In recent Billboard article, former Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson, who played bass guitar during Chinese Democracy World Tour, has revealed the unheard conversation with vocalist Axl Rose.
He also talked about why Axl Rose didn’t change name of the band. He said:
“When I talked to Axl, his idea was very much punk rock. He owned the name and was like, ‘the other fuckers all quit, and I got the name and I’m going on. I’m going on as Guns N’ Roses.’ Call me kooky, but at the moment, I was like, ‘shit man, I’m with you.’”
Back in October 2018, another former Guns N’ Roses member Chris Vrenna talked about same topic and said:
“After he left (bassist Duff McKagan), I even had a talk with Axl one time like, ‘You know, you’re changing the sound of the band and it’s really just you and we’re all new dudes and we all come from cool places. But have you ever thought of just saying, ‘Fuck Guns N Roses – that name is dead, the band is over. We are now called blank.’?‘”
And he goes, ‘Yeah you’re not the first person who’s told me I should probably do that. But Guns N’ Roses is an international brand name, and to start over when I can just use the brand name that everybody knows, I can’t sacrifice the branding that’s already been established.‘
And I got his argument for not changing the name. But I also firmly believed in what I was saying. If Axl Rose came out and said, ‘Look, man. Everybody’s quit the band. If I call this Guns N’ Roses, you guys are going to laugh at me,’ which a lot of people did because it’s not what we know as Guns N Roses.”
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