Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Slash, Derek Trucks, Ronnie Wood & Mike Hucknall Guest with BB King in London

Yesterday, Slash joined B.B. King on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Ronnie Wood, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and Mick Hucknall were also there for the all-star jam that was shot for a DVD.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Duff McKagan's Loaded At Hellfest; Setlist, Videos

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June 19, 2011 Clisson, France

Setlist: Executioner's Song, We Win, Dead Skin, Dark Days, Seattle Head, Sick, Follow Me to Hell, Your Name, Lords of Abbadon, Attitude, It's So Easy

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Axl Rose Caves In to Irving Azoff and Lets Him Win

Beverly Hills Courier
Lawsuits between Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose and his former manager concerning commissions and concert touring have been resolved, attorneys for both sides told a judge today.

"They were settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties," said attorney Howard King on behalf of the singer's ex-manager, Irving Azoff.

The resolutions were announced on the day Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rita Miller had scheduled trial of the two cases between the rocker and Azoff.

No terms were divulged. But after a preliminary accord was reached, lawyers for Rose filed papers stating that the final accord would involve "a comprehensive touring agreement in which Guns N' Roses would perform at various...venues."

Azoff sued the 49-year-old singer in March 2010, claiming Rose owed his ex-manager's company, Front Line Management, more than $1.8 million and broke a verbal agreement to pay the firm a 15 percent commission for performances by the band in Taipei, Seoul, Japan, Canada and South America.

Rose countersued two months later, claiming the manager tried to force him to reunite with his original Guns N' Roses bandmates and failed to properly promote the band's Chinese Democracy CD.

The suit also alleged Azoff lied about a prospective Van Halen "super tour" and mishandled the band's tour dates.

Guns N' Roses Reunion: A Timeline


May 1993 - Izzy Stradlin reunites with Guns N' Roses for five shows in Europe and the Middle East to fill in for his replacement, Gilby Clarke, who broke his wrist in a motorcycle accident

September 26, 1993 - Duff plays the first show on his solo tour at Webster Hall in New York City. Slash joins Duff onstage and they perform "It's So Easy" together.

October 1993 - Duff releases his solo album Believe In Me which featured appearances by Slash, West Arkeen, Teddy "Zig-Zag" Andreadis, Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke & Dizzy Reed.

June 1994 - Gilby Clarke's Pawnshop Guitars is released on Virgin Records. Featured on the album are Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Axl Rose, Dizzy Reed and Teddy "Zig-Zag" Andreadis.

December 1994 - The Rolling Stones classic "Sympathy for the Devil" is released as a single. It appears on the Interview with a Vampire soundtrack. Lineup: Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Dizzy Reed and Paul Huge.

February 1995 - Slash's Snakepit's It's Five O'Clock Somewhere is released featuring Slash (guitars), Gilby Clarke (rhythm guitars) and Matt Sorum (drums).

March 10, 1995 - Duff and Matt play at the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. They're in the house band with Teddy Andreadis called Wayne Neutron. Izzy Stradlin also performed songs with the band.

August 1996 - Neurotic Outsiders, featuring Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, release their debut album on Maverick Records.

March 9, 1998 - Izzy Stradlin's 117° is released. Duff plays bass on 12 out of 14 tracks.

1998 - Duff McKagan records Beautiful Disease. Slash and Izzy Stradlin both appear on the unreleased album.

January 24, 1999 - Duff, Matt and Slash play at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. They perform "Attitude,", "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" as well as other songs. The media calls this "a GN'R reunion."

December 1999 - Izzy Stradlin's Ride On is released, featuring Duff McKagan on bass and vocals.

April 2000 - Izzy Stradlin plays four shows in Japan with Duff on bass in support of Ride On.

June 22, 2000 - Axl joins Gilby Clarke and the rest of The Starfuckers onstage at the Cat Club on Sunset Boulevard. They perform "Wild Horses" and "Dead Flowers."

May 22, 2001 - Izzy Stradlin's River is released with Duff McKagan featured on bass and acoustic guitar.

April 29, 2002 - Slash, Duff and Matt play together with Buckcherry singer Josh Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson at the Randy Castillo Tribute in Los Angeles. They are joined by Cypress Hill's Sen Dog on "Paradise City" and Steven Tyler on "Mama Kin."

Setlist: It's So Easy, God Save The Queen, Nice Boys, Lit Up, Paradise City, Mama Kin.

