Steven Tyler Says ‘Nobody Would Have Cared’ About Guns N’ Roses Reunion In A Few Years

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler discussed Guns N’ Roses’ reunion on The Howard Stern show yesterday. When asked if he was responsible for the reunion, he had the following quotes:

“I’m sure I’m not solely.”

“I ran into Axl [Rose] at a club a year or two ago and told him he’s crazy, we all miss them, and he needs to get the band back together.”

“If they didn’t get back together soon they would have missed their window and no one would have cared in 3 or 4 years.”

“People love Axl with the original band, they love him on his own but they want to see him with the original guys.”

“I said the same things to Axl that everyone said to me when me and Joe Perry were fighting.”

“Guns N Roses music was part of the fabric of all people.”

When asked about the animosity in GNR:

“I get the whole thing, I can’t talk about it. But they’re talking and they got an offer. I hope Axl can see the greater picture and not be mad at Duff and Slash.”

Howard asked if the beef was similar to the riff that tore apart Aerosmith, asked jokingly if one of the band members slept with another ones wife or something?

Steven said it was deeper then that. But the world needs to hear their music and they’re talking to each other again.

  • Raj

    I don’t know about that, I’m sure even in a few years there would still be a big appetite for a Guns reunion. I feel like they are bigger globally than domestically. There are certain bands that people are craving to see reform like GNR, Led Zep, Floyd, etc. Animosity? It was pretty much Slash telling people he was fired from Guns, while Axl claimed that Slash quit the band. I’ve read Axl wanted to turn Guns towards a more industrial sound and Slash wouldn’t have any of it.

    • Corndog

      Is that it? Really? I was just about to post asking if anyone knew exactly what it was that they had been fighting about all these years, but you say It was all over the direction the music was going in? That’s daft. That’s a minor disagreement, not something to hate on one another for decades!! Surely there has to be more to it than that?

      I’m not so great with you kids and your sub genres. Industrial is sort of like early Marilyn Manson, right?

      • Jimmy Intense

        Industrial = Skinny Puppy, NIN, Rammstein (industrial metal), VNV Nation, etc.

        Manson would not be considered industrial.

        • Corndog

          See? I know shit about sub genres. To me, it’s all just rock:)

          • Jimmy Intense

            Hmm according to Google he has been classified as industrial rock and industrial metal over the years. I wouldn’t personally and would consider him more Gothic and shock rock than industrial.

            I’ll stick that foot back in my mouth now… 🙂

      • dakotablue

        There was also that quote from Axl a few years ago taking credit for the success of “Sweet Child” due to his vocals, pointedly leaving out Slash’s monster guitar riff that, IMO, made that song.

        • Corndog

          I agree totally. When i think of that song it is always the riff that comes to mind, not the vocals. It is an unforgettable wee riff, and I’d bet it is one of the first things that many a person has tried to learn to play upon first picking up a guitar.

      • Raj

        Actually though it may seem minor it’s happened to a lot of bands, if certain members don’t agree with the direction of the band musically that can be a deal breaker. Plus guys like Axl Rose are very stubborn, according to Slash he said Axl slept in Slash’s grandmother’s bed or couch then Axl was insulted when Slash confronted him and Slash later said on a ride with the band, Axl jumped out of a moving car to prove his point that Slash was in the wrong.

        • Corndog

          I totally get what you are saying about the musical direction of a band, and i can understand how that can make it impossible for people to continue together in the band, but i don’t understand how that could lead to the sheer hatred that these two seemed to have for one another over the years.

  • Bilbo

    Actually one of the main reasons why Steven got back with Joe was because Joe and Alice Cooper were jamming and thinking of recording an album together. He knew that if their album was successful Aerosmith would probably never get together again.

  • Janice Rael

    I do hope that GNR can set aside their individual beefs, and get back together for a reunion show. I don’t really agree with Steven Tyler that GNR only has a short window of opportunity to do this. I’m sure the fans would be just as pleased no matter when it happened. But it would be nice for everyone if the band could make it happen sooner.

    • Corndog

      Hi Janice. Don’t think i have seen you around the site before. Welcome to Alternative Nation:)

      • Jimmy Intense

        OoOoOo!

        Corndog and Janice chatting in a forum, something something baby carriage…

        • Corndog

          I’m only using her to get to you Jimmy.

      • Janice Rael

        You’re right, first post on this site. The GNR reunion story was linked in something else I read, and I was intrigued, being in my mid-to-late 40s and having spent my teen years listening to Guns n Roses, loving Slash’s brilliance, loving Axl’s performances, thinking they were a great band. For the record, I also loved Duran Duran with even more enthusiasm. I have weirf musical tastes. Anyway thanks for the welcome, Corndog.

        • Corndog

          No worries, enjoy:)

  • Billy

    i guess what Steve was referring to was maybe Slash only has a few years left of wearing those spandex black leather pants. Axl has already let himself go, so if both of them looked like crap it would be harder to sell tix lmao

  • dakotablue

    Steve Tyler’s second job: Guns N’ Roses predictions.