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  1. Was being in Guns N’ Roses the hardest gig you’ve had? Was the Replacements more difficult? You know, all of them had their own bits. I wouldn’t say any were any harder than the other. In terms of the Guns N’ Roses record, only because it took so long to get done, at the end of the day it seemed like still Axl wasn’t happy with it and so it kinda got yanked from his hands a little bit prematurely. That’s kind of a disappointment to me more than anything. All things considered, I think we all did our best job, put our best foot forward, and there’s that record, you know? You obviously played on Chinese Democracy and toured behind it. What’s your take on that record? I think there’s some good stuff, I think there’s some not-so-good stuff and I think that probably could be said for all those Guns records. There’s some stuff that wasn’t my favorite but that’s just me. But that kinda goes with everyone’s fuckin’ records. I can’t even think of how many bands I like their entire fucking record. They are out there of course but I can’t think of one right now [laughing]. How did you score the Guns gig, by the way? I was rehearsing in the same rehearsal hall as Josh Freese was and he had already joined the band and was playing with them. He just kinda joked at me, saying, “Hey, we need a bass player, you should come. Try it out, man! We’re just having fun with it.” I kinda went out there on a lark. I learned a couple songs, just went out there for fun and to see what it was about and not a whole lot happened after that so I had the gig. I was like, “Sure. Why not?” I mean the idea after I talked to Axl about it, you know, what he was trying to get done after everyone quit the band, I thought was pretty fuckin’ ballsy and cool. So I was kind of in for that reason. You said you learned a couple of Guns songs. Were you a fan already? Did you go out and buy Appetite for Destruction or something like that? No, I learned a couple, three songs and kind of winged it. I didn’t really contemplate a whole lot more than that. I was kind of testing myself as well. Did wanting to go back to basics like that maybe stem from your experience recording Chinese Democracy? You saw firsthand how that dragged on for years, right? Yeeaaahhh. Anyone, any musician can fuckin’ overthink things in a fuckin’ heartbeat and just beat the shit out of a song. I’ve seen many a good song ruined in that fashion and sadly it just happens. Musicians are a quirky bunch. Some of us don’t come from the greatest places, aren’t in the greatest fuckin’ headspace all the time so you gotta try and capture that magic in a bottle when you can. It’s hard to accomplish because getting what’s in your head on a fuckin’ record is completely…[laughs]…it’s our hardest gig we’ve got as musicians is tryin’ to get the ideas in the brain on the fuckin’ disk. It just takes a lot to pull that out and get it where they want it, exactly where they want it, where they fuckin’ think it’s supposed to be, the way it’s supposed to sound. All that. Do you prefer just chilling out and touring without so much of the gear that comes with the huge Guns N’ Roses shows and Replacements reunion shows? I like all of it for different reasons. I’ll be honest with you, I am stoked about the Guns N’ Roses reunion. All those guys are my buddies, except I don’t really know Slash. I don’t think I’ve ever met him. But all those guys are my friends and I’m glad they’re out doing it but I’d be lying if I said I missed that gig. I miss the people a whole lot and obviously you miss the fans and stuff like that. But where I’m at in life right now, that’s just a whole thing that…I’m not saying I’d never do it again but I’m kind of glad I moved on from that. This moron just sounds like the american equivalent of Lenny. Don't read the whole interview unless you are a hardcore Stinson fan, it's boring like his career He totally hate this band, just like Pitman, how did he ended up being in the band? Oh Axl, you fucking wanke...ahem loser... Also lol at "huge" remark for the Replacements. They are practically nobodies. Never understand the hype for them in GNR forums. I haven't heard about them back in the day, and i don't really saw many peeople who even knew that band.
  2. so yeah, what we can we reasonably expect within the next 5-10 years from GNR (Axl, Slash and Duff)? A tour that never ends with the same setlist? a new cover thrown in the mix? tour ends, then 6 yrs silence, tour begins again with same setlist? I have no more hopes for this tour, it will never end and the setlist will never change. we've seen this before with Axl. We know whats up. I hope for archival releases. Live albums from the 80s and 90s. Remastered Appetite and Illusions with bonus tracks in box sets and on vinyl. is that realistic ? Probably not. Just really hope something interesting will happen to GNR, Axl has now toured Appetite his whole life. He knows nothing else.
