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Monday, 9 February 2009

Axl Slams Record Company

GNR mainstay, Axl Rose has conducted his first interview in nine years, slamming his US record label as "friendly but otherwise cut-throat loan sharks".

Speaking to Billboard, the Guns N' Roses frontman also quashed any rumours of reconciliation with Slash, the band's former lead guitarist. "One of the two of us will die before a reunion," Rose said. "Those decisions were made a long time ago and reiterated [by Slash] year after year."
Chinese Democracy, released in 2008, was Guns N' Roses' first album of original material since 1991.

Ultimately, Rose said, the Chinese Democracy that was released was the album he hoped for. "It's the right record and I couldn't ask for more. Could have been a more enjoyable journey, but it's there now. The art comes first."

When it comes to sales, however, the album has not exactly lived up to expectations, boasting only modest chart success circumstance Rose blames mostly on his label. "Unfortunately, I have no information for me to believe [that] there was any real involvement or effort from Interscope," he said. "To a man, [the band] hate the record company ... We've never been anything more than a throw it at the wall, see if it sticks, no real ground work, something to take advantage of. In light of pirating and the mess the major labels are in, I have no sympathy for the record companies."


The illegal down loads of Chinese Democracy may account for lower than expected sales. However Axl Rose has not exactly helped his cause - no promo video yet and limited public discourse has meant limited exposure. He may have simply wanted people to discus the merits of Chinese Democracy in their reviews but may have missed the point that peopel are still interested in him as one of the last great rock n roll frontmen.

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