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34. 2014: END TO THE NUGNR ERA; BUMBLEFOOT CLANDESTINELY LEAVES THE BAND

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Post by Soulmonster Fri Jan 06, 2023 11:52 am

CHAPTER INDEX

- FEBRUARY 2014: AXL COMMENTS ON THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' SUPER BOWL PERFORMANCE
- FEBRUARY 2014: AXL COMMENTS ON DANISH ZOO FEEDING A GIRAFFE TO THEIR LIONS
- PLANNING A SECOND RESIDENCY IN LAS VEGAS - NO TRICKERY!
- FEBRUARY-APRIL 2014: SLASH TALKS ABOUT A REUNION
- FEBRUARY 2014: SLASH HOPES THERE WILL BE NO GN'R BIOPIC
- MARCH 2014: 'APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY" 3D FILM IS ANNOUNCED
- MARCH 2014: DUFF TO REPLACE TOMMY FOR APRIL SHOWS IN SOUTH AMERICA
- MARCH 20-APRIL 3, 2014: THE BRAZILIAN LEG OF THE 2014 SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
- APRIL 6, 2014: PLAYING BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, WITH DUFF
- SONG: RAW POWER
- APRIL 9-17, 2014: THE REST OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
- APRIL 23, 2014: AXL RECEIVES THE GOLDEN GODS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
- REACTIONS TO HAVING HAD DUFF BACK IN THE BAND
- JANUARY-MAY, 2014: NEW MUSIC BEFORE THE VEGAS RESIDENCY?
- MAY 13 AND 16, 2014: BETHLEHEM (PA) AND ROCK ON THE RANGE
- MAY 21, 2014: RADARONLINE CLAIMS AXL IS RETIRING; GUNS N' ROSES SAYS NO
- WORKING ON NEW MUSIC WHILE IN LAS VEGAS?
- MAY 21-30, 2014: THE BAND'S SECOND RESIDENCY IN LAS VEGAS - NO TRICKERY!
- MAY 28, 2014: AXL RESPONDS TO TOPPING LARGEST VOCAL RANGE LIST
- MAY 31, 2014: DUFF REPLACES TOMMY AGAIN DURING THE RESIDENCY
- JUNE 4-7, 2014: THE END TO THE RESIDENCY, THE END TO AN ERA
- JUNE 7, 2014: BUMBLEFOOT LEAVES GUNS N' ROSES
- BUMBLEFOOT AFTER GUNS N' ROSES
- JUNE-JULY 2014: THE 'APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY 3D' CONCERT FILM
- HAS DUFF PAVED THE WAY FOR A REUNION?
- A BREAK FROM TOURING AFTER THE RESIDENCY
- JUNE-OCTOBER, 2014: NEW MUSIC AFTER THE VEGAS RESIDENCY?
- JUNE 2014: AXL IS FEATURED IN A BUDWEISER COMMERCIAL
- JULY 2014: AXL SIGNS THE THE TOPPS HEAVY METAL CARD
- SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: SLASH RELEASES 'WORLD ON FIRE'
- NOVEMBER 2014: MARC CANTER WORKS ON THE SCRIPT FOR A GUNS N' ROSES MOVIE
- NOVEMBER 2014-FEBRUARY 2015: PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON THE NEXT ALBUM?


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FEBRUARY 2014
AXL COMMENTS ON THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' SUPER BOWL PERFORMANCE


In early 2014, Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at the Super Bowl show, leading people to speculate that the performance had been pre-recorded, including Axl:

In The Name Of Science

In regard to the internet’s “no wireless” controversy regarding the Red Hot Chili Peppers Superbowl performance as reported on ESPN…

I enjoyed the show and I’ve no idea what the real story is nor would I want to suggest or imply anyone wasn’t actually performing or that what they were playing wasn’t what we actually heard. That said I feel it’s important to always look on the positive side of things and to give the benefit of doubt.

So consider that maybe sometime before their actual performance that rather than use a guitar cord or standard wireless, that in the name of science and for all mankind Flea courageously had a newly invented breakthrough in microchip technology installed in his ass that picked up the frequencies of his bass and transmitted them to his amplifier.

Maybe they all had microchips installed in their asses and not only pick up the frequencies of their instruments but get Direct TV and the internet too! Like Google Glass… Google Ass! They could be “Scientific Pioneers!” Like Buzz Aldrin and shit! True (pardon the pun)ASS-tro-nots! Or like Superbowl crash test dummies for bands kinda like those cars that drive themselves!

And besides… If the band wasn’t really playing or wireless or whatever and Anthony was really singing they may have set a new world record for the largest karaoke audience ever! Awesome!

So relax and show some pride! This is probably all just Google finding new ways to enrich our lives with the selfless volunteering of the Peppers and the ever ongoing creative process of true innovation or perhaps a new lounge bar record of super magnificent proportions and a new pinnacle of human achievement not seen since the sign language guy in South Africa!

God Bless America, the Peppers n’ technology… PN’T!

Ax



Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Super Bowl
February 3, 2014


Afterwards, Flea would admit everything but Anthony Kiedis' vocals had been pre-recorded.

Oh well, so much for science! But hey, they still got that karaoke thing going for 'em! Awesome! They're right up there with the sign language guy, whose deep n' heartfelt dedication, absolute total commitment, conviction (or maybe that was just the other 3 tire binding, poor sob burning murderers), absence of sanity, and ultimate public achievement should not b forgotten! God Bless Mandela for his consideration n' generosity, for foreseeing this noble event and kicking the bucket (too soon?) allowing us this, not unlike the Superbowl, historic, heroic n' amazing event! Amen!!
Twitter, February 5, 2014


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FEBRUARY 2014
AXL COMMENTS ON DANISH ZOO FEEDING A GIRAFFE TO THEIR LIONS


In a month where Axl was unusually active commenting on current news over twitter, Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark would slaughter a 2-year-old surplus Giraffe and feed it to their lions, causing uproar in the media and initiating a series of sarcastic tweets from Axl:

Just enjoying the lion's share of some tasty baby Giraffica sliders! Mmmmm! What'll them crazy Danes think of next!
Twitter, February 10, 2014

But seriously, let me get this straight... The Danes killed a 2yr old baby giraffe, chopped it up n' fed him to the lions (allegedly in front of kids) to avoid inbreeding rather than find a place for it. Maybe this is a big problem over there I don't know but I'm not getting how this deters siblings n' various other assorted Danish family members from fuckin' each other?! J/K Smile
TwitLonger, February 11, 2014

Lemme get a Giraffica, a homemade cherry Danish, some 'o them pre-fried Pepper's... Oh! n' a liter of cola!
Twitter, February 11, 2014

Giraffica franchises r blowin' up like dandelions! I'll take a dbl Marius Happy Meal n' a McGrib 2 go! Det hænger mig langt ud af halsen!!
Twitter, February 13, 2014

Dear Director, No more Giraffables please, thank you! Ur borderless buddy, Axl
Twitter, February 13, 2014


Then on February 17, Axl would post a longer statement regarding the giraffe killing and his previous tweets:

Over the past week I've put out a few intentionally sarcastic tweets in response and calling attention to the killing of an 18 month old baby male giraffe named Marius by the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark.

And in that regard I think that without more information or a better understanding of not just how this particular breeding program works or why it's believed to be necessary and seemingly without room for exception or public opinion... to the average person it would seem that...

1.) Marius could have been spared and was a waste of a healthy young animal's life.

2.) The manner in which he was if not euthanized then disposed of seemed particularly barbaric, unnecessary and a vulgar or grotesque display of inconsideration and complete disregard for public sentiments adding a level of morbid spectacle and horrendousness difficult for most to comprehend by doing so not just in front of but for what seems some misguided or twisted sense of educational purposes for children.

and...

3.) The seemingly cold and clinical responses and attitudes regarding this unfortunate event by those involved appearing to be somewhat defiant, arrogant and even seeming somewhat perversely satisfied with themselves and their actions going as far as to express "pride" in their decisions comes off as completely heartless in regard to the animals and seems extremely disrespectful toward the general public on this issue.

Perhaps their comments were taken out of context? Perhaps there's something lost in translation? I don't know that anyone is trying to say or act in this situation as if they truly know more than these particular or any professional animal caretakers or zoologists etc. but I do know that at present plenty of lay people worldwide do not understand or approve of what took place here. And again without more information and better understanding of the breeding program and why this was deemed the appropriate course of action this event seems misguided and a crime against the very nature those in such positions are thought to be involved with as protectors and caretakers of such animals.

One can attempt to justify these choices as those taking into consideration a bigger picture scientifically but in my view there seems to be more than one perspective to that picture and it would appear that adherence to such a rigid or strict nature of such clinical focus may be disregarding the public impact of their actions.

For most normal everyday people that love, care about and enjoy animals this event has been a tragedy. An unexpected, unimaginable and what for many is most devastating a seemingly avoidable horror show that somehow seems lost on the professionals involved and those speaking for the zoo a facility that's in my opinion thought to exist for the animals, the public, educational purposes and science in as best a sense of harmony as possible. Just as it's a privilege for the public to visit, view and experience these animals it's also a privilege to work with and care for the animals and have the opportunity to do so while interacting and/or working with the public.

Unfortunately somehow in this instance all or much of that seems to have been forgotten.

Axl
Twitter, February 17, 2014

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PLANNING A SECOND RESIDENCY IN LAS VEGAS -
NO TRICKERY!


In 2012, Axl would tell USA Today that he would consider doing a second residency in Las Vegas if the first turned out well [USA Today, October 30, 2012]. And in the beginning of 2014, this second residency had been planned:

We're going to be back at the Hard Rock, at The Joint. We're doing a residency. It's going to be a true rock 'n' roll Las Vegas month at the Hard Rock, for sure.

I just bought a house in Las Vegas. It’s home to me – so it’s going be a lot of fun. The last residency was just awesome. The cool part is that we have a chance to play to the crowd. We don’t have to worry about tearing down to get to the next city or state. It allows us to do a little bit extra – fun things and we get to turn it into a real theatrical type show and have a lot of fun with it.

Well, you know, I think it was just a matter of time. I think it's just a good fit for a lot of rock bands including Guns N' Roses to go there and just, you know, camp out for a little bit and, you know, put on a great show for people because this is about entertainment and that's what we are about, you know, with a rock and roll edge, a rock and roll twist.

The show [=residency in 2012] was awesome and people came from all over to see one or two shows. And you know, before it was over, we were talking about doing it again, how great it would be. And now we are, and looking forward to it.

[...] I was told about [the second residency] recently. I'm not sure how long it's been in the works, but I do know that the first one we did was great, it was a lot of fun. They really put on a great production there. And, you know, they created this great... And I enjoyed it a lot. And I enjoyed not having to the travel. Sometimes it gets [?] just being in the same place for a month was cool so I know we were talking about doing it again. So I'm glad they're having us back. I think it's a wonderful idea. And I'm totally into it.

[...] we were there a few years ago and we had such a darn good time and they treated us so well and the band was so appreciative that we said, "Let's go back, let's do it again." And so we are. And it's gonna be a really, really good time.

It was just, you know, it was sort of eliminating the travel aspect which can be tiring sometimes. Sometimes that can be like the hardest part of touring, is getting up to catch a plane or jump out on the bus right after the show to drive 800 miles. And obviously it is easier for the crew. But you have to be careful not to get sucked into because, you know, every night. That could have a negative effect and it can get a little depressed. Although it is fun and would you like to get the tables and mix it up with the people? That's another great thing about doing that there is, you know, we're a little more accessible and, you know, we can hang out with some, you know, some of the fans [?] in the casino. And we'll be bringing my truck this time so that if I need to, I can go see some of the other great stuff that Las Vegas has to offer.


The residency was formally announced in February, revealing that it would last from 18 May 21 to June 7:

"If some is good, more is better!" Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking for AEG Live Las Vegas, told USA TODAY. "That's our take on welcoming back Guns N' Roses to The Joint. Our first residency with GNR was fantastic in every way imaginable. The band and the fans loved the venue, and the business was great for everyone else involved. We want all of the Guns N' Roses fans across the globe to come see what one of the iconic rock 'n' roll bands can do when they have the best venue in the world to do it in, in a city made to party. We are gearing up for another epic residency."

