Axl Rose: “One Of Us Will Die Before A Reunion Happens”
Axl categorically denies there will be a GN’R reunion & defends Chinese Democracy against the naysayers in an all-new interview.
Axl Rose has taken part in a brand new Q&A with Billboard.
Amongst the highlights, Axl speaks on the possibility of a GN’R reunion:
“I could see doing a song or so on the side with Izzy [Stradlin] or having him out [on tour] again. I’m not so comfortable with doing anything having more than one of the alumni. Maybe something with Duff [McKagan], but that’s it, and not something I’d have to really get down into, as I’d get left with sorting it out and then blamed on top of it. So, no, not me.”
“In regards to Slash, 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, blah blah blah. And 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.”
Axl on how Universal handled Chinese Democracy:
“I can say how the band feels, and that is that to a man they hate the record company other than Universal International with a passion. And that’s with me talking with them about the record company negatively hardly ever, if at all. They’re not blind: They hear the talk and see the results.”
Axl on the critical reaction to ‘Chinese Democracy’:
“Some has been great, others a blood bath. That said, most of the nonsense has been from the same or the latest batch of negative idiots, so it was to be expected and really doesn’t mean much.”
Axl on 9 tracks leaking on the internet from ‘Chinese Democracy’:
“Having someone jeopardize your efforts so cavalierly is pretty much a nightmare. I don’t know that it hurt us though, at least as one might think.”
Axl on there being more tracks recorded other than those on ‘Chinese Democracy’:
“We’d like to get another album out at some point, but for now our focus is on “Chinese.”
Former Guns N’ Roses manager Alan Niven gave Classic Rock the inside track on his times with Guns N’ Roses and Axl Rose’s allegations that Niven was trying to get the band to fire Axl. Read an excerpt of these revelations here and get the full story in the new issue of Classic Rock – out now!
In other GN’R news, Brain has suggested that there will be a Guns tour this summer while Steven Adler has been arrested (again) this week and former GN’R bassist Duff McKagan is Playboy magazine’s new financial columnist.