|In the latest episode of the Talking Metal podcast, guitarist Michael Angelo Batio talks about Axl Rose and Guns Ní Roses.
You can listen tot he interview here (the Axl/GN'R mention is around the 25 minute mark).
This was posted on Billboard.com in the "Ask Billboard - Experts answer your questions" section.
For March 28, 2006,
GUNNERS: WHY SO WEIRD?
I've been a fan of Guns N' Roses for a long time. Even now, throughout all the weird changes and crazy rumors, I'm still wondering what will Guns N' Roses Version 2.0 sound like if/when "Chinese Democracy" comes out.
Over the past few weeks more and more confirmations from European promoters have GN'R as a headliner at music festivals this summer. To date, there are approximately 18 dates lined-up. You can view these dates by going to a fans' Web site gunsnrosesonline.com.
Yet, if you go to the band's official Web site (gnronline.com), you'll see absolutely nothing! As a fan, this seems to be misleading, causes confusion and seems just plain stupid on behalf of the GN'R management.
My question(s): Why would the band have an official Web site with absolutely no information on it and why wouldn't they make some kind of an announcement?
It's amazing that there is still interest in Guns N' Roses after all these years, isn't it? I'm eager to hear what "Chinese Democracy" will sound like too, even though it's been a very long 15 years since the band's last studio album.
The Axl Rose-led act is indeed slated to perform at a bunch of European music festivals this summer including Lisbon's Rock In Rio on May 27.
Why would Guns N' Roses' official Web site not say anything about these shows? It's likely that there is a very specific game plan in mind when it comes to publicizing the new album and tour -- and right now, an updated official Web site isn't part of the plan. It may sound unorthodox -- but then again, this is Guns N' Roses (and Axl Rose) we're talking about.
For what it's worth, "Chinese Democracy" doesn't have a release date yet, though one would imagine it could finally see the light of day this year... maybe.