  3. Here is Steven and his mom's AMA from reddit Link Not really interesting, imho. They are mostly talking about that drugs and alcohol are bad. Only GNR related thing was when someone asked Steven when was the "holy shit we are big moment" happened: He answered Somebody asked a question about the current tour About which songs he want to play other than AFD/Lies songs He is also so out of touch with current music, lol There are some more answers, but i think he made up a LOT of stories (like when he talked about missing 10 shows, because a girl jumped on him and he hurt his back etc.) He might be playing with an another band He likes Freddie Mercury
  4. New 4tus interview, i can't do a full transcript right now, but here's some snippets he talks about why that original St Louis didn't happen. He gave a little more info on how the reunion happened too. It's nice to know Slash had been trying for a while to get I contact and how much they want to play St. Louis. He also talks about the band has started to think about a new album and even record some things during soundcheck. He also confirmed no press which we already figured. He basically confirmed that Slash had been trying to get in touch with Axl for a while and finally Axl decided to go ahead and get together with him. They worked it out and quite organically it was "well, Guns needs a bass player and a guitar player, so..." Funny when he mentions that Live Nation won't comp them any tickets. Even they have to pay the absurd prices for family to see them. He also sheds some light on the "Slash wanted me in his band" thing - Slash's management approached him but him and Slash never met. He said him and Slash have hit it off very well. They all travel together, text and talk after every show, and everyone gets along well. St. Louis didn't happen last summer because when the second night in Chicago got added at the last minute it pushed the St. Louis date to where the stadium was unavailable. Also he brings up being mistaken once for Izzy when he was on his way from leaving a GnR audition heading back to finish his tour with Enrique Iglesias. From blabbermouth: AXL ROSE's Reunion With SLASH Wasn't Motivated By Money, Says GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist RICHARD FORTUS Guy "Favazz" Favazza of the St. Louis, Missouri radio station KSHE recently conducted an interview with GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus. You can now listen to the chat in four parts using the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether money was a motivating factor in GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose reuniting with guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan and Rose hitting the stage on time during the "Not In This Lifetime" tour: Fortus: "No. Axl has been going on on time for years before [the reunion]. It's been great. Is [money] the motivating factor for him? Absolutely not. I've never seen that guy motivated by money, as long as I've known him. Otherwise, this reunion would have happened a long time ago." On whether Slash's expensive divorce was a motivating factor for him to reunite with Axl: Fortus: "I don't know. Honestly, I don't think [money] was a motivating factor for anybody, other than the stars just seemed to align. We didn't have a bass player, we didn't have a guitar player. Really, that's how it sort of happened." On whether the reunion happened when Axl finally swallowed his pride and said, "Maybe I should call Slash": Fortus: "No. I think Slash had been trying to get a hold of him for a while. And they sat down, and Axl was, like, 'Okay, let's just talk it through.' And they sat down privately, went through their laundry list of issues, and were able to put it behind them, and here we are. And it's been really great. It's been incredible, actually." On whether it's one of those vibes where certain members of the band don't talk to each other when they're off stage: Fortus: "No. It's not like that. Man, we communicate all the time. Between Slash, Duff, Axl and myself, every night there's texts going back and forth after… once we're back in our hotel rooms. We hang out, we all travel together on the same plane." On what Slash thought of him the first time he met him: Fortus: "I had actually been asked to join Slash's band a while ago — actually, at a THIN LIZZY show. We were playing a festival and his manager came up to me and said, 'Man, we'd love to steal you.' And I couldn't do that to my friend [Axl]. That would be such a slap in the face. [Once we started playing together] we got along great. We clicked really quickly. It was a trial period; we were checking it out: Is this gonna work? Duff and I had played together before. And it really clicked quickly and easily. We have a great rapport. We come from a very similar background, you know, as far as the classic rock and the punk rock stuff." On Axl Rose singing for AC/DC: Fortus: "It was incredible. I was absolutely blown away. I flew up to Detroit to see it. It was absolutely devastatingly good. He really killed it. He texted me when [he found out he was going to do the AC/DC gig]… He said, 'Hey, I haven't told anybody yet, but I'm gonna go audition…' Well, he didn't say 'audition.' [He said] 'I'm gonna go play with AC/DC and see how it goes.' And I was thinking to myself, 'Man, that's a tough… I don't know, man. That's a tough one.' And then everybody got back to me that went to the audition and saw it and said he was just amazing. And when I saw it, I was blown away." On the possibility of new GUNS N' ROSES music from the current version of the band: Fortus: "We are messing with ideas every day. I mean, every day we do at least an hour soundcheck, and we'll play through different ideas, like new ideas, put stuff down on tape. It's really organic. And it happens… Same in rehearsals — we were always putting down different ideas and gettin stuff together and getting ready for that, yeah." As previously reported, GUNS N' ROSES is coming back to North America next summer for at least another 15 stadium dates, as the band continues its wildly successful "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour. Axl, Slash and Duff, along with Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese will kick off the new North American run on July 27 in St. Louis, ending on September 8 in San Antonio. Tickets go on sale in Canada this Friday (December 9) and in the U.S. on Saturday (December 10). The group has also mapped out a European jaunt that will begin on May 27 in Dublin, Ireland, ending on July 12 in the Netherlands. A July 15 show in Tel Aviv, Israel will also precede the North American leg.