Axl Rose stories are the stuff of rock and roll legend. The lead singer of Guns N’ Roses has led such a colorful life even his roadies got in on the action, as evidenced by Axl Rose roadie stories circling the globe. Whether he’s starting random fights, walking off stage in the middle of concerts, felling winged creatures with shotguns, or showing up hours late for commitments, all the crazy Axl Rose stories you’ve heard are true, and completely insane.

Guns N’ Roses shot to stardom during the spandex-and-glitter nightmare carnival of hair metal, in 1987, and offered a dirty, rough, violent antidote to the empty calories of glam sleeze’s nonsense confections. Like many bands of the era, they were known for hard partying, their days and nights saturated with alcohol, drugs, women, and excess.

Frontman Axl Rose, who was born William Bruce Rose on February 6, 1962 in Lafayette, Indiana, announced himself as a volatile presence as soon as GnR’s worldwide dominance began; a new bizarre Axl Rose scandal seemed to emerge every week. The volatility of the band as a whole, and its individual members, added to the excitement of their music and shows. The self-destructive energy Axl channeled into his music led him to the top, and kept him from staying there.

The Axl Rose weird stories on this list demonstrate his unpredictable mood swings; several tales of Axl Rose fights pit him against other celebrities. Even true fans may be surprised at these crazy stories about one very wild rock star.

He Held Up 80,000 Fans Because He Had A Craving For Chili And Cheese

Axl frequently delayed the start of GnR shows with a ridiculous excuses, so when he made a special order food request minutes before he was supposed to go on stage before a crowd of 80,000 in Buenos Aires in July 1993, his assistant, Craig Duswalt, panicked, but wasn’t surprised. The rest of the band was already at the venue. Rose was at his hotel, craving chili and cheese, which wasn’t on the room service menu.

Duswalt knew the show would never go on if Rose didn’t get what he wanted, so he explained, as best he could, to the hotel kitchen staff exactly what Axl wanted. An hour later, a platter was delivered to the room containing a chunk of cheese with a few chili peppers. Duswalt smashed the dish against the wall to distract Rose, and blamed the hotel for screwing up the order. Rose forgot his craving, and the show went on.

He Sent A Roadie Overseas To Fetch A Jacket

When stories about an artist’s legendary feats of insanity make their rounds among the world’s roadies, the tale is probably pretty crazy. When roadies turn a story into a verb, it must be an epic to rival the tales of Homer. Such is the case with “yellow-jacketing,” a term used by roadies that began with Axl Rose.

Interviewing real roadies before his catastrophic foray into television (Roadies), filmmaker Cameron Crowe discovered the origins of the term, as well as a brand new crazy account for the Axl Rose record books. As Crowe tells it:

I heard some roadies talking about how something had to be “yellow-jacketed” and I [asked] “What is yellow-jacketing?” They said, “There was a guy that worked with Guns N’ Roses, and there was a show and Axl Rose needed a yellow jacket that he’d left in England before he would perform. So a roadie was given the job to get on a plane as fast as possible, go to London, find Axl Rose’s yellow jacket, and come back so he could play the show.”

He Was Late To A Concert Because Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Among the many things Axl Rose is known for is tardiness. He likes showing up late, sometimes hours so. A DJ from Tampa, Florida, witnessed this punctuality problem firsthand in 1991, while working as an assistant to a venue owner. As the witness tells it:

When the owner asked why Axl was being late for the thousandth time, he said: “Axl’s management said he was watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and that Axl’s attention was 100% on the movie and couldn’t be bothered.”

Here’s a video of Vanilla Ice performing in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, if you need a refresher on that cinematic masterpiece.

GnR Almost Lost Its First Record Deal Because Axl Couldn’t Find His Contact Lenses

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Guns N’ Roses was scheduled to sign to Geffen Records in July, 1986. The label shot the band to stardom with the release of Appetite for Destruction in 1987, but the contract almost wasn’t signed, thanks to Axl’s eccentric behavior. The morning of the meeting, Rose was unable to find his contact lenses and decided someone had stolen them.

Axl refused to attend the meeting, threw a tantrum, and stormed off while the other members of the band frantically searched for the missing lenses. Manager Vicky Hamilton recalls, “What was going through Axl’s head was ‘Who took my contact lenses so I can’t read the contract?'”

Slash eventually located the lenses, which were conveniently stored in a a pair of Rose’s pants, then tracked down the singer, who was hiding out on the roof of the Whisky A Go Go. The band was about four hours late to the meeting, but some of the record executives were still there waiting for them.