Chas Smith, vice president of entertainment for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, weighed in, "We are really looking forward to having one of the true American rock 'n' roll bands back and performing at The Joint. Every time we have Guns N' Roses play in The Joint, it just keeps getting better.

"What more can I say than it's a great honor to have one of the most iconic rock 'n' roll bands in the world coming back to rock The Joint for nine more shows! We are all excited about this next run."


Being asked if it is difficult playing the same venue every night:

No, it’s actually fun! Especially Vegas! It is the perfect city for GNR – we like to play long shows. It’s a city that never sleeps – We like to Sin! – a lot, LOL! The after party’s are awesome. We’re all staying in these hotels that are just massive. Some of the fans work their way in – It’s cool you get to run into fans in the hotel a lot. It’s cool meeting these people who allow you to do the things you do for a living.

Well, the last time that we played there we did have a few features that are more exclusive to Vegas, could only be really... we had some incredibly long and high ego ramps for the guitarists to run out on. You're really, like, above you playing if you're down on the floor. And we had a flying grand piano that actually fly up in the air and play November Rain, and so we can't really bring that with us everywhere. And I'm not sure what we're gonna have this time. Unfortunately, we can't have the flying pianos at festivals and whatnot. But the good thing about Guns N' Roses is if you take away any gimmicks and explosions and the lights, that you just strip it down, you know, it's a big band playing great songs, and that's what really counts when it comes to music of any kind. And playing it for people.


And talking about how they will mix things up every night:

You know the real cool thing about a Guns show is that it’s so unpredictable and so exciting, especially being in the band it’s really exciting. I have a vague idea of the set list. Very rare do we follow it. I don’t ever physically see a set list for a 3 hour show that we play. So every song we play we call one after another because that’s how we play it. Every night varies which is cool and makes it exciting. We like to throw in surprises and Vegas is the perfect place for that.

[...] we get a chance to plant our feet into the ground [?] so speak for, you know, a good solid three weeks, which allows us many things. We can do a completely different unique show for people. You know, we don't have to tear down our show right after and get to the next city. So, you know, last residency there were like flying pianos and aerial harness and strippers everywhere. And it was just a really fun experience. And you know, I think that's the coolest part about doing their residency, you know?


As for what Axl was up to:

He’s doing great. He’s been texting me funny texts all morning. He is in good spirits and he’s really excited about Vegas and Rock on the Rang




Poster announcing the No Trickery! residency
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FEBRUARY-APRIL 2014
SLASH TALKS ABOUT A REUNION


As usual, Guns N' Roses would pop up in most interviews Slash did and he would repeatedly respond to inquiries on a future GN'R reunion:

It's not even something I like to dwell on. I don't even like to make to make comments because you end up with quotes that sometimes exacerbate the issue. It's really not at the forefront of my mind. I've got other things going on. I'm very, very proud - endlessly proud - of everything the band stood for and everything that's gone on with it. And the fact that there's still so much attention and interest in the band however many years after I was in it, I feel very humbled and honoured by all that. But I don't spend my time thinking about what you guys are thinking about! You know? It's all whatever happens, happens and in the meantime I'm doing other stuff.


With Duff returning to play selected shows with Guns N' Roses as Tommy played with The Replacement, Slash would be asked what this meant for a possible reunion with him and Axl:

What Duff does is what Duff does. It doesn't really concern me. Duff's relationship with Axl is different to mine. That call to me is just not going to happen. [...] I don't judge Duff. He's cool. He just has a way more amicable, neutral relationship with Axl than I do.


And later in the year he would be asked if he ever contemplated what could have been if he hadn't left the band:

I don’t think about that because that’s not what happened, so what’s the point? People are always like, ‘What if you had done things differently?’ Not only with G N’ R. But it’s just such a waste of time. Things happened and it’s done. I sort of loathe looking back and fantasizing about anything one way or another because in the end it didn’t happen.


And mention that he was fed up with media trying to stir up controversy and create unnecessary drama:

I’m not bored with the fascination with [Guns N’ Roses music]. What I’m bored with is all the brouhaha with stuff the media have no idea what they are talking about..the causing of unnecessary conflict between the original members. It’s just a lot of drama and sensationalism — everyone is trying to capitalise on that. I’m sick of it.
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FEBRUARY 2014
SLASH HOPES THERE WILL BE NO GN'R BIOPIC


I would not like to see a Guns N' Roses biopic. It's really rare where you see actors portraying live musicians (well). I don't think rock and roll translates in the movies, I don't think they really get the gritty vibe of what it's like.

I hope they never do that. The thing about rock movies is that they never give the reality of rock and roll, they never do it justice, it always turns out to be a parody. Even the best rock movies are laughable. [Unless they're intended to be a parody] and then they're funny. 'Spinal Tap' was great, but I think 'Spinal Tap' got under everybody's skin and we haven't been able to get rid of it since. But very few rock movies are really credible. So when you're doing a story like that, artistic license and so on, it makes me very nervous.
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MARCH 2014
'APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY" 3D FILM IS ANNOUNCED


Bumblefoot had previously talked about a future live DVD:

If it was up to me we'd have live DVDs of every leg of every tour with backstage footage and interviews and funny moments, it would be like a dozen sequels to Spinal Tap, haha.  Ah well...


In December 2012, Bumblefoot would be asked if any DVDs were coming out from the Las Vegas residency the band had just finished::

Don't know. I mean, we had a video that were recorded from London in the end of May or early June and that never came out.


Then in March the DVD was announced based on taping form one of the residency shows in 2012:

Guns N' Roses' 3D film, "Appetite For Democracy", will receive a theatrical release in early April. It will also be made available in several different formats, as detailed below.

Filmed during Guns N' Roses' "Appetite For Democracy" residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino' in Las Vegas, Nevada in November 2012, celebrating twenty-five years of "Appetite For Destruction" and four years of "Chinese Democracy", the elaborate Vegas-style production features Axl Rose at the top of his game with his current lineup performing some of GNR's biggest hits, including "Welcome To The Jungle", "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Mr. Brownstone", "November Rain" and "Paradise City".

This is the first live concert release from Guns N' Roses since "Use Your Illusion II" in 1992.

The "Appetite Of Democracy" package, with a running time of two hours and 47 minutes, is directed by Kerry Asmussen and produced by Barry Summers.

[...]

This absolute ambush on the city of sin, captured in HD/3D, puts you in the best seat in the house for an electrifying once in a lifetime live concert performance.


More than a month later, DJ was asked if it is really coming out:

You know, I heard it is, and then I heard it wasn't, then I heard it is. [?] it's as unpredictable as, you know, the next song in our show, you just never know what to expect, pretty much. But, you know, I hope it does because, you know, they did like a crazy amount of camera shoot that's all shot in 3D and it's really, really cool, you know? So hopefully the fans will get a chance to experience that soon.


The film would be released in June [see later chapter].
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MARCH 2014
DUFF TO REPLACE TOMMY FOR APRIL SHOWS IN SOUTH AMERICA


In late March 2014, Duff would inform through tweet that he would be visiting South America with Guns N' Roses for shows panning April 6-15.

Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil! See y'all in the next few weeks, Si? GNR.
Twitter, March 31, 2014


The scheduled shows would partially overlap with Tommy's reunion shows with The Replacements at Coachella in mid-April [for more information about Tommy and The Replacements, see previous chapter], which explains the need to replace Tommy.

Tommy had actually previously talked about how Duff could possibly step in for him in the future:

I’m not going to miss anything with Guns since it’s been my main gig for the last 14 years, but if I had to miss, the person I could call is (original Guns N’ Roses bassist) Duff (McKagan). He would do it and the old fans would get a kick out of it.


Confirming that Duff would replace him when he was doing shows with the Replacements:

I had those Replacement shows come up the same time the (South American) tour came up, and it got to be a scheduling issue right out of the gate. I didn't want to fuck anyone up in Guns by saying, 'Hey, I can't do this tour' or anything like that. Luckily someone was able to reach out to Duff and he was amenable to the idea and was into doing it. It's Duff being the kind of good sport he is, trying to help Axl (Rose) out. So I'm like, 'Thanks dude, for covering my ass on this one.' I think people are gonna be really stoked about it. It's gonna be fun for everyone.


Duff would look forward to joining Guns N' Roses on stage again:

It's pretty great to play these songs again, and looking forward to playing some gigs with my pal again. South America is always a radical place for rock n roll...and I'm honored to be doing this thing, in that place.


As for what this meant about Duff and Axl's relationship:

I don't know that Duff and Axl ever even had bad blood. I don't really know the whole story. But he came up and played with us a couple years back, and they got along great. Whatever their history is, they're certainly fine now -- I means, as fine as you can be after knowing someone for 30-plus years.


And talking about having to miss the shows:

[Duff]'s a fucking great bass player. It's gonna be a breeze. The only bummer is I don't get to see one of the shows he plays, especially after playing his fucking parts for 17 years. It would be interesting to see how he plays them. There's a couple things I could use some pointers on.
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MARCH 20-APRIL 3, 2014
THE BRAZILIAN LEG OF THE 2014 SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR


The South American Tour of 2014 would start with an extensive run consisting of eight shows in Brazil: HSBC Arena, Rio De Janeiro (March 20), Esplanada do Mineirão, Bela Horizonte (March 22), Nilson Nelson Gymnasium, Brasilia (March 25), Anhembi, Sao Paolo (March 28), Estadio Durival Britto, Curitiba ( March 30), Devassa on Stage, Florianopolis (April 1), and Pavilhao Da Fiergs, Porto Alegre (April 3).



Tommy and Richard in Porto Alegre
April 3, 2014
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APRIL 6, 2014
PLAYING BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, WITH DUFF


On April 6, Guns N' Roses played its first full show with Duff since 1993 at Ferro Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The last time Duff played a full show with GN'R was also in Buenos Aires, on July 17, 1993.



Tommy and Duff practising before the show



Axl introducing Duff:

[Give] a hearty welcome to the new guy, Mr. Duff McKagan.
Ferro Stadium, Argentina, April 6, 2014


Duff would comment on the occasion:

It's pretty great to play these songs again. And l'm looking forward to playing some gigs with my pal again. South America is always a radical place for rock 'n' roll ... and I'm honored to be doing this thing, in that place.


And after the show:

Muchos Gracias Buenos Aires. That was such a majestic crowd. I had a fuckin blast!
Twitter, April 7, 2014


Slash would also be asked to comment upon Duff reuniting temporarily with Guns N' Roses:

What Duff does is what Duff does. It doesn't really concern me. Duff's relationship with Axl is different to mine. That call to me is just not going to happen. [...] I don't judge Duff. He's cool. He just has a way more amicable, neutral relationship with Axl than I do.


This show would be the debut of Raw Power from the band's 1993 The Spaghetti Incident?.
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SONG: RAW POWER
Album:
The Spaghetti Incident?, 1993, track no. 5.



Written by:
Iggy Pop and James Williamson (Iggy Pop and the Stooges).

