The Truth Behind Paul Stanley’s Dislike Of Slash
Guns N’ Roses released their debut studio album entitled ‘Appetite for Destruction’ on July 21, 1987. The record got critical acclaim with its applauded lyrics and sounds and the band members’ extraordinary talents as musicians. All band members quickly gained international fame and commercial success after the album since it hit the charts, becoming one of the best-selling works worldwide.
Before their record, the newly-formed band was performing concerts in the clubs, and those times were full of unforgettable and crazy memories. One of them occurred when Guns N’ Roses members had a chance to meet KISS frontman Paul Stanley who was more famous and experienced than them back then. Their meeting later turned into several disagreements between him and the guitarist Slash.
The First Time Paul Stanley And Slash Met
Paul Stanley shared his famous autobiographical book named ‘Face The Music: A Life Exposed,’ released on April 8, 2014, and decided to reveal personal details about his life and musical journey, including unbelievable stories. Therefore, his fans could learn more facts about the frontman and his colleagues. In one of the parts of the book, Stanley said he came to watch a Guns N’ Roses live show while they were in a club.
The singer even taught Slash how to tune his guitar in the five-string open-G method, and then Slash wanted his help with mixing during their live performances in their early years. However, Stanley unveiled that the guitarist’s recollection was different, as can be understood from his following words.
Stanley penned those moments, saying:
“They weren’t happy with the guy mixing their sound. Slash asked me out of the blue to help out. Decades later, Slash’s recollections of the night would be faulty at best. He liked to pretend I had dared to meddle with their sound.”
This misunderstanding was only the beginning of Stanley’s dislike of Slash, and it continued after what the famous guitarist said about the frontman.
What Was The Reason Behind The Problems Between Paul Stanley And Slash?
According to Stanley, following his failed and short-lived collaboration with GN’R, Slash called him gay and targeted his clothes and many characteristics by reminding the readers of the guitarist’s own ‘cartoon-like style’ on the stage. Then, the musician reached out to Stanley when he needed a B.C. Rich guitar to record their first album, and Stanley responded to him, saying that he couldn’t ask for his help after these harsh words.
In Stanley’s book, he said:
“Immediately after my interactions with the band, I heard lots of stories Slash said behind my back. He called me gay, made fun of my clothes, all sorts of things designed to give him some rock credibility at my expense. This was years before his top hat, sunglasses, and dangling cigarette became a cartoon costume that he would continue to milk with the best of us for decades.
You want me to help you get guitars after you said all that shit about me behind my back? One thing you’re going to have to learn is not to air your dirty laundry in public. Nice knowing you, go f*ck yourself.”
Later, the Guns N’ Roses guitarist reflected on his ideas about Stanley’s book and statements about the problems between the two musicians by admitting they were true. However, he didn’t read it and only heard or learned from secondary sources. Moreover, Slash’s side of the story about their first meeting was slightly different; the musician stated that they never wanted to work with Stanley or produce them initially.
“He had come around to produce Guns N’ Roses way back in the day before we made the first record. We never, actually, were interested in working with him. But we had him around because he was Steve Adler’s hero. I’d done an interview in the Los Angeles Times, and I’d said something derogatory about him.
He said something along the lines of, ‘You shouldn’t air your dirty laundry in public, so no, I won’t help you.’ We didn’t speak for years after that. It was only until roughly 2006 that we got reacquainted when I was doing the KISS Rock Honours for VH1, and we let bygones be bygones. We’re more or less cool now.“
The main reason behind their invitation was Adler’s being a fan of Stanley, and Slash highlighted that he said wrong things about the frontman in one of his previous interviews, which caused a feud and dislike from Stanley. As a result, he added that they didn’t speak for many years after this disagreement until they came across the Kiss Rock Honours for VH1, and Slash revealed that they were better since then.