After James Hetfield Of Metallica Was Scorched By Pyrotechnics, Rose Delayed GnR’s Set By Two Hours Then Incited A Riot By Walking Off After Nine Songs

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A lot went wrong when two of the biggest heavy bands in the world, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses, rolled into Montreal on August 8, 1992. During Metallica’s set, James Hetfield was seriously burned on stage in a pyrotechnic accident, cutting short Metallica’s show. While Hetfield was rushed to the hospital, promoters tried to get GnR onstage, which took two hours and 15 minutes to accomplish.

Guns N’ Roses only played nine songs that night (usual set lists on the tour ran almost 20 songs). The band was off kilter from the start. Axl was having trouble with the monitor speakers and, instead of finding someone to fix the issue, broke his microphone, sat down on the monitors, then walked off stage, never to return. His bad performance may have been a self-fulfilling prophecy – he apparently believed “bad juju” befell the band in cities beginning with “M”.

Fans rioted when they realized GnR wasn’t coming back to the stage. Piles of t-shirts were set on fire, police cars were overturned, and the stadium’s souvenir shop was looted. Backstage, Axl drank champagne with groupies while his management spatted with the concert promoters, and the rest of the band partied like it was 1999.

At Age 44, He Bit A Security Guard In The Leg

Even at 44, Axl was up to his classic, wild man antics. While on tour in Sweden in 2006, Rose was arrested for allegedly biting a security guard in the leg. The guard was trying to break up an argument between Rose and a woman in a hotel lobby and somehow managed to get attacked by the rock star.

When police arrived, Rose was drunk, aggressive, and had to be restrained. He was left in a cell overnight, since he was too intoxicated to be properly questioned. After admitting to the charges, Rose was given a fine of $5,500, and had to pay $1,360 to the security guard.

He Incited A Legendary Riot By Attacking A Fan Then Walking Off Stage

On July 2, 1991, Guns N’ Roses performed at the Riverport Amphitheater near St. Louis. In the middle of “Rocket Queen,” Axl spotted someone in the audience taking pictures and demanded security personnel take the camera. When his request was denied, Axl leapt, mid-song, into the audience, grabbed the camera, and attacked the photograph-taking fan and various members of the security team.

Climbing back on stage, he yelled, “Well, thanks to the lame-ass security, I’m going home!”, threw down the mic, and stormed off. The rest of the band followed him, and thousands of fans stormed the stage, destroyed the band’s equipment, and tore down fences and video screens.

Rose was charged with inciting a riot, but authorities weren’t able to arrest him until almost a year later. In gratitude, GnR added “F*ck you St. Louis!” in the “Thank You” section of Use Your Illusion II‘s artwork.

He Once Killed A Moth With A Shotgun

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According to Craig Duswalt, one of Axl’s former assistants, the rock star had unusual ideas about proficient bug extermination. When a moth got trapped in Rose’s Malibu home in the early 1990s, after the release of the Use Your Illusion albums, his assistants tried to shoo it out, but were unsuccessful. Axl took matters into his own hands.

Instructing Duswalt to keep a close eye on the moth, Rose went upstairs and returned with a shotgun. He asked Duswalt to trap the moth in a corner so he could get a clean shot, despite his assistant’s attempts to convince him he could reach it with a flyswatter. “Not going to happen,” said Rose as he pulled the trigger.

He Purchased A $10K Concorde Seat For A Stuffed Elephant

The Concorde was a supersonic jet that could fly more than twice the speed of sound; it shaved hours off flight times, operating commercially from 1976 to 2003. Needless to say, tickets were not cheap.

While in France on tour in summer 1992, Rose bought girlfriend Stephanie Seymour a stuffed elephant for her birthday. To get the elephant to Seymour, who was living in New York City, he bought it a seat on a Concorde for $10,000.

A Roadie Once Had To Take Over Vocals After Rose Was Arrested For Punching Cops During A Show

A roadie named Big Ron got a little bit of fame when he took over lead vocals for Guns N’ Roses at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta on November 20, 1987. During the show, Axl jumped off stage and punched several cops before being arrested and dragged off. According to the head of security on the day, “First strike, he hit an Atlanta police officer. Second strike, he hit a female Atlanta police officer. Third strike, he hit a Black female Atlanta police officer. He’s going to jail.”

