The session – shown in very, very brief clips – happened prior to the band's appearance in Abu Dhabi's Yas Island performing during Etihad Airways Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The online version of the United Arab Emirates-based newspaper GulfNews.com also conducted an interview with Axl Rose at the Abu Dhabi show.
GNR manager Doc McGhee was quoted as saying that was Axl’s first interview in 14 years, which is factually incorrect: Axl did an interview with WRIF Detroit back in 2002 – check it out here.
It’s either an honest mistake on McGhee’s part, or he’s just trying to do his job of hyping his act – one that really doesn’t need hyping.
I’m a little surprised that reputable rock sites have taken McGhee’s word as gospel, seemingly unaware of the 2002 Detroit interview.
Guns N’ Roses – band interview clips
Yas Island - Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 16, 2010
Guns N’ Roses: New Axl Rose interview