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Watch Axl Rose’s first TV interview in 20 years on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

on October 25, 2012, 1:31am

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The mighty Axl Rose sat down for his first television interview in two decades Wednesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Out to promote Guns N’ Roses forthcoming Las Vegas residency, Axl initially appeared uncomfortable by the unfamiliar setting, responding to questions about his past with one or two word answers. As expected, the conversation became especially tense when the topics involved the band’s original lineup.

“We’re just a few minutes from your old rehearsal space, do you ever think about it when driving by?” “Not in a while.” “Do you remember it at all?” “Unfortunately.” He did, however, loosen up when the topic shifted to his annual Halloween party and more specifically his Halloween tree, which is exactly what you think it is.

Surprisingly, Axl really found his stride as he answered Twitter-submitted questions, poking fun at his cornrows and even his trademark punctuality. In fact, he even laughed along as Kimmel showed a picture of an Oscar Wilde quote hanging in his home which states, “Punctuality is the thief of time.” And doing his best Oprah impression, Axl ended his appearance by giving the audience tickets to the band’s upcoming residency and, of course, gift certificates to a hamburger joint.

Since it’ll probably be another 20 years before you see this sort of thing again, replay tonight’s interview below.


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October 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

He ain’t late on a late show… that’s ironic

Duck Duck Gray Duck
October 25, 2012 at 9:57 am

Looks like Axl has been knock, knock, knocking on McDonald’s door.

Adrian orcel
October 25, 2012 at 8:52 am

It is not information, that is not the FIRST interview live in 20 years! Have you forget the “That Metal Show” in November 2011

Alex Young
October 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

Jimmy introduced it as such. If you want to get technical, it’s his first *live* TV interview in 20 years.

Phil E. Drifter
October 25, 2012 at 8:05 am

I need copies of the new tunes, Axl, that I heard blaring in my entire neighborhood, this past weekend. I tried recording some of it but I know you know me by now, you used my real name over and over again in it. And I love extended cuts and the new lyrics for nighttrain and brownstone — hour-long songs rock!

October 25, 2012 at 6:04 am

Shame it’s too late

Dave Meccariello
October 25, 2012 at 2:43 am

good for him for trying to repair his image, by just being a down to earth regular guy

Phil E. Drifter
October 25, 2012 at 8:06 am

repair my ass, he’s my hero, he’s the f*ckin’ king of rock. ‘Guns n’ Roses’ was HIS creation — you think Slash wanted to play the same 16 solos over and over again the rest of his life? C’mon man nothin’ lasts forever and Axl knew that from the start.

Dave Meccariello
October 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

without question axl is a very talented guy….but he seemed to implode Years ago.. perhaps as she gets older he is chilling out

October 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm

You’re deluded. Stop with the hero worship, anyone can see that he’s tarnished his own image basically since the late 90′s up until now. Just because he’s your “hero” doesn’t make him some kind of perfect creation. Don’t get me wrong, he’s talented and Chinese Democracy is completely underated but he’s not a God.


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