Luckily, the concert promoter was on the ball, and convinced security to let Axl go as long as he apologized. Rose signed a written apology, then suddenly changed his mind and said to one of the cops, “F*ck you, you f*cking jag-off cop.” Meanwhile, Big Ron sang a few classic covers, accompanied by several long guitar and drum solos. As promoter Charlie Brusco recalled “I heard this horrible sound. I look up, and one of the guys in the road crew was singing.”

The show was called off once it was certain Axl was going to jail.

He Slept With Drummer Steven Adler’s Girlfriend, Recorded It, And Used The Recording In “Rocket Queen”

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Adriana Smith was a 19-year-old stripper, Guns N’ Roses groupie, and girlfriend of drummer Steven Adler in 1987, when she was immortalized on the band’s debut albumAppetite for Destruction. Seeking revenge after Adler slept with another woman, Smith had a drunken affair with Axl. When she dropped in on the band while they were recording in New York City, Axl proposed doing it in the vocal booth and recording it for use on the track “Rocket Queen.” Smith was hesitant until a bottle of Jack Daniels came into play.

According to sources close to camp GnR, Adler didn’t react as badly as he could have, believing Smith’s actions were for the good of the band.

He Closed Off Half Of An Arena So He Could Take A Nap

Not as famous as Rose’s love of partying is his love of naps. Maybe the excesses of his youth caught up him; age has seemingly done nothing to tone down Rose’s demands, but the nature of the demands has changed quite a bit.

In 2011, while Guns N’ Roses was on tour with Steel Panther, Panther vocalist Michael Starr experienced quiet time first hand.

As Starr told New Zealand Herald in 2016:

Axl closed off the whole left side of the arena of any noise for four hours while he took a nap. We had to go into a dressing room and no one could tune guitars or be on stage for four hours. That’s heavy metal, and it’s funny.

Axl Rose Berated His Stage Crew Over The Mic In The Middle Of A Show

It’s not uncommon for members of a band to have issues with the stage crew, but you very rarely see a singer walks off the stage to yell at the crew, leaving the rest of the band to figure out how to end a song without vocals. But then, most vocalists aren’t Axl Rose.

At a “Guns N Roses” festival show in 2006, during “You Could Be Mine” (from the Terminator 2 soundtrack), Rose became upset with the crew and stopped singing to speak with them off stage (see about 3:48 in the video above). The rest of the band kept playing, trying to finish the song in stellar fashion, while Rose sarcastically berated a crew member through the mic, talking about taking naps on the job.

Axl then walked back on stage, but made no attempt to rejoin the band. Once the band finished the track, Rose berated the crew over the mic, asking why they couldn’t do their jobs and whether or not they were on quaaludes.

He Incited A Feud Between GnR And Nirvana After Kurt Cobain Dismissed Him As “Corporate Rock”

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Unlike most other big-hair ’80s hard rock acts, Axl was seriously impressed with Nirvana and, in particular, their 1991 record Nevermind. He invited Kurt Cobain and crew to perform at his birthday party and join GnR and Metallica on a world-wide tour. Cobain turned Rose down, wanting nothing to do with what he considered “corporate rock.”

The tension between the bands exploded at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. When Courtney Love, Cobain’s wife, saw Axl back stage, she sarcastically asked him to be the godfather of their child. Pissed, Axl said to Cobain, “You shut your b*tch up, or I’m taking you down to the pavement.” Cobain turned to Love and sarcastically said “Shut up, b*tch!”, which got everyone laughing at Rose. Axl stormed off.

Later, GnR bassist Duff McKagan pushed Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic around, Dave Grohl taunted Rose from the stage, some GnR members tried to tip over Nirvana’s trailer, in which Cobain’s daughter was napping, and Cobain left a few spitballs on what he though was Rose’s keyboard. As it turns out, it was Elton John’s.

He Demanded Google Delete Fat Axl Memes

Most people gain weight as they age, and you can either accept that or start jogging. Axl Rose takes legal action. After some unflattering photos of the rocker were turned into so-called Fat Axl memes, Rose issued a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) request for Google to remove the images.

Axl claimed the photos are his property. The photographer claims they are his property and were stolen off a press website. Either way, the memes haven’t disappeared from the internet, and they probably never will. Captions include “Take Me Down To The Bakery City” and “Sweet Pie O’Mine.”

