seems the
band's former guitarist wasn't welcome to the jungle.
Slash, who quit the group in 1996 and later formed Slash's Snakepit,
he was in Vegas on vacation when he learned that GN'R would be playing
there in two weeks' time, on New Year's Eve and two days before. He said he
made some calls and got on the guest list for the December 29 show via the
venue and the promoter.
"I've never actually seen Guns N' Roses from that perspective," he said,
"and I was curious. And I wanted to go in a supportive capacity as well.
... I was trying to be discreet about it, but apparently Guns N' Roses'
management found out and it was major pandemonium. It was like they sent
out an all-points bulletin."
Slash said a representative from the band's management company, along
hotel security officers, came to his room and told him to stay away from
the show, "to spare me the embarrassment of being turned away at the door."
He said he tried to assure them that he had no ill intentions, but to
avail. The prevailing concern, they relayed, was that his attendance might
"freak Axl [Rose] out," and he was told that no former members of the band
would be admitted. Slash offered to enter the show late and leave early,
sitting in the back where he wouldn't be noticed, he said, but they refused.
"I even found a security guard who said he would sneak me in, but the
promoter found out about that and nixed that. Basically, if they found me
inside, they said, someone would get fired."
At that point he realized it was pointless to try to attend the show,
said, so he gave up and to went to another casino for the night. The
evening wasn't a total loss, though — Slash ran into GN'R crew members who
were old friends and partied with them after the show, he said.
"Really, I just wanted to go to the show, not cause a scene. If I had
wanted to cause a scene," Slash said, "I could have called the head of
security on my cell phone and said I was in the middle of the venue and to
come and get me, just to f--- with him. I even thought about doing that,
but that's just my mischievous side. It shouldn't have been a big deal. And
if, even after all this time, if Axl had wanted to do a song, any number of
our old GN'R songs, it would have been way cool."
A hotel spokesperson, who noted that Slash did not have a ticket to
sold-out show, said the venue had no record of any security personnel
having any interaction with the guitarist and therefore she could not
confirm nor deny Slash's account. "If a patron has a ticket or credentials,
then we allow admittance," she said. "If they do not have a ticket or
credentials, then we don't allow admittance."
Guns N’ Roses’ manager, Doug Goldstein, did not return calls for comment,
but he told the Los Angeles Times: "We didn’t know what his intentions
were. If nothing else, it would have been a distraction. Axl was really
nervous about these shows. We decided on our own not to take any risk."
— Jennifer Vineyard