Bryan Mantia Says He Left Guns N’ Roses After Axl Rose’s ‘Fun And Attitude’ Went Away

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Bryan Mantia recalled his time as the band’s member during his recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine. Mantia explained why he decided to leave the band by highlighting that the frontman Axl Rose’s behavior changed.

The band’s sixth studio album ‘Chinese Democracy,’ which dropped on November 23, 2008, became a challenging task for the band members as it led to tumultuous times. During its creation process, Gilby Clarke, Slash, Matt Sorum, and Duff McKagan parted ways with GN’R because of several personal disputes and creative differences, primarily with Axl Rose.

As a result of these problems and departures, Rose worked with new musicians such as Robin Finck, Josh Freese, Tommy Stinson, Chris Pitman, and Buckethead. Mantia also joined GN’R in 2000 but couldn’t stay for long and left in 2006. In his conversation, the drummer revealed that having a newborn child made him reconsider doing lengthy tours. Bryan Mantia added that even though he enjoyed playing and got along with other members, he observed a difference in Rose’s attitude.

This situation was another reason behind his departure, and the musician said the lead singer wasn’t fun anymore and didn’t feel like doing the right thing while performing ‘Nightrain.’ Mantia had various projects in his mind, and the drummer continued to work as a composer and producer after GN’R. Bryan Mantia emphasized that no one in Guns N’ Roses was rude to him, despite what others expected.

Here’s what the reporter asked:

“Why did you leave Guns N’ Roses?”

Mantia responded:

My daughter was born. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to tour anymore.’ I still liked the vibe. I still liked the people. I got along well with Tommy. I don’t feel like there was any weirdness with Robin, Dizzy, or anyone in the band. It was, for me.

The fun of Axl and the attitude kind of went away. I found myself like, ‘Here I am playing ‘Nightrain,’ doing the cowbell part. There’s something else left for me in music, and it’s not this.’ Everyone is always like, ‘What happened? Were they jerks?’ No. Mainly for me, I wanted to do something else with my life.”

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