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Post by Blackstar Tue Mar 29, 2022 1:09 pm

In September 2012, a fan shared a conversation he had with Bumblefoot:

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And in this old thread in the Rumors and Discussion section there is a collection of Bumblefoot's complaining tweets in 2011 and 2012:

https://www.a-4-d.com/t1224-bumblefoot-complaining-on-twitter-live-stream

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Post by Blackstar Tue Mar 29, 2022 1:18 pm

Interview with Bret Michaels of Poison; Austin American-Statesman, Sept. 1, 2012:
People may not know that Slash auditioned for Poison. Why didn't he work out?

Slash is one of my all-time favorite guitar players and I believe he would have steered our sound a little more in the Aerosmith direction. He was basically the same guy he is today. What you see is what you get. It never really had a chance to work out or not. The band decided C.C. (DeVille) was the best choice for us.
https://web.archive.org/web/20120901114429/http://www.austin360.com/music/poisons-bret-michaels-got-his-rock-on-with-2445558.html
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Post by Blackstar Tue Mar 29, 2022 1:30 pm

Interview with Chris Cornell; Vulture, Nov. 2012:
In 1991, Soundgarden opened for Guns N’ Roses. What do you remember most about that tour?

Without saying anything negative about Axl, what I remember the most was Duff and Slash and everyone else being regular, sweet, warm guys in a rock band that just wanted to play rock music. And then, like, there was this Wizard of Oz character behind the curtain that seemed to complicate what was the most ideal situation they could ever have been in: They were the most successful and famous rock band on the planet. Every single show, hundreds of thousands of fans just wanted to hear songs. For some reason there seemed to be this obstacle in just going out and participating in that. That is what I remember the most. It’s sad.
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In 2012, Deanna Adler, Steven's mother, launched a blog, which served as promotion for her then upcoming book (which eventually wouldn't be released until 2017) as well as her journals. Some of the entries:
He Made Me Seem Like the Meanest Mother in the World!
Posted on May 15, 2012

If you would ask any mother about raising her children, she would probably say each child is different! Each one has his or her own personality. In my case, my three Sons are as different as day and night. In Steven’s book my appetite for destruction, he made me seem like the meanest mother in the world! I would like you to read my story Sweet Child of mine and know my side of the story. I think every mother will relate to my story and feel that they are not alone anymore in their struggles in regard to raising their sons or daughters. I have made lots of mistakes as we all do and I cannot change the past but I know one thing, I’m going to make every day that I have left the best that I can. It’s a good feeling to finally realize that the only person I’m responsible for is myself.

Deanna Adler
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/he-made-me-seem-like-the-meanest-mother-in-the-world-2/

Dr. Drew Vindicated Me On His Radio Show
Posted on May 16, 2012

Today I received exciting news! I’m having friends from Cleveland and Michigan visit me at the end of the month. It’s been years since we all got together! Maybe, I will go on a diet! I said maybe! When we get together it’s like time has stood still. We just pick up from where we last saw each other. It’s amazing! I am so lucky to have These friends for the past 57 years. Wow did I just say 57 years! These friends have gone through all the stress and disappointments with me that I have had through the years with Steven. They know everything I’ve gone thru. The one constant thing about having good friends is that they never judge and they have always believed in me. When Steven told all those lies on national TV they were the ones that e-mail and called Dr. Drew and said he was lying! I saw Dr. Drew months later and he told me how he had many phone calls and e-mails saying that Steven was lying. I asked Dr. Drew if he believes what Steven was saying to him and he answered no! In fact someone told me that they heard Dr. Drew vindicate me on his radio show.. So now I am looking forward to seeing these wonderful friends of mine and enjoying a few days reminiscing and enjoying each other’s company. I’m excited!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/dr-drew-vindicated-me-on-his-radio-show/

Divorce is Never an Easy Matter
Posted on May 18, 2012

Divorce is never an easy matter. The adults go on with their lives but what about the children? I don’t feel sorry when someone tells me they’re getting divorced! I just feel bad for the children involved. They are the ones that suffer. I remember when I got divorced from my first husband. I was glad because I was very unhappy with my situation. At the time my oldest son kenny was three years old and Steven was three months old. I can still remember kenny looking up at me with a very sad look on his face and asking me “ when am I going to see my daddy” I told him I don’t know! I wanted him to come see the children but he didn’t want to have anything to do with us. They never saw their father again. Like I say it’s the children that suffer! When Steven was 13 years old we were driving in the car and all of a sudden he said to me I know why you and my real father got divorced. He then went on to tell me it was his fault! I explained to him that it had nothing to do with him, to please not feel like that. So now I find out that for the past 13 years Steven has been blaming himself for my divorce and for his father not coming to see him! Again this is what I mean when I say its the children who suffer the most. Years later when Steven was touring with guns and roses he was going to play in Cleveland Ohio, his birthplace. He told me he was going to look up his father and beat the shit out of him. But he never looked him up. When I asked him why not his answer was “what for,” he never wanted to see me so after 25 years “what for” we later found out that he had passed away but we don’t know when or where. There are so many stories I want to share so I hope you pre order my book Sweet Child of mine. I know you’ll enjoy reading it.
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/divorce-is-never-an-easy-matter/

Captain Casual
Posted on May 20, 2012

Capt. Casual, that was the name Steven used when he was in guns and roses to check into hotels while on tour. He would change it often but the time we went to see him that was his alias. Guns and roses were touring with the”CULT” he really wasn’t speaking to us that much but Jamie had heard he was going to be performing in orange county and he wanted to see his brother. Believe me, if it wasn’t for Jamie I would never have gone, but Jamie missed his brother so much and wanted to see him. I always tried to make excuses to Jamie why Steven never called. We arrived at his hotel around lunchtime and I asked the clerk for Capt Casuals room. We knocked on his door and after a few minutes he answered and the first thing he said was Why are you here? I didn’t invite you! You can never imagine the hurt we felt! I told him Jamie wanted to see his brother! It’s so sad for your own son to say that to you. If Jamie wasn’t with me I would have left then. Steven told us to go to the hotel restaurant and get some lunch and he would be there soon. Of course Steven never showed up. After lunch we went back to the room to tell him we were leaving and to take care of himself. He answered the door and let us in. The room was dark and I asked Steven to turn on a light. Next to his bed was a set of metal suitcases. He said they were a gift from Aerosmith. I started to open the smaller one and all of a sudden Steven screamed don’t open that. He was so angry. Later on I learned that was where he kept his drugs! I wished I could leave but Jamie wanted so bad to be with Steven and to see him play. God! He hurt us so much through the years. My heart was broken for Jamie. Jamie must have been eleven years old at the time. He loves Steven so much! We went to see the concert. My husband and I sat toward the back of the venue and watched the people come in. Jamie was near the stage with Steven’s bodyguards. It seemed like everyone was smoking pot and no one cared. This was not the environment I wanted for Jamie but I promised him he could watch the show. On the way home Jamie fell asleep and I nursed a giant headache! It must have been all the pot I inhaled. I have many stories to share so pre-order my book Sweet Child of mine. You won’t be disappointed!!!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/captain-casual/

