Axl Rose made a very rare TV appearance last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Guns N' Roses frontman didn't perform, but he did chat about hitchhiking to Los Angeles when he was 19, working at Tower Video during his early days in Los Angeles, his band's upcoming Las Vegas residency and singing with Neil Young at last week's Bridge School Benefit.
Rose also took a few questions from Twitter and revealed that he "leans Democrat and leans Obama," although he has no plans to vote because California is such an overwhelmingly blue state.
Kimmel repeatedly mocked Rose for his tendency to show up hours late for concerts. "You're right on time," he said after Rose first walked in. "It's unbelievable." He later held up a photo of an Oscar Wilde quote that supposedly hangs in Rose's house: "Punctuality is the thief of time."
The main purpose of the interview seemed to be promoting GNR's Appetite for Democracy Las Vegas residency, which still has plenty of available tickets. "We'll probably go on at the time we're supposed to," said Rose. "As soon as I find out what that time is – as soon as it's negotiated." At the end of the interview he told the studio audience that some of them had tickets to the Vegas show under their seats. He also told the audience that he arranged for a Tommy's Burger truck to give them free food after the taping.
Many fans noticed that Axl's voice was a little rough at the Bridge School Benefit. Rose didn't specifically address that, but he did say he was recovering from a bout with strep throat.
Kimmel largely steered clear of controversial topics, including Rose's decision to skip the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and his strained relationship with his former bandmates.