June 27, 2002 - Singer Shooter Jennings performs "It's So Easy" and "Paradise City" live with Duff, Matt and Slash during the opening of new Hollywood rock club -- Club Vodka -- at Circus in Hollywood, CA. They also performed AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie."

August 21, 2002 - Izzy Stradlin's On Down the Road is released, the album features Duff McKagan on bass.

Late 2002 - Izzy Stradlin temporarily joins his former Guns N' Roses band mates Duff McKagan, Slash, and Matt Sorum in an early version of Velvet Revolver. Izzy contributes to the songwriting process while the band is in its formative stage. Some of these songs end up on Velvet Revolver's Contraband, and Izzy Stradlin's album Like a Dog.

January 21, 2003 - Duff, Matt and Slash play at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. They perform (among others) the songs "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "Sympathy for the Devil," "New Rose," "It's So Easy" and "Paradise City."

May 13, 2003 - Scott Weiland confirms to Rolling Stone that he is the singer for the band featuring Duff, Matt and Slash. He also says that the band's name is Reloaded.

June 6, 2003 - It's announced that the band featuring Scott Weiland, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Slash and Dave Kushner is called Velvet Revolver.

June 19, 2003 - Velvet Revolver plays their first live show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

Setlist: Bodies, Set Me Free, Sex Type Thing, It's So Easy, Slither, Negative Creep.

The exclusive invitation-only show was preceded by a media Q&A session.

September 21, 2003 - Izzy and Slash join Adler's Appetite at their show in Hollywood, CA. They play "Mr. Brownstone," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and "Paradise City."

October 30, 2003 - Izzy joins Velvet Revolver on stage for thier performance at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, CA

October 31, 2003 - Matt Sorum's first solo album Hollywood Zen is released. Slash makes a guest appearance on the track "The Blame Game."

June 8, 2004 - Velvet Revolver's Contraband is released. The album features Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.

September 5, 2004 - Izzy Stradlin joins Velvet Revolver on stage in Bologna, Italy. They play "It's So Easy" and "Paradise City."

September 7, 2004 - Izzy Stradlin joins Velvet Revolver on stage again in Paris, France

September 9, 2004 - Izzy Stradlin joins Velvet Revolver on stage again in Barcelona, Spain

May 17, 2006 - Izzy Stradlin joins Axl's New Guns N' Roses at their fourth and final sold out show at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. It's the first time since May 1993 that Axl and Izzy shared a stage together. Izzy plays on "Think About You," "Patience" and "Nightrain."

June 11, 2006 - Guns N' Roses headlines Sunday night at the 2006 edition of the Download Festival at Donington Park, UK. Izzy Stradlin joins the band on stage for several numbers for the first time on the European Summer tour.

December 17, 2006 - Izzy makes his first guest appearance on the North American tour at the show in Universal City, CA at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk.

December 20, 2006 - Izzy Stradlin makes his third guest appearance on this leg of the tour in Universal City, CA at the Gibson Amphitheatre. In all, Izzy plays a total of 17 shows with the Guns N' Roses in 2006.

July 3, 2007 - Velvet Revolver's second album, Libertad, is released. The album features Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.

July 28, 2007 - The Appetite for Destruction 20th annivrsary show at the Key Club in West Hollywood, CA. Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin join Adler's Appetite on stage to perform "Mr. Brownstone," "Tijuana," "Mama Kin" and "Paradise City."

July 17, 2008 - Izzy Stradlin's Concrete is released. Duff plays bass on three tracks.

August 29, 2009 - Slash and Steven Adler jam with the band Aces 'N' Eights at the Viper Room in Hollywood, CA. They play "It's So Easy" and "Mama Kin."

Nov 22, 2009 - The LAYN Rocks Benefit. Slash and Friends are joined by Duff McKagan and Steven Adler (along with Dave Navarro and Chester Bennington) for "Paradise City."

March 31, 2010 - Slash's first solo album is released. Izzy, Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler each play on one track.

July 15, 2010 - Izzy Stradlin's Wave of Heat is released. Duff plays bass on 7 tracks.

October 14, 2010 - Duff McKagan joins Guns N' Roses on stage for "You Could Be Mine," "Nice Boys," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and "Patience" at London's 02 arena.

June 11, 2011 - In an interview with Rock, Duff McKagan reveals that he hopes to tour the UK and South America with Izzy Stradlin in late-2011.

