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Axl Rose Chat #6 - mygnrforum - Dec. 14, 2008

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Thanks Axl for telling us your side of the events. I'm so sick of most people blaming you for the breakup of the original lineup and for most things that went wrong.

I have been a GNR fan from the very beginning and continue to be one.

I support your choice of musicians that play in GNR today. You have picked some of the best musicians around today. I commend you for that.

You sounded amazing in both shows I've seen you do, one in Dallas and the other recently in Vegas.

I look forward to hopefully seeing you again someday soon in concert. One of the best shows I"ve seen in my life and I've been seeing concerts since the 70's!

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very happy new year!

I hope you spend the holidays surrounded by friends and family who love you and who you love!

I respect your honesty and hope 2013 is an awesome year for you!

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This guy claiming to have written Patience isnt the only one. Unless he was in Tesla, their guitarist has claimed to have written it as well.

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This guy claiming to have written Patience isnt the only one. Unless he was in Tesla, their guitarist has claimed to have written it as well.

Tesla's guitarist claimed to have written it? Never knew that.

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That's why I always fight with people that talking shits about Axl or the band, it worth! Axl, I always admired you and tks for keeping the band and not give up to do what you do best: play and sing! I'm from Porto Alegre, Brazil and can't wait to see you again on abril 3th!!!!!

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Ok then!! The questions arent here but the answers as it moves along I think point pretty clearly to what was asked in pretty much order or close of the 7 pages. If I didn't answer it was either already answered, off topic or I mistakenly overlooked the question, my apologies for the inconvenience. Its not as light hearted as some of the other sessions but thats the subject matter. Whew!! http://www.mygnrforum.com/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/smiley-shocked.gif

So lets start here the whole Axl wouldnt go on stage yada yada is complete and utter crap.

Never happened, all made up, fallacy and fantasy. Not one single solitary thread of truth to it. Had that been the case I wouldve have been cremated years ago legally, couldve cleaned me out for the name and damages. It's called under duress with extenuating circumstances. In fact the time that was mentioned the attorneys were all in Europe with us dealing with Adler depositions.

Couldn't talk sooner as it could have jeopardized whatever nonsense was going on.

When Guns renegotiated our contract with Geffen I had the bit about the name added in as protection for myself as I had come up with the name and then originally started the band with it. It had more to do with management than the band as our then manager was always tryin to convince someone they should fire me. As I had stopped speaking with him he sensed his days were numbered and was bending any ear he could along with attempting to sell our renegotiation out for a personal payday from Geffen.

It was added to the contract and everyone signed off on it. It wasnt hidden in fine print etc as you had to initial the section verifying you had acknowledged it.

Now at that time I didnt know or think about brand names or corporate value etc. All I knew is that I came in with the name and from day one everyone had agreed to it being mine should we break up and now it was in writing.

I still didnt grasp any other issues until long after Id left and formed a new partnership which was only an effort to salvage Guns not steal it.

In my opinion the reality of the shift and the public embarrassment and ridicule by others (which included a lot of not so on the level business types he was associating with at the time) for not contesting the rights to the brand name, were more than Slash could openly face. Also we arent lawyers or formally business educated so it was just a matter of all of us being naïve and doing what we thought was right at the time. Slash was imo being on the up and up in agreeing I had the rights and I wasnt trying to be some snake in the grass pulling a fast one. The others couldve cared less.

But when the reality of the breakup hit and the strategy to have me crawl back was put into play Slash had to save face and get business team and public support. Painting me as the one who held a crowd hostage forcing the others to sign over the name worked out pretty well in that regard. Im the bad guy and Duff, the fans and most importantly himself were the victims. Oh and they had actually made the sacrifice for the crowd, the people, the fans at the show. But again. IT NEVER HAPPENED.

Media and others ignorantly, wrongly and falsely harped on about it at mine and the fans expense for years and Slash has hoped to use all that to continually sue and have some sort of legal nonsense going on behind the scenes in an effort to reverse things. He wouldnt have been able to get the support and action on the part of his various team members over the years to do so if the truth were out there especially when the statute of limitations had run out years ago.

