February 3, 2009 12:15

Eagles Of Death Metal say Axl Rose 'has lost the rock'

Jesse Hughes tells NME Radio why they really got kicked off a GNR tour

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Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse 'The Devil' Hughes has told NME Radio he believes Axl Rose is no longer a rock star - And that's why his band were thrown off Guns N' Roses' 2006 US tour.

The Guns N' Roses frontman branded Hughes' band "The Pigeons Of Shit Metal", after they received a hostile reception from the crowd when opening for GNR at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.

Speaking from the stage, Rose then fired the band from the rest of the tour.

However in an interview with Iain Baker which will be broadcast on Thursday (February 5) at 4pm (GMT) along with three session tracks on NME Radio, Hughes has blamed Guns N' Roses and the crowds they now attract for the debacle.

"When we showed up it was a 25,000 seat arena with 5,000 kids there; not a single one of 'em born when 'Appetite For Destruction' came out," he said.

He added: "And I remember looking at my manager going, 'Dude, I think we made a mistake, man, apparently the rock went to [former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash's group] Velvet Revolver.' This band lost the 'uns' and the 'roses' and they’re just 'g' and 'r', you know what I mean?"

Hughes added that he now believes that the tension from Rose originally stemmed from the fact that he is friends with Dave Grohl.

He said: "I really do believe it has a lot to do with the fact that he [Axl] hates Dave Grohl with a passion and we're in the same gang. Because he blames Dave Grohl for ending their [Guns N' Roses] career, and that famous MTV Music Awards when they got into a fight and Dave was on stage going, 'Hi Axl!', taunting him from the pulpit, so to speak."

To listen to the interview in full - along with three exclusive Eagles Of Death Metal session tracks - tune into Iain Baker's NME Radio show on Thursday (February 5) at 4pm (GMT).

To tune in, head to Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727 or via NME.COM/Radio.

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