Saturday, November 5, 2011

Guns N’ Roses: That Metal Show’s Axl Rose interview preview

VH1’s That Metal Show did an interview with Axl Rose after Guns N’ Roses' October 29 show in Miami, for an upcoming special broadcast on the station’s “National Metal Day” blitz on 11-11-11.

TMS host Eddie Trunk offered up some discussion and a mini-preview of that session on his New York radio show Friday night, chatting with his TV co-host Jim Florentine. The two say Axl was in great spirits, speaking openly about anything the guys wanted to ask.

In the first clip, Trunk praises Axl’s Miami performance, marveling at the vocal stamina required to pull off a 3-hour show, night-in and night-out.

"I had a good night,” replied Rose. “It's not an anomaly, but I did have a good night, and I have been taking care of my voice. I do warm-ups before the show, I do warm-downs after the show, I do those religiously."

As far as pre-show rituals, Axl has them. "Well, everybody in this band has their own different physical regimen they have to go through ,” says the singer. “I do a lot of cardio when I can, or when I can force myself to. But yeah, you've got to get your wind up, and you've got to get your head in the right place and go out and do it."

There’s no question 3-hour shows are a rarity these days, but sometimes that’s not enough playing time.

“It’s an interesting thing because it’s not just me,” explains Axl. “It was, in kind of starting with some of these guys, but now, when we just did this last run after being off the road a while, they’re coming to me wanting to throw more songs into the set. ‘Hey, Frank wants to do this,’ and I’m going, ‘Tell Frank nobody asked.’”

Using the example of Brian Johnson on AC/DC’s massive “Back In Black” album, Eddie raised the issue of singers who pushed themselves hard in the studio, only to realize later that they’d have to deal with replicating those vocals live on the road for many years afterwards.

"I did that with 'You Could Be Mine'," Axl admitted. "The first time I had to play that live, I was like, 'What did I do? What have I done, I have to sing this live now!'"

In addition to the preview topics, Trunk says he also spoke with Axl about the status of new music, GNR’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nomination/possible induction, the current band lineup, and the singer’s notorious lateness for live shows.

The TV special will also feature a live performance of "Live And Let Die" from the Miami show.

Guns N’ Roses – Axl Rose interview discussion and preview
Friday Night Rocks with Eddie Trunk – Q104.3 FM New York – November 4, 2011

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