Why keep the name? Im literally the last man standing. Not bragging, not proud. Its been a fucking nightmare but I didnt leave Guns and I didnt drive others out. With Slash its been nothing more than pure strategy and saving face while manipulating the public like he used to me. I earned the right to protect my efforts and to be able to take advantage of our contract Id worked hard for where Slashs exact words were that he didnt care. I get that some like a different version or lineup the same way some like a specific team line up or a particular year of a specific car but because you and I are getting played Im supposed to throw the baby out with the bath water?

I didnt make a solo record. A solo record would be completely different than this and probably much more instrumental. I made a Guns record with the right people who were the only people who really wanted to help me try, were qualified and capable while enduring the public abuse for years . The songs were chosen by everyone involved. I didnt want to do This I love in anyway shape or form and Robin and Caram insisted gaining Tommys and the others support. Theres been a lot of pressure to go with using my name (all external) but that never felt right to me for this band and the parameters in regard to this music have lots more to do with the mindset of Guns than something else. The instrumental I wrote for End of Days thats more a solo effort at least presently.

As far as a new namethis is who I am not whatever else someone else thinks of. I dont see myself as solely Guns but I do see myself as the only one from the past making the effort to take it forward whether anyone approves or not and giving beyond what many would or fight for to do so. The name helped the music more than you could ever know and Im not talking in regards to studios or budgets I mean it as in being pushed by something and having to get the music to a place where I can find my peace regardless of what anyone says. And that wasnt fully achieved until the last round of mastering and swapping out a version of a track at the pressing plant that had gotten inadvertently changed at the last minute.

Also the name was what the industry wanted as well and the burden of keeping it was something to endure in order to make the record. After the monies invested by old Geffen (that were decisions made that have worked out for me but I'm on record as having opposed) dropping the name became suicide.

The cost of legal battles has been astronomical but I felt the deal made with Universal was fair for where it is and most things balanced out for both sides.

David Bowie likes Floyd with Barret, many with Waters and those without. And there are those who like all the different lineups. Imo what makes our situation a bit more unique at least in how its played out is the ugliness of what really took place. If Id done what was said then Id say fuck me too. I also realize this is just one issue in something with upteen however many more so conclusions cant be formulated off this little bit alone by most which is more than understandable.

That said because someone leaves the shop I started in which I still legally have the rights to the name I started it with makes up a bunch of nonsense to win public and legal support in an effort to get whatever it is they want at mine and the publics expense I dont feel any reason whatsoever I should have to throw what Ive not only worked for but fought and suffered for away because some hurt, angry, betrayed, misguided and lied to people with a lynch mob mentality, joined by others who could care less (especially in the media), enjoying the controversy and hate, choose one over the other regardless of whats right because they want what they want. And you can still prefer then as opposed to now and no ones arguing your right to do so.

In regard to nuGuns, I get that sometimes it helps to be able to clarify. Personally I call this Guns and the Illusions or previous lineups old Guns.

We can play what we want as far as Im aware.

It wasnt so much that it was a good course or that if looking back I could do something differently its that for better or worse it was the only course and had I not done this Slash would have succeeded in destroying me publicly much more than he, others or myself have so far and I would have gone bankrupt.

I dont know where Id be but theres clearly no happy ending there and with everything else that had gone on in every other area of my life the devastation isnt something I feel I would have overcome at least to any real degree publicly. Hopefully I wouldve been able to pick myself up enough to get a job or sing somewhere else but I doubt anything that significant.

The sharing thing is interesting but even with all this time the complications of the red tape and trying to get something out fall on my world to sort and not theirs. They are amazingly supportive and do their best to keep me in up spirits and focused which I had less and less of in Guns way before Sweet Child caught on. If that were to change then that may be something to look at. I hope for us to grow more together as we continue so who knows.

