Axl Rose Grunge Rant Revealed: ‘I Only Like You Guys And Nirvana’

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Adrian Harte recently released Small Victories: The True Story Of Faith No More. You can purchase the book on Amazon. It’s a great book, and you should definitely check it out.

Bill Gould discussed Axl Rose and Slash confronting Faith No More while on tour about their attitudes An ‘upset but not irate’ Rose began his comments by saying, ‘I only like you guys, Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, and two other bands, and all of you hate me. Why do you hate me? It’s like I went away and came back home to find you guys fucked my wife.’

One of the other two was likely Soundgarden, who opened for Guns N’ Roses. GNR have played “Black Hole Sun” in honor of Chris Cornell, and they covered “Big Dumb Sex” on their 1993 covers record The Spaghetti Incident?

Former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein was asked about Axl Rose’s reaction to Kurt Cobain’s 1994 death in a Guns N’ Roses Central interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments. Goldstein was asked if Rose’s media feud with Cobain, including the infamous MTV VMA’s incident, affected his reaction to the Nirvana frontman’s tragic death.

“It didn’t matter, he knew that Kurt was a fellow tortured artist. He was very upset, despondent, and I don’t know if it’s in Duff’s book or not, but Duff rode on an airplane back from Los Angeles the day before he killed himself. Duff has PTSD around the fact that he didn’t just hug him and say, ‘Come with me, don’t go to your house.’”

“It wasn’t that strong of an effort, it was an afterthought. But you can’t put the genie back in the bottle.”

He discussed Axl Rose’s depression more in detail.

“I had lived it with my own brother, who is a genius manic depressive, who attempted suicide a number of times, so it wasn’t that foreign to me, I was just reliving my childhood basically. He was my best friend, Axl was born 6 years later but born the day after my brother, so the Aquarian tortured genius manic depressive, I shared a room with that guy for 14 years, that was my brother. It made me more emphatic, I certainly understood, I was the one who could the call at 2, 3, or 4 in the morning that Axl wasn’t doing well, I happened to be the guy to go sit with him, sometimes for days at a time.”

  • Allison Auld

    Axl Rose didn’t hate Kurt Cobain. That just comes from that stupid fight at the MTV Awards. According to Bryn Bridenthal, who worked with the band and was close to Axl, she had to tell Axl about Kurt before he heard it on the news because she was afraid he would hurt himself when he found out. Then she had to spend hours talking him down after he had heard. It’s all in the book, “Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge”, which is a great read.

  • Raj

    They don’t hate Axl per se it was more about what gnr represented I think they were still viewed a sleazy and their lyrics were against was the guys that came out from Seattle represented plus Rose behaved like a primadonna.