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Axl letter to fans regarding the controversial song "At Your Game Girl?":

To all fans:

I got the news that many people felt offended by a particular song? Look At Your Game Girl?, Our last album? The Spaghetti Incident??.

The truth is that? The Spaghetti Incident? is an album rich in musical terms and arguably not been given the importance it deserves. For example, ignored major issues such as? New Rose?, Who knows what reason, nobody heard of this song.

In Indiana, I was ridiculed and criticized me for my musical tastes, which moreover do not interest me hide. I think everyone who is against this material would have to hear the original songs as they like. Even in my case, I have so much fun our issues but I like the original versions, as in the case? Look At Your Game Girl?. Regarding this issue, we do not give any credit or acknowledge the influence of Charles Manson on the album: the topic is something like a bonus track.

From my point of view, the media are putting too much trouble because the GN? A recorded a cover of Charles Manson. For if another band had recorded that song, probably would not have interested anyone.

The media need their? Bad guys? to guarantee the rating, and so associate my name to Charles Manson, to lift the audience of their programs. However, when I do something positive, like donate to charity, it is rarely disseminated by the press. The media is a beast in question.

Why I chose that particular song for a cover on the album?

Occasionally, one of the things I like to do when I'm in my house is like playing a guessing game? Say who sings?. We offer rare songs and everyone has to say to the artist or band. Once, my brother Stuart found? Look At Your Game Girl?, And needless to say he won that round.

Personally, I liked it so much the lyrics and the melody of the song. When I heard, the truth is that the issue really impressed me and I thought it might have other people who also like to hear it.

I liked the lyrics because to me, this is a woman who wasted his life. While you think you are winning love, you are actually earning more sadness. It was the right fit letter with a personal situation where I was involved. The song tells how the girl is insane and put in a crazy game. It is ironic that a song like this was recorded by Charles Manson, a person who was closely linked to the labyrinths of insanity. Many people have not even heard something that Manson recorded.

There are many who can say that I wear a shirt with the inscription say? Charly is not broken? just to impress or to break with the values. In fact, I used that shirt in the whole world tour this year because I was trying to prove something. A lot of people enjoy taking me as the bad guy, the crazy. Sorry, but I'm not that kind of person. I have no resemblance to Manson. That's what I was trying to say. There are big differences? of morals, values, ethics? between Manson and me. What the guy did is something I really do not think. Look at Manson and then look at me. We are not the same. Besides, I liked the black humor? Charly Don? T Surf? and right out of the movie? Apocalypse Now?.

People think I'm crazy because I always tell the truth and I strongly believe that. I admit that I meet do not always perfectly, but my efforts are in place and are true.

I have understood that the song was written by Dennis Wilson. The extent to which Charles Manson had to do with editing the topic, I have no idea. Anyway, I will donate all my profits and gains by having the subject in our album for charity. This is an environmental group that is fighting to protect wildlife and our oceans. In our video? Estranged? ? That will be the last video of the albums Use Your Illusion? employ dolphins and, therefore, this is my way of giving something back to the dolphin, whose life is in danger and there is the threat of extinction.

Unfortunately, I do not break my convictions.

W. Axl Rose "

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That's a translation. This is the real statement.

It's come to my attention that some people have taken offence to a particular song, Look At Your Game, Girl, on our new album The Spaghetti Incident?.

What it all boils down to is this: The Spaghetti Incident? is 13 historical and musical gems that may have been overlooked. For instance, New Rose was one of The Damned's main songs but for whatever reason a lot of the world didn't hear it.

In Indiana, I was ridiculed and physically attacked for my musical tastes, tastes that I never made any effort to hide. I thought it would be interesting for the so called mainstream and the people who were against this material when I was a teenager to actually hear these songs. Maybe they'll hear something they like, and more importantly, maybe they'll go and find the originals better, including Look At Your Game, Girl. The reason we didn't list that song on our album is we wanted to downplay it. We don't give any credit to Charles Manson on the album; it's like a hidden bonus truck.

It's my opinion that the media are enjoying making a big deal out of Guns N' Roses covering a song that Charles Manson recorded, but if another band had recorded that song, it probably wouldn't have been of interest. The media need their "bad guys" to guarantee some ratings, so they use Manson's name coupled with mine to promo their news programs.

However, when I do something positive, like contribute to charity, it's hard to get the news to pick up on those stories. The media is an interesting beast.

Why did I choose to cover that particular song?

Oddly enough, one of the things we do up at my house is have "Name That Artist" contests where we play obscure songs and everyone tries to name the artist. My brother Stuart found Look At Your Game, Girl at a large record chain and, needless to say, he won that round. Personally, I liked the lyrics and the melody of the song. Hearing it shocked me and I thought there might be other people who would like to hear it.

I like the words because, to me, it's about a woman who has thrown things away. She thinks she's gaining love but basically she's gaining sadness. It was very fitting for a personal situation I happened to be in. The song talks about how the girl is insane and playing a mad game. I felt that it was ironic that such a song was recorded by Charles Manson, someone who should know the inner intricacies of madness.

Manson is a dark part of American culture and history. He's the subject of fear and fascination through books, movies, and the interviews he's done. Most people hadn't heard anything Charles Manson recorded.

A lot of people can say I wear the "Charlie Don't Surf" T-shirt for shock value, but I've worn that shirt for the past year on tour, all over the world. Yes, I was trying to make a statement. I wore the T-shirt because a lot of people enjoy playing me as the bad guy and the crazy. Sorry, I'm not that guy. I'm nothing like him. That's what I'm saying. There's a real difference in morals, values and ethics between Manson and myself and that is "Thou shalt not kill," which I don't. I'm by no means a Manson expert or anything, but the things he's done are something I don't believe in. He's a sick individual. Look at Manson and then look at me. We're not the same. Plus, I like the black humor of the "Charlie Don't Surf" line for the movie Apocalypse Now.

I think people think I'm crazy because I believe in telling the truth. I'll admit sometimes I don't do a perfect job of it, but my efforts are true.

It is my understanding that the song was written by Dennis Wilson. To what extent Charles Manson is involved in the publishing, I'm not aware. However, I am donating all my personal profits from having that song on our album to a charity, an environmental group to help protect wildlife and our oceans. In our video for Estranged, which will be the last video for the Use Your Illusion albums, we used dolphins, and this is my way of giving something back to the dolphin, which are endangered and threatened with extinction.

Unfortunately I Don't Surf Either.

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