GUNS N’ ROSES singer and sole original member Axl Rose taped an hour-long interview with VH1‘s “That Metal Show” following the band’s show in Miami on October 29, the second of its newly launched U.S. tour. The talk will air on Friday, November 11 as part of VH1 Classic‘s “National Metal Day” and will also include a live performance of “Live And Let Die”from the Florida concert.
Several new preview video clips of the interview can be seen below.
When asked about GUNS N’ ROSES‘ continual stage tardiness, with long waits for Axl just as much a definite at a the band’s concert as hearing “Paradise City” or “Welcome To The Jungle”, Rose said, “Well, [I’m] not complaining or [saying this] to be a wuss or whatever, but a lot of times, the day of show, for some reason, [that’s when] things start going wrong. People are making mistakes — you’re making mistakes, they’re making mistakes — and nobody even knows why. It’s like things that you go, ‘Well, I should know this.’ It’s like everybody gets hit by A.D.D. or whatever. And so, you’re trying to sort through that, and get yourself in the right headspace and physical, whatever, that you’ve got to work through… It’s more like sports and having to play the big game. I think we’re doing better as far as that goes [nowadays].”
He continued, “A lot of this goes way, way back, though, to 1991 when we were super-late going on stage. And that really more has to do with I should not have been on tour. I only went on tour because of three reasons. My manager had booked a tour without authorization — he just booked a tour — and then I’m gonna be sued for it. He was also telling me that if [then-GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist] Slash dies of [a] heroin [overdose], or whatever, it’s my fault. And Slash pushing me. I should not have agreed to that tour, but I didn’t know how to get out of it after it was booked. And the only thing that started cutting down the late times was when I realized it was really being hard on the crew. The band didn’t care about me, so my head wasn’t about them. The public, like I said, it was a different kind of violent crowd; it was a back-and-forth thing whether they wanted you to succeed or tear you apart. But the big thing was that the crew was having trouble, that was really supportive of me, and they weren’t getting enough sleep. And I didn’t want anybody getting hurt. And once that happened, I started getting myself… figuring out a way to get there sooner. But it was also about trying to get the album done, get the album out. There was a lot to what was going on there. And then, I lived right behind my school and I couldn’t make it to the class in grade school. I had a job at the grocery store down the street and I’m running down the street with wet hair, trying to tie my tie, and a sandwich in one hand.”
Rose was reportedly asked during the session about the band’s possible induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the chances of hearing new music, the current GUNS lineup and more.
Rose also announced that LOADED, the band led by former GUNS bassist Duff McKagan, will open some shows on the current road trip.
GUNS N’ ROSES reportedly did not hit the stage until midnight in Miami, keeping fans waiting for two hours after openers BUCKCHERRY finished their set. GUNS finished their show at three in the morning and the interview took place at approximately 5:30 a.m.
The reclusive, eccentric Rose has not given a major interview to a radio or TV outlet in five years or more.