GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose has dashed fans' hopes of a possible truce with former bandmate Slash - insisting "one of the two of us would die before a reunion could ever take place. The guitarist quit the band in 1993 following a series of rows with Rose. He went on to form his own successful band, Velvet Revolver.
The relationship between the warring musicians has failed to improve in the 16 years since Slash quit the group.
And Rose still vehemently opposes a reunion with his former colleague.
He says, "Give me a f**king break. What's clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is.
Those decisions were made a long time ago and reiterated year after year by one man. There are acts that, once committed between individuals, they are what they are. To add insult to injury almost day after day, lapsing into year after year, for more than a decade, is a nightmare. Anyone putting his own personal entertainment above everything else is sickening."
But Rose concedes that he could envisage working with other former members of the group - Izzy Stradlin and Duff MCKagan.
He adds, "I could see doing a song or so on the side with Izzy or having him out (on tour) again. I'm not so comfortable with doing anything having more than one of the alumni. Maybe something with Duff, but that's it."