Johnny Christ, the bassist of the California-based heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold, has recalled the first time he met with Metallica frontman James Hetfield and Guns N’ Roses star Axl Rose while comparing the periods that Christ’s band toured with them.
During the latest interview, he gave on Speak N’ Destroy, the talented bass player, Johnny Christ, has reminisced about the good old days when Avenged Sevenfold took part in the Europe tour of the phenomenal rock band, Guns N’ Roses.
Within the long and pleasing conversation, Christ especially indicated that the frontman of Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose, was super nice to them when they saw him. He revealed that they all joined an afterparty, in which Axl showed up and thanked all the members of Avenged Sevenfold for being on tour.
Johnny Christ has likened the first time they met Axl Rose to the first time they met with the legendary band, Metallica. The bass guitarist called the band their main influence and said that James Hetfield, as well as the other band members, was really great to them throughout the whole period they toured together.
Here’s what Johnny Christ said when asked about Guns N’ Roses:
“We did concerts with them in Europe, we did some Guns N’ Roses stuff. It was, [Ron Thal] ‘Bumblefoot‘ was playing lead guitar and I think Brain Mantia was playing drums, it was a different lineup obviously.
And yeah, Axl Rose was super nice to us when we saw him. He was still coming out on-stage a little late and stuff, doing this Axl thing, but at the end of the tour, we were in fucking Sweden somewhere, it was the last show, and the Guns N’ Roses guys invited us to an afterparty.
We went and hung out, and Axl shows up and he was thanking us for being on tour and had really nice things to say, and we were like, ‘This is fucking awesome. This is Axl rose, it was fucking great.”
“Similar to meeting Metallica and doing shows with them, great band, obviously, huge fan.
I would say something like that and the fact that we, you know, as we always said, we wear our influences on our sleeves, and Metallica is one of the main ones. You’re absolutely right to point out that, even subconsciously seeing that.
I don’t think we ever consciously said like, ‘We’re gonna do what Metallica did‘ because they didn’t give a fuck and now we’re not gonna give a fuck. I don’t think that was necessarily the case, but subconsciously, I’m sure that seeped in a bit.”
You can check out the rest of the conversation here.