Brian May recalls the “strange experience” of working on Guns N’ Roses’ infamous 2008 album “Chinese Democracy.”
The Queen guitarist was one of several collaborators who worked with the band on their sixth studio album, which was recorded over a nine-year period.
May’s contributions to album tracks like “Catcher In The Rye,” which were recorded in 1999, were eventually cut from the final version of “Chinese Democracy,” and the musician has now reflected on the “strange experience” of working with Guns N’ Roses on the plate.
“It was a strange experience,” he said classic rock magazine. “I think it was about halfway through the whole thing. At that time Axl [Rose, frontman] was quite a hermit.
“He was working at his house and I was working in the studio down the hill with his engineer at the time, and he seldom came down.”
May added: “Occasionally he would call and get all excited and talk a lot, and then he would be gone. I don’t think anything I played actually made it onto the album.”
At the time of the release of ‘Chinese Democracy’, May told fans on his website that it was a “pity” that his parts of the album had been left out, adding: “I put a fair amount of work into it and was proud of it. on it.”
May also said in the new classic rock interview that he’s been out of touch with Rose since, although he admitted he also tends to be “a little shy and withdrawn himself” adding: “I’m terribly sorry I haven’t kept in touch with Ed. Van Halen. †
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