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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.