The Stroke!
Posted on May 23, 2012

I was watching TV and the phone rang, it was a call from a nurse at Century City Hospital. She told me that Steven had overdosed “again” but this time he was in a coma! I was living in Las Vegas now, I thought I could run away, but in reality I couldn’t. I didn’t know much about what Steven was doing. Oh! I knew he was still doing drugs but we hardly talked. Now I get a call from a nurse and she is telling me that if Steven does not get a dialysis treatment he would die within 24 hours!! So I asked why they don’t give him the dialysis? She said they needed permission from me since I was his legal guardian at that time. That’s what happens when you’re a drug addict. You need to have someone take control of their situation! Which I did for a time, but that’s another story! I had them fax me over a permission slip which I signed right away and faxed back to the hospital. I was so thankful that they got hold of me. You see, my family in Los Angeles didn’t want me to know that he had overdosed. They know how hurt and miserable I’ve been for so long and they thought he would pull out of it again, but this time he had a stroke! Sometimes when he talks he slurs his words. But that’s because of his stroke. No mother wants her child and I say child because he will always be my child, to be sick.
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/the-stroke/

Missed Opportunities
Posted on May 26, 2012

Missed opportunities! Steven was not entirely without friends who wanted him to succeed. Any time something good was about to happen he just couldn’t handle it. I remember one time when he was with his band roadcrew, this was after he was dismissed from guns n roses. They were about to sign a recording contract. The record executives were standing in front of Stevens house talking when Stevens drug dealers drove up and right in front of the executives Steven executes a drug deal! Money and drugs were exchanged. Why didn’t he tell the guys to come back? The answer to that is the drugs were more important to Steven than his band roadcrew and a record contract! Of course the executives left and in the next week or so roadcrew dismantled! It’s like every time something good is about to happen he destroys it! Today as I’m writing this Steven looks great and feels great. A lot has happened over the last 25 years. Pre-order my book Sweet Child of mine, you’re in for a surprise!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/missed-opportunities/

Petty Cash!
Posted on May 29, 2012

Petty cash! When I moved to Las Vegas in 1996 I was paying all of Stevens bills! Of course it was his money but he wanted me to help him so I did, what a mistake that was! I would pay his bills and send him $1000 a week for spending money! Under normal circumstances $1000 a week would be enough for anyone but not Steven. In reality he was spending close to $150,000 a year just on drugs! How many rehabs how many interventions? It just never seemed to stop! Finally the money began to run out and as I said before taking care of his finances was a big mistake! He accused me of stealing millions of dollars from him but in reality he was the one spending millions on drugs through the years. Yes, he took care of my husband and I financially and I will be forever grateful for that. But you know that drug addicts always blame someone else for their mistakes and in my case he blames his mother!! pre order my book Sweet Child of mine, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/petty-cash/

Money!
Posted on June 3, 2012

Money! Money! Money! The root of all that is evil! Especially when you are dealing with the drug addict! Every time the phone would ring I would panic because I knew it was Steven. If I didn’t send him the money immediately I would become his worst enemy. Whore! Slut! Bitch! And I could go on. Those are just a few of the names he called me. But the worst thing was the tone of his voice that made me quiver. preorder my book ‘Sweet Child of mine’ so maybe you can understand my life. One thing for sure it’s been a hell of a ride!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/money/

It’s The Drugs Talking… Not My Son
Posted on June 4, 2012

June 2001, my phone wouldn’t stop ringing today! Steven Started calling me first thing in the morning for money. I just gave him $1000 two days ago. So when I couldn’t take it anymore I answered the phone. I told him I would send him some money today. 15 minutes goes by and again he calls , I’m not sending it fast enough. Go to Western Union Now!!! He starts to verbally attack me. The names he calls his own mother you can’t believe them, but I know in my heart that its the drugs talking not my son. Sometimes it gets very hard to pretend that I’m so strong. Sleepless nights filled with worry that I’m going to get that one phone call a mother dreads when they have a child that’s a drug addict! ‘Hello Mrs. Adler this is the Los Angeles County Coroner’ that’s one call I pray that I never receive.
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/its-the-drugs-talking-not-my-son/

What’s The Sense!
Posted on June 6, 2012

2001, this year has been very stressful for me. Every time the phone rings I look at the phone and I wonder who it will be and what do they want! I am truly afraid for every time the phone rings there is something else I have to deal with. This time it is my daughter-in-law Carolina. What a blessing she has been! Carolina is Stevens wife. I had called her earlier in the day to ask how Steven was doing. She tells me that Steven is doing alright and he is sleeping. I respect her so much for what she has gone through with Steven. She gives me some phone numbers and tells me to call up the phone company to block these numbers because they are Stevens drug dealers. She doesn’t want the drug dealers calling the house anymore. It’s just too much for her. I understand completely. I had the numbers blocked but it doesn’t do any good because you see Steven will just call them. What’s the sense! It seems like we’re always trying to protect him but it doesn’t do any good!

Pre-order my book “Sweet Child of Mine” see what really goes on when he leaves the stage!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/whats-the-sense/

A Dozen Or More Times
Posted on June 11, 2012

What does it feel like your son checks into a rehab center a dozen or more times and why does he do it? One reason is to keep himself out of jail! When it comes to manipulating the legal system Steven is very bright! So when he checks into a rehab it is not to clean himself up but to stay out of jail!!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/a-dozen-or-more-times/

I Stole Millions of Dollars from Him??
Posted on June 12, 2012

Today when I picked up the mail I had a nice little surprise! A letter from an attorney. It seems that Steven was suing me because I stole millions of dollars from him! Of course I’ never took a dime from him, why would I? He gave us everything we needed and more so there’s no reason to steal anything from him. I called him up and told him about the letter. Steven tells me that if I don’t give him what he wants he will sue me and take all his money back! I asked him where he got the lawyer from and his answer was his drug dealer! Of course his drug dealer gave him the lawyer. Why not!
Read what happens by Pre-ordering my book “Sweet Child of Mine“
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/i-stole-millions-of-dollars-from-him/

