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.

Axl Rose: 'Life's Too Short For An Original Guns N' Roses Reunion'
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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.

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    AdamLeMoine
    GUNS N' ROSES WILL NOT HAVE A REUNION!!!! That's an article at least once a month. Meanwhile, I see nothing about Stompin' Tom's death.
    cyanide02
    I appreciate everything this band did back in the day. But personally I'm sick of hearing about this band and a reunion. It's time people moved on.
    IrishConnor1994
    Even Steven Adler is now saying that a reunion is never going to happen, that's when you know you can officially give up on hope.
    dudebud
    I wish I could up this over and over again. For only one truly great album, this band gets WAY too much press. I could care less about a reunion at this point.
    rightfoot
    Appetite is awesome front to back. Which is something most bands, rappers and musicians in general can't seem to accomplish. And between all the pre-Chinese Democracy albums, they've written about 35 original songs that kick ass. I don't care if they have a reunion, Axl can't sing anymore anyway. But don't act like Guns is somehow overrated.
    makutoid
    No one cares any more... I'm more entertained that Axl Rose is an anagram for Oral Sex..
    ChucklesMginty
    Life's too short to spend 14 years on one album.
    dewitt
    It's been 14 years of silence It's been 14 years of pain It's been 14 years that are gone forever And I'll never have again
    FlyingPirahna
    To be fair, most of the songs were written and done around 1999 (which is proven by the various demos of the songs from then). Axl just spent the rest of those years ****ing around in the studio adding layers, having people record shit...but the songs themselves weren't being written that entire time.
    eloera1
    Ill like to hear your album sometime
    link no1
    Most albums are better than what 14 years can apparently produce. I'm gonna say it...for the time scale each album took and the overall end result for them both, Lulu was a better album than Chinese Democracy.
    joshrose1
    You definitely didn't listen to Chinese Democracy if you thought Lulu was better. CD actually has some really incredible music on it, if you just give it a shot.
    hereticfive
    You obviously have limited intelligence if you dont understand what he is saying.
    SFosterS
    Lulu was better than Democracy?!?! Do you even like Rock music? I understand people feel very comfortable anonymously ripping a band in a large crowd of people doing the same thing, but you sir just said one of the dumbest things I've ever read!
    iommi600
    I was actually going to post "And what's the matter if the dude liked Lulu better? That's like, his opinion, mate". Then I remembered this is the internet.
    NickStrick
    No, he never said he liked either album..calm yourself, then re-read. And read the whole statement before you shit again.
    AcdcTXfan
    Funny, I would have said life's too short to not have an original GNR reunion.
    scrymusic
    Life is.also to short to be waiting around another decade for a follow up to Chinese Democracy.
    Ritchie360
    He has a point, no other reunions have ever really done anything special, always misses 'something'.
    tyler_j
    Everyone should know that Adelaide Now isn't exactly a reputable source for anything, though this was a reasonably well conducted interview.
    ripper992
    The interview actually starts with them saying happy new year to each other, so god knows when did it actually take place. It was published a couple of days ago though...
    Pactorn
    Life is to short for reading another Guns & Roses article...
    guitarist5477
    I agree, they all just sound the same, and have the same information. I'd like to hear more on Axl and his views on other music than Guns, such as when he stated his favorite album being El Camino
    randymeeks81
    normally I hate Axl, but this time it sounds like a good reason: he's not going to ditch the artists he's been working with for the past several years, just to get the old lineup back together. It sounds like he's done a lot of maturing since the breakup of the original band, and now respects his bandmates as coworkers, and not hired guns (pun intended).
    iommi600
    I get him, I'd also feel like a slug if I looked back on my past 15 years and found that I spent them locked in a studio. Of course he had the hookers to help him during those years and I didn't, but well...
    Wisthler
    The irony.... life is to short to make a reunion, it isn't to take 14 years and release an average album.... On another note, its better that it wont happen, the rest of the guys are already doingtheir thing and they are happy with that.
    soulgrenade
    Even if they did a reunion the fact remains that GNR have never dealt with the demons that tore them apart to begin with. I imagine it would be a waste of everyones time to even bother with it.
    Rocknrolla35
    To be honest,i still hope that the old GNR will reunite. It's highly improbable,but i still hope. Actually,it would be awesome,if Axl and Slash could just forgive each other,and become friends once again. But,well... that's just what i hope for.
    shreddymcshred
    Any GnR member who doesn't want a reunion is a fool. Do one tour for the fans. It would be the biggest thing to ever happen in rock and roll, and would be badass.
    Josh Reubenking
    Sometimes I believe Axl's more mature than some of these people who call themselves "GNR fans." I mean, he actually moved on with his life, and is happy with the way things are now. I understand how some people can disagree with his decision, but these "fans" keep crying "the original line up needs to reunite!" Who cares anymore, morons? They were great back then, yes. But everyone from that line up has made it clear many times before: It's NOT happening! Get over it. If you think Axl's immature and childish, listen and look at yourselves first.