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AMER­I­CAN rock­ers Guns N’ Roses are back in Aus­tralia with spe­cial guests ZZ Top and Aussie rock­ers Rose Tat­too. Front­man Axl Rose (pic­tured) talks to Cameron Adams ahead of the band’s Bris­bane show on March 20. Your Ap­petite for Democ­racy tour last year marked 25 years since Ap­petite for De­struc­tion was re­leased . . . you must en­joy how that record is dis­cov­ered by new ears each year? Happy New Ears! Yes, we’ve been very for­tu­nate in that re­gard. Also sur­pris­ing and equally re­ward­ing has been how many fans around the world en­joy and sing along with our newer ma­te­rial live. Many GNR fans were hop­ing for a 25th an­niver­sary reis­sue of Ap­petite for De­struc­tion. Was that ever on the cards? I wouldn’t mind re-mas­ter­ing it some time. Is there any­thing left in the vaults from the Ap­petite ses­sions that could see the light of day? Not that I’m aware of but it’s worth a look. There aren’t any new or dif­fer­ent songs but maybe a cou­ple of ver­sions of things that we felt didn’t quite make the grade – although most of that made it out as bootlegs back in the day. Can we ex­pect new mu­sic from GNR in 2013? I can give you a def­i­nite maybe. Your live set is a good mix of clas­sics, cov­ers and

Chi­nese Democ­racy ma­te­rial. You seem to be a band who, while still play­ing new songs, don’t de­prive peo­ple of the hits. We try. We en­joy play­ing pretty much all the ma­te­rial, so that helps. It’s not like any­one in the band goes, ‘‘God, I hate that song’’. Some Guns N’Roses fans have a ro­man­tic idea of the orig­i­nal line-up re­form­ing, no mat­ter the rea­son be­hind them no longer work­ing to­gether. I un­der­stand the ‘‘ro­man­tic’’ thing, the de­sire, the fan­tasy. Per­son­ally, I haven’t wanted other bands to re­unite or have 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 jeop­ar­dis­ing 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. Did you read any of the au­to­bi­ogra­phies by your former Guns N’ Roses band­mates or were you con­sulted about them writ­ing about events that in­volved you? I read Slash’s to have an idea what I might be fac­ing then but haven’t read any­one else’s. And no, I haven’t been con­sulted about any­thing.

Guns N’ Roses, ZZ Top and Rose Tat­too play the Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on March 20.

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