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1989.MM.DD - MTV - Interview with Axl

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1989.MM.DD - MTV - Interview with Axl

Post by Soulmonster on Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:19 am



Transcript:

Interviewer: ...in one of the most successful and exciting hard rock band to emerge in recent years Guns N' Roses. And his musical talent is undeniable but by shooting from the hip with lyrics that decried, quote, "immigrants, niggers and faggots" in the G N' R Lies track 'One in a Million', Axl got himself in hot water and got his band dumped from an AIDS benefit concert earlier this year. For whatever reason, this week Axl decided to confront the tough questions about those lyrics as well as talk about the future of his mega band and other more personal matters when he sat down with MTV for a lengthy in-depth chat.

Axl: There is a lot of different meanings to that word, but a lot of people just take the time to assume that when a white person uses the word 'nigger' it's meant at the whole black race, you're derogatory and you're racist. I don't think people take the time to listen to the third verse and figure that one out, it says "radicals and racists, don't point your finger at me." You know, which is exactly what happened. We had the Ku Klux Klan saying we're promoting shows and backing the Ku Klux Klan and they immediately got a letter for my lawyer, you know, because that is not true.

Interviewer: While attempting to put the controversy behind it may have been the first order of business, now Axl is facing another challenge: Coming up with a new album that's a worthy follow-up to the multi-platinum Appetite for Destruction, without rehashing it.

Axl: We found ourselves trying to, you know, write the next 'Jungle', write the next 'Paradise City', you know, and it's... we didn't want to but it was happening... Lyrics were coming out with lines about our other songs. That took a few months to get past that, to where... to put those to rest. It's like, I hope this album's more successful because I just want to bury 'Appetite.' It's like, I like the album but I'm sick of it. I don't live my life through that one album. I have to bury it. So rather than just throwing a bunch of songs together, we thinking far more [?] going over it, you know, with a fine-tooth comb and just working on everything to try... That's the goal, bury 'Appetite.'

Interviewer: Recording the LP may not be so easy since at the moment the members of Guns N' Roses are spread out all over the country. Plus there's some friction going on between Axl and guitarist Slash, not unlike the conflicts Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have gone through over the years.

Axl: We have to work on pulling things together because we definitely have our own lives and individual personalities and dreams and goal. And, so then what you try to do is to try to find a way to make all those things fit together, and it's not necessarily easy, none of us are trained in psychology. Maybe we need a child psychologist on the road. She could look great too, that would help [chuckle].

Interviewer: Ever since he was a young kid run-ins with the law have been a way of life for Axl, and that hasn't changed just because he's now a platinum-selling rock star.

Axl: I'll carry myself like, you know, I know what's going on, I'm in charge of myself in this situation, this and that, so, you know, an authority figure, you know, can pick up that vibe and feel it as a challenge to his authority and take it as a threat. You know, sometimes it's just the vibe and so they're, like, they immediately sense this guy could be a threat, so it probably is a threat, so let's eliminate this threat. And, uh, in Chicago I was held down by eight police, you know, and I'm laying on this, like, a brick floor realizing this guy can take my head and just bash, you know, and there was nothing I could do if he would do that, you. I don't like being vulnerable.

Interviewer: But while Axl doesn't enjoy being on the receiving end of a gun he has no problem toting them himself. He's recently become a user and a collector of guns.

Axl: When I go shooting I do not go shooting thinking about people I don't like or I'm mad at, you know. I don't shoot at a target and pretend this is Joe Blow. It's actually its exact opposite. I've gone shooting with people and they've said, "Yeah, well think about so-and-so" and I'm like, "Stop, do not talk like that." The first time I shot my shotgun was the first time I'd shot a shotgun since a little kid, and the first thought in my mind was what this would do to a man, and it was so gross of a picture it's just.... you know, most people's actions no matter how much they infuriate you are definitely not worth what it's going to do to their human body if you shoot them, plus the fact you have to live with you did that to somebody. It's pretty horrible. I think about the beer can I'm shooting, and my accuracy, I think about the target. I don't think about shooting people if I go shooting.

Axl: I got faith in this band happening and what we could you do with it. When people go, "Are you, like, surprised that you did it? Did you ever think it could happen?"... people in my hometown. I'm like, "Well, I was working on it since about eighth grade with a conscious effort," you know, it's like, I had all the right clothes in eight grade. These stacks really [?], my shoes and the bell-bottoms and the white shirts, huge collars and everything, and then one girl went off of me, "You look like a rock star," [?] and I was like, "Thank you very much!", you know, I was very happy about [chuckles]. I was succeeding.

Interviewer: He's definitely succeeding. Guns N'...
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Re: 1989.MM.DD - MTV - Interview with Axl

Post by Soulmonster on Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:15 am

Anyone's got an idea when this video is from? I would guess mid-1989.
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Re: 1989.MM.DD - MTV - Interview with Axl

Post by Blackstar on Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:08 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Anyone's got an idea when this video is from? I would guess mid-1989.

I don't know when exactly the interview was recorded either, and I couldn't find anything in regards to the date. I agree that mid-'89 is the best guess.

It seems this video is part of a longer interview. There are some other clips of it in a late 1989 (probably October) MTV documentary (along with clips from other interviews):


Also in parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 of this video compilation:
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Re: 1989.MM.DD - MTV - Interview with Axl

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:38 pm

I was looking through that MTV program with all the various clips, hoping it would help me establish the date of the Axl interview, but with no success. I will just put it down as somewhere in 1989 for now, and hopefully we will be able to pinpoint the time later. That MTV program is next in line for transcription.
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