Axl Rose Says New Guns N’ Roses Music Will Come Sooner Than ‘Chinese Democracy’ Did

Axl Rose Says New Guns N’ Roses Music Will Come Sooner Than ‘Chinese Democracy’ Did

October 31, 2012

Axl Rose Says New Guns N' Roses Music Will Come Sooner Than 'Chinese Democracy' DidFew front men in rock ‘n’ roll have been as controversial, sensationalized or polarizing as Axl Rose, who suffered sexual and physical abuse in childhood, led Guns N’ Roses to global fame starting with 1987’s Appetite for Destruction and engineered its collapse a few years later. He spent years in seclusion hiring and firing new players while tinkering endlessly on 2008’s Chinese Democracy. His current GNR lineup takes the stage tonight in the first of a dozen shows at The Joint in Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In a rare interview, the press-leery Rose shares his thoughts on Guns now and then, old wounds and the music industry with

“All the guys are writing, and we recorded a lot of songs over the years,” said Axl Rose regarding new Guns N’ Roses music. “We’ll figure out what we feel best about. Chinese was done in piecemeal with one person here and one there at different times. Appetite for Destruction was the only thing written with lyrics and melody fitting the guitar parts at the same time. After that, I got a barrage of guitar songs that I was supposed to put words to, and I don’t know if that was the best thing for Guns. I do want to lean more toward lyrics and melody.”

“I had to deal with so many other things that don’t have to do with music but have to do with the industry,” said the singer when asked why the long wait for Chinese Democracy. “There’s such a loss of time. It was more about survival. There wasn’t anyone to work with or trust. Someone would come in to help produce and the reality was they just wanted to mix it and get it out the door. They had a different agenda. (The next album) will come out sooner.”

Reagrding his songwriting slump, Rose stated that supermodel girlfriend Stephanie Seymour and original Guns guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan “did more damage to my ability as a writer. To those three, it was all crap. It beat me down so much. At the time of the (Use Your Illusion) tours, Slash and Duff said, ‘You’re an idiot, you’re a loser.’ I didn’t write for years. I felt I was hindered for a very long time. I was also trying to figure out what I wanted to say, when it’s right to be venting and when you’re digging a bigger hole. Lyrics on Chinese took a long time.”

And what about a Guns N’ Roses truce? “I feel that ball’s not in my court. I’m surviving this war, not the one who created this war.”

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