Tuesday, June 29, 2010

SLASH: New, Live Album Available

Slash and his band will be recorded at Manchester Academy in Manchester, UK on July 3.

Abbey Road Live will be there to record the performance and have it mixed and mastered on-the-fly, specifically for delivery to CD – not to be confused with a "board" mix, which usually just involves plugging into the house sound console and taking their mix.

Each collectible disc set will be offered for $30 (£20) online at http://slashlive.sandbag.uk.com, or £20 at the show in Manchester.
Discs may either be picked up at the end of the show, or shipped home.

In addition to Slash and Kennedy, other band members that will be featured on the CD set include Bobby Schneck on guitar; Todd Kerns on bass and backing vocals; and Brent Fitz on drums.

Pre-sales for the CDs are happening now at http://slashlive.sandbag.uk.com, and sales will only continue until all 1200 CDs are sold.[/quote]


Related Discussion: SLASH: New, Live Album Available

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Slash Announces More US Dates

"We're All Gonna Die"

August 29 - San Francisco, CA
August 31 - Aspen, CO

September 1 - Denver, CO
September 2 - North Kansas City, MO.
September 4 - Mount Pleasant, MI
September 5 - Milwaukee, WI
September 6 - Clear Lake, IA
September 8 - Chicago, IL
September 9 - Windsor, ON
September 10 - Toronto, ON
September 11 - Belleville, ON
September 14 - New York, NY
September 15 - Boston, MA
September 18 - Norfolk, VA
September 20 - Atlanta, GA
September 22 - Council Bluffs, IA
September 23 - Medina, MN
September 24 - Winnipeg, MB
September 25 - Saskatoon, SK
September 27 - Calgary, AB
September 30 - Vancouver, BC

October 1 - Vancouver, BC
October 2 - Seattle, WA

[Complete World tour dates HERE]

Friday, June 18, 2010

GN'R "B-Sides," Pt. VI

01. Chinese Democracy [Live January 15, 2001]
02. Shackler [Buckethead]
03. Better [Antiquiet Leaks]
04. The Blues [Live December 2, 2002]
05. Sweet Child O' Mine [1999 Demo]
06. There Was a Time [2002 Demo]
07. Catcher in the Rye [1999 Demo]
08. The General [Clip]
09. Riad N' the Bedouins [Antiquiet Leaks]
10. Silkworms [Live January 15, 2001]
11. I.R.S. [1999 Demo]
12. Madagascar [Antiquiet Leaks]
13. Untitled Piano Piece [Making of Estranged Video]
14. Prostitute [Antiquiet Leaks]



Monday, June 14, 2010

Mick Wall: "Axl is Rock's Michael Jackson"

Swedish paper, AftonBladet, has published a new interview with British journalist Mick Wall this weekend. In it, he talks about Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses. Full interview after the jump.

Mick Wall's life changed in five minutes and forty seconds. It was 1991, and the British music journalist had just listened to Guns N' Roses' new album, Use Your Illusion II. One of the songs was called "Get in the Ring."

"I get emails from people who weren't even born when the song was recorded, who say that they want to beat up me. I knew immediately that I would spend the rest of my life talking about that song."

Wall and a handful of other journalists had, for various reasons, gotten on Axl Rose's bad side. The singer in the world's greatest rock band threatened to fight them, and urged them to "suck my fucking dick" in a song would that be heard by millions of fans. Nearly twenty years later, the now 52-year-old Mick Wall is still reminded of it.

"God, yes. You can see it on all those websites that have fans of "Get in the Ring." People still want to talk to me about it. On my tombstone it will say "Mick Wall - Get in the Ring, Motherfucker," he says and laughs.

Did you ever feel threatened?

"No. Axl is a little guy with the stick-thin arms, he's no fighter. When the song came out I told his people that I would show up at any time if he wanted to talk. The others named in the song have done similar things, and Vince Neil - Axl has also threatened him - offered to come to the record company and make up. But Axl always pulled away."

In the years since then, the charismatic front man continued to pull away - from the old band members, friends, girlfriends, managers and journalists. W. Axl Rose, 48, is an unsolved puzzle. Is he crazy? A misunderstood genius? And what did he do for fifteen years between GN'R's second-to-last album (The Spaghetti Incident?, 1993) and their latest (Chinese Democracy, 2008)? Is it true that he burned through $72,000 dollars for an exorcism? That he tried regression therapy and began to remember past lives as an Indian? Is it true that he consulted a female guru named "Yoda" on absolutely everything? That she studied photographs of people who applied for jobs with him, and sorted out those who had "bad karma?" That Yoda told Axl that one of his personal staff had tried to assassinate him in a past life, and that Axl had that person fired?

Mick Wall - who has written the book WAR: The Unauthorized Biography of W. Axl Rose and could be a Ph.D. in "Axl Science" - does not hesitate with the answer.

"All true. And the reality was, and still is, much, much worse than that. He is the weirdest rock star in the world today. We're talking Rock's Michael Jackson here, or the last days of Elvis Presley's life. Axl is not just a crazy rock star, he is a man with deep emotional problems."

What is Axl like today?

