Former Guns N’ Roses manager Alan Niven, who managed GN’R between 1986 and 1991, spoke in an interview with ‘Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon’ podcast and explained his thoughts about Axl Rose’s performances with AC/DC.
Here’s the statement:
“I’m uncomfortable with Axl performing on a stage that has a giant pair of… devil horns on it; that he sings ‘Highway to Hell,’ which I’m not sure has the humor in it that it ought to have.
I’m a great believer that you don’t defend the devil. I believe that if you want negativity and you want nastiness in your life, that it’s your responsibility to either invite it in your life or expel it from your life.
I think there’s a difference between celebrating the devil and aspiring to be a free spirit and challenging the evil over authoritarianism.
And if it’s just in play, it’s stupid… And if it’s not in play, then it’s evil… Life is binary – either you’re of the light, or of the dark. In the light, you can see what and who is beautiful… And in the dark, you’re blind and you’re lost…”
“It really freaking disturbs me that there seems to be no shame or… an apology for the fact that the likes of Richard Ramirez found auditory stimulation in their song ‘Night Stalker’ [Richard Ramirez was a serial killer, rapist, and burglar responsible for over 15 brutal murders, rapes and attempted murders in Los Angeles during mid-’80s. He was nicknamed the “Night Stalker” and a fan of AC/DC, particularly the song “Night Prowler” off 1979’s “Highway to Hell.”]
I mean – after that happens, and you’re selling glow-in-the-dark devil horns at your gigs – I’m sorry, that makes you a dumbass Australian little hobgoblin. And you can quote me, and I know it’s gonna piss a lot of people off, but when it comes to what really matters, you gotta stand or fall.”