GUNS N' ROSES lead singer Axl Rose recently gave a rare interview to Atlas By Etihad in which he discussed the band's appearance in the United Arab Emirates, his favorite city to perform in and his love for Formula One racing, among other topics.
Asked which singer, in his opinion, is the greatest frontman of all time, Rose responded: "For me, it's easy — QUEEN is the greatest band and Freddie [Mercury] is the greatest frontman of all time. The band are the greatest because they embraced so many different styles."
Regarding how he and his bandmates keep performing with so much energy night after night, Axl said: "We all want to do the best we can for the fans — they come wanting a big performance and that is what we want to give them. We all push each other to go further in terms of our performance and commitment. It doesn't matter how many performances you do, every crowd is different and you feed off that."
Rose also talked about his interest in composing music for film. He said: "Listening to movie soundtracks is a big thing for me. When you listen to stuff like 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' and you get that blend of orchestra and modern instrumentation, it's very clever. I have a lot of respect for the guys who do that. It is something that I would like to do at some point in the future."
As previously reported, GUNS N' ROSES played an abbreviated in the United Arab Emirates Sunday night (November 25) after Axl became "severely ill."
Rose and his bandmates performed almost 20 songs in Abu Dhabi before cutting the show short.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix special closed the Asian leg of GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour that has now lasted almost three years. According to The National, the gig was the 157th night of a 31-month jaunt, which went around the world twice, played to five million people and is on track to be the second highest-grossing tour of all time — overtaking even THE ROLLING STONES. Only U2 has grossed more from a single tour than GN'R's projected earnings of $600 million.
Three-fifths of the classic GUNS lineup reunited in 2016 after last performing together more than two decades earlier.
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