Axl Rose Gives His First Interview in Over 9 Years

February 6, 2009

Well, it’s official. Axl Rose has finally given his first real interview in over nine years. In the brand new Billboard piece, Axl chats about Chinese Democracy, the unsuccessful Best Buy deal, touring and why he’ll never perform with Slash ever again.

Axl admitted he’d be open to working with former Guns dudes Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan, but said a reunion with Slash was extremely unlikely:

In regards to Slash, I read a desperate fan’s message about, what if one of us were to die and looking back I had the possibility of a reunion now, blah blah blah. And my thoughts are, ‘Yeah, and while you’re at the show your baby accidentally kicks a candle and burns your house down, killing himself and the rest of your family,’ ” Rose said. “Give me a fucking break. What’s clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is. Those decisions were made a long time ago and reiterated year after year by one man.

Axl also talked about rumors that Gn’R has two more albums already in the can.

"We’d like to get another album out at some point, but for now our focus is on Chinese,” Rose said. Also, where’s that “Better” video? “We’re finalizing a video for ‘Better’ and writing a couple others now,” Rose said. “We have been discouraged from making a video all along by Interscope, up until Best Buy requested one after the release.

Hit the Billboard site to check out the entire interview.

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