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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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The Pigeons Of Shit Metal Vs. Axl Rose

Opening for Axl is a promising platform for a band prominently featuring distored guitars, give or take a riot or two. But when Eagles Of Death Metal took the stage after Axl-apologist Sebastian Bach, for the first of what was to be three weeks of shows, the audience responded with, according to the Cleveland PlainMore »

By: Stereogum / November 28, 2006 - 9:26 am

Sebastian Bach In Defense Of Axl W. Rose

Guns N’ Roses are swinging through NYC tonight, playing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden, and we’ve been both shocked and psyched that Axl’s been able to hold it together and actually turn up at his gigs. But then, there’s that small matter of the “band” cancelling their 11/6 show in Portland, Maine. Just… More »

By: Stereogum / November 10, 2006 - 8:29 am

Top Ten Onstage Meltdowns

In honor of Guns N’ Roses pulling their shit together and working a well-received and functional tour (with a gig at Continental Arena tonight and MSG on Friday), the New York Post put together a chronological list of their top ten rock ‘n’ roll concert debacles. Some you know, some may be a history lesson. More »

By: Stereogum / November 6, 2006 - 12:41 pm

Harley Davidson Raises Our Hopes For Democracy

There’s been so much non-news news about the status of Chinese Democracy’s release that we’re back to thinking Mr. N’ Roses will never deem it done. And then Harley-Davidson had to go and put the Chinese track “Better” in their latest ad. Can’t believe Rose’s larynx still puts up with that shit. Sounds awesome. Back… More »

By: Stereogum / October 25, 2006 - 12:43 pm

Chinese Democracy Non-Update

MTV News reports:For months, Guns N’ Roses ringmaster Axl Rose has been saying ? in radio interviews, at press junkets and even at journalist-thick parties ? that Chinese Democracy would surface this year. … But after many broken promises, it’s possible that this time, Rose isn’t fibbing.Why? Because Axl’s management issued a press release Friday… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 2, 2006 - 12:58 pm

30 Seconds To Mars, Guns N’ Roses @ Inland Invasion

“The Kill” is up at YouTube. 3STM’s weekend set for KROQ reminds us of the band’s Lolla performance: Jared in a silly costume, cursing a lot.

It’s about the music, though. Not the image. In this pre-show interview, Jared reveals, “This isn’t a band of faces … and of fashion.” The interviewer… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 25, 2006 - 3:32 pm

Will Chinese Democracy Come Out In 2006?

Axl Rose talks to New York mag about GN’R’s next album, which has been delayed for 34 years.”It’s about being maybe smart enough to go, ‘No, that’s a bad idea.’ That’s all it’s about — keeping the ability to at least have a shot as opposed to something that’s just and obvious disaster. I want… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 14, 2006 - 10:17 am

Don’t Get Him Started On “One In A Million”

Speaking of Dave Eggers, here’s John Moe’s latest pop correspondence for McSweeney’s.

Notes on “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” as Delivered to Axl Rose by His Editor.

Hi, Axl,

Just got your manuscript and demo for the song “Sweet Child O’ (sic) Mine.” I think we need to talk. As your editor, I… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 12, 2006 - 9:12 pm

Axl Responds

I’m sure you heard about the incident earlier this week where Axl Rose bit a Swedish hotel security guard and was so intoxicated he had to be handcuffed and placed in a holding cell for the night.

Well, Rose was released yesterday, paid a fine, and issued this statement today (via LiveDaily):”We had a… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 28, 2006 - 6:20 pm

Fergie Does Axl, Final Fantasy Does Mariah

Every Friday (not true) Stereogum brings you two of the strangest concert clips on the web.

Today via reader Magnus, you can watch Fergie from BEP doing her best Axl Rose (TMZ Video). Pretty pathetic, but then again, who hasn’t done a terrible karaoke version of “Sweet Child O’ Mine”?

We think you’ll… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 12, 2006 - 2:40 pm

Guns N’ Roses To Rock NYC Without Us

Fri, 05/12/06 07:30 PM Guns N’ Roses SOLD OUT
Sun, 05/14/06 07:30 PM Guns N’ Roses SOLD OUT
Mon, 05/15/06 07:30 PM Guns N’ Roses SOLD OUT
Wed, 05/17/06 07:30 PM Guns N’ Roses SOLD OUT

That was fast. Well, not really faster than expected. Stereogum wasn’t quick enough (and we’re not even big… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 21, 2006 - 10:10 am

New Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy

Earlier this week, Page Six ran a story about Axl Rose bartering entrance to the Stereo nightclub after closing (at 5:30 AM) so he could continue his 44th birthday bash. His offer? A listening party for the COMPLETED Chinese Democracy which he’d been working on for the last nine years.

Difficult to get excited… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 19, 2006 - 2:30 pm

Kanye Is Jesus, Axl Is Irrelevant

Kanye West, who caused a Stereogum uproar with his Katrina telethon Bush-bashing, is on the cover of the new Rolling Stone. Posing as Jesus. We’re not surprised. And probably only Pat Robertson will care.

If you’ve been paying attention, you know Mr. West’s ego knows no bounds. According to AP, the Q&A… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 24, 2006 - 3:17 pm
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