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Charlie Sheen sides with Team Slash, slams Axl Rose in Hollywood

July 11, 2012|By Randall Roberts
  • Guitarist Slash is honored with the 2,473rd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame outside the Hard Rock Cafe on Tuesday.
Guitarist Slash is honored with the 2,473rd Star on the Hollywood Walk of… (Frazer Harrison / Getty…)

In the Beef n' Roses department comes this little tidbit: During Tuesday's ceremony honoring the placement of guitarist Slash's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, actor Charlie Sheen used his speech to predict a humble future for Slash's former bandmate, Axl Rose.

The event featured others praising the former Guns n' Roses guitarist, but it was, somewhat predictably, Sheen who drew the most attention. Discussing his friend and neighbor Slash, Sheen kicked off his speech with a cheap shot:

"I think it's very appropriate that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose may some day be sleeping on," said Sheen, whose new show, "Anger Management," premiered last month on FX, as Slash looked down and shook his head. Sheen also joked about his time spent with Slash doing cocaine in the 1980s.

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The resulting tempest in a teapot has drawn yet more attention to the years-long beef between warring Guns n' Roses factions, whose armies are aligned either with Rose and the current-day incarnation of the band, or Slash, whose guitar playing served a key role in the band at its prime. Earlier in the year, Guns n' Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Rose famously declined the invitation with a letter first published on Pop & Hiss. The band performed without him.

Many were hoping that the letter and the Rock Hall performance would finally, once and for all, put an end to the years of vindictive sniping. But Sheen apparently couldn't resist.

Perhaps what's most unfortunate, though, is that the actor used a forum that had nothing to do with Rose to inject his name into the historical record of the event, thereby denying Slash a Rose-less spotlight moment he earned through his G n' R riffs and iconic/cartoonish presence.

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