Body Count Guitarist Shares Thoughts on Axl Rose
In a new interview on Appetite for Distortion, Body Count guitarist Ernie C from the. Ernie C was asked about Axl using the n-word in “One in a Million” and what he thought of Axl being accused of being a racist after the release of the track.
“I have no thoughts on that whatsoever. That didn’t bother me, it didn’t even raise an eyebrow. It’s the person that says it with intent who raises an eyebrow. Axl, I know him, he’s not that dude. He can say whatever he wants to say, he’s not that dude. We do Cop Killer, we’re not killing cops, he can say what he wants to. That’s not in his heart, his bodyguard was a black man, so if you’re a racist why would you have a black man protect your life? So eh, that doesn’t bother me at all.”
He also told a funny story about his good friend Duff McKagan once grabbing his gun in a car after a Guns N’ Roses Coliseum show.
“He hopped in the car with me, and I said, ‘Don’t reach under the seat, because I’ve got a gun under the seat right there where your sitting.’ So he got out the gun, and a cop came to the car and said, ‘Do you guys need a police escort out of here?’ I’m like, ‘Put down the gun!’ He’s holding the gun in his hand! (Laughs) I have hinted windows, so I just cracked the tinted window, and the cop gives us an escort out through the traffic to get on the freeway, and he’s sitting there with a 9 millimeter with cops all around the car.”
Band to Open for Guns N’ Roses for Some European Shows
The Manic Street Preachers gave an interview to the Irish Times where the band talked about opening for Guns N’ Roses on their upcoming Europe Tour this summer. Check out what they had to say below!
“Growing up in the former mining town of Blackwood in south Wales, punk and rock’n’roll became the primary escape for Bradfield and his cousin Sean Moore, who, along with their primary school pals Richey Edwards and Nicky Wire, formed Manic Street Preachers in Oakdale Comprehensive School in 1986. Bradfield learned guitar from playing along to Appetite for Destructionby Guns N’ Roses in his bedroom. Emboldened by the brazen swagger of insurrectionary rock, the youthful Manics said they wanted to outsell Guns N’ Roses, headline Wembley stadium, and split up after one album.
This summer, the Manics will support Guns N’ Roses.
“I know Duff McKagan and I’ve played onstage with him before,” Bradfield explains. “We keep in touch. He is such a lovely, cool dude. I don’t use the word dude much, but for someone like Duff McKagan, it is entirely appropriate. When we were asked to do these dates, we were thrilled to bits. After we made the decision, I could hear in my head the negative press release from the hacking gallery: ‘Manic Street Preachers once wanted to outsell Guns N’ Roses but ended up supporting them on their victory lap.’ Well, who gives a f**k? We’re looking forward to it and it’s going be childlike and teenage. My friend went to see them last year. All he said was Axl Rose was off-the-scale stupendous.”