The Stone Roses are one of the most iconic British bands, but they could have been even more extraordinary
When original guitarist John Squire left the band back in 1996, the Mancunians were obviously left looking for a replacement.
Aziz Ibrahim was the stand-in settled upon for a brief touring stint before their initial break-up, but the axeman has shone an intriguing light on long-standing rumours that Guns N’ Roses‘ Slash was set to join the band.
Speaking to the StageLeft podcast, Ibrahim confirmed that the curly-haired and top-hatted guitarist did indeed offer to play for the group, but ultimately his fashion sense (or lack thereof) scuppered his chances:
“There had been auditions. Slash had offered to play. There was a lot of bitterness and anger and so forth, maybe they wanted to piss [John Squire] off, so they thought, ‘Let’s get the greatest rock icon of all time.’
“They thought, ‘Yeah yeah, we’ll get this big rock icon, that would really annoy John.’ Then they said something to the affect of, ‘We’re not going to work with a guy with leather pants, are we?’ So Slash wasn’t in”.
The rumours of Slash’s wanting to join The Stone Roses have been doing the rounds for a number of years now.
Notably, in 2010, the guitarist revealed that things could’ve turned out differently the other way round as well, telling The Guardian:
“I’d heard of The Stone Roses, but I’d never met them. I think I was probably too busy in Guns N’ Roses at the time. Maybe it might have been a good idea. Someone told me we tried to recruit the lead singer into Velvet Revolver…”
You can listen to the whole StageLeft podcast episode below: