Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose broke a long streak last night — sitting down for his first live television interview in more than 20 years.
To celebrate his band’s upcoming 12-night residency at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas (which kicks off on Halloween, of course), Rose took over the couch on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to discuss his hitchhiking past, his issues with punctuality, and his personal Halloween tree.
There weren’t a whole lot of revelations during the 12-minute conversation, though there were a handful of funny moments. Kimmel seemed genuinely surprised the interview was even happening — he repeatedly commented on the fact that he didn’t know what to expect and was amazed that Rose appeared at the appropriate time.
His penchant for lateness was a recurring theme: Axl assured concertgoers that the group’s Vegas shows would actually start at the time printed on their tickets, and Kimmel noted that Rose has the Oscar Wilde quote “Punctuality is the thief of time” framed in his house.
The funniest part came when Axl revealed that he had a Halloween tree in his house, which is just like a Christmas tree except for… Halloween-themed. “That’s the most evil thing I’ve ever done,” Rose joked, noting that he mostly used it to taunt kids who come to his house to trick or treat. “I say to them, ‘You mean you don’t have a Halloween tree?’”
Kimmel took some questions from Twitter, including one from a fan who wanted to know what Rose did when he ran offstage (he feels kind of dumb during solos, which is as reasonable an explanation as he could have), and another wondering who Axl was going to vote for. (Sayeth Mr. Rose: “I don’t really vote,” so don’t expect him to show up on any Rock the Vote videos any time soon).
At the end, Rose treated two people in the audience to tickets to the Vegas show, and then invited everybody out for a burger from a truck he had brought with him. Watch the interview below:
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