Axl Rose Deleted the Very Ending of “This I Love”
The very awesome Guns N’ Roses Central recently interviewed Engineer Dave Dominguez who worked on Chinese Democracy from January to August of 1998. He revealed the one time he saw Axl get upset in the studio, which involved him deleting the very ending of “This I Love.”. Check out what he said below and I’ve included the full interview below as well!
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose had a Guns N’ Roses recording of “This I Love” erased from history before anyone ever heard it because he mentioned Stephanie Seymour at the end of it (via Ultimate-Guitar). It was recorded before the Chinese Democracy lineup, so it sounded like an almost entirely different song.
Was the original idea that Guns were just going to come in for a few weeks and get some ideas together and then record immediately?
“Yeah, the idea was that they were going to come in for four months and rehearse – or three months – and then they were going to start writing a record for three months, but they didn’t have a producer at the time. It was supposed to be six months long.”
What was it like working with Axl?
“I’m sure you’ve heard the famous stories of Axl just being out of control, and being rude, yelling. I never really got any of that personally. He always treated me great and treated my family great, and he was always awesome.
“The only time he ever did really get upset with me was during one session – at the end of the song ‘This I Love’ he had said he was repeating the Stephanie scene one, like ‘I love you, Stephanie,’ or, ‘This I love Stephanie.’
“And he heard it and goes, ‘Just erase all that.’ I was like, ‘Do you want me to back it up?’. He was, ‘No, erase it!’. He yelled and walked out of the room.
“The assistant comes in, and I said, ‘We’re going to erase something GN’R fans are never ever going to hear. This is crazy, this is a GN’R song that no one’s ever heard, and no one is ever going to hear this again.’
“I looked at him and said, ‘Are you ready?’. And I put the tracks in and erased it.”
During those sessions, did Axl have a really good idea of what he wanted the album to sound like? Or was it just people throw out ideas and then they share the CDs?
“He was listening to a lot of Nine Inch Nails at the time, a lot of industrial stuff, so I remember that vibe, that was what he was going for.”