August 09, 2011 - Slash announces via Twitter and Facebook that he will be playing the "Road Recovery" benefit on September 13, 2011 --the 20 year anniversary of the Use Your Illusion records -- along with Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke, Wayne Kramer (of the MC5) and special guests, at the Best Buy Theater in New York, NY.

October 30, 2011 - Axl Rose gives a 1-hour television interview to VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show." Axl tells host Eddie Trunk that Duff McKagan's Loaded will open some shows for Guns N' Roses. In this latest interview, Axl seems to have softened his stance on the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame induction, saying "We'll see how it plays out if we're inducted. If that happens, we'll see what lineup of the band they like and what members they want and don't want. I don't know much about it. Inducting Elton John back in 1994 was a big thrill for me."

December 16, 2011 - At the Key Arena in Seattle, Duff McKagan hopped on stage to perform "You Could Be Mine" with his former band and its current lineup.

December 16, 2011 - Matt Sorum, Steven Adler and Gilby Clarke all sit-in with Camp Freddy at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip in LA. Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Sebastian Bach play together for "Sweet Child O' Mine."

December 17, 2011 - Duff McKagan joined the latest version of GN'R on stage again at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to perform 2 GN'R classics, "You Could Be Mine" and "Civil War."

January 12, 2012 - Velvet Revolver reunites to raise money for the family of their deceased friend John O' Brien. The show takes place at the Los Angeles House of Blues. Setlist: Sucker Train Blues, She Builds Quick Machines, Slither, Wish You Were Here

March 14, 2012 - Slash announces via Twitter that he'll be playing on Steven Adler's new album.

To be continued ...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Duff and Izzy Might Tour the UK and South America ...

Rock AAA

Duff McKagan has exclusively revealed that he plans to join forces with his former Guns N' Roses band mate Izzy Stradlin for a global tour later this year.

The ex-GNR and Velvet Revolver bassist told RockAAA that he hopes to hit the road with his current band Loaded with Stradlin in support for a tour which will include stops on both sides of the Atlantic.

McKagan said, "It would be, it will be, really fun to go to South American and the UK with Loaded and Izzy to do a tour together.

He and I have talked about it and it'd be great. At the end we'd do some songs together like 'Dust N' Bones' and 'Pretty Tied Up' or whatever.

It would be really cool."

You can watch the interview below.

Chinese Democracy Tour: Year Eleven

October 2 - "Rock in Rio," Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 5 - Santiago, Chile
October 8 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Saturday, June 4, 2011

N.W.A. Partied with Guns

REVOLVER: You have been sober since 1994. Why did you write a song called "Cocaine" now?

It's just this tongue-in-cheek song about me in 1993 when I quit cocaine. Of course my alcohol intake went up. Everyone would be like, "Dude!" and I'd be like, "Well, at least I quit cocaine." So that song is about my state of mind: "Empty bottle of Vicodin, the dirty clothes I slept in ... I hid a gun in a darkened place, a simple short arm's length away." I was paranoid.

Is that true?

Yeah, man. I had guns everywhere.

Did anybody ever ...

Ever get shot? No, I was just paranoid. It was the '80s in L.A. We hung out in the seedier underbelly. Then add drugs to that, and hanging out with the N.W.A. guys, Ice-T, and stuff like that. There were always guys around ready to protect my house and stuff. And it fed into my paranoia. They were like, "Fuck ... are you strapped? "I'm like, "Uh?" They're like, "Well, we can hook you up." And I started buying guns.

Did you hang out with N.W.A. often?

Yeah, all the guys. They were, like, the other band like Guns N' Roses in L.A., to be quite honest. They were telling the same story we were telling, and we both recognized that. We were fans of each other's bands. Were we the tightest budddies, hanging out? No. But we had parties and stuff together and hung out.

Speaking of that time in your life, you played with Guns N' Roses in London last year. What did it mean to you personally?

That's what it meant: It was a personal thing. And what happened personally between Axl shall remain personal and private. And if we had never played a show, it might have been a little better.

What do you mean?

Well, 'cause now everybody knows about it. People ask me now. I've known the guy since 1984. We became men at the same time. We witnessed this really fucking weird thing that happened to us. It was amazing and beautiful, but dark and fucked up, but we were the only ones in the fishbowl. So there are certain things I can't share with my wife or people who are really close to me, 'cause they just weren't there. They weren't part of the band. So there's going to be that, which bonds us forever. In London I was like, "I'm gonna go see my friend." And that's it.