Axl Rose On That Metal Show

To celebrate National Metal Day yesterday, VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show programmed Axl Rose’s first interview in five years, and the first televised one in over a decade. And Axl actually showed up — only 15 hours late — lucid and affable but without the famous yellow raincoat we’ve been admiring. The GN’R frontman sat down with Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine backstage in Miami, and discussed things like Chinese Democracy’s legacy, Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame eligibility, and the ’91 tour Axl only agreed to because his manager told him if he didn’t perform Slash would overdose on heroin. Watch the post-gig Q&A below and count how many times the interviewers point out that it was a 3 hour show. Guitarist DJ Ashba is on hand too, but he doesn’t say anything.

UPDATE: YouTube removed the video. Here are some clips, though. Check local listings for repeats.

Here are the remaining North American tour dates:

11/12 Kansas City, MO, USA @ Sprint Center
11/13 Minneapolis, MN, USA @ Target Center
11/15 Rosemont, IL, USA @ Allstate Arena
11/17 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
11/19 Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
11/20 Wilkes Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena
11/23 Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
11/25 Worcester, MA @ DCU center
11/26 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
11/28 Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
12/1 Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace
12/2 Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
12/4 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
12/5 Southhaven, MS @ DeSoto Civic Center
12/7 Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Centre
12/8 Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
12/11 Denver, CO @ 1st bank center
12/17 Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum

Comments (12)
  1. I still think he’s channeling present day Aaron Behrens:


  2. I counted 6 mentions of the 3-hour show.

    I agree with Axl, DJ Ashba needs to STFU.

  3. i saw them play at el salvador last year, axl was great, his voice intact and actually doing tall the dances and acrobatics that hes famous for back in the day. I appreciate his efforts to play in places ignored by most bands, like central america. It was great i had an awesome time and the new band was up to the task, i hate axl getting loads of crap for everything, yet he came and did one hell of a show (3hrs long, spanning all the albums)… lots of love axl

  4. Does GnR still have that dude with a bucket on his head, with the very subversive and witty name of “buckethead”?

    If so, I’m still not on board. GnR is about as relevant as Kim Kardashian to me, so whatever.

  5. Haven’t I seen this before? Oh, I remember:

    AAHHHHHHHHHHH I can’t it
    I know you planned it
    I’m set it straight
    This Axel-Gate
    [blah blah blah blah blah ]

  6. axl rose has never ever ever done anything worthwhile.

  7. Axl sounds semi-sane here. Don’t hate him for this. Hate him for spending years and years making mediocre music instead.

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