Mr. Big singer Eric Martin gave his opinion in an interview with Appetite For Distortion (Via UG) on Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose and also reflected on Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil.
Mr. Big singer Eric Martin gave his opinion on Axl Rose:
“I look at him more as a performer, and I didn’t really care what some of it and I love Guns and Roses, it’s kind of almost a thing where, I know Motley Crue fans are going out, ‘Eric Martin, he sucks!’ I didn’t care for Vince Neil either, but certain songs, ‘Dr. Feelgood’ kicked ass, cool song, his voice sounds great. ‘November Rain’ floored me, and then I became an instant fan, like, then I trained my ear to go there.”
“I’m more – I like the soul rockers like Paul Rodgers, with melody and soul, and I didn’t get Axl in the beginning, and then when I heard him do ‘November Rain’ or ‘Live and Let Die,’ actually, that’s when I kind of went, ‘Oh man, this guy’s got something.'”
In the same interview he also said that he had the chance to meet almost all Guns N’ Roses members
“I actually saw them with Metallica and it was neck-and-neck, man, Metallica actually was pretty good, especially that night. I wore a Duff McKagan shirt on a bunch of Mr. Big festivals after that, it looked cool.”
“I played with Gilby [Clarke, guitar], I’ve done some gigs with Gilby, I think I opened to him or he opened to me, I can’t remember, but yeah, just my connection is just Duff and Matt [Sorum, drums], and Gilby.”
“I know Bumblefoot, we have a lot of the same friends. But I never met Axl [Rose], I would like to one day, and I have run into Slash, I was introduced to Slash once, nice people.”
Born in Long Island, New York back in 1960, Eric Martin sang in 415/Eric Martin Band from 1978 to 1985 and then started a solo career from 1985 to 1988, when joined the supergroup Mr. Big teaming up with bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Pat Torpey and guitarist Paul Gilbert.