"I know what the problem was", Rose says. "I had an extremely volatile relationship with Erin [Everly, Rose’s former wife]. And I was projecting strong negative feelings about myself onto other people. I was attracted to people with similar dysfunctional traits, people that I was going to end up not really getting along with. And it wasn’t good for me or them, it just made me despise being with anyone or meeting anyone or having a good thoughts linked to someone.
Rose is just digging into his fries when a middle-aged woman approaches with her daughter, who looks to be about seven. The woman asks apologetically if he would mind autographing a menu.
Rose looks at the little girl. It’s clear that she’s terribly excited; she keeps tugging at the hem of her dress and she’s having trouble standing still. Finally blushing profusely, she musters up her courage and gifts Rose with a blinding tin grin.
Rose is delighted. He smiles back at the girl, who now looks as if she’s about to faint. “What’s your name?” he asks.
"Erin." she says shyly.
For the briefest of instants, an expression of “This could only happen to me” flashes across Rose’s face, but he recovers so quickly that the girl never notices it.
"That’s a real pretty name," he tells her.
Excerpt from Guns n’ Roses ‘Outta Control’-Rolling Stone September 5th 1991.