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June 15th, 2001
Axl at the NBA finals
Transcript of the Axl interview on NBC:

Fred Roggin: Do you know who this is? The lead singer of Guns N' Roses, Axl Rose. Wow. What did you think?

[Axl sorta laughing at Fred's dramatic introduction ;]

Axl: I thought it was amazing, it's a lot of fun. This was my first basketball game ever, in person.

FR: This is your first game ever in person?

Axl: Yeah - to go see it live, yes.

FR: Coming in, were you rooting for the Lakers or the Sixers?

Axl: The Lakers are my favorite team, but I'm a huge Allen Iverson fan, so I'm rooting for the underdog, 'cos the Lakers are like, a given. So it's like - I win either way with this one.

FR: Now Axl, you sat out there, you experienced the fans....

Axl: But I want the season to go longer - they should extend the series - make it like a 10 game series.

[I think he really wants the Sixers to win ;]

FR: Now I gotta tell you something very seriously - I know it's your first basketball game ever, and I know it's all very exciting, but when all is said and done the season will have been long enough - it's a very long season. Now let me ask you, what did you think of these fans? People say it's a tough crowd, it's a rough crowd - what did you think?

Axl: I thought it was alright, I thought it was pretty mellow... I thought it was nice.

FR: Well we think you're very nice for coming over.

Axl: I'm rooting for both teams - when it's exciting, it's exciting, you know. I mean you can't take anything away from Shaq or Kobe, you just can't.

FR: Axl, thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate your time, glad you enjoyed your first game.

Axl: Thank you very much.

And that was it. He seemed really sweet, and down to earth - more so than I remember.

Fashion report

Axl was wearing a long white t-shirt (Nike), didn't really get to see much of the pants, but from what I did see my guess is they were trainers. Hoop earring in the left ear, two big diamond studs in the right, with a couple tiny hoops up top, big sport watch, could see some sort of necklace under the shirt. As for his figure, I didn't see anything close to an obvious paunch, a double chin, or anything like that. ;) He was clean shaven, hair still the dark reddish brown color, parted down the middle. He's got amazing skin. Great cheekbones. I thought he looked really young, with the exception of his eyebrows - still his natural color, so they look way too light with the darker hair color he has now. Can't think of anything else to say (other than hopefully I'll be laughing about this months from now, when there's tons of new interviews)..

Thanks to: Paulaahh, Patrick 
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