Sucked Dry by the Drugs!
Posted on June 13, 2012

The year is 2006, after all these years and earning millions and millions of dollars he has spent all but 20,000. Every dime has gone to either the drug dealers, the doctors, or the attorneys! Steven has nothing to show for all the money. So now the last of his money will go to the attorneys as they fight over meager residue of what could have been impressive bank account. I look at my son and cannot believe that he is my son. Steven is a frail emaciated skeleton sucked dry by the drugs!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/sucked-dry-by-the-drugs/

Heroin
Posted on June 29, 2012

The year is 2006, Steven has a great opportunity to play a gig in Argentina. Gilby Clark who played with Guns & Roses at one time has his own band and invited Steven to join them on a So American tour. I hope all goes well, but Steven in on methadone and can’t go a day without it. By the way, methadone is legalized herein that the government dispenses at local clinics every day. As with heroine if you don’t take the methadone you are going to get very, very sick and it’s not a pretty sight. Steven had called me a few days into the tour and said he was fine and having a great time. I hung up the phone and said “thank God” but I thanked God too fast because the next day the band’s manager called to tell me he was sending Steven home. It seemed Steven took an overdose of methadone and was completely out of it. So they sent him home on the next flight to L.A. He screwed himself again. Does it ever end?
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/heroin/

Celebrity Rehab
Posted on June 25, 2012

What’s it like to have a son that no matter how much he destroys himself and the people around him he can do no wrong in the public eye? I have met people who think I am the worst mother in the world, in fact, I am known as the meanest mom in the world. When Steven appeared on Celebrity Rehab I was on it for maybe one minute. I came across as horrible. People don’t see what really went on behind the scenes. They edit the film to suit them. People want drama so they made me look like a bitch! After the show aired I was having breakfast with Steven and asked him why he made me look so bad, his answer was “Ma you looked good, they wanted drama and we gave it to them”. I told him it just wasn’t right and next time I will know better. Hopefully there will never be a next time.
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/celebrity-rehab/

Funny Moments
Posted on June 28, 2012

I don’t want you think that we didn’t have some funny moments while Steven was in Guns and Roses. One in particular happened when he was first signed by Geffen Records. They were playing at the Roxy in Hollywood. His grandmother “Big Lilly” wanted to see him play so I took her with me. We arrived at the venue and a few minutes later I could not find her. She had gone to the front of the stage in front of all these hugh speakers and was waving to Steven and throwing him kisses. Steven was laughing. Now picture this: a 75 year old woman about 4 1/2 ft. tall in front of the stage, Right on stage where she was standing is Axl Rose wearing chaps! No underwear, just chaps, and his tushey was facing her. I ran down to the front and took her back to where we were sitting. I was laughing so hard and could see that Steven was still laughing. But you know what, she didn’t even notice Axe. She had eyes only for her grandson Steven. What a night!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/funny-moments/

The Drug Dealers Lawyer
Posted on August 14, 2012

When Steven was living in Vegas I was always scared that his drug dealer would come over to my home and kill me! What a way to live! I used to have all my blinds on my windows closed all the time. At that time I was in control of Steven’s money and he was running short so I couldn’t give him as much money as he wanted to have for his drugs! And his dealers knew I had control over his money. It was a very frightening time for me. In fact it was his dealer that got Steven a lawyer to have control taken away from me! The drug dealers lawyer!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/the-drug-dealers-lawyer/

Thrown out of Guns and Roses!
Posted on August 18, 2012

I remember when Steven was thrown out of Guns and Roses! It was in 1990 and I was watching the MTV award show and Axl Rose announced in front of the whole world that Steven was a drug addict and was not going to be in the band anymore because of his use of drugs! I couldn’t believe it! I know they were all on drugs but why was Steven kicked out! I wanted to die because now everybody would know that my son was a drug addict! I didn’t want to go to work the next day but I had to! You know what, not one person said anything to me about Steven after that night! Never again at work my coworkers or my customers said one word about Steven! My husband told me that no one will say anything to me because they didn’t want to hurt me. They all knew my heart was broken.
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/thrown-out-of-guns-and-roses/

Rehab
Posted on August 23, 2012

After Steven was dismissed from Guns and Roses (I like to say that because it sounds better to me than thrown out) his heroin addiction was completely out of control. I can’t even remember how many rehabs he went into without any success. There were so many that I lost count! Every time he decided to enter a rehab it wasn’t because he wanted to stop using heroin, it was usually a choice between going to jail or rehab and he chose the rehab. Some of them were court appointed and some he did on his own but it was never successful. Did you know that a rehabilitation center charges you $25,000 or more and if you walk out the next day, they don’t return the money to you! Hundreds of thousands of dollars down the drain but you pay because you want to believe this time it will work.
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/rehab/

65 Prescriptions
Posted on September 3, 2012

When I was doing some research for my book I discovered some papers. When Steve was detoxing up in Mill Valley California (again) he was on so much medication that when I would call him he was either sleeping or so incoherent that I couldn’t understand what he was saying. In one month 9-25-95 to10-25-95 he was prescribed from his doctor or should I say crackpot doctor a total of 65 prescriptions. Can you believe that, 65 prescriptions in one month . Steven must have nine lives, to live through all that he has endured. I’m so thankful that my son is alive and well today. I never met the doctor but if I ever did I would try to have his license taken away from him forever!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/65-prescriptions/

Welcome to my World
Posted on September 15, 2012

In 1981 Steven was 16 years old and was sent to a foster home, (read the book for all the details) that first night the foster mother called me and said “she can’t understand why he was there he was so sweet and kind.” I told her I was glad she thought that and to call me tomorrow morning and let me know how he is doing . The next morning she called and started screaming that she wanted Steven out of her house. Seems he stole some beer out of the refrigerator and started picking fights with her own children. I told her welcome to my world. This was age 16!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/welcome-to-my-world/

Why did Drugs have to Enter the Picture?
Posted on September 17, 2012

In July of 1987, “Appetite for Destruction” was completed and they filmed their first video in an old theater in downtown Los Angeles. Steven invited us to be extras. I have to admit that was very exciting for us. They really didn’t need us to be extras because there had to be more than 300 kids crowding around the stage. If you ever see the video of “Welcome to the Jungle” you see two drumsticks in the crowd. That’s Jamie, sitting on some guy’s shoulders waving the drumsticks. Everything seemed to be going well for Steven, why did drugs have to enter the picture!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/why-did-drugs-have-to-enter-the-picture/

Steven’s Last Will and Testament
Posted on September 21, 2012

Steven’s last will and testament! Now that was a real joke! Here he is so high on drugs and making so much money that his lawyer and managers tell him he has to make a will. They sent me an unsigned copy! He was leaving everything to his lawyers, his accountants , his accountant’s children, the lawyers secretary, his dogs and his manager! They thought he was going to overdose. He didn’t know what he was saying. He just listened to what they told him to say. What drugs do to a person. Wow!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/stevens-last-will-and-testament/

