Guns N’ Roses Icon Reveals When Axl Rose Became ‘Dictator’


Original Guns N’ Roses guitarist Tracii Guns recently told Eddie Trunk on SiriusXM what led to his departure from the band, and how Axl Rose being ‘angry’ and dictating to the band is what led to him quitting the band, and how Duff McKagan seemed to accept Axl’s behavior due to the large crowds at shows. Guns revealed who fired Axl Rose a few days ago. Alternative Nation transcribed Guns’ comments.

Guns: What had happened when I did leave, finally [was] Axl [Rose]  was hanging out with somebody that I went to high school with actually or junior high school and had disappeared for like, a week. The next time I had seen Axl was at soundcheck at my second to last show and Axl had just started dictating to everybody and he was angry. It was like:

“Who is this guy? I don’t know this guy!”

Guns: We had been living together for almost a year and it sucked because that show was absolutely packed to the gills. It was at this place called The Timbers Club in Glendora and the band was on fire, you know? Yet me and Izzy [Stradlin] were just looking at each other from across the stage like:

“This is weird…”   

Guns: All of a sudden we weren’t connected to Axl. You know like he had taken over his space and was really talking a lot and we weren’t playing a lot.

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