Professionally filmed video footage of GUNS N’ ROSES performing the songs “Chinese Democracy” and “Welcome To The Jungle” live last night (Wednesday, December 21) at the Forum in Los Angeles, California can be seen below. The entire concert was streamed online via iClips as a pay-per-view event.
GUNS N’ ROSES lead singer Axl Rose said that the last thing he wants to do is ruin the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction for anyone — but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to perform with his former bandmates. In a rare new interview with the Los Angeles Times, Rose said about the group’s upcoming induction into the Hall, “I’ve got mixed emotions about what the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame actually really is, but at the same time, there’s a lot of people — the fans — that it just means something to them, and they’re happy. It’s like you won the Heisman or something.”
He added that he doesn’t want to see the induction turn into a scenario like what happened at the Oscars decades ago, when actor Marlon Brando sent a Native American to refuse his “Best Actor” prize for “The Godfather” and make a protest speech. Rose explained, “People don’t want that associated with their awards shows, even if you have a big audience. In one way it might be right, but it usually backfires on whoever does it. So I really don’t want to spoil it for everybody else — or take the beating.”
As for whether there have been discussions of what will happen on the night the band is inducted, Rose said, “There is no plan yet. There really is no plan.”
The eccentric singer says that the current lineup of the group, of which he is the sole original member, will be “busy all next year” and will put out new music “as soon as we can figure out what our deal is with labels, blah blah blah.”
Rose has fired two managers in the past year and explained why he’s had a hard time dealing with them, explaining, “All these managers, they all believe in one thing: sell a reunion tour and get their commission. It’s just a phone call. It’s a half a day’s . . . work, or however long they want to keep the bidding war going. They get their commission and they don’t care if it falls on its face.”
Later in the interview, Rose made the odd statement that a reunion tour would only work if guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan were involved, hinting that original guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler need not be there. He said, “The only thing that would make it would be Duff and Slash, really. It’s nothing against Izzy and it’s nothing against Steven, or anything like that . . . I’ve toured with the other guys and I’ve also seen what they’ve done since, and I just know the difficulties.”
GUNS N’ ROSES will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14, 2012 along with the BEASTIE BOYS, the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and others.