Axl lifts lid on Guns reunion

 Axl Rose has lifted the lid on the moves which began last year regarding the reunion of himself with Slash and Duff McKagan in Guns N' Roses.
Admitting even those within his inner circle thought he was joking when he initally asked for Slash's telephone number while the Guns N' Roses mainman also suggested Coachella organiser and Goldenvoice CEO Paul Tollett as the catalyst for the reunion.
Speaking to Brazil's Golbal TV Axl and Duff spoke at length, frankly and candidly, about the moves to bring the band back together.
"I had called [Slash] 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," Rose says. 
"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."
McKagan chimes in: "Getting into rehearsals, it was really just kind of one day at a time. I don't know that I thought too much about how far ahead. It was just really cool to play some of the music with the guys that I was playing it with."
While Duff, Slash and Axl have combined their mighty musical forces once again in the band and Steven Adler has made a handful of guest cameos on drums - the one conspicious absence from the classic line-up is rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin.
"I don't really know what to say about Izzy," says Rose.
"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."
In addition to their classic tunes, the new line-up have also continued to play tracks from 2008's Chinese Democracy live - despite neither Duff or Slash having had any part in the album.
"I really got to discover, in the best of ways, the album Chinese Democracy that [Axl] made, and it was these songs he had worked on," McKagan insists. "And I had listened to the record, but when you start to play the songs as a player, you really discover all the layers in the songs."

eric@newrocktimes.com