GnR guitarist reveals frontman Rose likes to catch his bandmates out with wisecracks via in-ear monitors during their virtuoso moments
Guns n’Roses frontman Axl Rose likes to catch his bandmates out by telling jokes while they’re trying to play solos, guitarist Bumblefoot reveals.
He says the singer will deliver wisecracks via the band’s in-ear monitor system just as one of them is about to embark on a virtuoso performance – and the ploy has caught the axeman out in the past.
Bumblefoot tells UGO: “Axl has got a great sense of humour. He’s a real ball-buster. Sometimes he’ll tell jokes into our monitors while we’re trying to take a solo. He’s fucked me up a few times.”
GnR’s difficult history means the guitarist has learned not to think about what will happen next, even though he joined up in time to miss the massive delays behind 2009 album Chinese Democracy.
He explains: “We hit the road, I hit the studio, we toured some more, then it came out – there was action for most of the time I was there.
“But I can’t predict anything and I don’t try. Right now we’ve got a headlining show at Rock in Rio in Brazil in October. Hopefully more info will come down the pipeline, but so far that’s what’s going on.”
Meanwhile, former GnR drummer Steven Adler has confirmed the new lineup for his band Adler’s Appetite after singer Rick Stitch and guitarist Alex Gross suddenly quit. The new frontman is Patrick Stone of Aces n’Eights and the replacement six-stringer is Lonnie Paul.