GUNS N’ ROSES have announced an APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION deluxe edition coming in June. While “Rocket Queen” will certainly be on it, it’s highly unlikely the interview track below will.
Fans of vintage Guns N’ Roses (what other kind are there?) should always be alert and eyes open for old singles. Whether CD or vinyl, some of those old Guns singles have buried treasure on them. One is “Patience”, released several months after the Lies EP from which it sprang.
Here’s some truth for you, and it’s rather strange. “Patience” simply sounds better with the crackle of vinyl. I can’t explain it but I sure can testify. Just a little bit. Just enough to transport you back in time to 1989 when people were spinning Lies on vinyl (or at least cassette tape) nightly. The delicate strum of acoustics accentuate one another, and hot-damn, it’s hard to deny the timelessness of “Patience”. The missus and I played it at our wedding reception and it was a highlight of the evening. Almost every couple dancing to it that night is still together. Magic, people! It’s real.
But no, the real treasure is on side two, and it’s not “Rocket Queen”. Don’t get me wrong! “Rocket Queen” is an amazing showcase and could still today be the best tune Guns have ever laid to vinyl. It’s heavy, it’s soft; it has a bit of everything. I’d put it in my top five. But you already have Appetite for Destruction, so you know this already. What you have probably never heard before is the second track on the B-side, a vintage interview (7:44 long) with the elusive W. Axl Rose himself.
Conducted in his apartment among his broken platinum albums, Axl is asked some point-blank questions. Did you know Duff had his own comedy version of “Patience” that could have come out at some time? Axl even dropped lyrics from a new Izzy Stradlin song still two years down the road. “Double talking jive, get the money motherfucker, ’cause I got no more patience…” He also revealed they had a lot of ideas…anything from “10 songs to 30 songs”. (Turns out, it was 30.)
Axl confessed that his violent streak comes from frustration and stress, and that he has always smashed his things. It’s clear that this guy, sitting at the very top of the rock pile, needed some mental health care. Bon Jovi, after all, didn’t smash his platinum albums. He even went as far as to warn psycho fans to stay away or deal with the consequences of getting in his face.
It’s an odd interview, and revealing. That’s why it’s a treasure worth seeking. A single like this is valuable to fans who need to know these bits of trivia and minutia.