Thursday, November 3, 2011

Guns N’ Roses keyboardist defends band’s disrespect of fans

The Axl Rose concert Kool-aid has seeped into everything and everyone around him.

As Guns N' Roses continue to make headlines, more for the lack of respect they offer fans by getting on stage whenever Axl feels like it, instead of delivering the goods on time, we’re hearing more nonsense and excuses from the GNR camp.

Last year, it was guitarist DJ Ashba joking about their tardiness with Triple M in Syndey, saying “It isn't even Axl that's late, it's always our room service that's late. We're waiting to eat before we go on.”

Around the same time Ashba was joking about the inconvenience the band causes its fans, there was the report out of Townsville, Australia last December, where The Daily Telegraph attributed the group’s 2-hour “delay” due to Axl enjoying a “cool movie in his hotel room and he was digging it.”

Now, it’s keyboardist Dizzy Reed’s turn to think he’s acting cool by going along with the boss; in a new session with Ultimate Classic Rock, Reed says too much attention is paid to the issue of when Axl feels like starting his shows, instead of the music itself.

“As a matter of fact, I never thought about it, but yeah, it is silly. It’s a rock and roll concert for Christ’s sake!,” blathers the Dizzy one. “I would think we get more than our share of that, certainly. But yeah, (music) is supposed to be inspired by creativity and good things in life, and having a good time.”

A ridiculous stance to take – literally – at fan’s expense, but the job pays well.

Fans may get to actually hear Axl’s side of the story on this topic during his upcoming hour-long interview on VH1’s That Metal Show, recorded last weekend in Miami; that airs November 11 as part of the station’s “National Metal Day.”

In the meantime, check out more of Reed’s session with Ultimate Classic Rock here.

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