He Threatened Phoenix Airport Security For Searching His Luggage, Then Blamed The Outburst On His Thoughtfulness

Conflict found Rose (or he courted it) at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix in 1998, as he tried to get though airport security and refused to allow security personnel to inspect his bag. Axl caused a ruckus, yelling, “I’ll punch your lights out right here and right now. I don’t give a f*ck who you are. You are all little people on a power trip.”

Rose was arrested and spent a few hours in jail before posting bail. Bryn Bridenthal, who was Guns N’ Roses’ Geffen publicist, tried to play the incident off as a misunderstanding, saying, “Axl had some birthday presents in his bag including a glass object that a friend had given him for his birthday. The way they were going through the bag he was afraid it would get smashed.”

Concert Promoter Barry Fey Used Cops, Goons, And A Handgun to Ensure Axl Finished A Show In Denver

During a mammoth co-headline Guns N’ Roses/Metallica stadium tour in 1992, Axl walked off stage in Colorado after apparently fighting with Slash. Rose got in a car and left the venue while the band continued jamming to “Welcome To The Jungle.” When the near-50,000 fans in attendance realized Axl wasn’t returning and began getting restless, someone asked Metallica, who had opened the show (the bands alternated slots every other night), if they’d join GnR on stage. Drummer Lars Ulrich said, “You bozos don’t have enough money in your collective bank accounts for me to get back on that stage.”

According to concert promoter Barry Fey, the process to getting Rose back onstage was a pain:

I’m walking backstage, and this guy comes running out and says, “Barry, Axl just left.”

I said, “The f*ck are you talking about, ‘Axl left’?” So I ran backstage, and I found out that he had come down off the stage, got into the limousine and left the site. So I said to… I went up to – his name was Big John; he was the guy who ran the limo company – and I said, “You don’t work for him; you work for me.” I said, “You ever want to see another f*cking dime of this company’s money, you get that car back here.” And he said, “What?” I said, “Yeah. The only way he gets out of that car is if he jumps out. And if he jumps out, you leave him in the street. But you get that car back here.”

So he gets on his little telephone…

I left the dressing room, went back out to the parking lot and got my .357 out of my glove box and put it in my back pocket. So I go out there, and I don’t know what I’m going to do, because, you know, he had caused a riot in Montreal, I believe, by leaving and not coming back. Well, a few minutes later, the car comes back, and Axl gets out and talks to his manager – his name was Doug Goldstein; he was a glorified security guy; he use to do their security, and he took over their management. But how do you manage, manic depressive heroin addicts? That’s a pretty good trick. I don’t know how you do that.

So [Axl] comes and talks to his manager and goes right up on the stage and gets back into it. So I put three of my, what do you want to call ’em, security, goons, thugs – the toughest ones I have – at the top of the stairs and three Denver cops at the bottom. My instructions are: “The only way he gets out, if he leaves again, is that way,” and I point to the crowd. Doug Goldstein says, “Barry, you can’t do that. Axl will get so pissed.” I said, “I don’t give a f*ck about him, and I don’t give the same about you. I care about them,” and I pointed to the people.

He Backed Out Of A Combat Challenge To Spin Editor Bob Guccione, Jr. When It Came To Light Guccione Was A Devout Karate Practitioner

Rather than confront the media as a whole for criticizing him and Guns N’ Roses, Axl decided to attack haters individually. In “Get In The Ring,” from 1991’s Use Your Illusion II, Rose calls out Spin magazine editor Bob Guccione, Jr., using the fact that his father was the publisher of Penthouse against him. Lyrics of the song include, “What, you pissed off cuz your dad gets more p*ssy than you?” and “I’m gonna kick your *ss.” He also challenged Guccione to a boxing match.

As it turned out, Guccione had been studying karate for nine years at that point, and was more than willing to put Axl in his place. He sent Rose a letter accepting the challenge. Axl never responded. “Clearly the guy’s a coward, and I called him on it,” Guccione said.

He Refused Hall Of Fame Induction Because Of His Former Bandmates

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In 2012, Guns N’ Roses was given a spot in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but Axl Rose declined. He sent a letter to the Hall’s officials, claiming ongoing disputes between the original band members made him believe the ceremony “doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.”

Rose continued:

But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.

He Purchased The Guns N’ Roses Name So He Can Do Whatever He Wants With The Band

In the mid 1990s, Axl decided he wanted to keep Guns N’ Roses completely to himself and purchased the rights to the name. This gave him the legal right to all GnR music as well, despite which members had left the band, and Rose had the ability to kick out anyone he wanted.

