Guns N' Roses bassist defends Axl Rose

Stinson says Rose had always had a vision for 'Democracy'

Since Chinese Democracy's release last November, Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose has done little to promote the album he labored over for 13 years.

But now the band's bassist Tommy Stinson (formerly of The Replacements) has spoken out about the excessive recording sessions - and came to Rose's defense.

"I really don't know if there was one thing," Stinson said, explaining the record's inordinate delays. "I think it was a multitude of things. That's my straight-up answer without getting into specifics, because I think if I get specific, it can be taken as sort of negative, and I don't want to go there."

Blame the label

"[Axl's] passion was always in the right place. He was like, 'You know what? When I feel that it's done, that is when it is going to be done'" Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson

One place Stinson did go, however, was in pointing a finger at what he cited as a lack of record company involvement.

"I think the main thing is, we just didn't have a lot of help doing it, " he said. "Geffen merged with Interscope; that definitely changed what was going down with the record. For whatever reason, because of the merger, it seems to me that that was the point when things slowed way, way, way down."

Now that Chinese Democracy has been out for several months, Stinson admitted to having "bittersweet" feelings of his decade-plus experience recording with Guns N' Roses.

"It took so long [to record the album], which is a drag, but the sweet thing is that it's actually out now, and people can actually check it out and judge for themselves on its worth or not. But ultimately for us, [the experience] was totally worth it. It turned out great, and I think it turned out right. I don't know if it would have turned out right a year ago or four years ago."

The passion of the Rose

And what of the mercurial Axl Rose? As the longest-standing member of the post-original Guns N' Roses lineup, Stinson said, "I think [Axl's] passion was always in the right place. He was like, 'You know what? When I feel that it's done, that is when it is going to be done,' You can look at that any way you want. And if you're the leader of the band, it fucking falls on him anyway.

"Good or bad, successful or not. I think whatever he had to go through to get to that point is totally cool. There's none of us that could have ever gone to him and said, 'Dude, I think you're taking too long.' That wouldn't have made sense. He had to do what he had to do to make it the right record, and only he knew in his head what that was going to be."

Even if we're still trying to figure out what it is. (Thanks, Blabbermouth)