Beautiful on the Inside
Posted on October 2, 2012

Every time I get off the phone with my daughter-in-law Carolina, I know that Steven marrying her was the best thing he could have possibly done. I admit that when they got married I wasn’t very pleased but only because I couldn’t understand why she would want to marry him! After all at that time he was deep into drugs! It was a very bad situation, but all that is over now. I believe now that she is the best thing that ever happened to him! Not only is she beautiful on the outside but also inside. She is smart and I am proud to call her my daughter-in-law.
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/beautiful-on-the-inside/

Call from Steven
Posted on November 6, 2012

I finally talked to Steven today. It’s been a while and I’m glad he’s doing well. Next time I go to Los Angeles I’m hoping to have lunch or dinner with him and his wife Carolina. Boy! Is he lucky to have her in his life. He told me he is practicing every day and looks forward to the future. After all he’s gone through it’s such a relief to hear him talk like that.
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/call-from-steven-2/

Reliving the Past
Posted on November 14, 2012

It’s 3:30 in the morning and as usual I can’t sleep. When am I going to stop thinking about my past ? I want to be able to live life now! So many sleepless nights. I don’t want to dwell on my life with Steven. All of a sudden I wake up and remember when Steven came over to my home and took all of the awards he had given me off my wall in the living room. He was so out of it, so desperate for his drugs that I knew he didn’t know what he was doing. My husband was an invalid and couldn’t do anything to stop him. The look on Steven’s face is one I don’t think I can ever forget. I finally stopped him by threatening to call the police on him. The other night I saw the movie ‘Jungle Fever’ on TV and there was this scene in the movie where the drug addict’s son waited for his father to leave the house and then he went into the house to see his mother. That was so familiar to me. I know I’m not the only mother filled with so much pain. I don’t ever think I’m ever going to stop reliving the past but I sure wish I could!

https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/reliving-the-past/

You Just Might be Surprised!
Posted on December 24, 2012

When you see a famous person, be it in the music business, the theater, the movies or any person in the public eye that are involved in drugs, does anyone ever think about how that drug habit affects the family.. especially the mother? Not really! That’s one of the reasons I wrote my book Sweet Child of Mine. I want people to realize that the person you see on the stage or on the screen has a private life also. I remember the night Steven won his American Music Awards. My son Jamie and I went to see him. Of course he didn’t know we were coming as we couldn’t get hold of him. His management team left tickets for us at will call. Jamie and I were very excited as we thought we would see him. No luck! Here we were in the audience but had no access to him. Afterwards as we were walking away from the venue we ran into Duff. He told us Steven left already. Of course he left, he had to go back to the solitude of his home. I can’t tell you how times Jamie and I have been hurt. We love Steven so much and we keep saying that this time will be different but it never is. So think of the reality of the situation. Yes, they are famous and yes they are loved by millions of people but also know they are regular people with family that love them very much but are devastated each time something is said or printed negative about them. Today as I write this Steven’s life has changed dramatically. He has a beautiful loving wife and slowly we are trying to end our differences. It’s going to take a long time but I’m patient. So when you see a celebrity try to remember that you are looking at a façade of the real person. Think about what really goes on behind closed doors! You just might be surprised!
https://sweetchildofminebook.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/you-just-might-be-surprised/
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Deanna Adler also launched a series of three webisodes in July and August 2012:

Episode 1:



Deanna Adler: The book “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is a labor of love. I put it together so that everyone will know what it's really like to be a rock star’s mom. People come up to me and they say to me, “Oh, you're so lucky to be a rock star’s mom,” “Oh, Steven Adler is so wonderful.” I want them to know that I'm not so lucky. My son is one of the most notorious drug addicts of all time. Everybody knows he's a drug addict. I can't hide it anymore. In most families, they have a son or daughter on drugs and maybe, just maybe, 20 people might know about it. But with me, millions of people know that my son is a drug addict. I can't hide it anymore and that's why I want people to buy this book. I want them to know my story, what really goes on behind the scenes, how it really is. Let me tell you this quick story: I had a plumber coming to my house and, in my house, I had all these awards on the wall. And he walks in, and he sees all these awards, and he says, “How come you have all those awards?” So I say, “One of my sons is a musician” and he says, “Your son is the drummer from Guns N' Roses?” Because he saw his name on the award. And I said, “Yes, he is” and he said, “’Mrs. Adler!’ “You're Mrs. Adler?” I said, “Yes.” And he said, “Mrs. Adler, you have plumbing free for the rest of your life.” (Laughs) That's what he tells me, “you're gonna have free plumbing for the rest of your life.” I said, “Thank you very much.” But I never called him back, you know, he just did this job and he left. I really never thought about writing a book. But when we would go see Steven perform in Hollywood Rose, which was the band that he was in before Guns N' Roses, he would go to a club and we would come home, and I just couldn't fall asleep. So I would get up in the middle of night and start writing down my thoughts and my feelings. Plus the fact that the clubs were filled with marijuana (laughs). I kept breathing in the marijuana and I and I couldn't fall asleep. And after a while I just had so many pieces of scratch paper, and it was crazy. And Jamie said to me one day, he says, “Mom, you've got all these pages of your thoughts and feelings. Why don't you put it together and make a book? And I said, “Yeah, that sounds like a good idea.” But I didn't think anybody would be interested in it; I was just telling what my thoughts were. So I started putting it together and… here I am. Steven is very pleased about me writing the book. He's read a few of those transcripts and he said, “Mom, this is great.” He said, “Now you could tell your own story, your side of the story.” So I said, “Okay, I'm glad you like it.” And he's behind me a hundred percent, so…

Q: Was there any specific part of the book that made him particularly sad or happy?

Deanna Adler: Well, I'm sure there will be when the finished product is out there (laughs). Right now it doesn't tell everything that I wrote, so I can't answer that. I want to thank all my friends and family that had been supporting me, emotionally and mentally, in the last few years knowing what I've gone through with my son Steven. It means a lot that they've always been there for me and I say thank you for that.

