It’s been about 5 years since Axl Rose has granted an interview (and over a decade since his last televised interview). He broke his streak over the weekend by speaking with Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show. He showed up exercises. In fact, he tells the interviewers, “I do a lot of cardio when I can or force myself to.”
We bet he does.
In fairness, he does look trimmer than he did when the Fat Axl meme started. In unfairness, refer to all the pictures in this article. (Thanks to commenter Spazmodic for the banner and to TheSmokingJacket for the others.)
Rose gave one condition for the interview: he wouldn’t talk about a reunion with the original members of the band. Other than that, he opened up about quite a number of things. He says his habit for showing up late started in 1991, when he says three things forced him into the ’91 tour: “my manager had booked a tour without authorization… then, I’m gonna be sued for it. He was also telling me if Slash dies of heroin, or whatever, it’s my fault. And lastly Slash pushing me. I should have not agreed to do that tour, but didn’t know how to get out of it.”
He also says the debut album of Guns N’ Roses nearly used a national tragedy as its cover art. Rose spoke about the original album cover art on “Appetite For Destruction”, and it turns out they almost went with something even more controversial than the Robert Williams painting many stores refused to stock: