Despite the fact that the current incarnation of GUNS N' ROSES features only frontman Axl Rose from the original lineup, keyboardist Dizzy Reed — who has been with the group since 1990 — recently told Launch that, from his perspective, the new GNR is still going over well with the band's fans. "I know that no matter what, there's gonna be some people that are just not gonna let go of the old band, and no matter what we do, you know, we're not gonna make them happy. Being away for so long and now finally being back out here touring, you know, I'm enjoying every second of it, and I'm trying to put the pressure aside. There's some people that we're just, we'll never make happy, but the majority of the people that I see out there are having a great time. They're losing their minds — they're dancing, they're singing along, and it doesn't seem to me like they miss the old guys."
Meanwhile, former THE REPLACEMENTS bassist Tommy Stinson, who has been a member of GUNS N' ROSES for the past four years, is full of praise for his current boss, whom he referred to in a recent interview as "a lot bigger than I ever really thought about when I got into this. [Axl] is such a huge star. Even 10 years after the last tour, people are still dying to see him up there. It's really impressive and crazy."
"I'm probably way more of a control freak than he is," Stinson said of his experience working with Rose. "I know him as someone who's easy to work with, someone I like working with. If I were to compare him to anyone else, I would say he's one of the easier people I've had to work with in my years, you know what I mean... ?"
That not-so-subtle barb was directed toward former REPLACEMENTS singer Paul Westerberg, with whom Stinson seems to be publicly feuding.
"[Westerberg]'s gone out on a limb to say a bunch of nonsense that's made me look bad, that's made Axl look bad, that's made him [Axl] feel bad... . It's just lame," Stinson said. "It's really unnecessary, for one. I don't appreciate it, and Axl doesn't deserve any of it."