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Axl Rose shows up on time, gives Jimmy Kimmel first live TV interview in 20 years -- VIDEO

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: READ FULL STORY

Axl Rose will have his first live interview in two decades on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Back in the summer of 1999, alternative rock bible Spin published a cover story called “What the World Needs Now Is Axl Rose” — even though he hadn’t produced but a single song in over five years (the awful “Oh My God,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the Schwarzenegger¬†vs. Satan movie End of Days).

All these years and one seriously anticlimactic Chinese Democracy later, the elusive, unpredictable Axl still fascinates. He’s kept fans and the media at arm’s length by giving hardly any print interviews, let alone televised ones. But that all is going to change on October 24, when heappears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for his first live broadcast interview in more than two decades.

Rose will go on the show to chat with Kimmel primarily about his band’s upcoming 12-night Appetite for Democracy run at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Hopefully he’ll also discuss his addiction to tardiness, his mysterious hairline, and whether or not the tracks he supposedly recorded with Shaquille O’Neal at some point in the ’90s will ever see the light of day.

It’s telling that, upon hearing this news, one EW staffer immediately quipped, “What are the odds he actually shows up?” READ FULL STORY

Axl Rose on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drama: 'I hope you'll forgive me'

It’s telling that the biggest stories coming out of last weekend’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony were about the people who weren’t there. Rod Stewart (being inducted for the second time, this go-round as a member of Faces) called in sick, as did Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch.

Meanwhile, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose seemed to be in fine health, but declined to show up with his old band for various reasons.In the aftermath of Rose’s open letter to fans, there were a handful who called him out as a whiner who put himself about the greater legacy of his group.

There were also plenty who felt he was doing the right thing, and in a follow-up statement posted to Twitter, Rose thanked those who supported him and even issued something of an apology to the city of Cleveland for raining on their rock parade.

“With such a generous outpouring of solidarity from fans, media outlets, writers and other artists, I’m truly humbled, blown away and unbelievably relieved,” Rose wrote. “To be honest, I thought it would go the other way and was just hoping to weather the storm. As I said, I sincerely didn’t want to disappoint anyone.”

In the letter’s most interesting passage, Rose brings up a lot of questions about the Hall that forced him to keep them at arm’s length. “I still don’t exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially ‘rock’ enough to be in the Hall?” he wrote. “This isn’t an attack. These are genuine issues I don’t have enough verified information on to have more than rough ideas. Certainly not enough information to make any judgments about.”

Check out the full text of Rose’s letter below. READ FULL STORY

Rock Hall responds to Axl Rose's open letter about induction

Ever since the mysterious cabal that lords over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Guns N’ Roses would be part of this year’s induction class (first ballot!), the big question has centered around the giant cornrowed elephant in the room: Would Axl Rose, who parted ways with the other members of his legendary band long ago and has been carrying on with the name that is legally his for way longer than the proper lineup was together, show up?

Initial indications seemed hopeful. The other Gunners all seemed to feel that a full-on reunion was a possibility, and many of the old grudges appeared to have been settled. The Hall even assigned Green Day to handle Guns’ induction, a decision that makes no real musical sense but did give them the most high-profile spot on the ceremony’s card.

However, after much speculation and only a few days before the induction ceremony this weekend in lovely Cleveland, Rose has announced that not only is he not showing up to the party, but he has no interest in being a part of their little club either. READ FULL STORY

Lana Del Rey gets a tribute from John Mayer, probably isn't dating Axl Rose

Like Jason Voorhees and Rick Santorum, Lana Del Rey never stops coming back. Every time you think she’s about to slip out of the conversation for good, she sneaks back in.

Last time, she gave herself a boost by performing “Video Games” on American Idol. This time, she got a shout out from John Mayer, the now-mute guitar hero who recorded an echo-filled, guitar-only cover of “Video Games.” It’s spare and lovely without being laborious. (If Mayer’s voice is gone for good, he can still have a career crafting instrumental versions of already popular songs).

Check out the recording below (which was originally posted to Mayer’s Tumblr). READ FULL STORY

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