Musicians:
Vocals: Duff N' Axl
Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Slash
Rhythm Guitar: Gilby Clarke
Bass: Duff McKagan
Drums: Matt Sorum
Keyboards: Dizzy Reed

Live performances:
'Raw Power' was debuted for the April 6, 2014, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, when Duff stepped in for Tommy who had a scheduling conflict. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, been played {RAWPOWERSONGS} times.
Lyrics:

Dance to the beat of the living dead
You'll see baby, stay away from there
Raw power is sure come runnin' to you

If you're alone and you got the feel
So am I baby let's roll on outta here
Raw power is sure to come runnin' to you

Raw power's got a magic touch
Raw power is much too much
Happiness is a guaranteed
It was made for you and me

Raw power, honey just won't quit
Raw power, I can feel it
Raw power, hear it can't be spared
Poppin' eyes and a fashion feed
Don't you try, don't you try to tell me what to do
Everybody always tryin' to tell me what to do

And you know that ain't right

I look in the eyes of the southern girl
Fall deep in love in the underworld
Raw power is sure to come runnin' to you

If you're alone and you got the shakes
So am I baby and I got what it takes
Raw power is sure to come runnin' to you

Raw power's got a healing hand
Raw power can destroy a man
Raw power is so more than soul
Got a son called rock and roll

Raw power, honey just won't quit
Raw power, I can feel it
Raw power, honey give me a spin
Get up baby and kiss my feet

Ev'rybody always tryin' to tell me what to do
Don't you try, don't you try to tell me what to do
Ev'rybody always tryin' to tell me what to do
Don't you try, don't you try to tell me what to do
Raw power it's got no place to go
Raw power honey you don't wanna know
Raw power is a guaranteed O.D.
Raw power is laughin' at you and me

I wanna know

Can you feel it? Can you feel it?
Can you feel it? Can you feel it?
Raw power, raw power
Can you feel it? Can you feel it?


Quotes regarding the song

We did two Stooges songs, but Axl liked the vocal on "Raw Power" the best.
Guitar Player, January 1994

One of the first bands I heard that really turned me when I was about 13 was Iggy And The Stooges. I was in a band later that was lucky enough to do a cover and it was Guns N' Roses we did Raw Power on The Spaghetti Incident and I think Axl and I did it like a duet-ish type of thing.


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APRIL 9-17, 2014
THE REST OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR


The next show of the South American tour took place in Jockey Club, Asuncion, Paraguay, on April 9. This show was almost cancelled because of technical difficulties, but the band ended up playing a long show of 27 songs.

The tour followed with a show at Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia, on April 12.



The band (except Axl) in Bolivia



The show unusually opened with You Could Be Mine. According to rumors, Axl was anxious about singing at the high altitude and decided to change the setlist order.

Altitude! We're at some fuckin' Altitude! Thanx La Paz! Who's friggin' idea was it to open w/YCBM?! Someone shoot that guy! Ha! Thanks.
Twitter, April 13, 2014


The tour concluded when the band returned to Brazil for two shows, at the Chevrolet Hall, Recife, on April 15 and at the Centro de Eventos de Fortaleza, Fortaleza, on April 17.

Looking back at the South American tour:

Yeah, you know, all around it was great. It's always great to to head down south. They definitely dig the rock'n'roll music down there. And they treat us great. And you can get past the language barrier and the, you know, some of the strange foods and whatnot. Pretty fun.
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APRIL 23, 2014
AXL RECEIVES THE GOLDEN GODS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


TALKING ABOUT THE AWARD BEFORE THE AWARD SHOW


On April 23, 2014, Axl would be honored with the James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show in Los Angeles.



Golden Gods poster
2014



Axl would reference the show in a tweet a few days prior:

Happy Easter!! Good 2 b home! Lookin' 4ward 2 the Golden Bods.... I mean uh... Gods!! Yeah! Those too!!
Twitter, April 20, 2014


Commenting upon the honor:

It was actually kind of a surprise to me. And I appreciate it and stuff, but personally, I don't feel like I've done enough of anything to have a lifetime achievement award. But that's just me. I know other people were really happy for me about it so that was a good thing. I just feel like, you know, it's been a long, slow process beyond comprehension with Chinese Democracy, but it's still moving forward and there's a lot more that we hope to do.


And being asked who he thought deserved such an award:

It's hard to say. Mick Jagger? To me, Mick Jagger is one of the greatest athletes who ever lived, just for how much he puts into it onstage. I saw the Stones in Vegas on their last tour and it's evident how hard they work at it.


And being asked if he thought he would continue working at 70 like Jagger:

I'm starting to get there! [Laughs] Bastard makes you work for it, doesn't he?


Bumblefoot would comment on being back at the Golden Gods:

Ah, it's great. I was here last year and presented a guitar award to the amazing John 5, it was a pleasure, and now I have the privilege to be back and to perform. So it's nice, I'm happy to be here. Very happy.


And be asked about what Axl thoughts about getting the award:

I haven't asked him, I don't ask, that's like an interview question, I'm not like, "Axl, so tell me, what do you think about getting this award?" It's like, "Hey man, what songs are we doing tonight?"

I spoke to him a little bit about it the other night. He's not a big fan of awards in general when it comes to music. I've never met anyone with that much musical integrity. Like, he's the only guy I've ever seen in this business that refuses to do things solely for money and I have a lot of respect for him for that.



ARTISTS TALKING ABOUT AXL WINNING THE AWARD


During the awards show, many artists would talk about Axl:

To a lot of people what was part of the fascination was that Axl Rose was danger personified.

He had that way of talking to the audience and speaking his mind that they could relate to.

Vocally, you know, nobody can quite do the things that Axl can do, the way he does them. And that's the thing that sets, I think, great vocalists apart from just good singers.

I mean, Axl is just totally one of a kind, you know, we took them out on their first tour and I've been friends of Axl's since they became a band but I've been a friend of Slash too, I'm kind of in the middle of both of them. But I haven't seen Axl in 20 years, so it will be great to see him tonight.

I mean, it's pretty cool. You know, if Axl Rose shows up on time and performs on time then he deserves the award, if he doesn't, booo!

Yeah, I mean, we went out with them not too long ago. We would get up and jam on Whole Lotta Rosie with the guys every night so it was a good time. I've known Axl for a...he's a great guy and obviously a legendary frontman and the whole nine yards.

You know what, Axl is a very intricate guy, obviously. But any real artist is on a tilt, you know, to some people I'm considered a great artist and if you talked to my family they'd go, "Yeah, he's a little off." You know, you have to be a little off to do what we do.


Yeah, watching him kick ass every night. Pretty impressive. [Being asked about the biggest misconception about Axl] That he can't sing 2.5 hours of the most unbelievable acrobatics of vocals.


And Richard and DJ would talk about Axl's singing skills:

When he's singing it's definitely a cathartic experience. He's exercising demons, you know, and it's intense.

It will blow your eardrums clean out of your head.



NICOLAS CAGE AND ANDREW DICE CLAY INTRODUCE AXL


Nicolas Cage and Andrew Dice Clay would introduce Axl. Clay would talk about Axl before the show and Axl would talk about both Cage and Clay:

[...] it's an honor for me tonight because I get to bring on Axl and his band, you know, which I am a little bit nervous about because I've got a long history with them and the last time I introduced them at the Rose Bowl, I screwed that intro up [laughs]. [...] Well, you know what, when it's friends of yours you want to do it right. You know, it's not like nerves, it's not that I'm scared, it's just that I want to do the right thing.

I've known Dice for a long time. But I hadn't seen him since we played the Gibson Amphitheatre [in L.A.], back in '06, I think. And I don't exactly know how everything came together with his speech, but he did ask me before the show if I had been Gmail-ing him. And I was like, "Nope. I don't Gmail." So somebody's been Gmail-ing Dice, acting like they're me.

[Cage]'s a big fan. We hadn't met before, but it's my understanding that he reached out wanting to do it. So it came together and we met before the show and it was really cool. But I didn't hear anything that he or Dice said about me onstage. It didn't come through my in-ear [monitors]. And really, anything they did say that was complimentary, it's probably better that I didn't hear it so I wasn't more embarrassed.


Cage's and Clay's award speeches:

In my line of work I've been honored to meet a lot of big stars. The truth is, when you get up close, your heroes, it's usually a disappoint. But this next honoree is the real deal. He is an original. Long before he became an icon, he had an appetite for destruction. And all of these years later, he's still hungry. The Beatles started it, and Guns N' Roses brought rock to a peak. Rock and rollers and rollettes, the one, the only, my friend, Axl Rose!

His voice. His poetry. His composition. His piano playing. His moves. His guts. His originality. There are infinite reasons to look love Axl Rose! When I was prepping for my role in Ghost Rider, I took some cues from Axl's cobra like onstage movement. You remember that one? Axl inspires me. Not just his music. But the purity and the passion which he embodies rock and roll. Trends may come and go, but Axl Rose is always 100% himself. When he first arrived here in LA back in 1982, there were a lot of pretenders on the scene. People who thought denim, leather, big hair made you a rock star, but Axl brought something undeniably real and dangerous to the music. I saw Axl perform live at the Troubadour just before Appetite for Destruction was released. he did Welcome to the Jungle, I was there, it was the first live performance of that and I never forgot it. Generations have come and gone since then, but they're still only one Axl Rose, so it is with great respect, awe and reverence that we give the Golden Gods Lifetime Achievement Award and welcome a true hero, an inspirational force, the legend, the maverick, rock and roll original, Mr. Axl Rose!


Axl did a short acceptance speech:

Thank you, thank you very much. It cost me an awful lot to pay him to say all that stuff. Anyway, I want to thank our band, crew, all of our lineups, our lineup right now, I want to thank our sound man and producer Caram, and all of you. Thank you very much.



THE CONCERT AT THE AWARD CEREMONY


Usually, the headlining act would play a few songs, but Guns N' Roses played nine songs.

We wanted to do that [=play a longer set]. We were very happy that you guys allowed us to do that. We were glad to be asked to do it and we had fun with it.


Review of the show in Metal Assault:

And lastly, Guns ‘N Roses took the stage as the headlining live act of this event, playing a surprisingly long set which lasted for about 75 minutes and spawned 11 songs, certainly not the norm for these Golden Gods shows wherein no band has ever played more than 3 or 4 songs. There was a 15-minute lull before they appeared at 10:45 PM, and the same old rumblings of Axl Rose’s lateness started circulating amongst people in my vicinity, some even speculating whether Axl was going to play the show at all. But the band came out and delivered more than what anyone would have expected, featuring the return of bassist Duff McKagan not only to boost the rhythm section and backing vocals but also to give the band a more ‘legit’ collective persona specially in the eyes of those who’re fixated on the classic lineup. Granted, Axl Rose started out sounding uneasy on the vocals but from the fourth song onwards, he upped his level, and slower songs like ‘Better’ and ‘This I Love’ allowed him more breathing room which in turn resulted in him giving his 100 per cent on the last few songs of the set, including the beautiful ‘November Rain’ and culminating in a great rendition of ‘Paradise City’. Guitarists Bumblefoot, DJ Ashba and Richard Fortus were excellent as always, playing the songs with absolute perfection, and besides the GNR songs they played a couple of delightful little jams as well, including Bumblefoot’s intro teaser of Zeppelin’s ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You. Together, all eight members of the band combined to deliver an excellent Guns ‘N Roses set, which in the honest words of my photographer/friend Matt Nielson, was a lot better than when he saw the band back in ’92. That in itself speaks a lot for the current lineup, and I would urge people who hate Guns ‘N Roses without giving them a semblance of a chance to go check out a live show (not a live stream, an actual show) and decide for yourself. My only complaint from this set would be the excessively long version of ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’, which if shortened down would perhaps serve the band and their audience a lot better. Other than that, this GNR set was an apt end to an event that began on a fantastic note and had a lot of filler in between.


Prior to the Golden Gods Awards show it was announced that Duff would again step in for Tommy [Blabbermouth, April 21, 2014]. After the show, Duff tweeted:

Great to share a stage with my bro @axlrose over these past few weeks. The guys in the band were super cool to this 'outsider'.MissTheSongs.
Twitter, April 24, 2014


After the show, Dizzy would talk about having been nervous since it was a live broadcast, but that things had gone down without a hitch:

You know, it was, it was a great experience all around. It was a wonderful night. They did such a great job, you know, with the whole production and it was really cool that Jim and Don, Eddie, were hosting because those guys are awesome. And just, you know, a lot of great bands. It was really cool to see Slayer. That was amazing. And so it was a great experience. I'm usually a little nervous doing live TV, but that went off without a hitch and apparently it sounded great, I haven't seen it yet. So, but it was just, it was a great night for everybody. And yeah, you know, it's like, they keep it real, so it's good to, you know, to support the....And not to, you know, some of the other awards are just a little... I don't know what their criteria is these days for a Grammy or whatnot, but you know, it was a good fit and I'm glad we did it.