Episode 2:



(This just about Steven's favourite recipe)

Episode 3 (Aug. 31, 2012):



Deanna Adler: We’re at the Rainbow Bar & Grill and this is where Steven hung out with Guns N' Roses all the time, and they ate here, and they just hung out, and the people that own the place were very nice to him and that's nice to know. I don't wish anybody to live my life. I really don't. There was a lady across the street from me and her son – listen to this one: Her son, her grandson, is a drummer, and she came over to my house one day and she said, “I want you to come with me. My grandson is going to be in a Drumathon at the park.” And I say to her, I said, “Amanda, I'm so sorry; I can't do it.” And I said, “I’ll pray that he doesn't become a musician,” you know, a big star. I said this to the grandmother. And you wanna know something? He overdosed at the age – in his early twenties, because he wanted to be just like Steven. He wanted to play the drums like Steven, he wanted to be Steven. And do you want to do something? I feel so blessed that my son is still here with me. But this boy wanted to be just like Steven, smoked heroin, shot it up, whatever he did, and he always said, “I want to be just like Steven.” And he's gone; he overdosed on drugs. So I know what goes on. It's not a wonderful life. And anytime I see somebody saying, “Oh, my son does this or my son does this in the music business,” I pray for them, because I know what it's all about. It’s not right. So, like a say, I don’t wish my life on anybody.
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Interview with Sebastian Bach, ArtScenics TV/Blabbermouth, Aug. 19, 2012:
Speaking to ArtScenics TV this past June at the Hellfest festival in Clisson, France, Bach stated about his relationship with Jon Bon Jovi (see video below), "Bon Jovi took us on our first tour and we signed some papers with him that he got a cut of, if we made it big, that he would get compensated for helping us out. Nobody expected us to get as big as we got. Nobody thought that we would become a big band. That happens all the time in the music industry. Jon was like, 'We'll take you on tour, but if you guys make it big,' then he gets a cut of it. So I was bitter about that for awhile, but then I realized that we probably wouldn't have made it as big, or maybe at all, if he didn't take us."

He continued, "I actually had dinner with Jon a couple of years ago. We were staying at the Mandarin Oriental in London — me and Axl — and we were sitting there. And the waitress says, 'Hey, guess who's over in the corner.' And me and Axl go, 'Who?' She said, 'Jon Bon Jovi.' And I go, 'Get the fuck out of here.' He was in the corner. And I didn't know what to do. 'Cause we had had words… Most of them were mine. [laughs] So I go, 'You know what?! Fuck this. I'm gonna go over there and say 'Hi' to him.' 'Cause we used to be great, great friends; I had Christmas dinner at his house and stuff. So I stood up and walked over towards Jon, and Jon was looking at me, going, 'Are you gonna be a dick or are you gonna be nice?' He's looking at me, like, 'What are you gonna do? What are you gonna say?' And I was like, 'Hey, man, how is it going?' And he was, like, 'Hey, man?' And we stood up and we hugged and then he came over to me and Axl's table and we drank about 15 bottles of red wine, had a great time. He gave me his phone number and I've texted him a couple of times. He's a good guy. We're friends again."
https://archive.blabbermouth.net/news/sebastian-bach-says-that-he-is-friends-with-jon-bon-jovi-again/
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In his autobiography, released in 2016, recounted in greater detail what happened during and after the dinner he, Axl and Bon Jovi had in London in 2006:

We got back to the hotel, which happened to be the Mandarin Oriental, on London’s prestigious West End. Sat down at the bar downstairs and started inhaling bottles of red wine. Axl started getting into a good mood. The waitress approached us. “Hi! Axl! Sebastian! Do you know who is sitting over there?” she whispered to us. We both shook our heads. “Jon Bon Jovi.” I couldn’t believe it.

Jon and I had had a falling-out about Skid Row royalties back in 1990. We traded barbs in the press. I said some extremely immature things that I had regretted years later. Jon took a chance on me, and our band. I had achieved the impossible, which was to make a living playing the music I love. At the end of the day, I will always be indebted to him for that.

Fuck it, I thought. I stood up and walked over to Jon. He looked up from his glass of wine and stared at me. What was I gonna do? He was trying to read me. Was I going to be cool? Was I going to be a dick? The ball was in my court. Maybe it was the wine talking. I had no desire to quarrel with him, or anybody at that moment. I stretched out my arm and we shook hands. Jon stood up. “Hey man!” We hugged each other like old friends. Which we were.

I invited him over to Axl’s table and we all sat down. The Italian wine flowing, we discussed the business of rock ’n’ roll, what we were all doing. Axl had told me he admired Jon’s business acumen. We talked about the tour and had a great conversation. At one point, I congratulated Jon on his latest single, which was a country crossover track called “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” It was a hit, and based on that, I congratulated Jon on his success. Jon said “thanks a lot” and looked over at Axl. Axl did not say a word.

The next day, I was with Axl. “Hey man! That was really cool of you to congratulate Jon on the success of his song!!” Axl turned to me and snapped. “I never fucking congratulated him on the success of his fucking song! That was you! I never said anything! I never said that!!” Evidently, Axl wasn’t a fan of the song.
Sebastian Bach, 18 and Life on Skid Row; Harper Collins, 2016


(The above excerpt is right after this one:
https://www.a-4-d.com/t2122-2006-06-11-download-festival-donington-park-donington-england#21679 )
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Blabbermouth, Jan. 4, 2013:
Guns N' Roses Guitarist Bumblefoot Guests On Cilver Song

Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal makes a guest appearance in the track "In My Head" from New York-based, female-fronted rockers Cilver.

Cilver features in its ranks former Me Talk Pretty members Uliana Preotu (lead vocals), Leon Lyazidi (guitar, keyboards) and Guerin Blask (drums). They were recently joined by guitarist Gerry Soman (Diffuser, The Pennyroyals) and bass player Josh Pillbox (The Reckless Sons, Mike Del Rio Nature Of City).

In 2011 and 2012, Cilver, then known as Me Talk Pretty, embarked on a journey across 44 cities in the USA with a message; the American Dream needs health insurance. Inspired by the passing of Preotu's mother due to pneumonia, the band stripped down a song, painted a standup Piano White, and recruited people to put their hand print from the stage. In the end, 88 hands represented 88 voices for stopping such a treatable disease to be the cause of any death. The Hand Print Piano was put up for auction soon and proceeds were donated to fight pneumonia on World Pneumonia Day on November 12, 2012.
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Blabbermouth, Jan. 5, 2013:

Slash Performs At Opening Party For Charlie Sheen's Mexican Bar

Legendary guitarist Slash performed at the opening party for actor Charlie Sheen's new bar, El Ganzo (The Goose), on December 28 in the Mexican resort area of Los Cabos. Also appearing at the event were Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and "The Biggest Loser"'s Dr. Robert Huizenga.

Video footage of Slash's performance can be seen below.

During his introduction of Slash, Charlie yelled out, "How we doing? ... Lying bunch of f**got a**holes, HOW WE DOING?"

Charlie later expressed regret saying, "I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one. I apologize if I offended anyone." He then added, "I meant to say maggot but I have a lisp."

