Though Rose and Slash were the two most prominent faces during Guns N' Roses' rise to the top, Slash left the band in 1996 after years of inactivity. After a news report of a possible reunion between Rose and Slash surfaced in the press in 2009, Rose responded, telling Billboard, "What's clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is." In his 2007 memoir, Slash explained that the split came from his frustration with Rose's lack of respect toward his fans and his bandmates.
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