If I hadnt secured the rights I dont know where Id be and Id probably call what would then be the current lineup Those mother fuckers!! http://www.mygnrforum.com/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/rofl-lol.gif

The name is something I take great pride in as I feel anyone whos been a part of it should, the same as other bands or teams etc. The burden when it is such is a nightmare but not as much or as hopeless as Id imagine without it could have been.

On the whats the difference I think I get what youre asking I feel it depends on how and in what ways either the formers members are using the association and what the true circumstances regarding why they moved on from both the band and the name that would or could affect the decision to continue on with the name by in this case this lineup and or myself.

As for selling more records itd be nice to be in a position to possibly do so at some point but thats never been my base reasoning. I would think it fits into not feeling I shouldnt be forced to throw away possible opportunities in a hostile attempted takeover. I believe I should fight for Guns in a patriotic sense or sense of loyalty or honor. Not just my vision or direction for Guns as those things can evolve and you can make forward moving positive compromises by what others bring to the table but I mean more as in what principles I feel were important to Guns in regard to an overall commitment to the music.

It helped us get here but most of that was with Universal and the positives of that wore off years ago until recently and after the initial run itll be about the music and us. Then its about touring and theres not a question the names helped at most everywhere but not so much the states. With that it comes down to the strength or quality of the performance. Having the name kicks your ass every night as its not some side project or something u can fuck off in. You dont deliver u get your ass handed to u. So it makes us work much harder than I feel we would outside of it and it hasnt been too ugly yet.

I didnt see lineup changes etc back then I saw it more as a crash and burn, goin down with the ship. On one hand I knew the band was over before we started touring Illusions but you have hope but I saw it more like the Titanic sinking than moving on or surviving. And in reality I went the distance with each and every one in Guns to where they felt for whatever reasons they either couldnt or wouldnt give what Guns required.

And Im not talking change of styles or sounds etc. A lot of people bought that crap and me having gone in other directions seems to many to have verified that. Then you have the mind twisting equally as true horseshit in Slashs book but I have the rehearsal tapes. Theres nothing but Slash based blues rock and he stopped it to both go solo and try to completely take over Guns. I read all this if Axl wouldve put words and melodies on it couldve That was denied and I didnt walk till several months after having 3 to 4 hour phone conversations nearly every day with Slash trying to reach a compromise. I was specifically told no lyrics, no melodies, no changes to anything and to sing what I was told or fuck off.

As to what would possibly make me change the name would be some form of evolving that I dont feel weve reached yet and not in any way consciously trying to at this time. Its really hard to say. Id have to feel it was right for me and those involved and whatever were doing at that time.

Never thought about that , with the RRHOF. The whole mature enough bit was cute. Not to offend anyone but personally I dont have an interest and other than inducting Elton dont quite get what it is exactly and who decides what. It seems to mean more to some than others and more so amongst fans. Its nice to get recognition and have some form of acceptance but in regards to joining others the price is too high and just not worth it. Its a ways away and seems a bit presumptuous to be contemplating being inducted now.

About following particular styles yes I do feel there are parameters with Guns as opposed to not being or in Guns. Chinese is imo an evolution not necessarily how each from the past would but how the music and intent could and did. Guns did not have specific lifelong criteria to follow and many of the influences on Appetite were abandoned by the others long before me. In fact Slash hated a good portion of those on Appetite and wasnt all that into the involvement or association but knew it worked at the time and realized it was the cusp of a wave that was growing. Its a trip for me to witness as so many of the people he performs with etc he hated then, them, their bands and their music where the others or I were the fans.

I like touring with these guys a lot more than the old band. The beginning was fun but it started going bad our first gig opening for the Cult in Halifax between Slash and I. Thats when the ok I put up with all Axls and Izzys crap now Im gonna be the man trip started with him runnin right out front on the ego ramp for the whole show. It was pretty funny. http://www.mygnrforum.com/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/rolleyes.gif

No one ever talked about or suggested using another name. The guys are really respectful in regard to the old band and Im not sure if theyve said a paragraph apiece in all the years towards or about the old band whether Im talking about whatever or not. But from being with me for so long they know a lot of its shit so they get bummed at the endless interviews and nonsense. Personally Im so proud of them I wouldnt know how to express it. I cant see me handing something like this as they have with so much class and maturity especially being shit on publicly to such a degree. Hey join my band, bring an umbrella!!

