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In talking about Appetite For Destruction, an album that turns 25 on Saturday, it’s fun to think about the context that burped the band up: A group full of hard-partying Sunset Strip veterans who’d all done time on the L.A. pop-metal scene, led by an Indiana transplant that still thought of himself as some sort… More »

Most of us go to work every day at jobs we find redundant, collaborating with people we don’t like. And, generally speaking, the pay is terrible, and the benefits are worse. Yet, we plod on. But for some estranged bandmates, not even the lure of millions in collective earnings and/or reflective hosannas from the pre… More »

When M.I.A. held up her middle finger during Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show last weekend, she dominated blog chatter for a few days and incited a few minor cable-TV debates. She could have to pay a fine, and she’s definitely changed the narrative around her next album. But she hasn’t gotten anywhere near the pantheo… More »

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DJ Ashba & Bumblefoot Quit Guns N’ Roses

Both Darren Jay “DJ” Ashba and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal announced that their departure from Guns N’ Roses this week. While the details on Bumblefoot’s decision to quit the band are murky at best, Ashba laid out his reasoning in the following statement:… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 31, 2015 - 5:11 pm

Watch Duff McKagan & Krist Novoselic Play “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Together

Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses famously didn’t like each other, mostly owing to a backstage spat between Axl Rose and Kurt Cobain at the 1992 VMAs. But Duff McKagan and Krist Novoselic were never going to keep that feud going; they’ve got too much in common. They’re both bass players, both relatively mellow and level-headed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 18, 2015 - 10:34 am

Duff McKagan Wrote An Advice Book Called How To Be A Man

If you’ve ever found yourself thinking, “Gosh, it’s so hard to be a man, but those guys in Guns N’ Roses sure make it look so easy,” well, you’re in luck! Twelve-year classic-lineup GNR bassist Duff McKagan wrote a book called How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions), and it hits shelves on May… More »

By: Peter Helman / January 5, 2015 - 11:56 am

Korallreven – “November Rain” (Guns N’ Roses Cover)

Swedish pop duo Korallreven have shared a sparkling cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain.” Their version of the Use Your Illusion ballad filters the track through their icy production style and gives it a more modern feel. Introducing the song, the band said they were inspired by Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen’s “Arpeggios From Hell“… More »

By: James Rettig / November 28, 2014 - 11:33 am

A Guns N’ Roses Biopic Is In Development

Whenever the subject of Axl Rose comes up, I tend to mention the ridiculously good profile that John Jeremiah Sullivan wrote for GQ back in 2006. “The Final Comeback of Axl Rose” is not really disparaging, it’s just a perfect summation of Rose’s legendary reputation for any person born too late to really care. Now,… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 19, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Supergroup Dead Men Walking Features Members Of The Damned, Guns N’ Roses, Stray Cats, The Alarm … And Fred Armisen

A large supergroup calling itself Dead Men Walking has announced it will play a one-off show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on 9/14. The core members of the group are Captain Sensible of the Damned, Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, and Mike Peters of the Alarm, though the show will also feature… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 5, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Jane’s Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing” While Stealing Front Row Fans’ Cellphones

As part of Arcade Fire’s mission to cover local artists at every concert, the band performed Jane Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing” and a little bit of Guns ‘N Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle” during their show at the Forum in Los Angeles. While singing, they also decided to have some fun and grab audience members’… More »

By: James Rettig / August 2, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Axl Rose Announces Chinese Democracy Sequel, Remix Album

I’m on record here and probably elsewhere as being a fan of Chinese Democracy — the legendarily bloated, forever-delayed, joke-butt of an album released in 2008 by Axl Rose and a bunch of random musicians contracted to play under the name “Guns N’ Roses.” Look, it’s a good record! The production is embarrassingly dated (and… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 5, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Duff McKagan To Temporarily Rejoin Guns N’ Roses

Besides Axl Rose, the Guns N’ Roses that has been touring with in recent years includes none of the original members responsible for the band’s classic 1987 debut Appetite For Destruction. (Incidentally, I watched the inverse of that lineup — all the original members minus Axl — perform at the Rock & Roll Hall Of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 2, 2014 - 10:06 am

Axl Rose Goes Deep On Danish Giraffe Killing

Last week, in an effort to stop inbreeding among its animals, Copenhagen Zoo euthanized one of its male baby giraffes — shooting him in the head, then dismembering him and feeding him to predators while zoo visitors, including kids, watched. This seems like a pretty fucked up way to deal with a potential inbreeding problem! More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 17, 2014 - 10:29 am

Axl Rose Has A Theory About Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Unplugged Super Bowl Performance

The Super Bowl is but a distant memory, yet the Chili Peppers’ Cordgate controversy continues to annihilate our nation’s collective sensibilities. Flea already gave us his side of the story — “[We] were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not … More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 5, 2014 - 11:15 am

Axl Rose’s Ex-Wife Auctioning Love Letters, Wedding Video, Domestic Abuse Report

As the song tells us, nothing lasts forever, and when Axl Rose is involved, that impermanence is likely to be highlighted with legal documents and high-wattage drama. And now, in November no less, Axl’s ex-wife, Erin Everly, is drenching the GN’R singer in some metaphorical cold rain — and making it rain for herself! –… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 21, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Guns N’ Roses – “Going Down”

I might be the only music writer in America (besides Chuck Klosterman) who will actually admit to liking Guns N’ Roses’ 2008 album, Chinese Democracy. I’m not saying it’s a lost classic or anything, but there are some really good songs buried in that grotesque narrative and dated overproduction. Anyway, GNR have mostly laid low… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 19, 2013 - 11:41 am

Guns N’ Roses @ Brooklyn Bowl 6/6/13

If events like this one — a “secret show” announced at the last minute — are meant to create the ever-sought-after buzz, well, mission accomplished. Guns N’ Roses, in town for Governor’s Ball on Saturday, decided to schedule a warm-up of sorts. The Brooklyn Bowl isn’t small (cap: 600), but it’s not Randall’s Island: The… More »

By: Colin St. John / June 7, 2013 - 12:49 pm

Guns N’ Roses Added To Governors Ball

Last month, we reported the massive lineup for this year’s Governors Ball, including headlines Kanye West, Kings Of Leon, and one major surprise that would be announced at a later date. It has now been revealed that Guns N’ Roses are the third act. Needless to say, the marquee acts are beaming with personality. Other… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 7, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Watch Axl Rose On Jimmy Kimmel

Axl Rose hasn’t been interviewed on live TV in 20 years, unless we’re counting that unbelievably awkward moment at the 2001 NBA Finals. But to promote a forthcoming Vegas residency, he showed up on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and managed to sit for 12 minutes of questions. Kimmel was unquestionably the right guy to do this,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 25, 2012 - 9:22 am

Watch Neil Young Sing With Guns N’ Roses

As a prelude to some sporadic activity in 2012 — including a month-long residency in Vegas and a three-city tour in India — Guns N’ Roses performed this past Saturday and Sunday nights at the Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, CA. For Sunday night’s performance, they brought none other than Neil Young himself to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 23, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Axl Bans Fans From Wearing Slash Shirts To GN’R Shows

I have no idea how it’s even possible to enforce something like this — or where one would get a Slash T-shirt in the first place — but NME reports that fans weren’t allowed to wear Slash T-shirts to last night’s Guns N’ Roses Show at London’s O2 Arena. The magazine quotes 18-year-old fan Jame… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 1, 2012 - 3:06 pm
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