Former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein was asked about Axl Rose’s reaction to Kurt Cobain’s 1994 death in a new 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.”