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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Claims Responsibility for Guns N’ Roses Reunion; Guns N’ Roses Have No Idea What He’s Talking About

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Who can fans thank for the upcoming Guns N’ Roses semi-reunion? The truth is, we can probably thank Axl Rose: if he hadn’t so royally botched his career by making the most expensive album of all time and then completely failing to properly promote that album — or if he had just bothered to adjust his lifestyle so that he wasn’t still partying like it’s 1992 — then he wouldn’t need money, and he wouldn’t need to reconcile with Slash, who has been the target of his vitriol for close to twenty years now.

But Steven Tyler says he actually deserves the credit for the reunion! While promoting his hilariously awful new country song, “Red, White, and You” (a celebration of love and Canada?), the Aerosmith vocalist went on Howard Stern and said this:

“I did meet Axl in a couple of clubs, a year ago, two years ago, three years ago, and I’d bump into him and I’d have that talk. I said, ‘You need to get the fuck back together again soon, because we all miss you.’ Same thing someone said to me when [Aerosmith guitarist] Joe [Perry] and I were fighting.”

“There’s a place and time, where if you don’t [reunite], you’re gonna miss it. And in another four or five years, no one’s even gonna know who they were or care if they were on tour.”

To any thinking person, this claim just screams “BULLSHIT!” Because, really: how many people do we think tried to convince Rose to get the old band back together over the years? Can’t we logically assume that some of those people were closer to Rose than Tyler? If all it takes is Tyler’s screechy voice pleading for us all to get along for us all to get along, wouldn’t we have sent him to the Middle East years ago?

But I guess either some people bought into Tyler’s story, or otherwise, GN’R just felt the need to shout to the proverbial cheap seats. ‘Cause they sent out this very droll tweet, which we can assume is a response to Tyler, even if the singer isn’t called out by name:

You know how I know Slash is back in Guns N’ Roses? Because of the relative politeness of this tweet. Compare it to the way Rose usually handles it when he’s upset about something:

So, yeah. Stevie Boy got off light, dude.

[via Metal Injection]

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