Jan 8, 2002
Another reason has emerged
for the continuing bad blood between Guns
N' Roses frontman Axl Rose and former guitarist
Axl Rose and
Rose reportedly told a fan at one of the band's recent Las Vegas
concerts, where Slash was turned away at the door (allstar,
Jan. 2), that he was angry at the guitarist for not "signing
off" on a deal that would see a remake of the song "Welcome to the
Jungle" used in the new Ridley Scott movie, Black
The film's music supervisor, Kathy Nelson, confirmed to
allstar that her company had been dealing unsuccessfully with
Guns N' Roses' reps to include that song in the soundtrack, due out
next Tuesday (Jan. 15), but she adds that she says she has no
knowledge of the group's internal business.
"I found out that it's incredibly difficult to license Guns N'
Roses songs," says Nelson. "We tried for the rights to the original
masters, and then a re-recorded version. We came close, but it just
wasn't going to happen."
Nelson adds that the movie is based on a true story and "Welcome
to the Jungle" was the song playing during the real life incident,
so the filmmakers were hoping to land the song for accuracy's sake.
The track "Minstrel Boy" by Joe
Strummer was used instead.
Sources close to the band confirm that at the best of times GN'R
is notoriously reluctant to license their songs, and also note that
the incident was not the first. Industry rumors of discontent
circulated in 1999 over the use of "Sweet Child O' Mine" on the
Daddy soundtrack. Rose reportedly promised the movie's
producers that they could use a re-recorded version of the song, but
met resistance from Slash and former bassist Duff McKagan.
The song, which "morphs" from the original into a new version
with tracks added by the new band, ended up buried deep in the
credits and not included on the album, amid threats of legal action.
Another version recorded by Sheryl
Crow, thought to have been a compromise, is also in the
movie. Speculation says that this time around, the old members just
wouldn't let it happen at all.
In other news, Slash has confirmed to a British publication that
he did indeed disband his group, Slash's
Snakepit. "You can't reinvent the start of Snakepit. That
was my little thing, and it was a blast, seeing all those guys kind
of doing it for the first time, but I was kind of carrying everybody
through that," Slash reportedly told Classic Rock magazine,
adding that he would be doing a Slash solo album in the near future.
The guitarist is currently without management or a label and was
unavailable for comment. (Sorelle Saidman)