Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday for what was billed as his first television interview in more than 20 years.
The rocker was promoting Guns N' Roses Appetite for Democracy , his band's upcoming stand at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. GN'R will perform 12 shows there, beginning on Halloween and running through November 24.
Rose was a good sport during the Kimmel interview, rolling with jabs about Guns' habitual onstage lateness, the corn rows that used to be in his hair, and talking about his day job before GN'R hit, including work at a Tower Video store.
"I became a manager for a very short amount of time," Rose reminisced, saying he got members of "the original line-up" jobs there as well. As one might expect, it wasn't a very tightly-run ship. "I let everybody have beers after work," he laughed. Kimmel then countered with, "It's funny because...every video store employee thinks they're gonna be a rock star one day: you're the only one who actually did."
Rose also spoke about recently meeting for the first time and playing with one of his musical heroes, Neil Young , at the legend's Bridge School Benefit Concert. "It was great to meet him," Rose said. "I always liked this song of his, 'Don't Let It Bring You Down,' and he agreed to sing it with us...He's so the real deal."
When the subject turned to musical influences, Rose told Kimmel, "My favorite band was Queen . And Sweet and stuff like that. But I listened to the Beatles , and the Stones , everybody that I can. I was raised on Elvis ."
The rocker said Elton John was also one of his "favorites." Rose also praised Elton John's longtime lyricist, telling Kimmel, " Bernie Taupin 's lyrics are still my favorite lyrics."
As for the Vegas shows, Kimmel quipped, "Is 12 days in Vegas a good idea for you?" to which Rose joked in reply, "It will be a challenge." He also insisted that Guns won't be late coming to the stage: "We'll probably really go on around the time we're supposed to go on -- whenever that is."
Guns N' Roses' first Las Vegas residency is in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the release of the band's inaugural effort, Appetite for Destruction . In addition to playing tracks from their debut album, Axl and company have said they'll draw their sets from every GN’R album.
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