Former Guns N’ Roses drummer explains why ‘Chinese Democracy’ took so long to make

It’s no mystery Guns ‘n’ Roses has had a rotating cast of musicians since its inception, but especially during Chinese democracy era. Former GN’R drummer Bryan “Brain” Mantia, who played on the majority of the 2008 album, has explained to the best of his ability why the record took so long to make.

After Use your illusion album came out, the only other music Axel Rose released with Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum in the 90s was the 1993 cover album The spaghetti incident? and a rendering of The rolling stones“Sympathy for the Devil,” which was released in 1994. Within a few years, Rose was the only remaining original member of the band, which is when he began experimenting with a bunch of other musicians, including Paul “Huge” Tobias, Josh Freese, Robin Finck and Buckethead.

Brain was also brought into the picture a bit later when he re-recorded all the drum parts that Freese had originally done. In a new interview with Rolling stonesthe drummer shared some of his stories about working with Rose and co., and described why he believes Chinese democracy ended up taking so long to put out.

“Well, I think because it started with the original band. It was like two or three years of chaos. And then Slash, Duff and Matt Sorum left. They got Josh. It took a couple more years. They went through some producers. ,” the drummer recalled.

“When I came in, it was just a lot of trial and error as to what we were going to do, what style of music. It was a new band. Also Axl is taking his time anyway. And now, because it’s this whole new thing. , it will be twice as long. Then it became almost like folklore. It was like, “Now it’s gone this far, it might as well be $12 million, $13 million. Ten years. Let’s go for the record.” I don’t know.”

Brain admitted that he enjoyed the “chaos” that came with being in Guns N’ Roses and liked that he was able to be in such a big band while still being able to live a moderately normal life life and doing normal things.

“And then you get a call like, ‘Hey, Axl needs you.’ I thought, ‘This is the closest I’ll get Zeppelin thing. Who cares? Make it go forever. This is the coolest thing, that it took 10 years.”

Another chaotic aspect of being in Guns N’ Roses was touring with Guns N’ Roses, something Brain also admired, even if they took the stage hours later than they were supposed to – or not at all.

“But at the end of the day, if we started at 1:00, the show would end at 4:00. And Axl would give it his all in that show. I’ve never seen the damn guy screw up. If it starts at 1: 00 AM, that show ends at 4:30. And even though you’re asleep, he’s still screaming,” he recalled.

Ultimately Brain Guns left sometime in 2006 because his daughter was born and the chaos and excitement wasn’t right for him at that point anymore. He didn’t have any “weirdness” with anyone in the band over his decision, and he didn’t leave because of anyone’s behavior.

“Basically for me it was that I wanted to do something else with my life.”

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