Guns N’Roses have finally confirmed they don’t care how long they keep fans waiting before their shows.
Axl Rose’s band kicked up another storm of
protest after hitting the stage at Rock in Rio two hours late
last weekend. It followed a number of other high-profile delays
with crowds kept standing for anything from 20 to 120 minutes
after the published showtime.
In the past Rose has suggested there are real reasons for the delays, which he doesn’t want to get into.
But at the weekend a statement was posted on the band’s Facebook page, written in the usual Rose style.
He said: "Love it Hate it Accept it Debate it – You want 8 o’clock shows go find F-R-I-E-N-D-S or hit a cinema somewhere.. or you wanna be informed go catch the 10 o’clock news.. this is Rock N’ Roll!
"Treat yourself don’t cheat yourself thinking you’re gonna go to school or work or whatever you ‘normally’ do the next day. Oh and remember before you get high and never want to come down. ‘you can have anything you want but you better not take it from me!’
"This is Guns N’Roses and when the time is right the stage will ignite. Looking forward to sharing that with rockers soon!"
While many fans approved of Rose’s message, others were less supportive.
One replied: "Being Guns n’Roses still doesn’t allow you to disrespect your fans. And don’t hide behind rock’n'roll. You either commit yourself or don’t! Those tickets weren’t given away for free."
Another said: "We need our jobs – that’s how we pay for the tickets."
And another added: "I know the rock’n'roll lifestyle dictates you don’t cater to anyone. But we fans are the ones who made you a star. We’re the ones who stand in line for hours for tickets and buy your music and merchandise. Maybe you don’t have to grow up – but we did! We have families and jobs to pay for, and once in a while a concert. I wish you would get off your ass and work a real job for one day, then maybe you would appreciate what you’ve got."
One poster said simply: "I know you’re coming on after ten. But why not put it on the ticket?"Thanks for the report to RockNewsDesk.com.
Guns N' Roses have been nominated for induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
They join 15 other finalists for the prestigious ceremony, includingThe Cure, Heart, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Eric B and Rakim, The Spinners, The Small Faces, Freddy King and Rufus with Chaka Khan.
Some nominees from previous years who didn't make the cut have
returned to the nomination list, including Beastie
Boys, Red Hot Chili
Nyro and War Donovan.
Votes are cast by more than 500 music industry professionals and musicians. The five acts with the highest number of votes will be inducted to the 27th ceremony on April 14.
"It's a great honor," said former Gn'R guitarist Gilby Clarke when asked about their first ever nomination. "The band deserves it. It was a long time coming."
Acts must have released their first record over 25 years ago to be eligible for the award. The only remaining member of the group from 25 years ago is frontman Axl Rose, after tensions within the band led to members leaving or being "fired" by Axl. He is reportedly still not on speaking terms with guitarist Slash.What will Slash do if the band are inducted to the hall of fame, when there is still some tension between former members? "We'll cross that bridge when we get there," he said (viaBlabbermouth). "If they're gonna pass you over, I don't think it's worth worrying about too much."
When Guns N Roses’ much delayedChinese Democracy was finally released in 2008, many suspected that Guns front man Axl Rose had more new material up his sleeve. In an interview with Australian rock radio station Triple M, the band’s latest Guitarist DJ Ashba seems to confirm this fact, stating that Rose has a large number of new songs in the works:
"Axl has a lot of great songs up his sleeve... He probably has three albums worth of stuff recorded... The stuff I've heard… I've been up in his hotel room many nights and he just sits down at the piano and plays. I'm like, 'This is amazing. People have to hear this song.' And he's like, 'Ah, this is something I'm tinkering on.'... He's just a genius when it comes down to music and I just cannot wait to sit down with an acoustic guitar and just write. He's just got this gift that's very, very rare."
Fans expecting a new Guns N Roses record in the near future might be in for a bit of a wait. According to Blabbermouth.net, Ashba went on to tell Triple M presenter Nui Te Koha that most of Axl’s new tracks will never see the light of day.Chinese Democracy, the first Guns N Roses album of new material for 15 years, performed disappointingly on the Billboard charts, debuting at number 3 before being pushed out by Kanye West’s Graduation album. While the disc was eventually certified a Platinum seller in February 2009, it only shifted 261,000 units in its first week of release, a small number when considering the success of the bands’ previous offerings, The Use Your Illusion discs, which spent 108 consecutive weeks on the Billboard charts in 1991. Many believe that Axl Rose’s reclusive nature and lack of media appearances in the lead up to the album’s release were a key factor in Chinese Democracy’s commercial under-performance.
