Axl Rose participated in a rare interview on Tuesday (June 7th) at the China Exchange in London, where he discussed the Guns N’ Roses reunion as well as his current stint as guest vocalist with AC/DC. Asked if he plans to record new music with Guns N’ Roses, Rose said, “We are working on new stuff. I’ve got a lot of stuff together, and I played some stuff for (Guns guitarist) Slash and Duff (McKagan, Guns bassist) and they liked it. And Angus (Young, AC/DC guitarist) and I are talking about working together.”
Rose was also asked about whether he would one day write his autobiography, as Slash and McKagan have already done. He replied, “I think so — quite possibly, yes. But it’s tough, because I have to figure out how to word things in a way that doesn’t just look like I’m being negative to everyone else or calling them a liar.” He added, “Slash and I hadn’t talked in 19 years, and when we did talk, I was like, ‘You wrote a lot of stuff that didn’t even happen. It’s not real.'”
- Slash told us a while back that he wrote his 2007 memoir to set the record straight: [“At some point I decided, maybe I should sort of set the record straight at least on my end, you know. I’m getting sick of answering questions about it and I’m sick of being misquoted and this, that and the other. And that’s sort of what fueled the fire behind the book.”] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . behind the book.)
- Axl did say that he hopes to keep the current Guns lineup, which features three original members, going for “quite a while,” and praised Slash’s work ethic in learning songs from the Chinese Democracy album, which Slash did not play on. Axl explained, “To Slash’s credit, he and Duff . . . worked very hard . . . I didn’t have to tell Slash anything about embracing, or how to play the Chinese Democracy songs. He just embraced them. He worked really hard.”
- Axl was also asked about his relationship with Angus Young, to which he responded, “It’s great. I can’t really explain it . . . I feel protective, (like) I do not want to let this guy down, more than almost anybody I’ve ever met. And I don’t know why. And he’s very responsive to me. And they said they hadn’t seen him this happy, they hadn’t seen him moving around (as much before).”
- The singer also discussed whether he ever intends to record a solo album, if he is interested in working on film soundtracks, why he’s working with a vocal coach again and the impact of YouTube on the music business.
- The rescheduled dates of AC/DC’s North American tour — which will be the band’s first concerts here with Rose on lead vocals — will kick off in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 27th, just five days after Rose completes his summer stadium run with Guns N’ Roses.
CHECK IT OUT: Listen to the audio of Axl’s entire interview here:
- Are you excited about the possibility of new Guns music? Are you not going to hold your breath since it took 13 years to make Chinese Democracy?
- What about Axl’s comment about making music with Angus Young? Does that mean that Axl will sing on the next AC/DC album? How do you feel about that?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Claus Mikkelsen wrote: “great to see axl so relaxed and talking these days and giving great vocal performances. nice to hear there is a possible new gnr album in the works.”
Chris Brock wrote: “We could be seeing one of the most surprising comebacks in the history of rock and metal. I know I had written him off after Chinese Democracy.”
Alexandre Augusto Garcia wrote: “Doing an amazing job. Dude’s definitely reborn, and with him both bands have been reborn as well.”
Bob Tucker wrote: “Axl’s breathed new life into AC/DC. That’s excellent. I want to hear a new AXL/DC album, and the band play a more Bon Scott era tunes. Axl sounds great on them….better than Brian did. Especially towards the end.”