Sheen, a neighbor and personal friend of Slash's who called himself a "Rock Star From Mars" when he underwent a public meltdown amid his firing from the CBS show "Two And A Half Men", spoke at Slash's Hollywood Walk Of Fame induction ceremony in July. He said, "It's quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on."

He added, "This star is going to be stepped on more than the coke we did in the '80s."
https://archive.blabbermouth.net/news/slash-performs-at-opening-party-for-charlie-sheen-s-mexican-bar-video-available/
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Post by Blackstar Thu Mar 31, 2022 3:51 pm

Interviews with Jason Newsted.

Pure Grain Audio/Blabbermouth, Jan. 31, 2013:
PureGrainAudio.com: August 8th 1992 — Guns N' Roses and Metallica play the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. We all know what happened. What most fans don't know is the "rest" of the story. Metallica returned to Montreal in February 1993 and played two free shows (or it cost 5$ or something like that) to make up for the Olympic Stadium show. Why was it important for you and the band to come back? Why not just take the money and run?

Jason: Integrity and a man's word.

PureGrainAudio.com: Because that's the part of the story that got lost. We've all seen on MTV the cars being turned over, the fires being lit and the clashes with the police, but nobody knows that you came back and did two shows for free...

Jason: They cost us money.

PureGrainAudio.com: I can imagine.

Jason: As long as you brought in your stub from the other show, you got in for free. Whoever didn't, had to give a donation to a food bank or something. We didn't take the money. It's an integrity thing and it's not the first time that we'd made up shows. When "force majeure" kept us from playing in Sweden because all the fluids had froze up on the buses... We'd always go back and make those shows up. There's only three (that I know of) that we canceled in the fifteen years that I was in Metallica.
https://archive.blabbermouth.net/news/jason-newsted-there-are-a-lot-of-factors-that-make-metallica-what-they-are/

Metal Forces, Jan. 2013:
The Newsted frontman was previously a member of Rock Star Supernova, a hard rock supergroup which additionally included drummer Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe), guitarist Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), and vocalist Lukas Rossi. Occupying bass for the quartet, November 2006’s Rock Star Supernova was their sole full-length. “When I was talking about a bad experience or a not so great experience in that particular instance, that was the one I was referring to, yes,” the Newsted frontman verifies. “If you think about that one, you’ve got the two biggest Hollywood rock star bands involved with a guy from the purest metal band. You’ve got Guns ’N Roses, which is so much fakey, Hollywood stuff. You’ve then got Mötley Crüe which is even more fakey, Hollywood stuff, and then you’ve got real metal. It was not easy to get them to come to rehearsals, or even play songs. We only got to have like five rehearsals in the entire existence of the band. That’s not the way I do things. I work hard and I practise hard, and I always have. I don’t do that kind of Hollywood shit, man (laughs).”
http://www.metalforcesmagazine.com/site/feature-newsted-01-13/
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Interview with Peter Murphy (singer of Bauhaus), Drowned In Sound, Sept. 25, 2011:
DiS: What are you up to at this present moment in time?

Peter Murphy: I'm getting ready for an American tour at the moment. It's a double headliner with a band called She Wants Revenge. I've also recently sent a letter to Axl Rose asking him if he wants to work with me. In the 1980s he wore one of my t-shirts during an interview, plus I'd like to reach that audience.
https://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4143586-i-m-relevant-but-bauhaus-aren-t---dis-meets-peter-murphy

I would have loved that to happen. Oh Axl...
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Post by Blackstar Thu Mar 31, 2022 4:20 pm

Interview with Sean Beavan; The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Nov. 29, 2012:
Beavan worked with Reznor until '96, even relocating with him to New Orleans, where he met his future wife and band mate. He left for Los Angeles to work on Marilyn Manson's "Antichrist Superstar" album.

"I fell in love with L.A.," said Beavan, via telephone from his home in the Hollywood Hills. "Everywhere you go, it feels alive. Here, even when people fail, they fail going for it."

When he worked with Guns N' Roses, "going for it" resulted in staring at a clock for two years.

"Between '98 and 2000, I worked on 'Chinese Democracy,' " says Beavan, referring to the GNR disc that took 10 years and $13 million to complete. "It was fun, but also crazy, with totally insane hours."

"Axl [Rose] is a very nice guy, but he has a nebulous awareness of time," he adds. "I'd be there super late at night, just waiting to see if he's going to come in at 2 a.m. or maybe 4 a.m."
https://www.cleveland.com/music/2012/11/eavan_returning_to_cleveland_a.html
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Post by Blackstar Tue Jul 26, 2022 11:45 pm

Don Henley talks about Axl singing on his album (and the American Music Awards); MTV, 1989 (unknown exact date).



It was quite an experience. He’s got a really powerful voice, it was something else. We were so amazed that we kind of turned on the two-track and recorded him warming up, you know, these little exercises and stuff. Coming in, of course, I got the famous phone call from him a couple of weeks later about playing drums with them in the American Music Awards, which sparked arguments and controversy all over America, you know, husband arguing with wife, “Yeah, that’s him,” “No, that’s not him.”
MTV, 1989
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Post by Blackstar Tue Aug 16, 2022 9:18 am

Just an article mentioning Perla in the Las Vegas Sun, June 9, 1997:
Madam fined $4,000 for role in MGM party

Bill Gang
Monday, June 9, 1997 | 6:17 a.m.

A Los Angeles woman, labeled by Metro Police vice officers as a Heidi Fleiss-level madam, has received a $4,000 fine for her role in organizing a high-roller party at the MGM Grand.

Some of the 10 women brought to Las Vegas were, in fact, leftovers from the infamous Hollywood madam's toppled empire of high-priced call girls.

A few pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts while charges were dismissed for others, and a couple simply vanished into the seamy world of prostitution.

Actually, according to Deputy District Attorney Bill Hehn, they all had vanished when it was time for them to come to court and name 24-year-old Perla Ferrer as the madam du jour, as they had in police statements.

Hehn said he did what he could -- kept his mouth shut about the vanishing vixens and plea bargained the case for what he could get.

Ferrer, represented by attorney John Momot, pleaded guilty last week to two gross misdemeanor counts of conspiring to live off the earnings of a prostitute, with a guarantee of no jail time and no probation.

Ferrer's $4,000 fine, less than some of the hookers were charging the purported MGM Grand high-rollers for a one-night "date," admittedly was a light penalty, but Hehn said it was better than nothing.

"I needed the women to prove she was living off the earnings of a prostitute," the prosecutor said. "I didn't have strong evidence without them. I couldn't prove the case."

"Those women were around," Momot said of the missing witnesses. "If they weren't, I would have known.

"I had a great client and we were able to work out a successful negotiation, taking four felonies down to two gross misdemeanors. Now she can get on with her life."

