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Can us fans actually do something about the band's current situation? Usually, bands tend to listen to their fans via facebook, twitter, official websites, official forums, etc... But Axl kinda alienates himself from his own fans for whatever reason. Is there any way that doesn't involve a stupid-ass flash mob during a concert we could actually express our desire for new music or is Mr.Rose completely inaccessible?

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Axl hears your cries.

However perhaps new music right now wouldn't be in the bands best interest?

I guess that there's a lot of money to recover and touring is the best way to recover costs. There will be a few reasons, unfortunately for us its not something that needs to be said public.

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Fans have 0 control whether or not a band records music. We'd all like to hear a new song, or album, from GNR. But unless Axl decides he wants to do it, it's not going to happen. You're coming across as if you feel you're "owed" music. It doesn't work that way.

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from msls site, posted today

Axl Rose has a reputation as one of the most difficult frontmen in rock.

Over the years, the Guns N' Roses singer has fired or fallen out with the band's entire original line-up, including founding guitarist Slash.

Despite never officially breaking up the group, Rose refused to attend when Guns N' Roses were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last year.

The performer is renowned for storming off stage and for turning up to gigs hours late - and the 50-year-old star hardly ever gives interviews.

But as Guns N' Roses prepare to tour of Australia, replacement guitarist DJ Ashba says the world has the wrong impression of Axl Rose.

"I think a lot of people and the press try to blow it up and say he's an asshole but everyone can be an asshole if you get them on the wrong day," Ashba says.

"One thing people don't seem to get is that he's genuinely funny and he's always joking around and telling stories to make people laugh.

"I always say that if he wasn't a musician he'd be a great comedian. I wish the world could see that side of him because it's the opposite of what people have branded in their brains."

Another common myth is that Rose, the only remaining original member of Guns N' Roses, is an autocratic control freak who pulls all the strings.

The band's current incarnation - featuring Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Chris Pitman, Richard Fortus, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Frank Ferrer - are encouraged to contribute to the creative process, says Ashba.

"Axl is in a position where he doesn't have to be cool with the band but he treats us like gold.

"He lets us write our own solos and gives everybody their time to shine on stage and I think that says a lot about who he is.

"He has no problem sharing the spotlight, in fact he quite likes it - otherwise he'd be doing this interview and not me."

Australian fans can expect up to three hours of songs spanning every Guns N' Roses album when they visit in March, as well as AC/DC, Pink Floyd and Rolling Stones covers plus the band's iconic takes on Wings' Live And Let Die and Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door.

Their most recent record Chinese Democracy is said to be one of the most expensive ($14 million) and delayed (10 years) albums ever made, and failed to win over critics when it was eventually released in 2008.

But with Guns N' Roses touring solidly, songs such as Catcher In The Rye, Madagascar and This Is Love are starting to find their place among the classics.

"I came in right after Chinese Democracy was released and I've seen a huge difference over the last four years in how fans react to those songs," says Ashba.

"A lot of people are singing along to them now that they're more familiar."

While generations of fans have embraced the return of Guns N' Roses, other have been frustrated by the band's time keeping. Several sets in recent years were shut down early due to late starts.

Ashba insists the delays have been caused by production issues rather than arrogance on behalf of Rose, explaining a team of 100 people is co-ordinating the show from backstage.

"We have a huge rig and pyrotechnics so often it's the case of fitting all that into the venue. Our number one priority is to make the shows safe."

He understands why fans have resorted to bottling the stage or venting their anger on social media.

"That kills us as a band because we're not doing any of this on purpose.

"Our main goal is to go and give the fans a show they will never forget and we understand how expensive tickets are.

"We take that into account and when we do hit the stage it's almost impossible to get us off."

Once the tour is over, Guns N' Roses will turn their focus to working on a seventh album.

Despite dozens of songs in rough form, the band are in no hurry - but there won't be another decade-long delay.

"It won't be another Chinese Democracy but then again we're in no rush to make a bad record," says Ashba.

"Failing is not an option so we're putting our heart and soul into this one."

Guns N' Roses tour nationally with support from ZZ Top and Rose Tattoo from March 9-20.

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it's ridiculous that a band like ZZ top supports Axl's band...

Agreed. When you see ZZ Top you will see the exact same band which recorded classics like Tres Hombres. When you see Nugnr you will see Axl - who made Appetite - surrounded by a bunch of hacks. I actually love ZZ Top and would attend that show for them.

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Yep that interview with DJ was a good one. It sounds like Axl is kind of accepting some of the bands ideas. That sounds good, but will they get a record out soon is the question. BTW I disagree that it's Axl and a bunch of hacks. The guys in the band now are good guys and they deserve a bit of respect.