Actually, you know, it was great. You know, I'm always a little skeptical and a little... [?] worried, but, you know, doing live TV sometimes can be a little stressful and that turned out great. And there was a great crowd there and just, you know, a great night. A lot of great bands. Really cool. The guys from That Metal Show were hosting, [?] Jim and Don and Eddie, which was really cool. And we had a good time. It sounded great. And Axl got a wonderful award for his lifetime achievement. And so that was fine. It was the exception, like I said, I'm used to be a little bit worried about live TV but that turned out great.

[...] that turned out really great, it was great night, a great night for Axl, a great night for everybody. So many great bands. They did a great job with the show, and I'm always a little nervous about doing live TV, but that went off without a hitch, and it was really cool to see a Jim and Don and Eddie there hosting. And just, yeah, it was just, it was it was a great night. It really was. We had a great time and I haven't seen it yet, but I heard it sounds great. And you know, it's great for Ax to get the Lifetime Achievement Award. And yes, we're all very proud, very happy and they have a good thing going down there so it was great to be a part of it.
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REACTIONS TO HAVING HAD DUFF BACK IN THE BAND


It was great going and playing those shows with him. We had a good time.

______________________________________

And yeah, Duff did join us, Paul had some shows with his old band The Replacements, and so Duff was kind enough, and luckily enough, he was available. He was kind enough to come fill in. And that was a lot of fun. It was good to see him again and good to be on stage with him. A treat for all of us and for all the people down there.

It was such a treat, it was a blast, you know. It's just good to see him and to be able to hang out with him, you know. And just to, you know, tell a few stories to some of the guys that weren't around back then and... but just, it was a treat for all of us and for the fans. It was just really cool that he was able to, you know, he was available and willing to to come help us out because, you know, Tommy had some commitments with The Replacements that he had. And so we... you know, it turned out really cool.

It went really well. He worked really hard on the parts and he liked playing the newer songs from Chinese. And you know, it's pretty funny because we'd go to talk about certain things from Illusions, and there's things he doesn't remember, there's things I don't remember. We kind of finish some of each other's memories sometimes. And the Duff that played these shows with us isn't really the Duff that I knew from what I'd call "Old Guns" or the Appetite lineup or the Illusions lineup. Because with this lineup, everybody goes out and tries to do their very best, and every guy's on. I don't have to tell the other guys what to do, they do it on their own. They push each other really, really hard. That also pushed Duff, and he liked the challenge of that. And he got along with the guys really well. He and some of the band and crew were doing their yoga together during the days we were out there, so...

It's been fantastic. [...] Great to spend time with him. He's really a fantastic human.

It's been great for the fans, you know, it's great to share the stage with Duff. I mean, he's such a nice dude, great guy, and-

[Duff] has joined us on stage a couple of times in the past few years but we've never done an entire show together and we did half a dozen, we did in South America and we did Golden Gods. It's nice. It's nice to play with him, he's, you know, he's rock solid and he's just a sweetheart of a guy and it's just a good person to play with. That's how it is like, when... I don't know, musicians... you're just musicians and other musicians, it's like, you just enjoy playing with different people and you just love the experience, but you don't think of it from the context of, like, as a fan saying, "Wow! I can't believe I'm playing with this person!" You almost think of it at this musical level where you're both musicians and you're just kind of vibing out as musicians and you don't think about that stuff. So like, even, you know.. what was it? Like half a year ago, I played with Ace and Peter and do, like, Hooligan with Peter, he hadn't played that song in like 30 years. And as a KISS fan I would be peeing in my pants, I'd be like, "Oh my god, I'm gonna play with these guys," but when you're on the stage it's more like you're just really focused on the song and connecting musically and just getting a real kick out of that and having fun with it and you don't think about the rest.

You know, come to think of it, it did inject a little bit of energy, a little bit of enthusiasm. You know, it's great to see Duff and it was just a pleasure to be around him again and kind of a trip to see him on stage. Definitely treat for, you know, for the guys who haven't, you know, hadn't played with him in the past. And also a huge treat for the fans and it was cool, it was great, that Duff was available to do that and willing to do that. And you know, we love Tommy but he had to go do a thing with The Replacements and so it all worked out great. [...] Duff is such positive person around and a consummate professional too, so. But yeah, it was just kind of funny when Axl would introduce him and he would say that Tommy Stinson had some [?] reunion shows with The Replacements that he was committed to so we "found a replacement for the replacement [?] replacement" [laughter.] It was kind of a trip. But it was a blast and like I said, you know, it was really cool that he was able to do it and now, you know, we're welcoming our friend Tommy back and we're ready to go kick some ass.

It was great to see Duff again and play with him. He's just a great overall positive person, and a good friend. We fell out of touch for a long time, so for me, personally it was just great to see him and be around him again. Tommy's a great player, too, and the shows are great with Tommy, but it was a lot of fun to play with Duff. He's got a certain sound and a certain feel; I think he had to kind of feel it out a little bit wtih Guns again this time, which is weird because he started the band, but once he got into it, it was great.

He is such a sweetheart. Before he joined as a guest in a previous tour and then he returned to do full shows with us. It was just nice to spend some quality time with him. Now I know from the fans’ stand point this is a big thing, but for me it’s like hanging out with a friend who I have such great conversations with.


Responding to the interviewer suggesting this was different to back in earlier years:

Back in the day? No. Definitely not doing yoga. [Laughs] That's when they would drink as much as they could. And they had this game they would play where they would jump over this ditch and slam themselves into a fence. And then slide down into the ditch, kind of in a coma. That was their version of exercise back then.


And discussing hearing Duff sing:

That was a fun thing about some of these shows. Because there's also things like that little line in "Civil War" "Peace could last forever." Duff wrote that line, and he sings it. And I've always been a fan of Duff's voice. There's a punk element to it and a sincerity to it. I like hearing it.


As for whether Duff was challenged to pick up the new material:

Duff's... He's an amazing musician. He's a perfectionist. He's a consummate professional, so, you know, definitely... You know, we hit the rehearsal studio a little bit and... But he came through and it sound great.


Axl would also get asked if he thought Duff might do more with the band:

It's possible. I don't know yet. It depends on scheduling, or what shows Tommy [Stinson] wants to do with the Replacements and stuff like that. And you know, almost everybody in the band has some kind of issue going on, personally. There's people who have lost family members. Other people are dealing with separations. Sometimes court gets in the way. Real life!


Slash would insist it was not that big a deal and refer to Tommy as "what's his name":

It really isn’t that big a deal. Duff told me he was going to fill in for what’s his name.

It was fine. When he told me he was doing the shows, I didn’t think much about it. Why would I care? If you remember correctly, Duff was the last guy in the band.


While Matt would be more congenial:

Well, Duff’s like a really consummate gentleman, he’s always been the mediator. I think he got caught in the middle of all the other stuff. So for him to mend fences [with Axl Rose], it was cool. It’s time. Rather than sitting around and saying “What if?” He was really cool about it, he sent us all emails. It was nice, it felt cool, it felt right.
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JANUARY-MAY, 2014
NEW MUSIC BEFORE THE VEGAS RESIDENCY?


2014 would start with Tommy saying it is a good time do make a record:

We want to make a new album, so I think it's a good time to do something about it. But there are eight guys (in the band) living in different cities and it's hard to get everyone together. I am trying to write songs and send them over the internet, I want to make it happen. We've talked about doing a new record, but we don't know when it will be.


And Bumblefoot would again say he still hadn't written anything with the band and didn't want to write songs for the band:

Haven't written anything together with the GNR guys, would rather write together than bring my own songs in, I want to write 'with' GNR, not 'for' GNR, I want things to be as authentic as possible.


Despite this, on Bumblefoot's next solo record two of the songs had been intended for Guns N' Roses [see later chapter], indicating that he did actually write songs with GN'R in mind.

Yet, DJ would claim they had worked on new music:

Yeah, yeah, yeah, absolutely.


And in April:

I hope we would fucking throw ourselves in the studio and make another record. A bunch of us have been writing stuff, so hopefully we'll get something going.


Richard was hoping for a release in 2015:

We are working on stuff and hopefully, hopefully very soon we're gonna have new stuff out. [...] Well, in the next year, within the next year.

We all have our home studios. We all record ideas and pass them around and we had to, you know, it's that type of [?]


When asked when fans could see new music, DJ insisted again, despite having stated this for a long time, that creating a new album was the band's main focus:

Hopefully soon, that’s everybody’s main focus. With Guns the engine is a lot bigger to turn then let’s say Sixx:AM where there’s only 3 of us. The thing about Guns is that we have so much recorded material. It’s not a matter of a lack of material. It’s actually the opposite and sifting through tons of songs and figuring out what is going to be the next Guns N' Roses album. I think that’s the challenge.


Specifically asked if GN'R now is only a touring entity:

I think, no, I don't think that at all. I joined this band. I'm a songwriter, I'm a producer. I feel, as a songwriter/producer, that I could bring something to the table. If I didn't, I wouldn't be in the band. I've turned down more gigs out there than I've taken, but this is something where I feel very passionate about the music and passionate about the band, and I feel like I personally can help bring something to the table. And you know, I think our main goal in the future is to write the next best Guns N' Roses record. That's what I'm excited about.

We have tons of material. You know, before I even joined the band, there were three albums worth recorded. There's tons of songs already recorded that Axl's been playing me. And, you know, of course I'm a writer, everybody in the band writes songs Everybody has their own piles of songs too, so lack of material is not our problem, it's, you know, taking all the material that we have, you know, and making sense of it, focusing it into what we feel would be just a kick-ass album, you know?

When I joined the band five years ago they had three albums worth of material recorded. There is a ton of stuff that nobody has heard that is really, really good. Of course I am a songwriter, producer and so are a lot of the other guys, so everyone has their pile of songs. It is to the point where we don’t have a lack of material, we have an abundance and we have to really sit down and sift through it and make the best sense of it all.


Around the same time, Dizzy would joke saying it can't take another 14 years (from the release of Chinese Democracy in 2008), because he might not be around then:

Yes, there's gonna have to be [new music]. And no, it's not gonna be another 14 years because I don't know, you know, eventually some of us can start, you know, go away. [laughter] I don't know if I can make it another 14 years or whatever it's going to be.


And also:

[A new album is] the plan although we haven't really discussed it for a while. But I know that there's a lot of stuff that, you know, people need to hear, that's ready to come out. So it's going to happen, I just don't have an actual date for you yet. But my fingers are crossed but they're getting a little bit looser so I think it can be happening soon.


And before the residency, Dizzy would be asked if it was possible they would play any new songs:

You never know. You just you never know, if [?] cover songs. I know that we've all been working hard, just trying to get some stuff shored up. So it is a possibility. Anything's possible. Anything is possible. With Guns N' Roses, anything is possible.


And that it was just a matter of deciding what songs to release:

There’s a sh*tload of it. It’s there. It’s just a matter of—once it gets to a certain point, I’m not sure who’s going to make that decision, but there are songs that are done or close to being done that just need to be selected and grouped together and released. That’s where things are at with that.

[...] before I joined the band, there's two more albums' worth of songs that already had been recorded and Axl's played me a part of it. It's great stuff. I can't wait. I think we're gonna tear into it. And, of course, I'm a songwriter and producer, and I have 13 or 14 brand new songs, and everybody kind of has their own songs. So lack of songs really isn't the problem. It's… To be honest, we've been touring so hardcore since I've been in the band — we've been around the world four or five times in the last five years — so it's just a matter of, really, 'Hey, let's stop touring for a bit and put together what we feel.. Let's sift through [all] the songs and song ideas and put together what we feel is gonna be the next best Guns N' Roses record.



