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Guns N’ Roses DJ Ashba Says Axl Rose Has Been ‘Nothing But Amazing’

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Guns N’ Roses members are chatting away about the status of the band with local newspapers as the band traipses across the country on tour, playing at arenas. First, guitarist DJ Ashba revealed to the Omaha World Herald that his boss, the often temperamental and tardy W. Axl Rose, is “an amazing friend” who is “loyal and honest” and who treats him like gold. That’s a bit of a contrast to Rose’s public persona, but Ashba appears to love the man her performs with and who writes his checks! He also shared some news about upcoming GN’R material!

“I can only speak from personal experiences, but he’s been nothing but amazing,” Ashba declared. “I hear all the opinions and blah blah blah, but the guy treats me like gold. He’s been nothing but an amazing friend and loyal and honest. I couldn’t ask for anything more when it comes down to that.”

Personal awesomeness aside, Ashba also holds Rose in high professional regard, as well. “I have really great respect when it comes to the music side of things, too,” the guitarist said. “Sitting down and listening to him play piano, he has stuff up his sleeve. My jaw hits the ground. He’s playing stuff I’m praying the world gets to hear. He has some really great stuff laying around.”

Ashba said the band is “writing around the clock” and Rose has already recorded “loads of stuff.”
So there is plenty of material to sift through for an album, if one ever sees the light of day. The guitarist promised we won’t have to wait another decade for a new GN’R platter like we did with ‘Chinese Democracy,’ saying, “If we wait, we’ll all be too old to tour.”

When chatting with the Dallas Observer, GN’R bassist Tommy Stinson said something similar. “I tell you right now that I certainly hope we do another album. I would love to get everyone back into the studio and make some more stuff happen. I think we have a good band, and each of us has something interesting to offer. I hope we get on this project sooner than later,” Stinson admitted.

We’ll find out a whole lot more from the horse’s mouth when Rose’s exclusive sit-down with VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show’ airs Friday, Nov. 11.

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