\r\n\r\nHey Steven! It\u2019s great to talk to you man. How\u2019s it goin?\r\n\r\nJesse, it\u2019s pretty dang good! We\u2019re off to Spain. It\u2019s another world in Europe. Hip hop and rap is really big in American and it\u2019s not that way in Europe and Asia and South America. Hard rock is alive and well! Remember a band called Uriah Heep? We were just in Europe this past June and July and the bus driver walked off the bus with a Uriah Heep tour shirt. They were just touring there. That\u2019s how it is there. We played festivals with Saxon, Queensryche, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple in Holland, Anthrax, Rose Tattoo. It was cool to play with Cheap Trick. The only CD I brought with me on that tour was Essentials by Cheap Trick. I always wanted to meet Tom Peterson, too. Guns \u2018n Roses played with Cheap Trick once in Long Beach but Tom Peterson wasn\u2019t with \u2018em.\r\n\r\nWhat do you think has happened to the rock \u2018n roll crowds in America? What\u2019s brought on a change?\r\n\r\nI couldn\u2019t tell you. Did you see Fahrenheit 911? It was so frightening. I wanted to turn it off because it was so scary. I had to keep watching it to see what was next. It\u2019s all true stuff. All I see is America turning into fucking Nazi Germany. When you\u2019re in Europe you can\u2019t turn anywhere without seeing a little flyer on a billboard with George Bush\u2019s face with a Hitler moustache and a swastika above his head. He\u2019s hated. It makes me not want to even live here anymore. But, that\u2019s that. I\u2019m going to Europe!\r\n\r\nHow did you know it was time to get back into playing and get these guys together in a band?\r\n\r\nI never expected to make it\u2026I\u2019m going to be 40 January 22. Last year I spent my birthday in Spain. 1500 kids sang \u201cHappy Birthday\u201d to me in Spanish! The 13 years after the G \u2018n R stuff, I didn\u2019t think I was going to survive. I had to highlight my hair this afternoon because I have gray hair! I\u2019m so stoked! Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Curt Cobain, all died at 27. I made it. It\u2019s all uphill from here and I have my own hair! 39 and it\u2019s all mine!\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re sticking around long enough to see gray hair you\u2019ve done more than they did!\r\n\r\nThank God. That\u2019s what I say.\r\n\r\nWhat was it like working on your first original material in 13 years?\r\n\r\nI was scared to death. I didnt\u2019 know what to expect. I haven\u2019t written a song in over a decade. Working with Robbie Crane and Keri Kelli is such a dream. Those 13 years didn\u2019t hurt\u2026it was like I just picked right back up where I left off. It was so easy\u2026\u201cIt\u2019s so fuckin\u2019 easy! I was a little worried about Jizzy. He brought the lyrics in for the record and I\u2019m glad he was never hugely successful in the past. He\u2019s fuckin\u2019 hungry! You can hear it in his words. We played those songs for the first time in Colorado and Utah. We would play G \u2018n R songs and everybody knew \u2018em. We\u2019d play \u201cHollywood\u201d from Thin Lizzy and they\u2019d be jumping up and down, screaming. We\u2019d play a song they didn\u2019t know and they\u2019d just stand there. It\u2019s so nice to see people consistently get into it even with the new songs. We played this bar in Aspen. Two girls in the front row took their tops off! This was a bar! At a stadium you expect things like that. It was the funniest thing I\u2019ve ever seen. People were getting into it. When we played \u201cWelcome To The Jungle\u201d people started moshing around. I couldn\u2019t think of better people to be playing with. It was very easy writing the new songs.\r\n\r\nI wanna wish you much success on your upcoming tour. You\u2019re gonna get to play with Hanoi Rocks, man!\r\n\r\nI played with Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, and Rose Tattoo. Now we\u2019re blessed to play with Hanoi Rocks. I have a little history with Andy McCoy. Wanna hear that?\r\n\r\nDude, let\u2019s hear it!\r\n\r\nHis wife \u2013 if she\u2019s still his wife \u2013 used to be Izzy\u2019s girlfriend back in the day. She\u2019s the biggest cunt, slut, whore, loser, piece of shit I\u2019ve ever met in my life! After they let me go from G \u2018n R, Andy was living up the street from me. We started writing together. He would come down and I would say, \u201cDo not bring that goofy wife of yours!\u201d I\u2019d be in the front yard and I\u2019d see him up the hill and I\u2019d flip him off because he was bringing her. One afternoon we were playing and I had a locked gate. The wife and Erin Everly come over. Axl and Erin had got in a fight. That\u2019s what really did it. This girl gave her valium and some other stuff and kept telling me to give her heroin. There is now way in hell I would ever do anything to Erin, even sexually. The closest we ever got was eating sushi in Studio City once. Three guys came in with shotguns and robbed the place while we were there. They took everybody\u2019s shit but ours! I\u2019ve always been a big fan on Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy. Micheal got to play on the Use Your Illusion stuff. Me, Slash, and Duff wrote the music. I only got to play on Civil War. We\u2019re doing that one live, too.\r\n\r\nWhat G \u2018n R tunes are you putting in the set?\r\n\r\nMy name is on those songs and I have every right to play \u2018em. Fuck, Axl isn\u2019t doing it. The other guys play one or two G \u2018n R songs in their set. Our new setlist has us starting out with \u201cNighttrain\u201d and finishing up with \u201cParadise City.\u201d Have you seen that commercial for that video game with \u201cWelcome To The Jungle\u201d? The song was always huge but now the younger generation can get into it. We used to open up with \u201cJungle.\u201d\r\n\r\nYou\u2019re the lone saviour for G \u2018n R fans because you\u2019re actually out there playing it.\r\n\r\nWe\u2019re keeping it alive. I\u2019m thankful that I\u2019m capable of doing it. I\u2019m almost 40. Nowadays that\u2019s kinda old, ya know? I\u2019m a happy, happy, man. I\u2019m scared of fucking death because things are going too good. The biggest thing I wanted to do with Slash and Duff and that jackass was revenge. The finest and greatest revenge is success. That\u2019s all I wanted. Slash is gonna hear this record we did and he\u2019s gonna flip. It fucking blows that Velvet Revolver crap away. I love Slash and Duff. I wanna like it but it\u2019s crap. I\u2019ve gone from song to song and I can\u2019t like it. I tried to get Slash to play on a couple of things. He was too busy. I wanted to get a hold of John Sykes for \u201cHollywood,\u201d but Keri pulled it off. You know him, buddy.\r\n\r\nThanks a million for taking the time out for this. What would you like to say to your fans and the Guns \u2018n Roses fans everywhere?\r\n\r\nI love them and appreciate them and am so thankful that I have friends and fans that I play for. If it wasn\u2019t for them I wouldn\u2019t be alive. I\u2019m alive and doing this because of them. I love \u2018em and will do my best to keep a smile on their face. As long as I\u2019m smilin\u2019, they\u2019re smilin\u2019.