Axl Rose ‘Biggest Mistake’ With Pearl Jam Revealed


Former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein discussed Axl Rose and Guns N’ Roses’ reaction to the early 90’s Grunge explosion in a new Guns N’ Roses Central interview, and telling Rose the ‘mistake’ he made in relation to Pearl Jam and Nirvana’s massive success and the appeal of their look and ethos. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“None of us knew it was coming. In Axl’s defense, he asked me on time, ‘What do you think the biggest mistake I ever made is?’ I said, ‘Showing the fans your mansion. Now you’ve got Nirvana and Pearl Jam wearing their lumberjack shirts and jeans and it’s just changed, right?’

He called me back, ‘You know what, I can’t accept that.’ I said, ‘Why?’ He goes, ‘Because nobody told me that was happening.’ And he was right, and that’s something I should have been able to call out, and I didn’t. Nobody saw it coming.”

Axl Rose was a fan of Nirvana, and his feuded with the band was initiated by insults Kurt Cobain made in interviews. Soundgarden toured with Guns N’ Roses, and GNR even have performed “Black Hole Sun” for a year and a half at shows following the death of Chris Cornell.