“Why keep the name? I’m literally the last man standing. Not bragging, not proud. It’s been a f*cking nightmare but I didn’t leave Guns and I didn’t drive others out. With Slash it’s been nothing more than pure strategy and saving face while manipulating the public like he used to me. I earned the right to protect my efforts and to be able to take advantage of our contract I’d worked hard for where Slash’s exact words were that he didn’t care. I get that some like a different version or lineup the same way some like a specific team line up or a particular year of a specific car but because you and I are getting played I’m supposed to throw the baby out with the bath water?”
Posting as “Dexter” on a Guns ‘N Roses message board, Axl Rose rambles off almost 4,600 words (and several odd emoticons) in response to fans’ questions about more than a decade’s worth of rumors.