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Axl Rose: Guns N' Roses Was 'Sabotaged'

5/18/2010 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Axl Rose claims music giant Irving Azoff concocted a diabolical plot to destroy Guns N' Roses ... TMZ has learned.

Axl Rose: Guns N' Roses
Rose just filed a countersuit against Azoff -- his former manager -- claiming Azoff tried to strong-arm Rose into a reunion tour with the original members of GNR.   When Rose nixed the idea on the heels of the Chinese Democracy tour last year, Azoff did everything he could to screw Axl ... so he claims.

Among other things, Rose claims Azoff tried "devising and implementing a secret plan to set up Rose and the band for failure so that Rose would have no choice but to reunite with the original Guns N' Roses' members."

Rose believes Azoff was so vicious he even used Axl's childhood name -- something that carries heavy emotional baggage -- when he filed the initial lawsuit for commissions.  Rose says the name William Bailey "carries significant emotional damage from Rose's childhood" and that Azoff knew it because of numerous personal and confidential conversations.

Rose is countersuing for $5 mil minimum.

UPDATE: The gloves are off! Azoff just took a shot at Axl by releasing the following statement: "On advice of counsel I cannot respond at this time, but will discuss in my upcoming book, 'My Life with William Bill Bailey.'”

Burn.

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Professor Obvious    

Rose is delusional.

1555 days ago
2.

Walter    

More proof that Rose has lost his mind.

1555 days ago
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Jake    

Hmmm, sounds like Irv is a REAL G&R fan.
Can't get mad at him for trying to figure out a way to get the original guys back together. They could have been The Stones or even Aerosmith. Now? Rose heads up the worlds best G&R cover band (which isn't bad, but it's not G&R).



Maybe Axel should stop self sabotaging his own career and JUST DO IT!



Or maybe he should go back into the studio...for another decade.

1555 days ago
4.

DANA    

one of the most hated persons in rock
what a skank

1555 days ago
5.

M    

Sounds like a Rocky and Bulwinkel cartoon..

1555 days ago
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northern gypsy    


ummm...one though comes to mind after reading this...
UP THE MEDICATION...IT'S NOT WORKING...
rest of the band...steer clear of A.R. like a stinky fart !!!

1555 days ago
7.

Marty    

No wrinkles on his forehead. No wrinkles on his face and what's with that decades old hair weave?



I am sorry that you have emotional baggage but if I see your botoxed frozen face again, I am gonna have nightmares.

1555 days ago
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Professor Obvious    

Axl Rose's real name is Bill Bailey? WTF? That's the funniest thing I've read all year! "....wont you come home Bill Bailey, wont you come home...."

1555 days ago
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Pretty LL    

This is so friggin sad. Axl was awesome with GNR and he's just degenerated into a paranoid kook. The only one sabotaging Axl is Axl.

1555 days ago
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3Storms    

The only thing sabotaging GnR is Axl himself. His ego destroyed the original band and he's too proud and arrogant to admit he screwed the other members out of an ownership stake in the band, thus the cause of the bad blood.

1555 days ago
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Cindyloowho    

This guy is delusional alright. Somehow, I think Irving Azoff has more then enough on his plate with the Eagles to spend a minute of his time thinking up ways to screw Rose. Axl better think of another way to earn a buck. Irving will eat him for lunch!

1555 days ago
12.

John    

My god... when will Axl wake up and understand he was the only person who killed GnR



1555 days ago
13.

fishy won ton    

axl SHAFT THAT MONEY HUNGRY KIKE!!!...LESS KIKES THE BETTER!!!



Kikes are an embarrasment,look where madeoff is...boo hoo

1555 days ago
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Juan    

If you knew Irving, or people that he worked with, you wouldn't question William Bailey's suit.

1555 days ago
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SSinOC    

I wouldn't doubt his manager tried to push him into a corner. Greed has gotten the best of all of them.

1555 days ago
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