|Kritika Kapoor, TNN | Dec 2, 2012, 12.00AM IST
Axl Rose, the lead vocalist of Guns n' Roses, who are all set to perform in Delhi on December 12, talks about what's in store for their fans in India.
On performing in India
I've always wanted to play in India. We've tried to make that happen but for whatever reasons it just didn't work out. We're all looking forward to coming there and performing for everyone." When asked if he plans to travel to places apart from the cities he's performing in, he replies, "That would be great! I'm sure the rest of the guys and crew will visit some other places. If I'm lucky I'll be able to. Mostly I focus on the shows but if I have time I'm excited to explore India."
On Indian spirituality
I'm interested in having a personal, first- hand understanding of spirituality and religion as well as politics and government in India," he says. We pointed out that his Wikipedia page says that he had a keen interest in past life regression. Seeing as India is regarded as a spiritual haven by many, was that something he was keen to explore? "I'm not sure that what I personally believe or not is really out there publicly," he replied. "Lots of people say and twist things and have done so over the years for their own purposes based on gossip, hearsay, unsubstantiated media nonsense and even outright lies, especially when money may be involved and/or if they're trying to make problems for others. I do like to explore and consider lots of different concepts, ideologies, belief systems, religions etc, and have an understanding of what others feel, think or believe, but in my opinion, ultimately what one "believes" is their own business."
India as a music destination
It does seem like bands or the touring/concert industry is really trying to make an effort to include India in their tours, more so now than in the past which I think is a good thing," he says about the recent trend, adding that he would be open to collaborations while he's in town. "With regard to collaborations with Indian artistes, I think there's always the possibility of collaborations anywhere with nearly anyone."