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It is not an authentic experience. When you see ZZ Top it is an authentic experience but when you watch people playing material they had nothing to do with, it isn't an authentic experience.

I'm not entirely sure....

Seeing Roger Waters and his band perform DSOTM and The Wall it felt very authentic.

Same for the Floyd material I've seen David Gilmour play.

But with GnR it feels...different.

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It is not an authentic experience. When you see ZZ Top it is an authentic experience but when you watch people playing material they had nothing to do with, it isn't an authentic experience.

True, it's all the original dudes. But if we didn't have the guys in GNR we have now, there wouldn't be GNR. I know Slash, Steven, Izzy, and probably not Duff are interested in rejoining. The guys now are just carrying on a legacy. The legacy of how awesome GNR is. :)

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It is not an authentic experience. When you see ZZ Top it is an authentic experience but when you watch people playing material they had nothing to do with, it isn't an authentic experience.

I'm not entirely sure....

Seeing Roger Waters and his band perform DSOTM and The Wall it felt very authentic.

Same for the Floyd material I've seen David Gilmour play.

But with GnR it feels...different.

That's because Roger Waters wrote both these albums pretty much. Especially the Wall is his own personal baby. And don't even compare the live musicians he uses to Axl's employees. Roger has world class musicians with charisma.

Then again Gilmour was playing with the other pink floyd guys in the beginning, and he was playing solo with Wright who was very essential to the pink floyd sound before he died.

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It is not an authentic experience. When you see ZZ Top it is an authentic experience but when you watch people playing material they had nothing to do with, it isn't an authentic experience.

True, it's all the original dudes. But if we didn't have the guys in GNR we have now, there wouldn't be GNR. I know Slash, Steven, Izzy, and probably not Duff are interested in rejoining. The guys now are just carrying on a legacy. The legacy of how awesome GNR is. :)

I have to say your wrong there, no matter what he said after the HOF Steven wud bend over for axl if he offered him the drummer position back!

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It is not an authentic experience. When you see ZZ Top it is an authentic experience but when you watch people playing material they had nothing to do with, it isn't an authentic experience.

True, it's all the original dudes. But if we didn't have the guys in GNR we have now, there wouldn't be GNR. I know Slash, Steven, Izzy, and probably not Duff are interested in rejoining. The guys now are just carrying on a legacy. The legacy of how awesome GNR is. :)

I have to say your wrong there, no matter what he said after the HOF Steven wud bend over for axl if he offered him the drummer position back!

I dont think they would want Steven to play, unless it was out of pity.

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It is not an authentic experience. When you see ZZ Top it is an authentic experience but when you watch people playing material they had nothing to do with, it isn't an authentic experience.

I'm not entirely sure....

Seeing Roger Waters and his band perform DSOTM and The Wall it felt very authentic.

Same for the Floyd material I've seen David Gilmour play.

But with GnR it feels...different.

That's because Roger Waters wrote both these albums pretty much. Especially the Wall is his own personal baby. And don't even compare the live musicians he uses to Axl's employees. Roger has world class musicians with charisma.

Then again Gilmour was playing with the other pink floyd guys in the beginning, and he was playing solo with Wright who was very essential to the pink floyd sound before he died.

True, The Wall is Waters' baby (sans Comfortbly Numb). Also, Roger Waters is playing under 'Roger Waters' so there is no con happening.

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Oh my..that DJ Ashba interview is somewhat music to my ears. So they'll be in studio recording after the tour ends. Things is, when will the tour really end? Will Oz be their final tour before they started recording?

Still, sounds promising this time. Then again Ashba has been saying this kind of thing a few times already. Sigh.

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I don't think Beta and Team Brazil really care what the fans think. For her it isn't about the relationship the band has with its fans. Unfortunately, they are there to sooth Axl's ego, play the mother/family card, and sit back and cash in on the benefits.

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I don't think Beta and Team Brazil really care what the fans think. For her it isn't about the relationship the band has with its fans. Unfortunately, they are there to sooth Axl's ego, play the mother/family card, and sit back and cash in on the benefits.

Darn I hate it when someone reminds me of this, truth is the truth hurts, ouch!

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Can us fans actually do something about the band's current situation? Usually, bands tend to listen to their fans via facebook, twitter, official websites, official forums, etc... But Axl kinda alienates himself from his own fans for whatever reason. Is there any way that doesn't involve a stupid-ass flash mob during a concert we could actually express our desire for new music or is Mr.Rose completely inaccessible?

All you can do is not support them (Axl, GNR, etc) in any way. Vote with your wallet and time.

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