Last week, Guns N’ Roses leader Axl Rose made a rare TV talk show appearance on Wednesday night when he appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Watch the video here.
The visit was scheduled to promote the upcoming Las Vegas residency by GNR, who will launch their “Appetite For Democracy” show at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Wednesday.
Now, Axl continues the Vegas promotion in a new interview with USA Today.
Rose speaks openly about a variety of topics, including his past, writer’s block, the music industry, new music, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, and GNR’s history.
"Here's what I miss about old Guns the most. And this is really before we got Appetite [For Destruction] out,” said Axl. “In the very beginning, you had three people (Rose, Slash and guitarist Izzy Stradlin) on the same page for a short period looking out for the best interest of that band and its goals. We were trying to get signed from the beginning. We were figuring out the right attorney, the right label. I had two other guys I could rely on. I don't necessarily have that now because it is more my thing, but I do ask everyone's opinion about everything."
On the topic of how the original band might have lasted, Rose explained "Maybe if we could have worked together in the way Appetite was put together. I was really naïve. I thought the success of that record would bring everyone together more. It did the exact opposite. They got success and wanted to run in their own directions. I thought they'd go, 'Whoa, it did work.' But they wanted to do their own huge bigger success off of Guns."
As for the odds of a Guns truce, "I feel that ball's not in my court,” said the singer. “I'm surviving this war, not the one who created this war."
Read more with Axl at USA Today – part 1 is here and part 2 is here.
Guns N’ Roses will play 12 concerts between October 31 and November 24, and the shows will span the band’s biggest hits from their debut album “Appetite For Destruction” (1987) through to 2008’s “Chinese Democracy.”
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