Check out some of these classic picks from the Guns N’ Roses New Jersey show. IZOD Center, Nov 17, 2011. Photos by Frank White
Check out the set list too by clicking here. (BTW, why is AXL performing so many covers?)
91 years old, and we hardly knew you.
In 1974 Philip Roth wrote, “The response of college students to the work of J. D. Salinger indicates that he, more than anyone else, has not turned his back on the times but, instead, has managed to put his finger on whatever struggle of significance is going on today between self and culture.”
And we got a good Axl Rose song out of it, too.
Axl claims that he was not the one who released a statement on the band’s MySpace page regarding the LAX incident.
Maybe that wasn’t him at the airport, either (above) — trying to beat the living crap out of a photographer. Maybe it was his clone, Asshole Rose.
And then Axl goes on to say:
“any publications running this … feel free to tack on whatever negative agenda-supporting nonsense you generally do (you know who you are). After all, it’s only someone else’s livelihood you media police state, no fun, spoil sport, communist bastards.”
‘no fun’? This coming from a guy who, in a state of rage, tried to do the tarantella on some photographer’s head. The media should have let Axl have his fun and ignored it, I guess. Fun for Axl must mean having no accountability for his actions. Call me a spoil sport, or a communist bastard for that matter, but that is what it seems.
Oooh, the Catcher In The Rye Again …
Related Link: Axl Rose as Tough Guy: Grade A+
Duff wrote in his weekly column for Seattle Weekly about being in Guns N’ Roses at the height of their fame — and dealing with that fame in a time before the internet.
“Before the Internet was common knowledge, and before there was a computer in virtually every home (as there is now), playing rock shows in faraway places like Brazil was an exotic endeavor, to say the least. Flying all the way down there to headline two nights at the Rock in Rio festival was pretty surreal. We just had no idea if GUNS N’ ROSES had fans in this part of the world or not. … As our flight took us somewhere above Central America, the pilot came on to tell us the United States had just attacked Iraq in something that the Pentagon dubbed ‘Operation: Desert Storm’. It was January 17, 1991.”
Duff is one of the more pleasant voices of Guns N Roses’ past. It’s a nice change from what appears to be only bitterness and anger from the Axl camp.
Read more of Duff’s column at blogs.seattleweekly.com/reverb/duff_mckagan