Axl Rose denies that Guns N' Roses will reunite with their original lineup

On February 6, 2009 (Axl Rose's 47th birthday), a story was posted on the official NME website that denied rumors of a reunion between the original members of Guns N' Roses.

Rose said that there was no chance that he and his former Guns N' Roses bandmate Slash would reunite – saying that one of the pair would "die" before such an event could occur.

Rose also told Billboard that the dispute between the pair would never be healed. He went on to say that Guns N' Roses, in its current guise, could tour in the near future. "In regards to Slash," he said, "I read a desperate fan's message about, 'What if one of us were to die, and looking back I had the possibility of a reunion now'. My thoughts are, 'Yeah, and while you're at the show your baby accidentally kicks a candle and burns your house down, killing himself and the rest of your family.' Give me a fucking break. 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. Those decisions were made a long time ago and reiterated year after year by one man. There are acts that, once committed between individuals, they are what they are. To add insult to injury almost day after day, lapsing into year after year, for more than a decade, is a nightmare. Anyone putting his own personal entertainment above everything else is sickening."