An insider from the GUNS N’ ROSES management has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the band’s lead singer, Axl Rose, has been battling bronchitis and the so-called Montezuma’s Revenge for the past couple of weeks. Despite this, he continues to play three-hour shows with the group, which is scheduled to perform at the Bi-Lo Center Arena in Greenville, South Carolina tonight (Monday, October 31).
As previously reported, Rose gave an hour-long interview to VH1 Classic‘s “That Metal Show” yesterday (Sunday, October 30) — a couple of hours after the band’s headlining performance at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The chat will air on November 11 as part of VH1’s “National Metal Day” (11-11-11).
Rose gave a rare interview — his first in-person one with a print publication in 14 years — in December 2010 with the United Arab Emirates outlet Gulf News. Rose granted the interview prior to the band’s gig in Abu Dhabi.
“Chinese Democracy”, the 2008 album released by the current edition of GUNS N’ ROSES after a 15-year wait, was officially certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 3, 2009 for shipments in the United States in excess of one million copies.
Aside from Billboard and Spinner interviews and answering a number of fan questions at a GUNS N’ ROSES message board, Rose has done no promotion of any kind for “Chinese Democracy”.
GUNS N’ ROSES kicked off its first U.S. tour since 2006 on October 28 in Orlando, Florida.