Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose: ‘For Me There Hasn’t Been a Way to Make Any Type of Reunion Work’
There have been plenty of offers over the years, but Axl Rose has stuck to his "guns," pun intended, and has resisted the lure of a big payday to reunite with the classic lineup of Guns N' Roses. In a new interview with Adelaide Now, the GN'R singer says he's been thankful for the support shown to him by the fans over the years and he shares his thoughts on the idea of bands, his included, reuniting.
Rose explained, "In regard to other bands what another person or band does is just that, meaning it is what someone else chooses to do for whatever reasons. I, like anyone, can have an opinion about those choices but ultimately it's not my life or my band and how it affects my life is negligible. As for money and prestige, if one has an opportunity to make money and/or advance their position or place in life there can be a lot to weigh and consider, such as responsibilities, goals and objectives etc. We all make choices, deal with our sense of priorities, principles, ethics, morals, balancing, juggling, making compromises ... or not! Ha!"
He goes on to add that he can understand the "romantic" notion of seeing a group back together after a long period apart, but he adds, "Personally, I haven't wanted other bands to reunite or really enjoyed it when they have. For me, generally something always seemed missing."
Rose says that Guns N' Roses is his life, not someone else's, and he explains, "For me there hasn't been a way to make any type of reunion work regardless of money (either talk or legitimate) without jeopardizing what I feel is the well-being and best interests of nearly everyone I'm involved with in the GNR camp (including myself). People here have big investments of their lives in what we're doing. We've worked hard for what we have here now and continue to do so. I know what I went thru then. I know what I and all of us have gone thru since. People enjoyed the product and the entertainment our lives gave them back in the day, but they weren't the ones actually living those lives together. It's not somewhere I'd go back to or would want to go again. Life's too short."
In the interview, Rose also admits to reading Slash's autobiography and addresses such topics as the potential for an 'Appetite for Destruction' reissue and the possibility of writing his own memoir. He also offers a lengthy discussion about his tardiness at concerts and also remarks on the possibility of new Guns N' Roses music in 2013: "I can give you a definite maybe." To read the full interview with Adelaide Now, click here.