As Chinese Democracy struggles to sell copies, many place the blame on both Best Buy's lack of promotion and Axl Rose's reluctance to be interviewed. After last night, strike Rose's silence from the blame game as the Guns n' Roses singer took to a pair of Gn'R message boards to both answer questions and engage in flame wars with fans. Rose kicked off the interview in the most Rose-like way possible, as evidenced by this exchange, via the MyGNR forum:
Imagine you post on the Britney Spears fan forum. Now imagine the son of Britney's maid posting on the forum and everyone gushing over him because of his association to Britney. Nevermind that he never posts anything notable and is generally annoying.
Might as well start here... You're a little cunt and since you've been posting you've pretty much always been a little cunt. Blind accusations and insults by an anonymous coward and whiny shit stirrer aren't impressive or needed by anyone. Everyone else...talk with your administrator. Who wants to chat?!!
Pot meet kettle.
Not real bright are ya?
No, not really.
Then again I'm not the one who needs a house keeper to wipe my ass.
Axl: Ah... another cunt! So shocking!
From there, tempers would cool and Axl would actually unleash some pertinent information. For starters, regarding why Axl likes to make fans wait upwards of midnight when performing live, "I've been an after midnight type since I was sneakin' out of my house in Jr. High. With old Guns we preferred 12am or so. When we moved to theaters etc obviously that changes but it's never changed inside me. Doesn't matter what I do so generally that's when I'm more myself. This isn't to mess with anyone that has an early schedule to keep it's just personal preference."
As for Chinese's lack of promotion, Rose blamed it on bad contract negotiations, but promised that a video for "Better" — (Number 19 on our Best 100 Singles of 2008) — should be out next week. As for losing to Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak in the charts battle, Rose said "I met Kanye at the Versace awards. He was very gracious. I love Gold Digger and told him so. I'm a big fan of his stage performance as he seems to go for it physically which I relate more to. B4 r release I sent him a msg that any nonsense from the media had nothing to do with us and wished him the best. I'm humbled we've done as well as we have considering."
Rose also went on to talk about Buckethead, Brian May's removal from Chinese, his favorite characters in Atlas Shrugged, Nyquil and much more. You can read all the insanity that occurs when Axl randomly trolls his own message boards here and here.
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