Ok, this was printed in a danish paper a couple of days ago. I just put the whole article in Google Translate, so I apologize for all the spelling mistakes in it. Still, I think you will get the idea of it... And it´s very interresting reading for a fan!! I didn´t know much about the guy before, and i had never seen any pics of him before, but it´s all in this article. It´s probably more interesting to me, because i´m a dane myself, but what the...
Here´s the danish article with pictures: http://politiken.dk/...ticle573660.ece
Here´s the (bad) translation:
Ole sitting on a bench at Sct. Jørgens Lake in Copenhagen together with a friend and debating whether we can swim across to the other lake shore.
We can easily believe Ole, who has drunk nine Elefantøl and three Blue Melton.
He has always been the type who wants to prove that it is possible to do both this and that. He afklæder all his clothes except his blue pants and go into the water.
It is cold, about nine degrees, and more than ten o'clock in the evening. October Darkness has died down over Copenhagen.
From the width can oles comrade and a passer-conditioning running to see Ole disappear in the darkness.
Shortly after, they can not see him, only to hear him and to shout for them.
Believe in breakthrough
This is the story of Ole Beich, a young musician from Brisbane, which in the early 1980s to take the U.S. to pursue his dream of becoming a rock star in 1985 and is a founder rockbandet Guns N 'Roses.
A story about the largely unknown Danish member of one of history of the world's largest rockbands. A story about the joy of playing music and discomfort by turning his balls down in a couple of black spandexbukser.
And a story about faith and hope for a breakthrough, while losing faith in itself.
The story starts in the last half of the 1960s in a small red detached on the outskirts of Brisbane.
Here is the family Beich by making themselves ready for another ordinary day.
As usual Ole be in 12 years and Anders to 7 years in school. As usual, the two brothers sit side by side, each with its own plate.
Pollinate each day
And as usual, takes Ole package of Kellogg's Cornflakes and leaning into his plate. But this morning there will be not only Cornflakes out of the package: a small slip sliding out also with the yellow corn flakes and landing at the plate.
'Congratulations, you've won a guitar', reads the note.
Ole popped up. Rejoicing. He has played little in his father's jazz guitar and long dreamed of getting her own.
The dream is later delivered directly to your door in a cardboard box from Kellogg's.
Ole pollinator day in and day out. Sometimes, alone in his room.
Other times, together with two companions in the small washroom, where they can barely squeeze one of drums and two guitar amplifiers into the kitchen door, washing machine and some lockers. He pollinate themselves and exert themselves and exert themselves.
And often forget everything about reading homework.
When parents ask for the school, pulling his son on the shoulder and hurries into the room to find his guitar.
Ole can do much better, writes the worried teachers from the school in their opinions. You are right, but Ole do not want to do better. He actually did not bother to go to school, he later drop out of an education under the technical accounts and never get an education.
"He would just play music," said oles mother, Birgit Beich, today.
"But while he would indeed like to prove that he could be somebody. He said it never directly ... So I can not remember that he has said, "Now I sgu to the United States, and I will show that I can, but there is no doubt that this was why he wanted to go. He had much to prove that he could '.
Ole has a vision
The teenage years are Ole Beich known in Brisbane.
For his long pale hair, to score all the pretty girls and then of course for his musical talent.
In the early voksenår he moves to Copenhagen and plays, among other things, in Mercyful Fate, which later get record deal in England and will be a great inspiration for Metallica, but quit the band for the USA.
He tells his parents that he would travel to America to play music and earn enough money to buy a house for the family. He will buy two Harley-Davidson motorcycles, one for himself and one for the father, who have motorcycles and love to cruise. And he will return to Brisbane to see his Ford Lincoln be hoisted down to the harbor and then run around the city.
In October 1983 he takes off.
Siler rain down on the Calabar Port, as Ole Beich together with his friend Henry Aarøe yesterday on board the DFDS ferry from England, where they will fly to Los Angeles.
Ole has sunglasses on. In fact, it is ordinary glasses with strength, but he got opticians in Brisbane to tone them, so they is confusingly similar to sunglasses.
It is more cool, he seems.
On the quay are his parents, Henrik parents and some friends.
The mother waving as the two young men will appear on deck, but Ole waving not. It is difficult to beckon in the tykhudede motorcycle jacket with rivets and double zipper, and also waving rock stars do not. Not at all to their mothers.
Since getting out of the plane in Los Angeles and passes through the arrivals hall, Ole has only one thing in his head: He will find some musicians to play with. And it can not go fast enough.
While Henrik hire a car, is the aspiring musician in the stand and buy a stack of newspapers. Scrolls quickly on the ads, where bands are seeking new members.
There are many: bands, which seeks guitarists, bands, which seeks drummer, bands, which seeks bassister, bands, which seeks singers.
Ole, which is already in the meantime with Mercyful Fate switched off the guitar with a bass - allegedly because of the fierce competition among guitarists - look in the category for bass and heavyrock.
