Original Guns N' Roses Breakup Sparked By Michael Jackson?
. (Radio.com) Guns N' Roses' former manager Doug Goldstein alleges in a new interview that Axl Rose and Slash's long-running tension reached a breaking point when the guitarist agreed to play a concert with Michael Jackson, reports Radio.com.
"In 1991, we were on the road, and Slash went to my office and said 'I'll be leaving tomorrow to play with Michael Jackson on a tribute concert,'" Goldstein recalled in the interview with Rolling Stone Brazil. "I told him not to do it because Axl was molested by his father when he was two and he believed the charges against Michael Jackson."
Goldstein also discouraged Slash from playing the show because he felt that Jackson's compensation wasn't fair. "Everyone knew Eddie Van Halen received $1 million to play in 'Beat It.' So I asked Slash, 'how much are you receiving? Can I manage this to you?' and he said, 'I'll just receive a big screen television.' When Axl found out Slash was gonna play with Michael Jackson and that the payment was a big screen TV he was devastated. He thought Slash would support him and be against all abuse. From Axl's point of view, that was the only problem. He could ignore the drugs and the alcohol, but never the child abuse."
Twenty-four years later, Goldstein believes that Rose and Slash's friendship could still be mended with an apology. 'Slash would have to apologize for the Michael Jackson episode," Goldstein said. Read more here.
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