Axl Rose Says Ex-Guns N' Roses Bandmates Damaged His Songwriting

11/01/2012
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Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose gave a revealing interview with USA Today to promote the band's residency in Las Vegas.

During the chat he explained why Chinese Democracy was delayed and how original band members effected his writing ability. Here are the excerpts:

Songwriting slump: Supermodel girlfriend Stephanie Seymour and original Guns guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan "did more damage to my ability as a writer. To those three, it was all crap. It beat me down so much. At the time of the (Use Your Illusion) tours, Slash and Duff said, 'You're an idiot, you're a loser.' I didn't write for years. I felt I was hindered for a very long time. I was also trying to figure out what I wanted to say, when it's right to be venting and when you're digging a bigger hole. Lyrics on Chinese took a long time."

The long wait for Chinese Democracy: "I had to deal with so many other things that don't have to do with music but have to do with the industry. There's such a loss of time. It was more about survival. There wasn't anyone to work with or trust. Someone would come in to help produce and the reality was they just wanted to mix it and get it out the door. They had a different agenda. (The next album) will come out sooner."

Read the full interview here and here.

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