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2024.01.08 - Songfacts - Interview with Dave Abbruzzese

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Post by Blackstar Wed Jan 10, 2024 12:13 am

Interview by Greg Prato. The GN'R part:

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Songfacts: What do you recall about your experience working with Guns N' Roses?

Abbruzzese: The Guns thing was tough. Axl [Rose] and I became familiar with one another through nightly phone calls for months before we actually met and played music together. It was a tough time for me because I had quite a bit of soul poisoning from the way my manager handled my termination from Pearl Jam. I was leery of entering the big machine again because of it. Things were moving along well until I spoke to the G n' R management regarding my opinion that the new music might be better suited to an Axl solo album rather than a G n' R album.

Doug Smith [David probably means Doug Goldstein], the Guns' manager at the time, told me that the management and the label had a plan of letting the album we were making be the catalyst for getting Axl to reunite with Slash. The plan was to let him fail and the hope was that this failure would inspire him to reunite with Slash and get the big train back on the tracks. When I heard this I was forced to choose between informing Axl about it or just bowing out. I felt that if I told him of their plan it would destroy what little faith he had in the machine.

So I opted to take one on the chin and sacrifice my new friendship for the sake of Axl's ability to continue to be a creative force. It was a difficult decision but ultimately one that I am glad I made. I love that guy and I didn't want to be responsible for ruining the chance of him and the band continuing to make music for their fans that had waited so patiently for so long for G n' R to get back to it.

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Full interview:
https://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/dave-abbruzzese-ex-pearl-jam


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Post by ludurigan Wed Jan 10, 2024 1:01 pm

"Doug Smith" seems to be such a horrible person
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Post by Uli Tue Jan 23, 2024 5:45 pm

Blackstar wrote:Abbruzzese: ...told me that the management and the label had a plan of letting the album we were making be the catalyst for getting Axl to reunite with Slash. The plan was to let him fail and the hope was that this failure would inspire him to reunite with Slash and get the big train back on the tracks.

Hm, in the (very) long run the plan has worked, huh? Wink
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Post by Soulmonster Tue Jan 23, 2024 6:31 pm

I guess it did Very Happy
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