Axl Rose: 'Life's Too Short For An Original Guns N' Roses Reunion'
The frontman gives his latest opinions on the return of the original GnR lineup and reunions in general.
Posted on Mar 07, 2013 12:20 pm
If there's a band whose reunion fans are yearning for over and over again, it's the return of the original Guns N' Roses lineup. Axl, Slash, Duff and co. must have done something right, because it seems there will be people begging for them to reunite as long as there's rock music, despite the clear fact that such a reunion will most likely never happen.
In the latest interview with Adelaide Now, frontman Axl Rose has one again addressed this question, but has also spoken about the band reunions in general. And it seems something is "always missing" for Axl when it comes to reunion shows.
"I understand the 'romantic' thing, the desire, the fantasy. Personally I haven't wanted other bands to reunite, or really enjoyed it when they have. For me generally something always seemed missing."
"But Guns is my life, not someone else's. For me there hasn't been a way to make any type of reunion work regardless of money (either talk or legitimate) without jeopardizing what I feel is the well-being and best interests of nearly everyone I'm involved with in the GNR camp (including myself). People here have big investments of their lives in what we're doing. We've worked hard for what we have here now and continue to do so. I know what I went through then. I know what I and all of us have gone through since. People enjoyed the product and the entertainment our lives gave them back in the day, but they weren't the ones actually living those lives together. It's not somewhere I'd go back to or would want to go again. Life's too short."
Rose wasn't all that talkative when it comes to last year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony or the group's new material, saying he can "give us a definite maybe" for a chance of new GnR music in 2013. He did however name "The Black Keys 'El Camino', 'The Dark Knight Rises', 'Luck' and 'Dexter'" as his favorite album, movie and TV show of 2012 respectively.
On the other hand, guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal seemed much more open and honest about the band's new record. During a live chat at this year's National Fiery Foods And Barbecue Show, Bumblefoot gave us his clear stands about the whole situation, and he didn't seem too optimistic, to say the least.
"You know what?! Just forget about a new record until it happens. I mean, I can't even begin... How long have we been talking about a new f--ing record? And I'm the only that doesn't bulls--t you people about it and I say, no, we haven't been in the studio together, no, we haven't started writing together as a band. If something came out at this point, it would be very old material that is just being released now. So it would be unheard material, but to me, I don't consider that a new record, I consider that just releasing old material from a band that doesn't exist anymore."
So what are your opinions on this one? Have you lost all hope for an original GnR reunion, or are you among those who still think they'll pull it off someday? And do you want such a reunion to happen in the first place? Let us know in the comments section below.