Axl Rose has agreed to a very rare television interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the upcoming Guns N’ Roses shows at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The “Appetite for Democracy” shows begin October 31st and run for 12 dates through November 24th. Axl will appear on the show on Wednesday, October 24th. As is customary with the Kimmel show, the interview will be broadcast on a one-hour tape delay.
Guns N’ Roses have been touring pretty steadily over the past few years, but Rose has agreed to very few interviews. He did appear on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show in November of 2011, where he explained why he’s often late to his shows. “A lot of this goes way, way back to 1991, when we were super late going on stage,” Rose said. “I should not have been on tour. I went on tour for three reasons – my manager booked a tour without authorization. If Slash died of heroin, it’s my fault. And Slash pushing me.
A quick glance at Ticketmaster reveals that plenty of seats are still available for the Las Vegas shows, which likely explains Rose’s decision to agree to this interview.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, though Rose opted to not attend the ceremony. Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Steven Adler performed with Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy in Axl’s place.
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