Dan Armonaitis of GoUpstate.com recently conducted an interview with GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist D.J. Ashba. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On GUNS N’ ROSES‘ upcoming performance in Greenville, South Carolina on Halloween (October 31):
“My favorite holiday — I can’t wait. I’m really excited about it. … It’s going to be so much fun.
“I know [GUNS N’ ROSES singer Axl Rose is] really into Halloween — he usually likes going off and trying to get to a Halloween party — so, yeah, it should be a lot of fun.”
On GUNS N’ ROSES‘ current tour:
“If I wasn’t in the band, I would be the first one in line to buy a ticket. With GUNS, you come out and you never know what to expect. It’s just a crazy, wild show, and I think that’s part of (the appeal). And I think the other part is the music. It’s music that a lot of us grew up on, so it brings back a lot of amazing feelings and memories. And I think when you come to a GUNS show, you know there’s a danger element to this music, but it’s very cool.”
On GUNS N’ ROSES‘ recent nomination for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame:
“They [the classic lineup of GUNS N’ ROSES] brought so much to the world of music. I have nothing but respect, as a fan, for GUNS N’ ROSES. They also set a standard for music videos, which I thought was really cool. Every video they put out was just epic, almost like mini-movies. They would dump millions of dollars into making these mind-blowing videos.”
On Axl Rose:
“[He is] a musical genius [who] puts his heart and soul into his music.
“Axl is one of those people who would give you the shirt off his back. And he’s also one of the funniest guys I know. I always tell him, ‘It’s a good thing this music thing worked out, but if it didn’t you should’ve been a comedian.’
“The guy is hilarious. He just cracks me up. We’re always sending each other the funniest jokes back and forth.”
On GUNS N’ ROSES‘ next album:
“I think everybody’s main focus is on putting out the ultimate GUNS N’ ROSES record.”
On being a member of GUNS N’ ROSES:
“Being in a band like this is awesome. You just kind of pinch yourself.”
Read the entire interview from GoUpstate.com.