Chris Vrenna Reveals That Axl Was a Huge Fan of U2’s Album with Bryan Eno
Guns N’ Roses former drummer Chris Vrenna gave an interview to Al.com where he talked about meeting Axl Rose and hooking up with the band. He revealed that Axl Rose was a huge fan of the album ‘Original Soundtracks’ done by U2 with the pseudonym ‘The Passengers’ with Bryan Eno. Axl Rose has always been a huge fan of U2 dating back to 1992 when he appeared on stage with the band in Vienna and when he covered part of their song ‘One’ during Guns N’ Roses show at Slane Castle the same year. Late last year Axl Rose was spotted at a U2 gig in Los Angeles.
Where exactly where you when Axl Rose first called you to ask about playing drums with Guns N’ Roses, in 1997?
Billy (Corgan) had put me up in a hotel in New York. And I had a message on my phone and it just said, “Hello this is Axl Rose I’m looking for Chris Vrenna.” And I just kept hitting repeat on the voicemail over and over and I thought, “My God, it really is him.”
And he called because at that time Robin Finck, the guitar player from Nine Inch Nails had quite Nine Inch Nails and was playing in Cirque du Soleil. Slash is already out of the band, but Duff (McKagan, classic-era GNR bassist) was still there though. But (GNR) all came down to see Cirque du Soleil and I don’t know how they recognized Robin. And they waited after the show and tracked him down and he went and joined Guns N Roses. So, Robin was the new Slash. And the next person to leave (GNR) was Matt Sorum, the drummer, so that’s when I got the call.
Axl, I love that guy. His musical tastes were far more advanced than his fanbase’s. He loved Nine Inch Nails. He’s wearing the white SIN shirt in one of their videos that was one of our tour shirts. And he loved the Passengers (album “Original Soundtracks 1”) that U2 did (with Brian Eno). I got asked to go down and ended up sitting in and the next thing you know six or eight months later, I was still there.