Ex-Guns N’ Roses Bassist Calls Axl Rose’s Notorious Front Man Label a ‘Misconception’

by Alisha Jackson

According to ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson, the “new Axl Rose” isn’t really new. Up until the announcement of Guns N’ Roses’ Not In This Lifetime reunion tour, Stinson had been playing in Axl’s new iteration of GNR since 1998. After working with the lead singer for nearly twenty years, he wants the world to know that his former boss is just misunderstood.

When asked what it was like working with such a notorious front man, Stinson defended Rose’s character. “That’s one of the biggest misconceptions about him,” Stinson told Rock On Philly. “He is a very hard working dude that has a very particular way he wants to do things. I’ll be honest with you, if he’s doing anything other than he wants to be doing and you’re in the room, you don’t want to be in there, but when he’s doing what he wants to do, he’s great and he’s doing a great job.”

As the new/old lineup of the band, Stinson doesn’t harbor any bad feelings over not being asked to join them on the road. “I’ve seen Guns n’ Roses twice now with the whole band and he is kicking ass and I’m very happy for him. I’m really happy for all my friends who are in that band.”

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