Contrary to reports in England's Melody Maker last week, Sex
Pistol/Neurotic Outsider Steve Jones is not joining Guns 'N Roses as
departed guitarist Slash's replacement. A source at the Guns label, Geffen,
denied the rumor, saying that, as of this week, Guns leader Axl Rose had given
no indication that Jones was tapped to join the band, which is now down to
Rose, bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum and keyboardist Dizzy Reed, or
to appear on their next album, whose release date "is still up in the air."
As for other rumors from the notoriously sloppy British weeklies, that
Sebastian Bach would be joining Slash's new, unnamed band, a source close to
the top-hatted guitar slinger said only, "Sebastian jammed with him (Slash) at
a show in Philadelphia last month and he's a very... enthusiastic guy...and
Slash is cool with him, but it's just not likely that he'll be a part of
Slash's plan as of right now."
Our source said the guitarist is still
looking for a singer for his band, not caring whether the person is a known or
unknown commodity, but only "a voice that has the right chemistry. He wants to
collaborate this time, instead of the way he made the first Snake Pit album
with Eric (Dover, formerly of Jellyfish), where Slash basically laid down all
the music and then Eric came in and sang afterwards."
The source also
hinted that one of the so-far-unreported factors leading to the split between
Axl and Slash is the presence of longtime Axl friend Paul Huge during the Guns
recording sessions. Huge, a boyhood friend of the mercurial singer from
Indiana, who received co-writing credit on the Guns last proper album, 1991's
Use Your Illusion I on the song "Back Off Bitch," has reportedly been
tapped as Rose's writing partner for the new album, although to everyone
"except Axl" it's unclear if he's a full-fledged member of the band. According
to the source, Huge's presence didn't sit well with Slash, who reportedly has
"creative and personal" differences with the latest Rose writing collaborator,
which played a part in his decision to leave the band "for now, because you
never know with these guys."