Axl Answers More Questions, Stereogum Gets Its Free Dr. Pepper

On Friday we looked at Axl Rose’s Q&A with fans on a Guns N’ Roses message board. The next day the reclusive rocker answered more queries from fans in the forum. (His username and avatar is Dexter.) Among the revelations was that Axl would participate in a GN’R reunion for a charity cause “if it feels right” and if the money actually went to victims. Then, yesterday, Dexter reached out a third time, in the form of 4,500-word, emoticon-laced message board post titled “My homework assignment. Just the Tip…. (of the iceberg).” Many of those words concern why Chinese Democracy was credited to Guns N’ Roses and not Axl Rose.

I didn’t make a solo record. A solo record would be completely different than this and probably much more instrumental. I made a Guns record with the right people who were the only people who really wanted to help me try, were qualified and capable while enduring the public abuse for years . The songs were chosen by everyone involved. I didn’t want to do This I love in anyway shape or form and Robin and Caram insisted gaining Tommy’s and the others support. There’s been a lot of pressure to go with using my name (all external) but that never felt right to me for this band and the parameters in regard to this music have lots more to do with the mindset of Guns than something else. The instrumental I wrote for End of Days that’s more a solo effort at least presently.

As far as a new name…this is who I am not whatever else someone else thinks of. I don’t see myself as solely Guns but I do see myself as the only one from the past making the effort to take it forward whether anyone approves or not and giving beyond what many would or fight for to do so. The name helped the music more than you could ever know and I’m not talking in regards to studios or budgets I mean it as in being pushed by something and having to get the music to a place where I can find my peace regardless of what anyone says. And that wasn’t fully achieved until the last round of mastering and swapping out a version of a track at the pressing plant that had gotten inadvertently changed at the last minute.

And would GN’R reunite if inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

Never thought about that , with the RRHOF. The whole “mature enough” bit was cute. Not to offend anyone but personally I don’t have an interest and other than inducting Elton don’t quite get what it is exactly and who decides what. It seems to mean more to some than others and more so amongst fans. It’s nice to get recognition and have some form of acceptance but in regards to joining others the price is too high and just not worth it. It’s a ways away and seems a bit presumptuous to be contemplating being inducted now.

Actually, 2012 is not that far away for a guy who takes 17 years to make an album. You can parse the rest at