If I were to leave Guns I could consider giving, selling, shelving or opening a GNR Burger chain with the name!! Ha!! j/k. Im not so different than the alumni in that theres generally something going on that makes things suck and when that reaches overflow I want out too but if you didnt when its ugly I think thatd be less normal.

If I went solo which I havent I wouldnt call it Guns.

The name does come from mine and Tracis as the original inspiration but was something I played with not Traci and Guns was Guns before Traci joined. It was Guns Before I knocked on Izzys window. Earlier I had gotten Tracii to use the name Guns (as he had mentioned a girl had called him Mr. Guns sometime) so hed stop calling his band Persian Rose. So I guess we have the girl to thank.

The others having a sense of entitlement to the name isnt completely off but has more to do with how Slash dealt with things and his particular strategy and I say strategy because thats what its been. But since I managed to hold out that didnt play out so well for him in regard to the name.

Its a band name more than a brand name. As Tommy said regarding our struggles to make this happen Were not lettin what took so much blood and heart get turned to shit and dust. And I guess you could apply that to current former or whatever.

Slash never had ANY arguments for keeping the name until long after and again I feel that had a lot to do with seedy biz types and him feeling he had to save face.

Keeping the band name alive was very important. Not out of ego and I dont know exactly why in the sense of putting into words but I think it has something to do with the global effect it has and how Guns surviving in some way is sometimes inspiring to others around the world and in that theres a sense of obligation.

I dont regret keeping the name though I wish more were supportive or at least not as aggressively opposed.

The details are that my attorney shit when I made the move. He was very against it fearing long litigation but even then no one talked about brand names or individual interests in a brand name. I look back and have no idea why. Not my people, not his people, no one.

No one pressured me, everyone was afraid and no one including myself wanted to break up Guns or the relationship. And Bubbles and I talk all the time!

We can chat about the contract and the reasoning another time

The battles were during the breakup. Our people and my individual legal basically forced me to go thru the motions with everything I had to make things work for over 2 years in the sense that if they felt I wasnt making every effort 110% and with all the sincerity and all above board I wouldnt have their support which I wanted, couldnt afford to lose or risk losing. Which led to the trial period where Slash played the key bits of Fall to Pieces but once I showed some interest that was over.

I get the part about reckless but it was more about strategy and underestimating how long I would stick with it.

As far as people knowing me, this is a statement that in light of others decisions that I chose to pursue as Guns N Roses and what some may feel is a different this or that may seem as if the arguments or disagreements are about the band or the style of music such as blues or influences on earlier Guns has some relevance but imo points more to deeper base elements I wanted to put forth for people in general.

Such as a more positive intent and instead of as self destructive more of healing. Theres all kinds of things to help you die or be more negative. I wanted to try and make as powerful a hard rock album as we could while incorporating beauty and an openness to other forms both traditional and more recent without going religious etc. I didnt attempt to make a party record or dance record both elements consciously in Appetite. I wasnt trying to purposefully appeal to the heartland or middle America in those ways (not that I was trying to avoid them or have an issue). But for example Sweet Child wasnt in any way trying to write a hit mainstream song it was trying to write the best Guns N Roses Lynard Skynard influenced song we could as tribute and recognition in the tradition of Tuesdays Gone With the Wind or Simple Man etc and at a time when nothing could have seemed more unpopular.

One man forced me to work with others. One man forced me to work with others to survive. And I cant say what would have happened on different terms. I say yes because it was agreed from day one. U have to realize we were on the street. It wasnt the first band. Whoever thought of the name kept the name unless he gave it up or moved on. Everyone was always having a new version of whatever their band name was. I wouldnt have thought of using LA Gunns or any of Slashs band names. We all knew that we could break up the next week. You had to have that stuff somewhat sorted between each other going in. It was a deal that we made. The issue becomes the value or perceived value now and the fans attachment and or acceptance. Really werent things we consciously considered even during the breakup.

