shön! magazine

Rolling Stone Interview
  • Rolling Stone: One thing that has people exasperated is the late show times. Why do you go on so late?
  • Axl: I pretty much follow my own internal clock, and I perform better later at night. Nothing seems to work out for me until later at night. And it is our show. I don't want to make people sit around and wait –– it drives me nuts. That hour-and-a-half or two-hour time period that I'm late going onstage is living hell, because I'm wishing there was any way on earth I could get out of where I am and knowing I'm not going to be able to make it. I'm late to everything. I've always wanted to have it written in my will that when I die, the coffin shows up a half-hour late and says on the side, like in gold, SORRY I'M LATE.
The reality is that I’m not clubbing because I don’t find it’s in my best interest to be out there. I am building something slowly, and it doesn’t seem to be so much out there as in here, in the studio and in my home. So many times, I have come down here and I had no idea that I was going to be able to. If you are working with issues that depressed the crap out of you, how do you know you can express it? At the time, you are just like, ‘Life sucks.’ Then you come down and you express 'Life sucks,’ but in this really beautiful way.
—  Axl Rose (Rolling Stone interview, 2000)