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Guns N' Roses plan selective reunion

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Guns N’ Roses, the go-to pop metallers for a generation of troubled Americans, are hinting at getting the original line-up back together.

Frontman Axl Rose has indicated that he may be willing to team up with other original members for the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He’s being selective though. He sees no possibility of welcoming guitarist Izzy Stradlin or drummer Steven Adler back into the line-up. That leaves Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.

"The only thing that would make it would be Duff and Slash really," Rose said. "I've toured with the other guys and I’ve also seen what they’ve done since, and I just know the difficulties. So it’s not really even a full reunion."

Rose admitted that he and Slash had been at odds from the very foundations of the band, and embroiled in a constant power struggle. "It was really a fight with me and Slash," he said. "It started the day I met him. He came in, popped my tape out and put his in and wanted me in his band. And I didn't want to join his band. We've had that war since Day 1."

Nevertheless, Rose is astute enough to realise that Slash is the man most fans want to see back in Guns N' Roses. Rose is currently the only original member left in the touring version of the band. Tensions have been showing on their current tour, with a fan being thrown out at a Vancouver show for making a remark that antagonised the singer.

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