GUNS N’ ROSES members Axl Rose and Duff McKagan were interviewed on tonight’s (Sunday, September 4) edition of “Fantástico”, the Brazilian weekly news magazine which airs on Globo TV. You can now watch the chat at Globo.com. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On what the driving force was in bringing Axl, Duff and Slash back together after so many years apart:
On Axl‘s first meeting with Slash to discuss a GUNS N’ ROSES reunion:
Axl: “Like I said, I had asked for [Slash‘s] number. And then I had called him and he was on tour or something, and then we set up when we were gonna see each other, and I think something happened to both of our plans and that didn’t happen. And then eventually in October, we got together and we had a dinner at my house. And then Duff and I went and hung out right after that — like a week or so after. And then it was just kind of talking and planning. We initially were gonna do some kind of promos and stuff, and then other things came up that got in the way of that. And then it was rehearsals. And I went down to rehearsal, and everything just sounded right. And we just went to work. It was time to sing, see what the sound sounded like and stuff and get ready for the show, and it was all working.”
On whether there is any chance classic-era GUNS N’ ROSES members Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin will join the reunion at a later date:
Axl: “Steven did join us [on a couple of dates]. At the same time, I have no idea. When this started, Steven had just had back surgery and stuff, so I don’t have any idea about that. And with Izzy, that’s just something that… I can’t really describe to say… I don’t really know what to say about Izzy. It’s, like, you could have a conversation and think it’s one way and the next day it’s another way. And I’m not trying to take any shots at Izzy. It’s just his thing is kind of his thing, whatever that is.”
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