MÖTLEY CRÜE's Vince Neil has slammed Axl Rose for letting the GUNS N' ROSES fans down.
GUNS N' ROSES' latest album, "Chinese Democracy", the band's first since 1993's "The Spaghetti Incident", failed to live up to the hype its 10 years in the making generated.
Neil tells the U.K.'s The Sun that believes GNR's loyal fans have finally grown sick of the band, thanks chiefly to Rose's failure to turn up to rehearsals and perform live shows.
"For ['Chinese Democracy'] to fail was pretty crazy after so many years of being recorded. Then the tour got cancelled," Vince is quoted as saying.
"A buddy of mine [presumably referring to current GUNS N' ROSES guitarist D.J. Ashba, who also plays in SIXX: A.M. with MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx. — Ed.] went to go play guitar for him. They rehearsed for three months and Axl never once turned up. Rule number one: show up!
"He's been doing that for many years. Finally I think the fans just went, 'Fuck it — can't do this anymore.'
"You can't be a fan when you can't see the band."
"Chinese Democracy", estimated to have cost around $13 million to make, had to settle for third place behind KANYE WEST and TAYLOR SWIFT on the U.S. album chart when it was released in November last year.
Neil adds: "I heard one track and then it just disappeared off the radio. It was never talked about again."
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