Most of the original members were gone by that point, and Slash was on his way out, but was still upset by Rose’s action, commenting:

I was blindsided by it, more or less a legal faux pas. I don’t know what he’s gonna do, as far as that goes. But I’d be lying to say I wasn’t a little bit peeved at that. It’d be one thing if I quit altogether. But I haven’t, and the fact that he can actually go and do that without the consent of the other members of the band.

He Was Accused Of Whacking His Neighbor With A Wine Bottle During An Argument About Noise

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In 1990, Rose was arrested for allegedly hitting 37-year-old neighbor Gabriella Kantor in the head with an empty wine bottle. According to the report, Rose and Kantor were arguing about loud music when he threw her car keys out a patio door to the ground 12 stories below. He then poured out a bottle of wine and used the empty container to hit her over the head.

The plot thickened when Rose claimed he had an on-going series of confrontations with Kantor, which were all provoked by her outlandish behavior. According to a report on the incident from the Los Angeles Times:

Rose alleged that Kantor, whom he described as a Guns N’ Roses fan, has caused several late-night disturbances since January, 1989, when he bought a unit in the building just north of the Sunset Strip.

Interviewed Tuesday afternoon in the living room of his condominium, Rose said that he has repeatedly complained to the building’s homeowners association about what he described as Kantor’s own loud music-playing. Rose also claimed she behaves like an overzealous fan.

“It’s really weird, she cranks my music all the time,” Rose said.

He said that about 1 a.m. Tuesday he and a group of friends were gathered in his condominium “being really quiet” when he heard Kantor yelling.

Rose said he went into the hallway and said to Kantor, “Shut up.”

He Fought A Parking Lot Attendant Then Ranted On Stage About Being Stereotyped For His Long Hair

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Shortly before a show in Philadelphia in 1988, Axl and Stuart, his younger brother and personal assistant, got into an altercation with a parking attendant at the venue. As is Rose’s style, he ranted about the incident during the show, the audience cheering along with his colorful diatribe.

As it turns out, Axl and Stuart got into a pushing match with the attendant, and the police were called. Rose was detained, but Doug Goldstein, the band’s tour manager, convinced authorities to release him before the show started. From the stage, Rose ranted about being offended, not because of the violence against him, but for being stereotyped as a shady character for having long hair.

He Threatened To Break Up GnR On Stage While Opening For The Rolling Stones

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Guns N’ Roses received the honor of opening for The Rolling Stones for some LA dates in 1989; despite the enormity of the occasion, Axl was on his worst behavior. Right before kicking into “Mr. Brownstone,” a song about heroin abuse and a famous Hollywood drug dealer, Rose got a few things off his chest.

In front of the audience of tens of thousands at the LA Coliseum, Axl berated his band members for their drug abuse, saying:

I hate to do this on stage, but I tried every other f*cking way. And unless certain people in this band get their shit together, these will be the last Guns N’ Roses shows you’ll f*cking ever see. ‘Cause I’m tired of too many people in this organization dancing with Mr. Goddamn Brownstone.

Years later, Slash said, “I knew it was directed at me, because I was real strung out at the time. But it was probably one of the things that made me hate Axl more than anything.”

According To The Band’s First Manager, Rose Had A Split Personality That Was Half “Sweet Boy,” Half “Demon Dog From Hell”

When Guns N’ Roses formed in Los Angeles in 1985, they lived with their first manager, Vicky Hamilton, in her one bedroom apartment at 1114 North Clark St, a few blocks from the Whisky A Go Go on Sunset Strip. Her home became the scene of many wild parties, rife with drinking and rooftop cocaine and heroin sessions (she didn’t allow drugs in the unit).

After one such party, drummer Steven Adler was helping Hamilton clean up the mess of beer bottles scattered throughout the room while Axl napped on the couch. Rose got annoyed by the noise and hurled a wooden coffee table at Adler.

“But there was stuff like that all the time,” Hamilton remembers. “I saw Axl be violent a lot. He has two very distinct personalities – one is a very sweet boy, the other is a demon dog from hell and you can tell where he’s at by looking at his eyes.”

He Called Warren Beatty A Cheap Punk (And Other Choice Things)

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During a 1992 concert in Paris, Axl spent almost two minutes randomly ranting about Warren Beatty before dedicating “Double Talkin’ Jive” to him. Although Rose’s specific problem with Beatty remains unknown, the actor-director had previously dated Rose’s then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour.

Rose referred to Beatty as, “a man who likes to play games… a parasite… an old man who likes to live vicariously through young people and suck up all their life because he has none of his own… a cheap punk.”