LOOKING SERIOUSLY AT WHAT TO DO


In connection with the Golden Gods Awards show in April, Axl would finally talk about the band's plans and confirm they basically had the follow-up ready and also the remix album:

We recorded a lot of things before Chinese was out. We've worked more on some of those things and we've written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of Chinese. That's already recorded. And then we have a remix album made of the songs from Chinese. That's been done for a while, too. But after Vegas [Guns N' Roses performed a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino that ran through early June], we're going to start looking very seriously at what we're doing in that regard.
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MAY 13 AND 16, 2014
BETHLEHEM (PA) AND ROCK ON THE RANGE


After the Golden Gods Awards show, the band played two more shows in the US before their second residency in Las Vegas, at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PA, on May 13, and Rock on the Range in Columbus, OH, on May 16.

Excerpts of review of the Bethlehem show in The Express Times, May 14, 2014:

[...] it wasn't really Guns N' Roses so much as it was Guns N' Roses doing their best Guns N' Roses impression at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

The band's three lead/rhythm guitarists each made it clear they are more than capable of handling -- and mimicking -- the riffs originally made famous by former, and founding, members Slash and Izzy Stradlin. Current guitarists DJ Ashba, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thai and Richard Fortus are extremely talented in their own right. But their interpretations of the well-known leads and solos often became lost in self-indulging and excessive variations.

Then there is Rose.

The enigmatic front-man was surprisingly quiet throughout the night. He did take a minute to address the sold-out crowd. "How you doin'? This is a nice place you got here. We'll try to stop by more often," he said.

Rose, for the most part, still has his vocal chops -- dropping his signature rafter-shaking howl several times throughout the night. His voice is still powerful and commanding -- when it is on target. Rose's pipes' wavered between strained and pitch-perfect. He soared on "Live and Let Die," but was scratchy on "Rocket Queen."

[...]

Though he (briefly) delighted fans with his signature snake-like dance/shimmy, for someone who is the face and last remaining original member, Rose spent a good chunk of the concert obscured off-stage. Several times Rose introduced a band member and then disappeared to let him take the spotlight for a solo -- most of which meandered and brought the pace of the concert to a crawl. The solo spots grew tiresome as the show dragged on (clocking in at 2 1/2 hours.)

The group had no problem recreating Guns N' Roses' back catalog. Yet it was hard to shake the feeling that the band was trying to prove to naysayers and curious parties that they can play their predecessors' licks just as good, if not better.

At least it took less than 45 minutes for the band to set foot on stage.
The Express Times, May 14, 2014


Before playing on Rock on the Range, Dizzy and DJ would talk about the upcoming show:

Yeah I’m really excited! One of my super good friends Danny Wimmer runs the whole thing – it should be a great festival. Also for the first time we’re going set up the tent/booth there for the Ashba clothing line and I’ll be giving out free shots of Jager and Monster Energy. I hope people come out and say hello, it’s going to be a lot of fun.

[I'm] very excited. And I didn't realize until just now that it was the biggest rock festival in in the country. So now I'm even more excited. [...] And you know what? You know, it's, you know, in Ohio, which is, you know, that's the first place, you know, that's where Rock'n'roll was born. So we're ready, man. We're gonna come, and we're gonna bring it.

It's going to be a lot of fun. You know, it's Danny Wimmer, it's his festival and he used to manage me years ago. [...] And just a great guy, can't wait. I've always wanted to play Rock on the Range and now we're here. [...] It's an amazing experience, yeah. Yeah, I just went out and spent over two hours signing and meeting people and everybody's so cool and just in good spirits out here, so.

We are excited too! You can expect a lot of rockets, bombs, and more! Just expect a high energy, fun, unpredictable rock show. If you have never seen this band live it is an amazing experience and we are going to come out, no pun intended, guns blazing for sure.


And Dizzy would talk about Axl:

The guy is singing his a-- off. He sounds better than ever. He can still command a crowd. In so many ways, it doesn’t matter who’s behind him. When he sings those songs, it’s Guns N’ Roses.


And what Axl's doing when he is not singing:

I know when I’m doing my thing, he’s telling jokes in my in-ear monitors, trying to get me to crack a smile or break my concentration. It’s kind of a standoff, kind of a game. … I don’t have my eye on him. I don’t really know what he’s doing. But he is telling some killer jokes.


Around the same time, Axl would also talk about trying to mess with bandmates by telling jokes in the in-ear monitor:

But one thing I do like to do when I'm not playing or singing onstage is I like talking through the microphone into the other guys' in-ears and telling them jokes and stuff to try to mess up their playing. [Laughs] [...] DJ and Dizzy [are the easiest to mess with]. I'll talk to them during their solos. That's always a lot of fun..




Rock on the Range poster
May 16, 2014



Outside of the US we’re used to the big shows. In the United States it’s a lot tougher these days. It’s cool how all these bands are coming together to put on a weekend of good music and partying. It should be tons of fun for everyone, I’ve never been there. But I’ve heard a lot about it so personally I’m really excited to go there.


Dizzy would talk about the show afterwards:

It was a great night. It was a little chilly, but luckily it didn’t rain when we played. We had a blast and it was just really good to see a lot of the other bands that were there. Some friends that we hadn’t seen in a while and that was very cool. We had a great time and hope we can do it again.
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Post by Soulmonster Fri Jan 06, 2023 12:31 pm

MAY 21, 2014
RADARONLINE CLAIMS AXL IS RETIRING; GUNS N' ROSES SAYS NO


On May 21, RadarOnline would claim Axl was considering retiring after the upcoming Las Vegas residency and that the band members had been told nothing would happen after the scheduled shows:

Legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses are set to split, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

The band, who first formed in Los Angeles in 1985 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, will call it a day after their Las Vegas residency wraps up June 7th.

“Band members have been told their calendars are free following Vegas,” a source close to the band tells RadarOnline. “Axl (Rose) is considering retiring and it’s done. Band members and support staff were surprised when told the news and are actively looking for work.”

[...]

“Axl has made enough money and wants to stop touring,” adds another source. “He is considering retiring.”


The following day Guns N' Roses responded:



Tweet from Guns N' Roses
May 22, 2014



"A very solid source within the band's camp" would also confirm to Loudwire that the retirement rumours was "bullshit" but the band had been notified their calendars were cleared after the residency and that hence the band would not tour in a while [Loudwire, May 21, 2014].

Later, Dizzy would be asked about the rumour and how it had started:

I have no idea. I got an email and had to Google it.  I don’t know, I think they should have to name our sources, then we’d all know how that came about, wouldn’t we? If anyone is going to publish or print anything out of the blue, I think they should have to reveal their sources. So, I don’t know how that came about, and haven’t heard that that’s true. We didn’t talk about it last night but I will say this, if he’s retiring, then I’m fucking retiring too.

You know, so much of that crap gets out there, you can't believe any of it. At this point, having been in the band for so long, nothing surprises me. When I hear things like that I immediately dismiss them until I hear further. I'm never really concerned enough to even ask where it came from, or why, because if it's that important I'll be getting a phone call.


It seems likely the band members had been told the band would take a well-earnt break after the residency, since they picked up various side projects fairly quickly [see later chapter].


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WORKING ON NEW MUSIC WHILE IN LAS VEGAS?


Like in 2012, before coming to Las Vegas, band members would speculate that being in the same area for a period could result in them writing together and working on new songs:

We've been talking about [recording some new stuff], we've been working on shit. I tossed a song around to the guys a little while back and we're gonna... we're probably going to get into it a little more when we get to Vegas. We have some time to, you know, [?] and write stuff.


As stated in the quote above, Tommy had submitted a song to the band, possibly a result of Bumblefoot's plan for each band member to bring in one song to get the writing going [see previous chapter].

And DJ would reiterate that he didn't join the band to only play the guitar and that he had submitted as much as 13-14 songs (something he had also talked about previously, see earlier chapter):

I didn’t join this [band] just to play guitar. I joined because I believe I can bring something to the table as a songwriter, producer. We have a lot of stuff written. I’ve written 13 or 14 songs. Whatever ends up on the record, no one knows at this point. I know everybody’s main focus is to get together as a band and put together what we feel collectively is the best Guns N’ Roses record.


DJ would also again talk about songs Axl had probably not recorded yet:

What I’ve heard that Axl has is insane stuff. I’ll be sitting in his hotel room, and he’ll just be playing his piano and singing, and I’ll be like ‘Dude, what is that?’ ‘Oh, just some shit I’m playing around with.’ And it’ll be like ‘November Rain’ shit. Like, ‘Holy shit, the world has to hear this tomorrow.’ I pray to God the world gets a chance to hear the stuff that he has up his sleeve. He has some amazing songs sitting there.


And state that he was felt he had more to offer as a producer and songwriter in Guns N' Roses than a guitar player:

I'm still a fan of Guns, I always will be, and that's the only reason I'm in this band is because, you know, I felt really connected to the band. You know, I grew up cutting my teeth on, you know, the guitar style and this so for me it was like putting on a glove, it felt natural so, you know, I turned down quite a few big gigs and this is one that I just couldn't turn down, I felt like I had something I could offer, you know, and as a songwriter, producer, you know, I feel like i can honestly bring something cool to the table for the future of this band, so that's why I'm here. Not so much to play guitar.


Yet, right after the residency, Bumblefoot was asked about progress with the new album and answer shortly:

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MAY 21-30, 2014
THE BAND'S SECOND RESIDENCY IN LAS VEGAS - NO TRICKERY!


A few days prior to the show, DJ was still not sure how this residency would be different than the previous residency nor their regular touring gigs:

I’m excited to see what it is myself. There’s a lot of talk of really exciting stuff to be done this time. [...] Our goal is to do a show that’s completely different than the last one we did there. And obviously, we know we’re there for three-four weeks straight, so the other obstacle is how do we make the show different from night to night?


And talking about meeting fans:

After the shows there’s nights where we throw parties and you get a chance to run into fans all over the hotel, at the center bar and different restaurants. It’s just a really cool, closed environment, a little more intimate setting where you get a chance to meet some of the people who are coming out. That’s the fun part for me.


Then, a few days later, DJ would again talk about how no one would know what they would play:

We have five hours of material. We don’t follow a setlist, ever. We all know the songs and Axl will call out the next song and the lighting and sound guys need to be on their games. It’s always a reckless rock ’n’ roll experience.


He would also mention new pyrotechnics:

We will have some pyrotechnics, new stuff that I don’t want to give away, and the lighting guys know exactly to a T where we should be. It’s good because when we go out there, the music is our focus. We’re not into synchronizing moves. We feed off and react to the crowd, and sometimes I don’t know what’s going on. I’ll be drunk off my (butt), and a roadie will drag me back so I won’t get blown away.


And Dizzy would talk about the band having a few "surprises up [their] sleeves" in terms of their setlists:

Obviously we’re going to play the classics, and we’re going to do some Chinese Democracy stuff. I think we have a few more little surprises up our sleeves as well.



THE SHOWS


The first show took place on May 21, and despite the promises of surprises, the setlist was identical to their previous show at Rock on the Range, albeit a bit shorter. The next show took place on May 24.

Excerpt of May 24 review in Vegas Seven:

On this night—the second performance of a nine-show residency that runs through June 7—GNR gave a packed house what they came to hear: “Welcome to the Jungle”; “Sweet Child O’ Mine”; “November Rain”; “You Could Be Mine,” etc. And they once again also provided some frosting on the cake by covering Zeppelin (“Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”), The Who (“The Seeker”), the Stones (“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”) and the Sex Pistols (“Holidays in the Sun”). This, of course, in addition to Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Live and Let Die”—two covers off 1991’s Use Your Illusion that are regular staples of GNR shows. By the time the confetti stopped falling after perennial show-closer “Paradise City”—at well past 2 a.m.—GNR had ripped through more than 25 songs/jams. For that, nobody could’ve complained he didn’t get his money’s worth.

Still, is it frustrating that Rose, who has almost doubled the size of his band, refuses to mend fences with Slash and the rest of the original lineup? Of course (again, though, credit for finding very capable replacements). Is it disappointing that one of rock’s greatest singers no longer has the same vocal range and at times gasps for air? No question (although by no means did Rose shortchange the crowd in terms of energy and effort). And would it be nice if he dumped a couple of Chinese Democracy songs and perhaps a guitar solo in favor of some seldom-played deep cuts (“Get in the Ring,” “My Michelle” and “Think About You” come immediately to mind)? Absolutely.


