Slash and Axl Rose haven’t spoken to each since 1996. “It’s a shame to watch two of my best friends, who made beautiful music together, not communicate at all—and for the wrong reasons,” says Marc Canter, owner of the legendary Canter’s Deli in L.A., in the first of a three part mini-documentary series on Guns N’ Roses by Uproxx Music.

Canter was childhood friends with Slash, and watched Guns N’ Roses’ first rehearsals and shows. The band’s bass player, Duff Mckagan, says, “He was kind of like a sixth member. He had unlimited access to the band, especially in the early days, when he was really the only guy who cared about us.” Canter wrote about his time spent with the band in Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction.

About Axl and Slash, the deli-owner says, “I wish they would love each other again, because we were all one big happy family.” Standing outside of a tiny, crappy $15-an-hour rehearsal space, Canter explains how he could reunite the band:

What it would take to get these guys back together is simple: Come back where it all started, right here. This is the room they started in. No bullshit, just put them in here without any management, any handlers, any roadies. I believe the chemistry inside them, the gravitational pull, is so strong that if they would just walk in this room music would pour out of their souls. They knew they needed each other back then; they know they need each other now.

Watch part one of Uproxx’s Guns N’ Roses mini-doc series above. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3, which will be unveiled on the next two Wednesdays.


[via Uproxx]

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