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Axl Rose: “People will hear music this year”

Axl Rose: "People will hear music this year"

Unexpectedly popping by the after-party for Korn’s tour press conference on Saturday night, Guns ‘n’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose chatted up Rolling Stone about his recent life and the 10-years-in-the-making GNR album, Chinese Democracy. The only remaining original bandmember, Axl’s methods over the years have become the stuff of contemporary rock legend. He also has not granted much attention to the press, rarely saying more than a few words to the media over the last decade. But for this impromptu interview, he offered up some goods, including what some of the new GNR sound will resemble and what hobbies have been keeping him busy:

He seems more like an average guy out for a night with friends than the most mythical rock star on the planet in 2006. And he maintains that that’s exactly what he is. “The only time people ever write about me is when I go out to a strip club, because I don’t chase the paparazzi down,” he says. And, when he’s out of the spotlight, Rose says you’ll find him doing average-guy stuff: reading books and watching movies. His favorite book is Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly. “I was a little scared when I saw they were making it into a movie starring Keanu [Reeves],” he says. “But I guess if he can handle The Matrix, he can do this.”

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