I dont exactly know what Guns N Roses is but I know its my job in the sense of an obligation and Im good with that.

The name and rights have nothing to do with the breakup. Thats all a created façade a decoy and a smoke screen. Now had what Slash said actually transpired then Id say of course but in reality, No.

Going into Guns there wasnt a #2. At that time I was going to make it in a band that started as Guns N Roses and could evolve but that was the starting point and it was all the way or bust. I knew what I wanted when I knocked on Izzys window. I also knew I wanted Slash but we still had differences and Izzy wasnt down with it.

I wasnt legally obligated but we probably would have gotten dropped and I would have been driven into bankruptcy.

I think it varies and happy Christmas to u and everyone.

I dont think about the dangerous bit or status or identification. Ive always thought of the symbolism since thinking of the 2 words together. And in that I absolutely feel this is a Guns N Roses record.

Its an issue that gets brought up a lot especially in the media at all levels and it gets really ugly. Its ugly right now with djs across the country who feel their sticking up for something that they bought into unaware. So I wanted to start going at it a bit.

Most critics have higher opinions of theirs than is merited. I havent read much from outside sources in the media regarding my world that know much of anything let alone what would be in my best interest other than looking at events in hindsight and playing armchair music mogul. Which most times means nothing and though could seem logical is usually just as far off base as anything else theyve said.

The heart and commitment these guys play the material with is much more than the others were prepared to give pursuing their own interests for a very long time. The music changed after Slash and I parted so the direction was where I took Guns not where I had intended or tried to go previously. It had a lot to do with not finding or knowing a more blues based player that I found inspiring and I was really knocked down and beat up. Slash, Duff and Matts decisions had as much to do with kicking a guy when hes down or abandoning ship at the time as anything else. Other things were going on with music as well, we were basically dead at Geffen. I liked other things as well so I wanted to explore, be legitimate and survive. I wasnt doing what was written so often about chasing fads etc. Jesus, I wouldnt have agreed for Zakk to come down if any of Slashs or the medias nonsense were real. And that couldve worked on some level but like Guns it wouldve been up to those two and their relationship. They talk nice but it wasnt pretty but it was pretty awesome!!

No plans not to be Guns for the future.

Solo efforts Much more experimental and instrumental.

It doesnt bother me unless its being done at my expense and or to keep him associated as in Guitar Hero. Him being Guitar Heros fine but not when Activison in using Jungle, having Yahoo use Sweet Child unauthorized, claims no involvement with Slash, his or anyones image or VR or anyone or anyones music in either camp in promotion or commercials etc. I wasnt broadsided. I read about it as it moved along but Activision continually denied it right up to the release. Thats some low life chicanery on all their parts.

Yes Slash was in Guns and on Jungle (and the whole I came to him for his riff is as much crap as him saying he brought Locomotive and Coma in as complete songs) and he has rights to perform it but not to be represented in this context in association with Guns. And since they werent granted the license itll take some sorting.

Universal has Guns under contract but I own the name.

I dont have problems with whoever doing the songs but film or video gets into sync rights and I dont have an interest in anyone new, old or whatever trying to sell themselves as GNR under another name that way.

Its my understanding the lawyers were scammed like the everyone else so for them to continually try and find a way to reverse things is normal and would seem appropriate but again it NEVER Happened.

Thanks everyone. Hope to get back soon. Ill take a look at that list. As long as we dont get to personal or offensive Im good with things. Thanks for all the questions, my apologies for not answering specifically to each, this was just a bit easier for this subject. Hope no one took wanting to stay on topic to personal. Thanks again to everyone who participated. Thanks to everyone for the great comments and appreciation. Happy Holidays. http://www.mygnrforum.com/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/x_rudolph.gif


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