The Stone Roses Apparently Turned Down Slash Because He Wore Leather Trousers

4 August 2016, 15:40 | Updated: 4 August 2016, 15:42

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According to reports, the Guns N' Roses axeman offered to replace John Squire when he left the Manchester band.

Slash may be one of the most iconic guitarists of all time, but according to reports, he was still turned down by The Stone Roses for a very small reason.

Aziz Ibrahim - who briefly played guitar in the Manchester band - has claimed the Guns N' Roses man offered his services to the Fools Gold four-piece after John Squire left in 1996, but says the band thought better of it because he wore "leather pants".

Ibrahim told the StageLeft podcast: "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 [Squire] off, so they thought, 'Let's get the greatest rock icon of all time'.

"Slash was in England and his manager wanted to manage the Roses."

He continued: "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."

In an interview with The Guardianback in 2010, Slash gave a rather ambiguous response to the rumours, saying: "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. That's not true either."

Whether or not there's any truth to the story, we somehow doubt Slash is losing sleep over it...