AXL ROSE Talks About Working On New Music, Relationship With ANGUS YOUNG And Possible Autobiography
June 8, 2016
Axl Rose, lead singer of GUNS N' ROSES and current guest vocalist on the AC/DC tour, took part in a rare interview on Tuesday (June 7) at the China Exchange in London, United Kingdom. The chat was part of the Prudential Series of talks which gives the audience an exciting opportunity to interact with exceptional people from a variety of fields of interest from music and entertainment to business and academia.
During the question-and-answer session — audio of which can be heard below — Rose was asked if there are any plans for him to release new music in the not-too-distant future. He said: "We are working on new stuff. I've got a lot of stuff together, and I played some stuff for [GUNS N' ROSES bandmates] Slash and Duff [McKagan] and they liked it. And Angus [Young, AC/DC guitarist] and I are talking about working together."
Rose was also asked about the possibility of him one day writing his autobiography, just as Slash and McKagan had done. He said: "I think so — quite possibly, yes. But it's tough, because I have to figure out how to word things in a way that doesn't just look like I'm being negative to everyone else or calling them a liar."
He continued: "Slash and I hadn't talked in 19 years, and when we did talk, I was, like, 'You wrote a lot of stuff [in your book] that didn't even happen. It's not real.'"
Asked about his relationship with Angus Young, Axl said: "It's great. I can't really explain it. I feel something… I feel protective, [like] I do not want to let this guy down, more than almost anybody I've ever met. And I don't know why. And he's very responsive to me. And they said they hadn't seen him this happy, they hadn't seen him moving around [as much before]. So that's kind of a neat thing between musicians."
Elsewhere in the Q&A, Rose discussed whether he has no plans for a solo album, if he is interested in working on film soundtracks, why he's working with a vocal coach again and the impact of YouTube on the music business.
The rescheduled dates of AC/DC's North American tour — which will be the band's first concerts here with Rose on lead vocals —will kick off at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 27, just five days after Rose completes his summer stadium run with GUNS N' ROSES.
AC/DC will make up the ten shows it was forced to cancel earlier this year when singer Brian Johnson had to abruptly come off the road or face total hearing loss.
The group recruited Axl Rose for 22 shows, including a dozen stops in Europe. There are three dates left on the European run.
For the shows in Europe with Axl Rose on vocals, AC/DC has been surprising fans by including rarely played tunes from their formidable archive such as "Rock 'N' Roll Damnation", "Riff Raff", "Touch Too Much" and "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)".
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