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Axl Rose Won’t Attend Rock Hall Induction

When it was announced that Guns N’ Roses would be inducted into the canon of Jann Wenner’s infinite playlist the Rock Hall, the main question we asked was whether Axl would get the band back together. Turns out we were asking the wrong question, because not only will GN’R not perform, Axl won’t even show… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 12, 2012 - 9:53 am

Guns N’ Roses Won’t Perform At Rock Hall Induction

Well, this sucks. Our best chance to see all five estranged but, amazingly, still-alive original members of Guns N’ Roses performing onstage together was this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. GN’R are one of the bands being honored this year, keyboardist Dizzy Reed has said that all those original members would… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 9, 2012 - 3:19 pm

Music’s 10 Most Scandalous Live-TV Moments

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Watch Feist’s Nutty “November Rain” Encore

You have to be out of your goddam mind to cover “November Rain,” Guns N’ Roses’ masterpiece of bloated excess, and Leslie Feist is apparently crazier than anyone gave her credit for being. At a recent Mexico City show, Feist didn’t just cover the song — she invited someone dressed as Slash onstage to play… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 3, 2012 - 3:55 pm

The 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2011

Back in the day, when two artists didn’t like each other, they’d deal with it in relatively low-profile ways: A snippy backstage comment, or a pointed interview comment. Maybe they’d toss in a lyrical jab, the way Lynyrd Skynyrd did toward Neil Young on “Sweet Home Alabama,” but that would be just about it. That’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 29, 2011 - 10:19 am

Axl Mulls GN’R Rock Hall Reunion

A little while back, Axl Rose hinted that he could potentially reunite with the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup if his band ever made it into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. And now that they’re definitely on their way in, he’s publicly kicking around the idea of a reunion, though he seems to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 21, 2011 - 5:09 pm

GN’R, Beasties, RHCP Inducted Into Rock Hall Of Fame

The Rock Hall is the sort of boomer pageantry that younger music fans tend to sweep aside like, say, the Grammys. That is until the Rock Hall starts actively honoring/shafting the artists you remember from their first time around, before reunions, and contemporary microgenre reappropriation, and post-mortem renaissances. That is to say, until younger music… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 7, 2011 - 10:09 am

Watch Axl Rose’s First Interview In 5 Years

To celebrate National Metal Day yesterday, VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show programmed Axl Rose’s first interview in five years, and the first televised one in over a decade. And Axl actually showed up — only 15 hours late — lucid and affable but without the famous yellow raincoat we’ve been admiring. The GN’R frontman sat… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 12, 2011 - 12:58 pm

Axl Rose Explains Rock In Rio Lateness, But Not Why He Looks Like That Now

At Brazil’s Rock In Rio Festival last week, the reconstituted Axl-plus-nobodies version of Guns N’ Roses earned the wrong kind of attention when they took the stage hours late, looking and sounding like straight dogshit. The extreme lateness was nothing new for this band; in fact, it’s practically tradition. But Axl wore a perfectly ridiculou… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 13, 2011 - 12:42 pm

What Axl Rose Looks Like Now

Oh jeez. Oh boy. We can’t ignore this any longer, can we? William Axl Rose, who was once one of rock’s greatest and most forbidding frontmen, has entered his late-Elvis stage. At the Rock In Rio festival on Monday, Axl showed up wearing a weird fluorescent raincoat thing, a gigantic cowboy hat, and about five… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 7, 2011 - 3:41 pm

Rock Hall 2012 Nominees: GN’R, Cure, RHCP, Beasties

This morning, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced its nominees for 2012 induction. This year, we’ve got some intriguing new names on the list, including Guns N’ Roses, the Cure, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric B. & Rakim, and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts. It also includes a few artists who have… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 27, 2011 - 12:09 pm

Guns N’ Roses To Tour

Their monster Use Your Illusion albums just turned 20, and now Guns N’ Roses — or at least Axl Rose and whoever’s backing him up this year — have announced tours of Central and South America and the U.S. And yes, it’s true: This lineup looks basically nothing like the band who made Appetite ForMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 21, 2011 - 11:43 am

Use Your Illusion Turns 20

Guns N’ Roses headlined the first show I ever saw. This was July 1992 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, the first night of their massive co-headlining tour with Metallica. A couple of weeks later, a Montreal show would end in a riot when both bands ended their sets early: Metallica because James Hetfield caught… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 16, 2011 - 2:10 pm

New GN’R LP To Have “A Lot Of Good Shit”

Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba spoke about an upcoming album while attending a launch for Activision’s first-person shooter game, Call of Duty: Black Ops. In a “red carpet” interview, he said the band’s currently “throwing around a bunch of bottles ideas,” that “Axl has a lot of good shit up his sleeve,”… More »

By: brandon / November 12, 2010 - 11:32 am

GN’R Get Bottled In Dublin

No respect. From either side. Guns N’ Roses opted to cut last night’s set at O2 in Dublin to 20 minutes after being pelted by plastic bottles. This came after GN’R took forever to materialize (and on the heels of having their earlier Reading and Leeds sets cut short). As you’ll see in this video,… More »

By: brandon / September 2, 2010 - 11:45 am

Jane’s Addiction Hires Duff McKagan

In the ongoing game of ’90s Senior League musical (velvet) revolving chairs, G N’ R vet and Duffonomics columnist Duff McKagan’s replaced Eric Avery as Jane’s Addiction’s bassist. (Instead of heading to Reading/Leeds with Axl & Co.) Get the details at More »

By: brandon / April 1, 2010 - 12:36 pm

Libertines Reunite For Reading/Leeds 2010

The 2010 bill-sharing Reading & Leeds Festivals, scheduled for 8/27-29 in those respective cities, will feature Guns N’ Roses, Arcade Fire and Blink-182 as headliners, along with QOTSA, Paramore, Modest Mouse, Phoenix, NOFX, Lostprophets, Limp Bizkit(!), LCD Soundsystem, Cypress Hill, the Drums, a reunited Libertines (bets anyone?), and others. Here’s what it looks like so… More »

By: brandon / March 29, 2010 - 5:56 pm

Sebastian Bach Saved Axl Rose’s Life, Probably

He stopped a man with a switchblade knife from approaching the GN’R stage Sunday night. Bach was on Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp, so he’s probably back down to his fighting weight too. Read this hero’s tale at New York Post. More »

By: jessica / February 16, 2010 - 3:04 pm

Apparently Guns N’ Roses Played The John Varvatos Store Last Night For #fashionweek, Axl Freaked Out On A Blog Forum

The crowdsourced journalism of Twitter brings this situation to light, as do the attendant twitpics. The situation rendered in a lower light, those twitpics, but at least cameraphones are kind to Axl’s bloat — it is fashion week after all. (Update: Twitpic swapped for that photo that came in by Patrick McMullen.) This secret show… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 12, 2010 - 8:53 am

“Guns N’ Roses” Play Winnipeg

Axl & Co. — still w/ Tommy Stinson — played their first North American Chinese Democracy gig last night. Remember Chinese Democracy? Remember GN’R? Actually, the set list’s epic and RS says Rose looked good. (That said, all the money in the world won’t bring Slash back.)… More »

By: brandon / January 14, 2010 - 2:59 pm