Robert Mancini of MTV News weighed in on why Axl Rose should retire the Guns N’ Roses name. He writes, “Many acts are driven by the sole creative vision of one artist, leaving room for deep lineup changes (Nine Inch Nails come to mind). That wasn’t the case with Guns N’ Roses. Far from a one-man show, GN’R were the sum of the group’s key components. Axl, Slash, Duff and Izzy drove the band’s creativity and energy and formed GN’R’s soul. It was an exciting force, but one that was extinguished in the early ’90s as those key members went their separate ways. Metallica are more than James Hetfield, the Rolling Stones are more than Mick Jagger, and Guns N’ Roses are more than Axl. It’s hard to imagine Bono breaking ties with the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. yet still soldiering on under the U2 name.” Read more.
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