In a recent interview with AL, former Nine Inch Nais and Marilyn Manson drummer Chris Vrenna revealed the untold story about Axl Rose and his vision.
He said that Axl Rose wanted to modernize the band with electronica elements in ’90s. Here’s the statement:
“When I was there, Moby was going to produce. Axl didn’t come in very often; he’d show up about once a week. So sometimes we jammed. Sometimes me and Moby just sat and drank coffee and talked about music. Moby was rad.
Can you imagine a Guns N’ Roses record with [guitarist] Robin Finck and me and Moby producing? And Axl really wanted it to have an electronic element. He kept referencing the Passengers album that U2 did [‘Original Soundtracks 1,’ a 1995 collaborative effort of U2 and Brian Eno released under the pseudonym of Passengers] – ‘It’s wonderful. It’s so good.’ That and Nine Inch Nails.”
“He thought that was where he could see the sound of Guns N’ Roses going, modernizing it: ‘We’re not a bunch of ’80s strung-out-on-heroin dudes on Sunset Boulevard anymore.’ And I applauded Axl and that’s why I stuck with it for as long as I did, and I got Axl’s vision.
The best time I ever had, though, was when Axl came down and he was just in the mood to play and he was like, ‘Alright we’re going to run ‘Appetite,’ top to bottom. Ready? Go!’.
I was like, ‘Holy crap.’ And we played the whole album, top to bottom. The one time I got to do that. And I got home in the morning and I couldn’t sleep I was so excited I got to do it. He sang half of the words, half voice – he didn’t want to blow himself out. He sat and played the grand piano for some of the songs. Axl’s talented, man.“
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