The saga began in 1995 when Los Angeles vice officers took down Fleiss' exclusive call girl operation that catered to Hollywood stars as well as other monied moguls.

With Fleiss out of action, the Fleiss-ettes -- including one 1995 Playboy magazine playmate -- took their show on the road for a stopover in Las Vegas.

But their high-roller party at the MGM Grand in October 1995 was a bust -- literally.

The big-money gamblers turned out to be Metro vice officers who were carrying out the final stage of an operation begun by their counterparts in the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles sheriff's office.

Then-Metro vice Lt. Bill Young said at the time that of the 10 "Heidi Fleiss leftovers" arrested, several had been witnesses in Fleiss' pandering trial, which had resulted in a felony conviction and prison term for the madam.

One of those who came to Las Vegas on the sex junket was a Charlie Sheen favorite, police said. The actor has admitted spending more than $50,000 in one year in Fleiss' operation.

In Las Vegas, the women in their early 20s were demanding up to $5,000 a "date" from the men they believed to be high-rollers but actually were undercover detectives.

After the arrests, all but Ferrer bailed out of jail. The Los Angeles woman that Young said is a "Heidi Fleiss-level ... ringleader" was held on four felony counts and a fugitive warrant from California in a pandering case.

Momot disputed the claim that Ferrer was near that level and he said he believes the California charges eventually were dismissed.

But Young suggested that Ferrer's Las Vegas foray into madam-dom was not her first.

"You can tell she was well connected," he said after the arrests.

Young recalled that one of the first things Ferrer did at the Metro party was to call a host at another Strip casino "to do some entertaining business."

"Ferrar is a pretty free-wheeling person in Los Angeles whose business is entertaining high-rolling clients," said the longtime vice lieutenant who has since been moved to another assignment. "Her business is supplying those type people with women."

Young had alleged that Ferrar also was "involved with drug dealers" because some drugs were recovered in the MGM Grand operation.

While the Playboy playmate traveled to Las Vegas with the troupe, she never was arrested.

Young explained that she and her 2-year-old child became sick on the flight to Las Vegas and the woman, whose name was not released, didn't attend the party.

Young never gave specifics about how California authorities set up the Las Vegas party, indicating only that Metro vice officers primarily were pressed into service to play the roles of high-rollers.

"They came to a party thinking they were partying with seven or eight high-rollers," he explained. "We flashed money. We looked like we met their expectations."
https://lasvegassun.com/news/1997/jun/09/madam-fined-4000-for-role-in-mgm-party/
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Post by Blackstar Thu Aug 18, 2022 11:16 am

Rumour posted on KNAC.COM, May 11, 2001:
Rumor has it that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose recently underwent a hair-transplant surgery operation that left him with "big scarred patches on the back of his head" that are "incredibly painful" and "highly damaging to his scalp." No word from Rose on this "hairy" situation yet….
https://web.archive.org/web/20010617141009/http://www.knac.com/servlet/Article_Page?articleID=13040
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Post by Blackstar Sat Aug 27, 2022 4:23 pm

About Axl's name:

Axl signed these letters/postcards to Gina Siler as "W. Rose":

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From what I understand, these letters, along with Gina Siler's picture with Axl, circulated in various gossip magazines in Europe in 1992 and 1993. Here is one of the articles (presumably from 1993) in an unknown German gossip magazine, which also contains an interview with Gina Siler:

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Translation of the article by Lumikki at mygnrforum:
Drugs, beatings and tender sex: Ex-girlfriend of GNR boss Axl Rose openly talks about her time with wild Axl for the first time. The story of a love without happy end...

[...] Gina (27, university graduate, married) met Axl in Lafayette and was attracted to him because he was a "bad boy" (there's some talk about Axl's run in with the law in Lafayette).

"He smashed everything in my apartment to pieces. And I wasn't safe from him either on several occasions."

But there was also a different side to him: "Axl was very sweet and tender in bed, although he was pretty inexperienced/awkward."

He asked her to marry him nine times, but she refused: It would have been the downfall of them both. She left him when Axl moved in with Slash.

What remained of their love? Gina: "The last time I saw him was in 1987. He offered me an autograph."

(There's more after that, but the text is cut off there).
https://www.mygnrforum.com/topic/215317-gnr-womens-discussion/page/559/#comment-4329088
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Post by Blackstar Sun Aug 28, 2022 3:22 pm

Another article in unknown German gossip magazine (seems to be from 1992, before GN'R played in Germany), partially translated by Lumikki at mygnrforum:

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The truth about the wild macho: Axl the "houseman"

Stephanie: "Axl is the most sensitive, honest and open man I know. He is affectionate and empathetic. He loves my son and embraces his father role. It's a pity the world doesn't know him like I do, but thinks of him as some kind of monster."

Axl, says Stephanie, is definitely no macho guy, quite the opposite:

"We often go grocery shopping together and we cook together. And it's not uncommon for him to bring me breakfast in bed."
https://www.mygnrforum.com/topic/215317-gnr-womens-discussion/page/559/#comment-4329088
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Post by Blackstar Mon Sep 05, 2022 1:27 am

Lars Ulrich, NME, April 1, 2004:
MY NIRVANA

LARS ULRICH (METALLICA)


"In 1991 there was a kind of shift in rock music in America - it was shifting away from all the hair bands in LA. And with Kurt Cobain you felt you were connecting to the real person, not to a perception of who he was - you were not connecting to an image or a manufactured cut-out. You felt that between you and him there was nothing; it was heart-to-heart. There are very few people who have that ability.

"I never met him but our guitarist Kirk Hammett had a relationship with him. We were doing this tour with Guns N' Roses in the US in 1992 and we wanted Nirvana to come out and join us. Kirk asked Kurt, but while Cobain said he would play with Metallica anywhere in the world, at any time, on any stage, he would not step up on the same stage as Guns N' Roses - obviously he felt that Axl was the antithesis to what he was.

"As I said, I never met Kurt, and he's probably the only guy in rock'n'roll that I have never met that I really wanted to - other than Bon Scott maybe. What a sad thing we can't hear the fourth Nirvana album. It would have been so great to be able to see how that would have evolved."
https://web.archive.org/web/20040405170647/https://www.nme.com/features/108043.htm
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Post by Blackstar Mon Sep 05, 2022 1:35 am

HTGTH message board, May 1, 2004; mention of an interview with Matt and Dave Navarro on Camp Freddy Radio, that same day:
Falcon wrote:Listening to Camp Freddy Radio, Dave Navarro mentioned he filmed a segment for [VH1 - Behind The Music: Guns N' Roses] 2 days ago...
Matt said he was not asked to participate..

[...]

They actually played "Oh My God", which Dave mentioned he played guitars on.