After seemingly endless speculation regarding the reformation of the original or classic line ups of Guns N’Roses, Slash, as he has in the past, has emphatically stated that it’s not going to happen.
In a recent interview with the Bangkok Times, Slash unequivocally refuted
that it could happen and laid the blame firmly at the feet
of Axl Rose.
When asked the question of reunion directly Slash replied:
"Do you feel like you’re the only person in this whole room who’s thinking about that question on this planet? – No."
"It’s been, what, 15, 16 years. No one in the original Guns N Roses ever said ‘let’s try to put the band back together.’ Also, it’s all about Axl. The reason that everybody left was because in the back of his mind I think that’s the way he wanted it. So the reason why there’s no Guns N Roses was because of him. I’ve got nothing to do with it. I quit for the same reason that everybody did. So it’s really his problem."Thanks for the report to RockAAA.com.
Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose has filed a countersuit against his former manager, claiming Irving Azoff and his company, Front Line Management, attempted to sabotage Rose's "new" version of GNR so he'd reunite with Slash and the band's classic lineup.
According to gossip site TMZ, Rose alleges in his $5 million countersuit
that Azoff was "devising and implementing a secret plan to set up
Rose and the band for failure so that Rose would have no choice
but to reunite with the original Guns N' Roses' members," a move
Axl had resisted. Rose also took issue with Azoff's decision to
file his original lawsuit against William Bailey, the singer's
real name -- something that "carries significant emotional damage
from Rose's childhood."
Azoff filed suit against Rose in March, claiming GNR owed his company $1.8 million, an amount equivalent 15 percent of the gross revenue earned by the band during its run of tour dates through Asia, Canada, and South America in support of their 2008 comeback album Chinese Democracy. Read SPIN's review of their 2010 Canadian tour kickoff here.According to TMZ, Azoff -- who also serves as CEO for Ticketmaster -- has already responded to Rose's countersuit: "On advice of counsel I cannot respond at this time, but will discuss in my upcoming book, My Life with William Bill Bailey." Ouch!
I loathe aggression in music. When 50 Cent got bottled at Reading, I barely even doubled up laughing.
Even so, there’s something about a hefty uppercut caught on
camera that appeals to the horrible nihilistic bastard in us all.
I was reminded of that today when someone sent me this clip of
Robbie Furze from The Big Pink punching a heckler’s lights out
Obviously that’s a totally unacceptable way to treat your own paying fans. A karate kick to the Adam’s apple would’ve been far more appropriate.
Predictably, it inspired a flurry of office emails where everyone suggested their own favourite examples of onstage violence. Here are a few of the best/funniest/most deplorable/delete as appropriate.
Guns N' Roses
Rose threatened to walk offstage during a recent
gig in Peru.
The star stopped their performance in Lima and told fans through an interpreter, he would leave after they threw objects at him.
Watch video footage of the incident below.
"If you wanna throw shit, we will leave," he said. "We would like to stay and have fun with you for a long time tonight. So we're gonna have fun? Let's try that again."
Fans were made to wait over an hour into the early hours of Friday morning (March 26) for the band after support act, former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, finished his set at 11pm.
During the concert, Guns N' Roses played tracks from 'Chinese Democracy' including the title track alongside their classic singles 'Welcome To The Jungle' 'You Could Be Mine' and 'Patience'.
The incident happened after court papers were issued by Rose's ex-manager Irving Azoff, who is planning to sue the star for $2 million (£1.3 million) over earnings.
Guns N' Roses fans were
forced to take sides in the legendary war
Rose and Slash -- after
security at a recent GNR show banned fans from wearing Slash gear
inside the show.
It all went down at the GNR show in Canada last Wednesday
-- concert security informed fans that they were required to turn
their Slash t-shirts inside out .... and leave their top hats
TMZ spoke with a member of the concert security team who confirmed the marching orders -- and told us the instructions were passed down from a producer for the band.
We're told a few fans took the high road and went home ... but most just sucked it up and did what they were told.