Friday, December 12, 2008

AWOL Axl Rose Finally Breaks Silence On Message Boards

Reclusive Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose, after being MIA for 2 months broke his silence last night (Thursday, December 11) by answering fan questions on the message boards of two of the most popular Guns N' Roses fan sites on the Web — and Here Today… Gone To Hell!

The topics, which were submitted by members of each board ranged from the bands' recently released album 'Chinese Democracy', why Rose typically arrives late for shows, Queen guitarist Brian May's solo being removed from the final version of "Catcher N' The Rye", the possibilities of a reunion of the original band, whether or not Rose will be suing Dr. Pepper and much more.

Rose on Brian May's contribution :

"Catcher N' The Rye" is one of the best songs on the ["Chinese Democracy"] album. Why no Brian? [Queen guitarist Brian May recorded a guest appearance on the track back in 1999, but his contributions were removed from the final album version of the song.]

Axl: "There's a few reasons, and none of them all that big and definitely not in spite or to slight anyone.

"First off, obviously I knew people liked the song, but the Brian appreciation really only showed up in force publicly after we had moved on in Guns. In fact, not many seemed to care and most comments were aimed at why Slash, in their opinions, should be here.

"Brian's solo itself is a personal fave of mine and I really couldn't understand, as he's such a rock legend, why it wasn't openly appreciated more at the time.

"In actuality, all that feel and emotion referred to now had a lot to do with Sean [Beavan, one of the producers who worked on 'Chinese Democracy'] and I and the parts I chose out of Brian's different runs, versions, practice runs, etc., to make sure we had those elements in one version. It's entirely constructed from edits based around one specific note Brian hit in a throwaway take. And though Brian seems to have warmed a bit to it, at least publicly, he was unfortunately none too pleased at the time with our handiwork. I remember looking at Brian standing to my left and him staring at the big studio speakers a bit aghast saying, 'But that's not what I played.'

"Sean Beavan and I were not in any way tring to mess with Brian, we just did what we do and then try and do our best to stand up for our decisions."

A gathering of both conversations can be accessed here.

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