GUNS N’ ROSES KNOW THEIR NME!

NME is the subject of two onstage comments from Axl Rose at the band's first show in the UK capital for ten years...

GUNS N’ ROSES played their first show in LONDON since 1992 at the DOCKLANDS ARENA last night (August 26) — and NME was the subject of two onstage comments from AXL ROSE!

Early in the set, which ran to two hours, Rose commented on the NME.COM review of the band’s performance at the Leeds leg of the Carling Weekend Festival, which stated that he looked “as big as a house”. Said Axl: “If I’m as big as a house, maybe I should start charging rent. Some pussy ass writer at NME owes me rent — for living in my ass!”

However, Rose later took a time out to thank NME for its glowing coverage of Guns ‘N Roses’s comeback gig in Hong Kong on August 14. “That was nice,” he remarked.

Rose also provided details on the band’s long-delayed studio album, ‘Chinese Democracy’, promising that it would include 18 tracks, with “10 extra tracks “on top of that”. He added: “Just because we’ve only played five or six new songs, people think there mustn’t be any other songs on the album. Au contraire, mon frère!”

He went on to vow that once the album had run its course, the band would “do it all over again”, and maybe then think about a more albums — “as long as Uncle Axl doesn’t act the asshole!”

Four new songs featured in the band’s stunning 19-song set, including ‘Chinese Democracy’, ‘Madagascar’ and ‘The Blues’. The new songs were rapturously received by the capacity crowd of 12,000, as were Guns N’ Roses classics such as ‘Welcome To The Jungle’‘, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, ‘November Rain’ and ‘Paradise City’.

With no further live dates scheduled, Guns ‘N Roses will now return to the studio to complete work on ‘Chinese Democracy’.