although GUNS N’ ROSES Never officially separated, guitarist slash Retired in 1996, drummer Matthew My question was fired in 1997 and bass player Duff McKagan stop later this year. asked in a recent interview with ROTATE what misconceptions about the band he wanted to clear up in his autobiography, “Double Talkin’ Jive: True Rock ‘n’ Roll Stories from the Drummer of Guns N’ Roses, The Cult and Velvet Revolver”, My question said: “It’s really nobody’s fault. The band was way too big at the time. There are many people who have their paws in the pie, many distractions, too much money, and too many drugs and alcohol. Young people attract “I don’t make clear decisions. I look back and think: ‘If that were me now, I would call and have a conversation’, but it just didn’t seem that easy to be able to explain things to each other at the time help mediate a problem instead of being selfish or arrogant. It could have gone differently with more communication. When you get out of a situation like that you realize, ‘Good God, that was a great damn band and I wish we could have kept them together.’”
He continued, “If you ask any band that’s stayed together, they have to go through those struggles, just like any other relationship. You gotta figure it out if you wanna keep it together, how much is it worth to you? At the same time, when I talk about things that went wrong, I want to give credit to the people in the group ‘Use Your Illusion’ era we were at the peak of our game. axel [Rose, vocals], slash and duff – and even Izzy Stradlin [guitar] and Gilby [Clarke, guitar] – Personalities that stand on their own, and sometimes those personalities blend and sometimes they don’t.”
My questionwho also played with THE CULT, VELVET REVOLVER and HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRESis not involved GN’R‘s extremely successful reunion with Singer Axel Rose, slash and McKagan next to drummer Frank Ferrerkeyboardist Dizziness Reedguitarist Richard Fortus and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
The 61-year-old musician who replaces Stephen Adler in GUNS N’ ROSESrecorded the hugely successful albums “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II” (both 1991) and “The Spaghetti Incident” (1994). He also supported the group on the “Use Your Illusion” tour and can be heard GUNS N’ ROSES‘ “Live Era: ’87-’93” (1999) and “Greatest Hits” (2004).
Frosted was among the GUNS N’ ROSES Members who have been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012. He, Eagle, slash and McKagan attended the ceremony while rose and founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin stayed at home.
last october, My question told “Dennis Mueller +1” about his time with GUNS N’ ROSES: “God, do you know when you used to see them VH1 ‘Behind the Music’ [episodes]and [you’d go], ‘Oh God. There it goes again.’ Sorry, it happened to me too. [Laughs] It was doing as much as you can until you can’t anymore. Things got crazy, and believe it or not, everyone’s in on it GUNS N’ ROSES is still alive. And that blows my mind. I got out alive
“It was probably the greatest time of my life actually being in a band like this,” he added. “I remember playing Madison Square Garden [in New York City]. We spent four nights there, sold out. And I remember going up that ramp. Recall [the LED ZEPPELIN movie] ‘The song stays the same’ where to go, ‘tour dates tomorrow and tomorrow’? And next they open with it ‘rock’n’roll’. I drove up the same ramp with my bass player duff [McKagan]. And I look and I’m like, ‘Oh my God. We’re in the movie.’ It was beyond your wildest expectations or dreams as a kid to want to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band when you have those experiences.”
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