Dave said Axl would call the studio and from the speakerphone he'd tell Dave to "play with more feeling"..

That said, Dave at one point he almost accepted Axl's offer to play in the band back in 92-93. ...Matt confirmed Axl's fascination with Navarro and Janes Addiction, during the UYI days, Axl had Janes posters plastered all over his dressing room..

Matt said he hated "Oh My God" at first because he wasn't in the band, but since then it had grown on him, especially likes the guitars.
https://www.heretodaygonetohell.com/board/index.php?topic=12144.msg209430#msg209430
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More interviews with Sebastian Bach from 2007.

Live-Metal, Nov. 14, 2007:
Live-Metal.net: It has been eight years since your last solo release. How does it make you feel that this record is about to see the light of day?

Sebastian Bach: Well, it feels amazing! I gotta mention that I did put a record out in the year 2005 called Frameshift 2: The Absence of Empathy, which is a progressive metal album. So if you like Angel Down and Slave to the Grind, I think you would definitely dig a lot of the music on that record. The singer on Frameshift 1 was James LaBrie of Dream Theater. I sang on the whole record and co-wrote a lot of the music on it, so check that out. Angel Down is more of what you would expect from me and what I expect of myself, which is ass kickin' rock n' roll! I am really happy with the songs, the playing, the production, the artwork and, oh yeah, I have a guest star on the album, too! [laughs]

Yeah, I think I might have heard a little something about that!

Yeah, I have Mr. Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses singing three songs on the record with me, so it is a very historic album. All of us have been waiting for some new Axl and new Baz, and we have them both on the same record!

[...]

One of the biggest stories about this album is the re-emergence of W. Axl Rose. How did the collaboration come about?

I spent the better part of a year opening for Guns N' Roses all over the world. I know it sounds crazy and I keep trying to find new ways to tell this, but what happened is that I just asked him and he did it! [laughs]

That is all you really need!

Yeah! I texted him and he said, "Yeah." So he drove to the studio and sang all night. Then he came back two nights later to listen and get a CD of it. He is a human being and it is hard to realize that, even for me who is around him all the time, what a mythological icon of our times he has become to many people. I feel like my life has been blessed. To do a solo record and have him come and sing on it is any musician's dream. I can't even believe it and I can't thank him enough.

In many ways, especially in the "rock media," you have become a sort of "unofficial mouthpiece" for Guns N' Roses in the past few years.

Yeah.

Does this ever put you in a bad spot or become a bit of a burden?

Uh, yeah, actually it does. Actually, just yesterday. I do talk about him a lot and I don't know what to do. What, am I not supposed to talk about the best singer in the world who just happens to be my buddy? [laughs] It is kinda hard NOT to talk about it! I did an interview with a magazine last week where I went into detail about our collaboration and they condensed it into about three sentences, which wasn't cool. So, he [Axl] was asking me about it and I said, "I never said this." So maybe sometimes I should talk a little less about him, but it is hard. Number one, I am a fan and mumber two, he is a friend, and number three, he is on my record. So I just have to trust the writers not to twist my words and I don't have a bad word to say about him. It is not in my being. So I do have to be careful.
https://web.archive.org/web/20071212233735/http://www.live-metal.net/interviews_sebastianbach.html

AOL Music, Nov. 28, 2007:
Did you know it would be this big a deal when you got Axl Rose on your record?

Yes [laughs]. I'm a fan, too. I know that I'm friends with [maybe] the greatest rock singer ever. You can honestly maybe say that along with Robert Plant, Rob Halford. But Guns N' Roses is way bigger than Judas Priest will ever be. It's just bigger than that. Axl is bigger than metal, bigger than rock. So of course I knew that and of course I know that everybody, me included, has been waiting over 15 years for the return of him. He's just a different realm of success. So it's mind-blowing that he is on my record, so I understand what you're saying, and yes, I am aware of people's anticipation. People just want to put his voice into their iPod and I'm happy to bring that to you [laughs]. You're welcome is all I can think of saying. You're welcome.

Did you think you'd be able to get him to do this when this first came up?

No. I texted him from LAX [airport] at baggage claim. We text each other all the time -- silly crap, just stupid stuff. He'll be watching TV or talk about a movie or a song or just whatever. And I sang on 'Chinese Democracy,' and so I was just killing time at the baggage claim, goofing off, and I texted him, "When are you going to sing on my record?" And he just texted me back one word: "When?" That was it. I was literally joking around. Because you can be a friend, but to stand up business-wise and create such a stir in the music industry, that's a whole other story. He's done that for me time and time again. We had to play music that we recorded together for Jimmy Iovine, who is the head of Interscope, who has Axl signed, and he loved it when he could've said, "No." So Jimmy knew how important it was to Axl and said yes.

It took seven years for you to get 'Angel Down' out, but here it is. Any chance that might give Axl a push with 'Chinese Democracy'?

That's what the reviews are saying, and I can only hope that is the case. But he's got his own schedule, dude. He's got four albums' worth of material already done. I've heard it, a lot of people have heard it, it's really amazing. I cannot speak for him as to when it's going to come out, and I know he wants it out as bad as everybody else. I've talked to him about it at length and he just wants it to be presented in the proper way to the public.

You've had a chance to join him onstage many times. Will he be returning the favor?

I have no idea. All I know is when he goes back out there there's a good chance we'll be opening for him again. We spent the better part of the last year on he road opening for Guns N' Roses all over the world; America, Europe, just got back from Australia, New Zealand, and I did a bunch of headline dates, too. But we have a good relationship on the road, and I know that when he goes back out we'll probably be doing some more dates together. I'd also like to do some dates with Sixx: A.M., Nikki Sixx's band, because I just read Nikki's book and he talks really nice about me, which he doesn't talk very nice about many people [laughs].
https://web.archive.org/web/20071202234806/http://music.aol.com/popeater/2007/11/28/ps-and-qs-sebastian-bach-on-the-three-rs-rock-rap-and-real/

Rock My Monkey, November 2007:
Rock My Monkey: Do you have any idea when fans will get to hear you sing on the Chinese Democracy song, “Sorry”?

Sebastian Bach: I think it will be sooner rather than later. I really do, because I’ve heard it. I know Axel was very serious about putting something out before Christmas. He was talking to me about it. He was talking about finishing liner notes. I don’t know what happened. I don’t know why the fuck it didn’t happen. I know it wasn’t him. People like to say ‘Why doesn’t Axel put out his record?’ I think there’s a lot of business shit that goes on with him. It’s just not as easy. It’s a little more complicated than people think.
https://web.archive.org/web/20071117193256/http://www.rockmymonkey.com/interviews/07/11/SebastianBach.php
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