That Metal Show Classic: Axl Rose on “Welcome to the Jungle” + Chinese Democracy

The Guns N’ Roses mastermind opens up in an ultra-rare interview.

Our daily plunder of That Metal Show’s video vaults all month have turned this into a November to remember. Today’s two-fisted clip combo is the very definition of unforgettable: we’re revisiting the legendary TMS sit-down with Guns N’ Roses mastermind, ringleader, and resident genius, Axl Rose.

The Season 9 TMS opener was Axl’s first interview anywhere in five years and his first TV Q&A in more than a decade. Accompanied by GNR guitarist DJ Ashba, Axl joins TMS co-hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson, and the famously press-averse frontman speaks openly and casually, creating an fascinating episode for all time.

In our first clip, Axl discusses the dynamics of GNR’s breakthrough anthem, “Welcome to the Jungle,” and its ongoing importance in the band’s performances—and in all of rock, in general.

Today’s second clip features Axl talking about the power of the 2011 touring lineup of Guns N’ Roses, the impact of Chinese Democracy finally coming out after seventeen years in the making, and how AC/DC figures into his on-stage showmanship.

Mike McPadden is the author of the book "HEAVY METAL MOVIES: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos, and Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear- and Eye-Ripping Big Scream Films Ever!" (Bazillion Points, 2014).