Then followed shows on May 25, May 28 and May 30.



The band takes a bow
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, May 30, 2014
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MAY 28, 2014
AXL RESPONDS TO TOPPING LARGEST VOCAL RANGE LIST


On May 19, 2014, Spin Magazine would write an article about a list presented at Concert Hotels that showed that Axl had the largest singing range, with just over 5 octaves, of those studied [Spin, May 19, 2014].



"The World's Greatest Singers"
Concert Hotels, 2014



This article prompted Axl to send Spin a humble letter:

Big thanks to all the fans and media for the props reacting to the Spin top vocalists article.

From what I could tell, the original article was for the most part only talking about the professionally recorded vocal range of the singers they compared calling the entire group “The World’s Greatest Singers.” It’s very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble.

If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I’d say first that I don’t know there’s a definitive answer as in my opinion it’s subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers.

That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others (predominantly 70’s rock singers) and would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me!

Peace!

Axl


And Dizzy would voice his opinion:

I can’t argue with that. I’ve made similar comments before. I think if everyone had a chance to really sit down and dissect what he has done over the years on certain songs and CDs, his voice is his instrument. It’s mind blowing and yes, his range in incredible. I have mad respect for him as a singer, songwriter and as an artist and a friend. He’s amazing.



LARGER STUDY IN VVN MUSIC


VVN Music then did a larger study which including more singers, and here Axl ended up with the 5th largest vocal range, with Mike Patton on top [Spin, May 27, 2014].



Excerpt of VVN's list
May 2014
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Post by Soulmonster Fri Jan 06, 2023 12:37 pm

MAY 31, 2014
DUFF REPLACES TOMMY AGAIN DURING THE RESIDENCY


For the May 31 show at the Las Vegas residency, Duff again replaced Tommy.

LV, here I come! They tell me there is a rock show there tonite. Maybe I'll check 'er out?!
Twitter, May 31, 2014


Axl would explain the unexpected replacement from the stage:

Mr. Stinson, Tommy Stinson, had some issues that he had to deal with today.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, May 31, 2014
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JUNE 4-7, 2014
THE END TO THE RESIDENCY, THE END TO AN ERA


The residency continued with a show on June 4. For this show the band played Yesterday's for the first time since 1993. They also played Prostitute which hadn't been played since 2009. Furthermore, to honor Doc Neeson, frontman of The Angels, who had just passed from cancer, the band also covered Marseilles.

Yeah, and when Doc passed, GN'R was [...] in Vegas, doing a residency and we did Marseilles. A few shows we did that in honor to him. [...] I actually came down, we were doing a rehearsal that day and I just heard the news and I told to Axl and Axl sat at the piano and thought for a second and he said, "You know, I was really hoping I would get to see him again." Yeah, so I suggested we... I actually just started playing it and he said, "Let's do it." And so we did that night. Without half the band hearing it before [laughs]. Yeah... some of the guys had never heard it, so...


The band played Marseilles again for the next show on June 6 which was a whooping 29-song show.

The final show of the residency took place on June 7.

[...] my favorite part of playing live is the personal stuff. You know, every gig like with GN'R, I'm reaching my guitar out into the crowd so that they can strum the chords, if there's anyone on stage and just run over to them, it's like, "Yeah, play the guitar!" Oh god, even, you know, the Vegas show, for the last two shows, one of the the dancers on stage - because we had pole dancers- and so I gave her the guitar, I was like, "Here, play!" and I jumped up on the pole and turned upside down [laughing].




Nicholas Cage and Andrew Dice Clay
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, June 7, 2014



After the residency, Dizzy, DJ and Richard would talk about the benefits of doing a stationary series of live shows:

I guess, you know, the main difference obviously is is the travel, and there's less of it. So you can bring more stuff because you don't have to pack it up everyday, and just try to make yourself, you know, feel at home. And I really enjoyed doing the residencies myself. But it's just a... yeah, I mean, when you're younger and you first start rolling around in the bus, whatever, you just think, "Man, this is the life!" But it starts to take its toll after a while, flying too, especially these days. It's really difficult. So you know, if you eliminate that aspect there's a certain comfortability that's there. And I think the band just... it's, you can build momentum more, I think, by, you know, a couple shows into it everything's kind of rolling along like right away as opposed to the... you know, the room's not changing, the venue is not changing every night, so maybe like, you know, sometimes when that happens you go from indoors to outdoors and you know, all of a sudden you have, you know, it doesn't sound the same in your ears or in the monitors. You know, you don't really get that with what you're doing that stuff. And you know what? There's a casino outside and there's Jägermeister and you can just, you can have a blast. [...] I think the main thing is that, you know, when you're in Vegas, I think most of the people there, not all the people, but they don't have to get up and go to work in the morning, they don't have to go home, they don't have to worry about the babysitter or the kids, because they're there having a good time and to see a show. You know, everywhere else they're there to have a good time at the show, but, you know, it's back to reality the next day for everybody making Vegas, in most cases, you know, they have a couple more days without pretending there's somebody else before they go back to whatever they're doing.

It is a different experience. It is fun to get to really build a show like that. You don’t have to tear it down every night. You can do things that you would normally do every day in your set. It also gives you a chance to stretch out a bit. In case we get bored? We can change things up. Especially Axl, he doesn’t like anybody to be too comfortable.

I actually do [prefer residencies] to be honest because what's cool about that is you get to kind of set up shop and it's home for me but we are all in the hotels and get to party with the fans and hang out with them a lot more instead of play the show, get on the bus and go you know? I enjoy it big time.



THE END TO AN ERA; THE END TO NUGNR


The June 7, 2014, show in Las Vegas would be the final show for Bumblefoot, DJ, Tommy and Chris, and the final show before a reunited Guns N' Roses played their first show on April 1, 2016. As such it was also the end to the "nuGN'R" era.
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JUNE 7, 2014
BUMBLEFOOT LEAVES GUNS N' ROSES


EARLY SUGGESTIONS BUMBLEFOOT WOULD LEAVE


As discussed in previous chapters, Bumblefoot was at time very uncomfortable in Guns N' Roses and had been on the verge of leaving previously. In April 2014, Bumblefoot wrote what seemed like a goodbye message to the fans:

[Begin ramblings...]

I'm a communicator. That's what musician's do, they share themselves, it feels 'unnatural' if I don't. Sometimes musically, sometimes verbally, sometimes through a song, sometimes through a tweet...

The GNR S. American tour has one show left. I haven't always been the best version of myself, on & off stage, hinges on certain situations that just crush me and I can't get past, and I know it shows... I'm human, a reasonably empathetic one (sometimes a pathetic one, lol.)

But YOU - the friends, fans, audience at the shows, have always been the absolute *best*. Thank you so much for being you, so passionate, so full of spirit Smile I want the best for you, you deserve it Smile Obrigado & gracias, was so good to see you all Smile Some for the first time, some for the XXth time, at the shows & workshops - hopefully we can share these beautiful experiences again soon Smile

And a huge thanks to the amazing crew for building the planet the band gets to crawl around the surface of, you guys are magic...! Thanks to the bandmates for givin' it all ya got! Smile To the promoters & folks that brought us here and make these shows happen, you're an amazing team and it's been such a pleasure Smile Same for the workshops, happy call you all my friends Smile 'Til next time... Smile

With love & appreciation, and lots of hugs...

Ron

[/End ramblings]
Twitter, April 16, 2014


Another indication it was coming towards the end for Bumblefoot in GN'R, was his focus on his solo career, including solo tours that he had previously not done because the regularly conflicted with GN'R's plans and work on a new album [see previous chapter for more information on how Bumblefoot focused on his solo material and how he presented an ultimatum to GN'R to start accommodating his own plans, and below].

And as the second residency in Las Vegas unfolded, Bumblefoot would state that he would again go on a solo tour right after the end of the residency:

I have an upcoming US solo tour in June/July. It’s part of the “Guitars Gods” tour, featuring Yngwie Malmsteen, Gary Hoey, Uli Jon Roth and Bumblefoot. I’ve been touring around the rest of the world for 17 years but this will be my first full US tour. I have info on tour dates as well as special VIP meet-n-greet packages at www.bumblefoot.com


Although the band members might have been informed their calendars were open as the band would go on a break after the residency, it was clear something had changed and that Bumblefoot was now prioritizing his solo career over Guns N' Roses.

In December 2014, Bumblefoot did an interview with Horns Up Rocks! where the interviewer asked him for an update on Guns N' Roses and what "you guys are working on at the moment," to which Bumblefoot replied by clearly putting a distinction between GN'R and himself:

I'm focusing on my stuff. I'm sure it's gonna be an exciting, interesting year for everybody, for Guns, for me, for everybody. A lot of stokes in the fire, for them, for me. Let's see what happens in 2015.


The interviewer then followed up with, "You're going to be focusing on your solo career, is that what you're saying?", to which Bumblefoot confirmed and then explained:

I try to do both and it's been really difficult. You know, there's only so much time. You can't be in two places at once. Teleporters, no. Army of clones, no. It can only be one place, one time, and it kind of gets in the way of things. You have to start making choices.


In February 2015, Bumblefoot, while complaining about not having control over what the media chooses for headlines, would hint that he had been asked to not discuss his current status in Guns N' Roses and say that this had put him in an awkward position:

I cannot erase a decade of history, and I can't stop the media from asking what they want to ask and making up their own titles on their interviews and posts. No matter how much I asked them not to do it. Get a f--king clue. [...] PS - I've been honoring a request to not make any public statements about anything related to it, which continues to put me in a very awkward position that I don't want to be in. Not how I do things, repeatedly taking the bullet on this one. So stop your whining already.


The very next day he obviously felt a need to emphasize that Team Brazil had not forced him to be non-communicative regarding his status in the band, and posted the following message on the GN'R fan forum mygnrforum:

Let folks know I'm not being forced and TB doesn't need to be treated like monsters, and I ask that they not be treated like villains. It's on me, I've been trying to please both sides at the same time that have a different approach to things, and everyone loses a little in the process - that's on *me*, not them. I hate causing TB & the fans grief, there's just no smooth way to act on two opposing philosophies at the same time, and that's always been difficult for me... apologies. Doing my best here.  Razz
mygnrforum.com, February 21, 2015


By March 2015, Bumblefoot had stopped answering questions related to Guns N' Roses in interviews.

[Responding to an interviewer]. Did you get the memo about no GNR questions or no?


In April it was stated he was contractually not able to say anything regarding his status in GN'R and:

I think there’s enough clues out there for you to figure out what I’m up to now.



LOOKING BACK AT HAVING BEEN IN GUNS N' ROSES


Already in 2010 would Bumblefoot talk about what he had learnt from being in the band:

As a composer, it would be about melody - more melody in the guitar and vocals, no limit to it... as a performer, to be passionate and giving, to hold nothing back... overall, it would be the reminder that you make your own rules, you should do your own thing, and aim as high as you can. These are things we already know, but GNR makes me want to push my own limits, and to be better than I was before. I owe that to GNR fans, to my bandmates and to myself.


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BUMBLEFOOT AFTER GUNS N' ROSES


2014: THE GUITAR GODS TOUR


I finished a Las Vegas residency playing with Guns N’ Roses in June, and three days later jumped in a tour bus and started a Bumblefoot tour of North America as part of the “Guitar Gods” tour with Yngwie Malmsteen and Gary Hoey.


In 2014, right after Guns N' Roses' residency in Las Vegas, Bumblefoot would embark on the Guitar Gods tour with Yngwie Malmsteen, Gary Hoey, and Uli John Roth that would be financed through a Kickstarter campaign [One on One with Mitch Lafon, June 21, 2014].

Bumblefoot would talk about some fans not understanding why they would have to raise money to do the tour:

[...] I was a little concerned at first because I knew how some people would react because they think that because I'm in Guns N' Roses that I'm getting [laughing] money for Sweet Child O' Mine or something. No. You know, I play in Guns N' Roses but, you know, I think that a lot of GN'R fans, the ones that I guess that hate me already and looking for more ammunition, but it's like, "Oh, it's a millionaire out there begging," [...]


