In an interview with Becko from Australia's long-running rock station Triple M, SMASHING PUMPKINS leader Billy Corgan defended Axl Rose's decision to skip GUNS N' ROSES' recent induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
"I appreciate the position Axl was in and why he didn't wanna go," Corgan said. "I think he felt like he was being set up. He was wise not to go because he would've come out [looking] like a spoilsport. He didn't want to play nice with the old team. And he obviously has his personal reasons."
He added, "Also, the minute he gets up on stage with the original band, then everything else he does that isn't that… it's almost as if he's trying not do something and he's not been doing it for many years. So i can understand why Axl didn't want that put on him."
Billy also said that fans need to recognize that things change and people change.
"You can go on YouTube and watch a clip of GUNS N' ROSES from 1988 and go 'Wow, what a great band. I wish they'd get back together,'… that's a good thing. But it doesn't address the reality that was a long time ago," he said.
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