Rose also spontaneously invented the term “homef*ck” (as a synonym to “homeslice”?) which could have become a catchphrase, but, alas, didn’t.

In A Surreal Turn Of Events, Tommy Hilfiger Smacked Axl Repeatedly For Moving A Woman’s Drink

In May 2006, Axl found himself on a list of important guests at The Plumm, a recently opened club in New York, for the birthday of Rosario Dawson. While there, he moved a woman’s drink so it wouldn’t spill, after which a rare thing occurred. According to Axl, instead of him starting a drunken fight, someone else started one with him.

The woman whose drink Rose moved was dating Tommy Hilfiger, who, for some reason, was highly offended Axl had touched her beverage. “He just kept smacking me,” Rose said. “It was the most surreal thing, I think, that’s ever happened to me in my life.”

He Took A Roll Of Nude Photos Of A Random Fan In The Back Of A Limo, And Neither Said A Word To The Other

In addition to alcohol and drugs, the members of Guns N’ Roses had a stupendous appetite for fornicating with groupies. While leaving a show in his limo at the height of the band’s fame, Axl spotted an attractive fan trying to get a peek at him, and invited her inside to get a closer look. He was in a photography phase, and had a camera on him at all times.

Rose began taking pictures of the woman, not saying a single word to her. She smiled politely, then lost her inhibitions, striking suggestive positions and, eventually, removing her clothes. Rose never spoke a word to her during the encounter, and kept clicking the shutter release even though he had long since run out of film.

He Punched David Bowie For Flirting With His Girlfriend

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While shooting the music video for “It’s So Easy” in October 1989, Guns N’ Roses got a surprise visit from David Bowie. According to an interview with Rose from Kerrang! published in April 1990, Axl wasn’t thrilled to have the Thin White Duke as a guest. At one point, Bowie appeared to be getting a little too friendly with Rose’s girlfriend, so Axl punched him in the face and had him kicked off set. Rose claims Bowie apologized, and the two went for drinks at the China Club.

The drama between Rose and Bowie was blown out of proportion by a subsequent piece in Rolling Stone. As Rose told Kerrang!:

And when we left, I was like, “I wanna thank you for being the first person that’s ever come up to me in person and said how sorry they were about the situation and stuff. It was cool, you know? And then I open up Rolling Stone the next day and there’s a story in there saying I’ve got no respect for the Godfather of Glam even though I wear make-up and all this bullsh*t.”

A few weeks after Rose punched Bowie, Guns N’ Roses opened for The Rolling Stones in Los Angeles.

I was out doing a soundcheck one day when we were opening for the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton cornered me. I’m sittin’ on this amp and all of a sudden they’re both right there in front of me. And Jagger doesn’t really talk a lot, right? He’s just real serious about everything, and all of a sudden he’s like (adopts exaggerated Dick Van Dyke-style Cockney): “So you got in a fight with Bowie, didja?”

So I told him the story real quick and him and Clapton are going off about Bowie in their own little world, talking about things from years ago. They were saying things like when Bowie gets drunk he turns into the Devil from Bromley…. I mean, I’m not even in this conversation. I’m just sittin’ there. Listening to ‘em bitch like crazy about Bowie. It was funny.

He Wrote A 4,545 Word Manifesto On A GnR Fan Forum

Between inciting riots, keeping audiences waiting for hours, and walking off stage several times, Axl’s relationship with his fans is rocky. However, he apparently doesn’t mind chatting with them in order to defend himself. Rose spent a weekend in 2008 answering fan questions on, at one point posting a 4,545 word statement.

In this manifesto, Rose discusses his thoughts on Guns N’ Roses, both the original line-up and hired guns he put together to carry on touring and recording as the band fell apart in the mid-to-late ’90s. On the band’s dissolution and public perception of Axl using the Guns N’ Roses name without any other original member in the band, Rose wrote:

Why keep the name? I’m literally the last man standing. Not bragging, not proud. It’s been a f*cking nightmare but I didn’t leave Guns and I didn’t drive others out. With Slash it’s been nothing more than pure strategy and saving face while manipulating the public like he used to me. I earned the right to protect my efforts and to be able to take advantage of our contract I’d worked hard for where Slash’s exact words were that he didn’t care. I get that some like a different version or lineup the same way some like a specific team line up or a particular year of a specific car but because you and I are getting played I’m supposed to throw the baby out with the bath water?