Alan Niven Takes a Shot at Axl Rose & Chinese Democracy Leftovers
Guns N’ Roses’ ex manager Alan Niven, who managed GN’R between 1986 and May of 1991, spoke in an interview with Mitch Lafon in Rock Talk, and reveals interesting information about the band’s possible upcoming album. Niven said the following:
“Well, it isn’t so much ‘my take’, it’s what Curly [Slash] said to me the last time that I saw him which was when he came through Phoenix here just a few months ago.
He told me that basically Axl Rose was in isolation, going through stuff that was recorded, but not used, on Chinese Democracy.
You know, if I’d been making the comment, the next record might as well be called Chinese Leftovers.“
Back in December 2018, Alan Niven talked in another interview with ‘Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon’ podcast and explained his thoughts about Axl Rose’s performances with AC/DC.
He said the following
“I’m uncomfortable with Axl performing on a stage that has a giant pair of… devil horns on it; that he sings ‘Highway to Hell,’ which I’m not sure has the humor in it that it ought to have.
I’m a great believer that you don’t defend the devil. I believe that if you want negativity and you want nastiness in your life, that it’s your responsibility to either invite it in your life or expel it from your life.
I think there’s a difference between celebrating the devil and aspiring to be a free spirit and challenging the evil over authoritarianism.
And if it’s just in play, it’s stupid… And if it’s not in play, then it’s evil… Life is binary – either you’re of the light, or of the dark. In the light, you can see what and who is beautiful… And in the dark, you’re blind and you’re lost…”