And talking about the tour:

And as soon as we finish up the Guns touring I'm starting a US solo tour and it's going to be with Yngwie Malmsteen, Gary Hoey and Uli John Roth called the Guitar Gods Tour.

The Guitar Gods tour. It's going to be starting in mid-June to mid-July going through the US. [?] Guitar Gods. So it's going to be Yngwie, I will be playing with my band doing my music, we got Uli John Roth, got Gary Hoey, it's going to be a great lineup, a lot of great guitar stuff going on, yeah.

That is gonna be fun. You've got my band with Dennis Leeflang who's been my drummer for a dozen years, Frankie Italiano on bass and Rocco Monterosso on rhythm guitar. They've been friends of mine for a good 25 years since we were teenagers playing in all kinds of bands together in New York. On our vehicle together with us in the traveling circus we're gonna be is Gary Hoey who I've jammed with in the past at fundraisers. He's a wonderful guy and a phenomenal player and singer and entertainer and his band. So we're gonna be on our own little bus just acting like a bunch of whacky, silly dudes. It's gonna be a lot of fun and I think our faces are gonna hurt from laughing so much.



2015: LITTLE BROTHER IS WATCHING


Already in 2014, while still being in Guns N' Roses, Bumblefoot started working on his next solo album that would come out in 2015:

I’m working on my next Bumblefoot album. It’s been long-overdue, but creativity happens when it’s meant to. That can be an easy way out, so keep in mind that sometimes you have to force yourself into the zone, and when you do this it’s also because you were meant to at that moment. I’ve always found it difficult to write while touring, I don’t get the down-time needed to re-charge the creative batteries and build momentum. On the most recent South American tour with GNR I forced myself to find a way, I’d be wandering the stairways of hotels for hours staring into space and writing words. Digging deep into yourself and allowing the needed emotional free-flow for songwriting, while being on the road where everybody wants your time and attention… the two conflict each other, volatility and patience, it was torment. But that’s where the good stuff comes from, you need to feel, and that’s not a smooth road.

[The new album is] coming out swimmingly. It's going to be fantastic, really good stuff. Digging deep, it's brutal, it's painful, like being in labor mentally, spiritually. I don't know what it's gonna sound like by the time it's done, I don't know what it's going to be, it's like throwing paint at the canvas you don't know until enough paint is there what it's going to be.

I'm in the about halfway done, writing, recording, the next solo album. It's coming out kind of different this time. [...] it's actually coming up pretty melodic and I feel like achieving something that I always wanted to and never quite really did, which is, going back to Ace Freely, it all goes back to KISS because that's how my love for making music started, which is to me, I always said that Ace Freely made the parts of the KISS songs that you sang. It wasn't even Paul Stanley's vocals, it was Ace's solos that you would sing, and that's something that I just never really felt like I truly nailed in my music. I felt like I had all the noodly noodly down but just... and there were melodies in there but there are certain guitar melodies that are just singable and I feel like on this album they're coming out.


The name of the new album with the track list was revealed in February 2015 [Press Release, February 4, 2015].



Little Brother Is Watching
February 24, 2015



This album, compared to some of the other solo stuff, is a little punkier. Every album, you have the songs and you start laying them down. They eventually come out however they are going to. You have an idea of what you are going to get but you can’t really control it. It is kinda like throwing ink at a canvas. You can choose the color but it isn’t going to end up the way you predict. You have to step back, look at it and say, “OK, this is what it is. Let’s take it from here.” It is the same situation with this new album. I ended up being very melodic with very long songs, where a lot of the earlier stuff was more in your face and aggressive. It is more about the musicality, the melody, the harmonies and the guitar lines dancing around vocal lines and all that good crap! [laughs] It is a lot more melodic and, even with those melodies that are in there, they are all spontaneous. It was stuff that I just laid on the scratch track as Dennis [Leeflang], the drummer, was playing his drum tracks. They were just spontaneous, improvised melodies. Listening back to it, I said, “Yeah, I am not going to overthink this. This is what I felt in the moment, the first time I played with this stuff and it left my head and hand to be recorded. I like it! I am sticking with it!” A lot of those melodies are very organic, natural first impressions of my songs and what I was inspired to do guitar-wise.


Two of the songs had been written with Guns N' Roses in mind:

I had two songs, “Argentina” and “Don’t Know Who To Preach To Anymore” that when I first wrote them I left them unfinished and I was thinking that I could bring them to the table with GNR but I felt ultimately that both songs were better fits on my solo album.

[...] with the intent of bringing them to the table for Guns, but we never got in the room to do it. By the end of 2013 I decided that their home should be on my own album, and I finished them up.



2015: ART OF ANARCHY


In early 2015 it was announced that Bumblefoot would join a supergroup together with Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) on vocals, John Moyer (Disturbed) on bass, and Jon and Vince Votta on guitar and drums, with the intention of releasing an album in the spring [Press Release, January 21, 2015].

Weiland was quick to comment on Facebook:

I just saw some press about a side project called Art of Anarchy that I worked on last year. I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too; we had a lot of fun. [...] When they find their front man to hit the road and play some dates, check them out. In the meantime, if you want to check out where I’m at RIGHT NOW, check out my band, SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS.


Bumblefoot was quick to comment:

Art of Anarchy is not competition or a threat or interference to what any of us are doing – it’s a complement, an addition, one I’m proud of creatively. No need to minimize or undermine or devalue a project we all worked on together over the course of two years. I enjoyed working with Scott. And I’m looking forward to the Wildabouts album release, the Bumblefoot album release, and the Art of Anarchy album release. The more music the better, it’s what we do, right?  Smile  Artists do collaborations and a month later, their own album comes out. This is normal stuff. All good.  Smile

The five of us made an album together. Scott is currently the singer of the band. It’s in writing; no confusion. But yes, Scott’s solo album and tour are his priority and we’re all on the same page about getting another vocalist if Art of Anarchy hits the road. But we don’t need to cross that bridge just yet. Taking everything as it comes, one step at a time, letting it evolve organically. Where it goes from here (and with who!) is yet to be seen.


The next day, Weiland emphasized that he had never been part of the band:

I was never in the band. It was something I did when I wasn’t doing anything. I was asked to write some lyrics and sing some melodies on this project, but it’s not a band I’m in.


And:

It was a project I did where I was just supposed to have written the lyrics and melodies for this band that I’d never heard of, and I was paid to do it. And so I did it, and did some production work on it, and the next thing I knew there were press releases that I was in the band. I mean, I did one photo shoot with them, ‘cause it was part of the deal, but I’m not in the band. I wish them all the best once they find a singer, I hope they do well, but this is my band.


Talking about the band and the Weiland "controversy":

There are two brothers, John and Vince Votta, and I have been producing their bands for 18 years. We have always been friends. They finally said, “We want to put our own company together. We want to start a label and do this thing. The first thing we want to do is put out a supergroup type of album where we bring in people from all different backgrounds to come together and create music together for a really cool album of good rock music.” I brought them into the studio and they had 10 songs to start with and we laid them down. I laid down guitar. The amazing John Moyer came in and laid down his killer bass. He is truly amazing! He does what he does and makes it great! As we talked to different singers, Scott [Weiland] agreed to do a song and then he agreed to do the whole album. We did this album together and are hoping to have it out by the beginning of the year. It is all about the music.

I know that right out of the gate there was a little bit of, I wouldn’t say controversy, but maybe some unnecessary confusion about things. However, it is about the music, about the album and putting the album out. Anything beyond that remains to be seen. We don’t know what is going to happen. We don’t know if, after the album comes out, people are going to want to see something live. If they do, Scott is very clear that his focus is his solo stuff and mine is too. Scott wants to just do his solo thing and isn’t looking to do any live dates with this. Then we would find a new singer, if we did any live shows. Who knows what would happen with that new singer and if it would become a permanent thing or if it would just be for the live setting. We don’t know! Whatever is going to happen is going to happen organically and is going to come together the way the pieces fall at that moment. For now, let’s just take this music that we made together and share it with the people. I really hope they enjoy it!

In looking for singers, Scott [Weiland] agreed to do a song. Then he agreed to do the album. There seems to be a disagreement on the word “bandmember.”


Being asked if he would take over signing duties:

I don’t think so, no, because Art of Anarchy was created as a supergroup. Meaning, it would have a singer with one background, me in there with another background…etc. I think that’s what made it special and if I take over vocal duties I would compare that to teaching a three legged dog to run. I would love to if Scott was willing to see it through but if he didn’t then I would love to find someone that would be willing to see it through.


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JUNE-JULY 2014
THE 'APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY 3D' CONCERT FILM


Finally, on June 14, 2014, the concert filmed in 3D at the band's November 21, 2012, show in Las Vegas, was debuted at US cinemas as "Appetite for Democracy 3D' [Press Release, June 2, 2014].

With over 100 million albums sold, the world's most dangerous bandreturns for this historic Sin City takeover! Now captured in 3D and 5.1 sound, Guns N' Roses' new concert film, "Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live From The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas", is coming to U.S. cinemas Saturday, June 14. Rockfuel Media has selected DRK Productions to distribute the digital cinema 3D theatrical premiere of the rock concert film.

This screenings will take place in 100 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, Columbus, St. Louis, Houston, Tucson and more.

Watch the trailer and get locations, dates and tickets at www.gnr3dmovie.com.

Barry Summers, president of Rock Fuel Media, said: "We are very excited to be presenting 'Appetite For Democracy' 3D concert film at cinemas across America — the first-ever GN'R concert movie release in theaters. 'Appetite For Democracy' will be afirst for GN'R fans to see and hear this iconic band on the big screen in 3D." Doug Kluthe, president of DRK, said, "We're very pleased that Rock Fuel has chosen us to theatrically distribute this epic Guns N' Roses 3D concert film."

Guns N' Roses will release "Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live From The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas" on July 1 via Universal Music Enterprises. The show was filmed on November 21, 2012 during the "Appetite For Democracy" tour in celebration of twenty-five years of "Appetite For Destruction" and four years of "Chinese Democracy".

"Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live From The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas" will be available in North America on Blu-ray, featuring the complete concert film in both 3D and 2D plus an interactive 3D photo gallery, and standard DVD featuring the 2D version of the film. Both releases are mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and feature bonus interviews with the band. The GN'R Appetite For Democracy Official App (iOS/Android) brings the concert experience to a new level by connecting GN'R directly with their fans, allowing fans to connect with each other via social media, buy exclusive merchandise, check tour/cinema dates for the movie, preview digital tracks of the film; and purchase or stream via VOD the digital long form concert.

Produced by Rock Fuel Media's Barry Summers, "Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live From The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas" is the first official Guns N' Roses live concert film since 1992's "Use Your Illusion" concert video.


As the described above, the movie would be released on Blu-ray and DVD.

I think it's great. I think we captured a great moment in time with the current lineup that we have. There's not a lot of footage out there of this particular lineup of the band -- obviously there's no videos and stuff. So I think it's a cool thing, and great for the fans. It gives them something to share the moment.




Appetite For Democracy 3D
June 14, 2014



JULY 1, 2014: GUNS N' ROSES RELEASES APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY 3D


From November 21, 2012.

I'm curious. I'm very curious to see it cuz, well, actually I'm not because I know how it's gonna be. I never watch my own live stuff because when I do, I just hear all the mistakes and all the screw-ups like, "Gah! Man, I could have played that so much better!" "Oh god, that sounds terrible!" "Oh, look at me!" You know, so I'm gonna be doing that and just like [?] it apart and feel miserable. But I hope people like it! [laughter]


Tommy reacted with surprise when he heard his solo song Motivation had been included on the DVD:

They included ‘Motivation’ on there? I didn’t know that. I haven’t even seen it yet.


While Bumblefoot would plug that he had a song on it:

We just released Appetite For Democracy 3D, the first official live concert film since 1992’s Use Your Illusion concert video. It’s a 3D concert from a 2012 show in Las Vegas, just released July 1. It includes the GN’R band performing one of my original songs Objectify (from the Bumblefoot Abnormal album).

