Guns N' Roses Troubled Return from MTV News

Guns N' Roses are barely back on the scene, and already there's commotion. Five years after the band's last major release, the two "Use Your Illusion" albums, the members were said to have regrouped and started rehearsing. However, in a fax sent to MTV News late Tuesday night, but aimed, he says, at his bandmates -- singer Axl Rose announced that guitarist Slash is out of the group -- and has been since the end of last year -- and bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum are on notice to start devoting more time and attention to the band. According to Guns management and record company sources, Axl Rose wants the band's music to grow and evolve, and he felt Slash was committed to the group's old, classic, hard-guitar sound. In a statement sent to MTV News on Wednesday, Slash said, "Axl and I have not been capable of seeing eye to eye on Guns N' Roses for some time. We recently tried to collaborate, but at this point, I'm no longer in the band. I'd like to think we could work together in the future if we were able to work out our differences."

Slash And Burn from ATN

Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Not that we're so terribly surprised, given the numerous times he's hinted at it in the press lately, but it's official, guitarist Slash has finally severed ties with Guns 'n' Roses. ABC reported that the faceless ax-grinder has vacated his spot in the volatile band, who've been largely dormant since releasing their double Use Your Illusion set way back in 1991. The band, who are reportedly in the midst of recording an album set for a summer '97 release, have not named a replacement, and no word yet on whether any work Slash laid down on the album will appear on the final product. Although the split was reportedly by "mutual agreement" between Slash and singer Axl Rose, it seems safe to assume that this band, which stopped mattering sometime around "November Rain," is now free to stumble off into the heavy metal aria direction the frequently court-bound singer was last seen pushing it uphill. Slash is reportedly ready to start auditioning singers for his equally inconsequential solo project, Slash's Snakepit, since Eric Dover is busy with his band, Imperial Drag. .