"He has no friends other than his half brother. The only people that spend time with him are people who work for him. When he's not touring, he's in his house, watching television or surfing around online and see if anyone has written anything about him. He sleeps during the day and is awake at night. He has made himself an enemy to all his old friends, including all of the old band. I just talked with Izzy (Stradlin, the guitarist for GN'R 1985-1991) who said that Axl calls him sometimes and says things like "you said something to me in 1996 that I can not forgive you for." Izzy can hear the sound of rustling papers in the background, as if Axl has written up all these little notes to remember it. I mean, who is like that? It's crazy!

The fact remains, a band called Guns N 'Roses will enter the stage in Blekinge Norje tonight and perform classic Guns N' Roses songs like "Welcome to the Jungle," "Mr. Brownstone" and "Paradise City." But what you will see is not Guns N 'Roses, just Axl Rose and who he pays to play with him. The former Guns members would love to reunite and tour with Axl, but they don't want to pay $200,000 the next time he starts a riot somewhere because he didn't show up. It's all very sad. I predict a sad end to this saga."

You think that he will die prematurely?

Mick Wall is quiet on the other end of the handset. Then he sighs and says, "I think he's already dead. He has turned his back on life."


Friday, June 11, 2010

Slash Plays Rocket Queen in Milan and Gets Attacked by a Fan

Getting ready to hit the stage in Milan. From the sound of it this is one rowdy crowd. Should be intense!

06.10.10 - Palasharp Arena, Milan, Italy
Ghost, Mean Bone, Nightrain, Sucker Train Blues, Back From Cali, Beggars and Hangers On, Civil War, Rocket Queen, Fall to Pieces, Dirty Little Thing, Nothing to Say, Starlight, Solo, Godfather Theme, Sweet Child O' Mine, Rise Today, Slither, By the Sword, Communication Breakdown, Paradise City

Soundcheck: Rocket Queen, Fall to Pieces, Nothing to Say, Ghost
Thanks to F.D.N.A. & Slash France


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Angry Anderson Wants to Help Axl and Slash Get Back Together

Triple M
Aussie rock legend Angry Anderson would love to see Axl and Slash get back together. Byron Cooke for Triple M's Radar Radio asked Slash how he felt about that.

"He's got a valid point," admitted Slash. "But we just haven't talked, Axl and I, and no efforts have been made on either side to get that together. I figure, if something's supposed to happen it will and if it's not, it won't."

The Rose Tattoo legend is actually a good mate of both Slash and Axl (how many people can say that!) and he remains hopeful the pair will see the wisdom in reigniting the passion they had for one another.

The former Guns N' Roses guitarist did appreciate Angry's words of wisdom. "I appreciate Angry's take on it because he's a sensible guy. From his perspective getting back together seems reasonable. And he is friends with both of us."

However, Slash really saw only one way it would ever happen. "What it really needs is a lot of expensive therapy," he laughed.

Slash, who left GN'R in 1996, tells Billboard.com, "if Guns had stayed together it would have gone through some musical changes. Axl has his thing and I was sticking to whatever it is I do. But it would have stayed as big and relevant as it was when I first started."

Unsurprisingly Slash lists the band's classics as amongst his top tracks from their catalog - "Sweet Child O'Mine," "Paradise City," "My Michelle" and so on. But he says he's "fond" of "Coma" and "Locomotive" from Use Your Illusion I and II respectively, and says the video for "Paradise City" is the only one he likes because it was live.

The band becomes eligible for Hall of Fame induction in 2013 and it's almost unthinkable they won't be voted in first time round. Whatever happens, Slash is planning to attend.

But he says, "I have no idea how that's supposed to go. If Axl, Duff, Izzy and myself start communicating, it could go one way. If we don't, God knows."


Friday, June 4, 2010

Rock am Ring: SLASH

06.04.10 - "Rock am Ring," Nürburgring Racetrack, Nürburg, Germany
Ghost, Dirty Little Thing, Nightrain, Sucker Train Blues, Back From Cali, Nothing to Say, Starlight, By the Sword, Sweet Child O' Mine, Rise Today, Slither, Paradise City

Slash's Rock am Ring Set to Stream Live Today

Live stream here >>>>> ROCK AM RING 2010

7:55 PM, German time.

"There are shadows sleeping on the horizon, that leave us scared and so afraid, as the fall out of a world divided, it brings her tears and so much pain, and so we take cover from the dark, hoping to find where we can start

Oh Starlight, don’t you cry we’re gonna make it right, before tomorrow, Oh Starlight, don’t you cry we’re going to find a place where we belong"


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Oslo Spektrum - June 2

Local time in Oslo

Guns N' Roses
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - Spektrum, Oslo, Norway

Chinese Democracy
Welcome to the Jungle
It's So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Richard Fortus guitar solo (James Bond theme)
Live and Let Die
This I Love
Rocket Queen
Band introductions
Dizzy Reed solo
Street of Dreams
You Could Be Mine
Dj Ashba solo
Sweet Child O' Mine
Jam (Another Brick in the Wall)
Axl Rose piano solo (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road/Someone Saved My Life Tonight)
November Rain
Ron Thal solo (Pink Panther theme)
Knockin' on Heaven's Door


Paradise City