During a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Bryan Mantia reflected on his time as a band member. Mantia explained his decision to leave the band by emphasizing the change in Axl Rose’s behavior. The release of the band’s sixth studio album, ‘Chinese Democracy,’ on November 23, 2008, was a difficult task for the band members as it led to turbulent times. Gilby Clarke, Slash, Matt Sorum, and Duff McKagan left GN’R due to personal conflicts and creative differences, primarily with Axl Rose, during the band’s formation.
Rose collaborated with new musicians, including Robin Finck, Josh Freese, Tommy Stinson, Chris Pitman, and Buckethead, as a result of these issues and departures. Mantia joined GN’R in 2000 but was unable to remain and left in 2006. In his conversation, the drummer disclosed that the birth of his child had caused him to reconsider undertaking lengthy tours. Bryan Mantia added that although he enjoyed playing and got along well with the other members, he noticed a change in Rose’s demeanor. This situation was another reason for his departure, and according to the musician, the lead singer no longer found performing ‘Nightrain’ enjoyable or fulfilling. Following the dissolution of GN’R, Mantia continued to compose and produce music. Despite what others expected, Bryan Mantia emphasized that no one in Guns N’ Roses was impolite to him. Here is the reporter’s question:
Why did you decide to leave Guns N’ Roses? Mantia’s reply was: “My child was born. I thought, “I’m not sure if I want to tour anymore.” I still enjoyed the atmosphere. I continued to like the people. I got along with Tommy well. I did not observe any odd behavior from Robin, Dizzy, or anyone else in the band. It was, in my opinion. The amusement and attitude of Axl waned somewhat. I found myself thinking, “Here I am playing “Nightrain” with the cowbell.” There is something else in music for me, and it is not this.’ Everyone is constantly asking, “What happened? Were they asshats?’ No. I primarily desired to do something else with my life.”