I was out doing a soundcheck one day when we were opening for the Rolling Stones [at the L.A. Coliseum in October ‘89] and Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton cornered me. I’m sitting on this amp and all of the sudden they’re both right there in front of me. And Jagger doesn’t really talk a lot, right? He’s just real serious about everything, and all of a sudden he’s like…” He [Axl] adopts an exaggerated Dick Van Dyke-style Cockney, “’…So you got in a fight with Bowie, didja?’ So I told him the story real quick and him and Clapton are going off about Bowie in their own little world, talking about things from years ago. They were saying things like when Bowie gets drunk he turns into the Devil From Bromley…I mean, I’m not even in this conversation, I’m just sitting there listening to them bitch like crazy about Bowie. It was funny.
Axl Rose, c. 1990 interview by Mick Wall