Guns N’ Roses just released “Appetite For Democracy 3D”, the first official live concert film since 1992’s Use Your Illusion concert video. It’s a 3D concert from the 2012 Las Vegas residency. It includes the GN’R band performing one of my original songs Objectify from the Bumblefoot “Abnormal” album.

“Objectify” is on there right?
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2014
HAS DUFF PAVED THE WAY FOR A REUNION?


With Duff having played with Guns N' Roses again, people were discussing if this meant a reunion between alumni and current GN'R could happen. Craig Duswalt, Axl's assistant during the Use Your Illusion tour, certainly thought so:

Duff is paving the way to open the gates again. Axl and Duff are really getting along well at the concerts, so there's an opening.


Around the same time, media would report that Axl, according to "a knowledgeable insider" considered reuniting with former band members because the Las Vegas residency had been so profitable:

So much so, he’s begun thinking about putting the original group all back together for a global tour. That would be the biggest-selling rock tour of all tours.


Duswalt would also claim Slash and Axl had a rift because of something specific that happened towards the end of the UYI tour:

It was a thing that happened at the end of [Use Your Illusion]. There were also the differences in music, like Slash wanted to do more hard rock stuff and Axl wanted to do more ballads, rock ballads. There was that difference, but there was a specific thing that happened that both of them are at odds over.


But despite Axl and Slash being very much at odds, Duswalt was convinced that within two years they would be back together in Guns N' Roses:

[I know] for a fact they hate each other right now. It's bad. Axl is a loyal guy and you get on his bad side and some people don't come back, but Slash and him were so close. We [in the old-school Guns camp] all have a feeling it will happen. It's gonna happen in the next two years...there's an opening because of Duff playing with Axl.


In August, Slash would explicitly say a reunion wouldn't happen:

It's a subject I just avoid. 'Cause I've tried all different approaches on this particular subject. The thing is it's been dead in the water since 1996. I'm not gonna joke about it. Anything I ever said that led anybody to believe that there might be any kind of a reunion was just me being nice. No one's ever considered it. It's not really in the cards. And the thing with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was that was the closest we got to it, or could have gotten to it, and it didn't happen. And I said, 'You know what?! Let's just close the books. That was a very public event, and hopefully everybody gets it.

People have been speculating about [a reunion] for years, but I really have a hard time picturing it. There hasn’t been any communication along those lines between he and I. I have a hard time picturing it because I’m always focused on the next show. I’m one of those people who lives in the moment. I don’t look too far into the future and I don’t dwell too much on the past.


And also continue to criticize Axl for what had transpired:

We achieved success and then, suddenly, certain figures in the band just wanted to f*** it all up. I mean, I just wanted to work. But I never knew when, or where, or how that was going to be.


But also praise Axl for his qualities:

I mean, aside from the fact that he's obviously one of the greatest singer/frontman guys to come along ever, a brilliant lyricist, he's a super, super-intelligent, very astute individual. So that's one of the things I've always admired about him. And [he's] one of the most honest, straightforward people that I've ever met.


Duff, on the other hand, would suggest being open to it:

I never say never to anything, actually, these days. I've kind of learned. You never know what's around the corner. And all that aside, I'm just glad he and I were able to get together and talk about some stuff and then laugh about a lot of other shit that happened.


And in November, Slash would again close the door on a reunion:

Fans want to re-create a version of what they thought it was. It doesn't exist anymore. It's not there. It's out of reach.
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A BREAK FROM TOURING AFTER THE RESIDENCY


As touched upon in previous chapters, after the Las Vegas residency the band intended to take a break from touring for a while. This was confirmed by Dizzy when he was asked about the band's plans in June:

I think Guns N’ Roses are going to shut down the touring aspect for a little bit. I’m sure that time will be spent hopefully fine tuning what songs will be coming out this year, according  to what Wikipedia says, anyway. I’ve got a few things happening so I’ll be out touring around.  It’s going to be awesome.


And suggest they wouldn't do any more touring in 2014, but "definitely" in 2015:

Guns are definitely taking some time off, but we'll see. I'm not sure if we're gonna be doing anything else this year. Hopefully we will, but definitely next year. We can't stay away too long.


This would align with the rumour that the band members had been informed their calendars were open to pursue other projects for a while [see previous chapter].

When asked about the plans:

You know, there's nothing real definite. I know that there's a lot of music that's got to be finished up and there's a lot of music that's [?] close to be done that, you know, needs to be put out. And then, you know, we got to get back out there and play some more shows, maybe do another residency. But in the meantime, you know, people can watch the DVD.

We are all on break and everyone is off touring. Richard (Fortus) and Dizzy (Reed) are off touring with The Dead Daisies. DJ Ashba is readying to release his next album. Tommy (Stinson) is playing with The Replacements and I am finishing up my new solo album.

We are planning on doing quite a bit of touring this coming year. The focus is getting in a studio and putting together what we all feel is the best Guns N’ Roses record. Lack of material is not an issue. We have tons of stuff. Axl has two full albums that he has recorded, he has played me a bunch of songs off of that, are incredible! I can’t wait to get in and kind of dive into those as well. I’ve written tons of songs & demoed up a bunch of stuff. I think it is just a matter of getting in & sifting through the piles of material.


With the band on a break the band members worked on different projects, Richard and Dizzy toured with the Dead Daises [see previous chapter], Bumblefoot went on tour with the Guitar Gods [see previous chapter], DJ was busy with the release of SIXX:AM's Modern Vintage [see previous chapter], and Tommy opened for the Old 97's and played new songs for his forthcoming solo album [Delmarva Now, July 16, 2014].

Interestingly, at the end of October, Richard would talk about the Dead Daisies and say how nice it was to be in a band where everybody was working towards a common goal, implying that was not the case in Guns N' Roses:

It’s so nice to really feel like you are in a band where everyone is working together towards the same goal.


In November, DJ would say they were about to tour again with Guns N' Roses, suggesting that plans had been laid for 2015 [Red Carpet Rumba, November 20, 2014]. And in February 2015, he would still say touring were planned:

We are in the middle of doing a lot of things. We were talking about doing another huge tour. Our main focus right now is obviously putting together the next Guns record and we've got tons of material. It's just a matter of sitting down and sifting through the pieces. That's kind of where that's sitting, you know? It looks like we're going to be doing a lot more touring.


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Post by Soulmonster Fri Jan 06, 2023 1:27 pm

JUNE-OCTOBER, 2014
NEW MUSIC AFTER THE VEGAS RESIDENCY?


With the band going on a break after the residency in Las Vegas, there was hope that a record would be worked on, implying that it was really up to Axl to finish it:

I really hope that it happens this year and there’s still a lot of time left, so let’s just shoot for that.

We've all been handing files back and forth to one another in various combinations. [...] [it] needs to be finished and needs to be released. I think a lot of it is either finished or close to being finished -- it's just a matter of picking which songs and where and when and in what order. And if there's other things that come up that are worthy enough to add to that, then that's gonna happen, too. [...] No, I gave up on that a long time ago, with the last record. It'll come out when it comes out, when it's ready.

If the new record is not done, then it's close to being done, I think it's just a matter of picking out which songs will be on it.

There was a lot of stuff...We recorded basically, like, three albums' worth of material over the last 15 years, so there's a lot of old stuff that we're sort of re-tooling and bringing up as well as throwing out new ideas and things like that.

I’m hoping to finish up the next Guns n Roses album soon and to get back out with those guys.

Guns does seem to be on a hiatus now. We’ve been working a lot the last couple of years, so it seems like the next logical step for Guns would probably be to go back into the studio and do some recording before we hit the road again.

There is a lot of stuff in the can and a lot of stuff that needs to come out and will come out. I think it’s just finishing touches on a few things. It’s getting the right songs to put out in the right package. It’ll come out when it’s ready to come out, but it’s definitely there.


In September 2014, Bumblefoot would discuss why it is harder for Axl to release music than himself:

[...] it’s two totally, totally different scenarios, absolutely.  I don’t even know how to begin to compare the two.  For one thing in my own situation, in “Bumblefoot” world, I have all the keys to the whole project.  I know I have to write an album, record it and release it.  In the GNR world, Axl holds the key and (laughs) when he decides to do something is when he decides to do it and it’s definitely at a different pace than say when I do things.  Axl and I are two different people with two different lives and two totally different sets of hurdles to jump over which totally affects our ability to release what we create.  It’s very hard to bust out anything when life becomes more complicated or you have more people trying to pull you in a million different directions or distract you.  The bigger a band gets, the more that happens; so at Axl’s level it’s definitely not easy and there’s a million fires to put out where at my level there is maybe ten fires or even two fires (laughs).  When there’s not as many things or people distracting you or keeping you from getting in the zone it really frees you up to do the simple stuff and things don’t need to be so complicated.  But, I’ve realized that all those complications that are hurled at you, all of those distractions, they’re all external and they don’t need to penetrate your skin and get into who you are or stop you from doing what you do or change the relationship that you have with music or creating it or releasing it or sharing it or performing it or anything.  I’ve realized that can be untouchable and nobody can change that, people will try and people will continue to try relentlessly but they can’t unless you give them the power.  Once you realize that as an artist, you realize that you can do anything you wanna do musically and there’s really nothing at all that’s truly stopping you after all.


Around the same time, DJ would say there had been "more and more talks" about going into the studio before the end of the year:

Lack of songs is not our problem. It’s just getting into the studio. And there’s been more and more talk about getting in there before the end of the year, which I’m really excited about. [...] Axl, of course, has, I believe, two complete albums worth of songs already recorded and probably a shit-load of other stuff I’ve never heard. He’s played me quite a bit of stuff that’s phenomenal, and, hopefully, I can get my hands on it and put my little stamp on it, before all is said and done.
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Post by Soulmonster Fri Jan 06, 2023 1:30 pm

JUNE 2014
AXL IS FEATURED IN A BUDWEISER COMMERCIAL


Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose makes a cameo in a new Budweiser World Cup commercial [...]. Seconds into the two-and-a-half-minute video, you see a familiar-looking bodyguard, who is in fact Brazil's beloved UFC legend Anderson Silva. Shortly after, a band comprised of Gary Cahill, Samuel Eto'o and Hulk — professional footballers who will be participating in the World Cup — takes to the stage and performs a "rap" version of the GN'R classic "Paradise City". As the track comes to an end, Hulk lobs a guitar pick into the crowd. Surrounded by a few models, Rose catches the pick and uses it to open his Budweiser. In recognition of the footballers' performance, Axl raises his Budweiser in toast.


The commercial was allegedly filmed in São Paulo, Brazil, in March/April earlier in the year.



Still image from Budweiser commercial
June 2014
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Post by Soulmonster Fri Jan 06, 2023 1:30 pm

JULY 2014
AXL SIGNS THE THE TOPPS HEAVY METAL CARD


Back in May 2013, a series of heavy metal autographed baseball-cards had been released by Topps, including a card for Axl:

The Topps baseball-card publisher has announced the "headliner" in its forthcoming "Heavy Metal Autographs" insert set as part of the previously announced 2013 Topps Archives baseball set: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose.

It will be Rose's first fully licensed trading card appearance and his first certified autograph as he has nothing listed in the Beckett.com database.

The 10-card autograph set will be one of three additional insert sets to the previously announced 2013 Topps Archives release. There will be a standard version of the cards as well as one that will be limited to 25 copies and printed on metal.

Here is the preliminary checklist for the "Heavy Metal" set, as provided by Topps:

* Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row)
* Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)
* Kip Winger (Winger)
* Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake)
* Lita Ford
* Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)
* Scott Ian (Anthrax)
* Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
* Bobbie Brown (Warrant's "Cherry Pie" video)
* Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)

2013 Topps Archives Baseball is slated for release on May 29.


On July 14, 2014, Topps announced that Axl had signed his card:

#BOOM! Look who signed. @axlrose [...] Heavy Metal autos will ship soon. More info to come on other autos.
Twitter, July 2014




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July 2014
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