Axl Rose blames his management and Slash for late Guns N’ Roses gigs – video

Singer says his notoriously tardy live performances aren't just his fault

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has defended himself from criticisms of his tendency to be late for live shows by blaming his management and former bandmate Slash in a forthcoming television interview – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch.

As part of an interview with VH1’s That Metal Show, which will be broadcast tonight (November 11), the singer said that his reputation for delaying gigs largely stems from a Guns N’ Roses tour in 1991.

Rose – who angered fans when he and Guns N’ Roses turned up two hours late for their headline slot at Rock In Rio last month (October 2) – said: “A lot of this goes back to ’91, and when we were super-late going onstage. And that really has more to do with… I should not have been on that tour.”

He then went on to add:

I only went on tour for three reasons: my manager had booked a tour without authorization… then, I’m gonna be sued for it. He was also telling me if Slash dies of heroin, or whatever, it’s my fault. And [lastly] Slash pushing me. I should have not agreed to do that tour, but didn’t know how to get out of it.

However, he did admit that he was at fault for the delays too, commenting: “Not complaining, or to be a wuss or whatever, just a lot of times, day of show for some reason, everything starts going wrong. People are making mistakes… you’re making mistakes, and nobody even knows why.”

Earlier this week, Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson said that the band were keen to return to the studio to record a new album. They released their last studio LP, ‘Chinese Democracy’, in 2008.