‘It’s a Miracle’ Axl Rose Showed Up for ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Interview

by | October 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM | Fall TV Preview 2012, Jimmy Kimmel Live!

It was tricks and treats on Wednesday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” — which excitedly brought us the first live TV interview in 20 years with elusive Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose.

The interview was a huge success for the mere fact that the singer actually showed up (Rose is notorious for his reputation for lateness and being a no-show).

“First of all, you’re right on time, it’s unbelievable, you’re very punctual,” an “excited” Jimmy Kimmel began.

“It’s a miracle,” Axl smiled, as he sat down to rousing applause from the audience.

Rose admitted he wasn’t quite sure why he agreed to the interview after such a long absence other than “he was asked” and well, he does have something to promote: the band’s 12-night residency at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, which kicks off on Halloween night.

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Here are five things we learned about Axl Rose from his late-night interview with Jimmy Kimmel.

~ He once managed a Tower Records store in Los Angeles. But it was a brief stint and he was a pretty lenient boss, as one can imagine, considering his own time-management habits and thoughts on punctuality. Note: He has the Oscar Wilde quote “Punctuality is the thief of time” hanging on his wall at home.

~ He first made his way to Los Angeles back in the day by hitchhiking. And yes, he met some shady characters along the way, even by Axl standards.

~ He invented the “Halloween Tree”: “It’s the most evil thing I’ve ever done,” Rose said. His love for Halloween led him to decorating a tree with candy and presents, and taunting his friends’ children saying, “You mean you don’t have a Halloween tree?”

P.S.: He once dressed up as an ear of corn for Halloween. And if it was during his corn-rows hairdo phase, Kimmel noted, that would be really … corny.

~ He does not rock the vote: “I don’t really vote,” Rose admitted, which is curious considering GN’R's Hard Rock residency is called … “Appetite for Democracy.” But if he did, he’d totally be Team Obama, just FYI.

~ He likes to give gifts: Axl surprised the audience with two tickets to the Guns N’ Roses Vegas show, and to whet their “Appetites” even more, he brought along a Burger Food Truck to Kimmel’s studio.