Singer suggests that his bandmate forced him to tour, despite knowing he didn't want to...
Axl Rose has claimed that his former bandmate and guitarist Slash tried to damage his health by forcing him to tour against his will.
Rose has often said that part of Guns N’ Roses‘ demise was due to them having to undergo tour commitments against his will for their ‘Use Your Illusion’ jaunt in 1991 and, in an interview with Adelaide Now, the controversial frontman has claimed that both Slash and the band’s old manager Alan Niven had forced him to play the dates for their own motives.
Responding to questions about anecdotes in autobiographies by Guns N’ Roses members including Slash which recalled Rose being repeatedly late onstage, he said: “‘The Illusions’ lineups comments that I’ve read int he media or in Slash’s books were, in my opinion, predominantly public gamesmanship, strategy and politics on their part. Pretending to be unaware or innocent to the public has been a common deceptive tactic often used in regard to what was happening with the band and our relationship with each other.
“As I’ve said before, I shouldn’t have been on tour when we started in 1991,” he added. “That had a lot to do with Alan Niven, our then manager, and Slash. In my opinion Alan wanted money and Slash wanted the touring to get the better of me given my circumstances at the time. My safety and well-being were not their concern.”
Rose did, however, preface his answer by insisting he didn’t want to provoke an argument with any of his old bandmates, stating: “In answering I would like to say that I have no intention or desire to take “shots” at either the old band or anyone from any of our lineups. That said, to answer some questions factually and honestly it may appear that way to some. Unfortunately, in my opinion, that’s just the nature of the beast.”
In January of this year, GN’R guitarist DJ Ashba – who joined after the band’s ‘Chinese Democracy’ album – claimed that the band’s notorious tardiness was partly caused by them having a “huge rig” which took a long time to transport and set up at each show, and also defended Rose from criticism. “I think a lot of people and the press try to blow it up and say he’s an asshole but everyone can be an asshole if you get them on the wrong day,” he said. “One thing people don’t seem to get is that he’s genuinely funny and he’s always joking around and telling stories to make people laugh.”
In May 2012, the band angered fans by appearing on stage an hour late at Manchester Arena, going on to play a 33-song, three-hour show, which finished up after 2.15am. This was despite being told by organisers that they had to finish by 11pm. By the end, there were reportedly only 6,000 people in the venue, 10,000 less than the arena’s capacity.