He calls right away, and the very next day, he has the first agreement to come to audition in Los Angeles.
It is no coincidence that Ole Henrik and select Los Angeles. It is the place to be for musicians. The city of dreams. It was here, The Doors broke through.
It was here, Neil Young played his first solo concert.
It was here that Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention recorded their most lauded albums. And it was here, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin and The Byrds hung out.
Yes, even Elvis Presley visited regularly when he lived.
In musikmagasinet Rolling Stone has Ole read about hovedpulsåren The Sunset Strip, on gambling sites The Troubadour, Roxy and the Rainbow Bar and dreamed away from bars in Christchurch. Into the heat of rock stars and models.
"Could you imagine going to bed with Brooke Shields?", He asked his friend Henry before they went.
Meetings of the unknown Rose
Henry could well imagine going to bed with the 18-year-old supermodel and actress, as he had seen in a magazine. It would be quite fat.
Ole Henrik meetings and never Brooke Shields, but they quickly meet some other well-known:
At the Rainbow Bar encounter random into the band members from Motley Crue, which they later become friends with, through newspaper ads come to Ole audition with Bill Ward, drummer of heavy rockbandet Black Sabbath, and a day of meetings the one guy who called Axl.
By the time Axl Rose is not yet known.
He's like Ole Beich and a lot of other young and aspiring musicians traveled to Los Angeles to try their luck.
The two hang out at the same bars, trying their luck for the same Auditions, and after an audition takes Axl and a few other musicians with Ole Henrik and go to an old warehouse on Sunset Boulevard, where the two Danes live in a period. Pakhuset has previously been stocked for a shopping mall, but has turned into a recording studio and a couple of rooms.
They smoke pot, drink booze and talk about music.
It makes the way, every day, but this day remember Henrik anyway better than most.
He remembers, among other things, Axl, a small, eager guy with long straight hair and big ambitions. Axl Rose fans with arms, stands up and takes and takes and getting up and talking continuously.
Rock Stars drink Jack D.
He said that he and a half years ago from Indiana to Los Angeles to become a rock star and exactly know what it requires:
We must not only be good to play music, we must also look good. We should not just have long hair, you must also use hair spray and hair backcomb.
Axl is the day dressed in leather pants, cowboystøvler and a T-shirt without sleeves, but it is not enough, he says:
You must also use eyeliner and go with headbands, jewelry and tight pants with tiger stripes.
The two Brisbane focus laughing. They will sgu not go in tight pants, where you can see nosserne. They will go in jeans and drink Jack Daniels, because it makes rock stars.
In pakhuset live and Ole Henrik in a small room at the end of a long corridor. There is no door, just a curtain, and the only daylight coming from a small roof windows in the ceiling and some holes in the thin walls.
'Shoot Holes' was the owner explained.
There are no beds or mattresses, as Henrik rocks in an old carpet squares, put the squares on top of one another layer to layer and make way two mattresses where they can sleep.
But they do not sleep many hours a day. At night, they often go to concerts and concerts are often passed on to parties and from parties and the home to some ladies.
They are in all the bars and on all the substances, overturns in neonlight and nightlife and festivals and feasts and celebrations.
Feast stop only when Henrik two months after falling ill and woke up with unprovoked nose bleeds.
"I will die of it here if I did not go home now ', thinking he and decides soon after to take back to Denmark. Ole does not understand his comrade. Despite the gradually tangible consequences of their decadent life, he is determined to be.
"He believed in himself, and I can well understand," said Henrik Aarøe today.
'Ole was an incredibly skilled guitarist and bass player. Everyone looked up to him, and he could score all the beautiful girls. There were always people who would play with him and a gang around him, people who wanted to treat him and say that they were therefore comrades with Ole. There is no doubt that he has confidence at this time, and when I go home, he is still convinced that we can succeed. I remember him telling me that it was absolutely stupid to go home to recharge your batteries.
In early 1984 comes in contact with the Ole heavyrock band LA Guns, through an ad in the newspaper.
He comes to audition, and Tracii Guns can immediately see that Ole has just the right bass player for the band.
He is cool, seems front man, a very hard hitter 'who understand rock'n'roll and looks great on stage. In fact, he looks better than any other bass player, Tracii know.
Ole is part older than the other and talking with thick English accent, but Ole deluding themselves six years younger, and the accent is proving to be an advantage because the German band The Scorpions at the moment is very popular in the United States.
Bad friends with Slash
In a period living at Ole Traciis mother.
He lives with his new band friends, but end up sleeping on the leather seats of his old ruddy amerikanerbil, a Dodge Dart Sport, because he is allergic to cats in her house.
In other periods of sleep the three musicians often in their practice room, where they wake up on the floor between instruments, empty whiskey bottles and amplifiers.
The room is only 30 square meters and with no windows, there is no bath, toilet, on the other side of the courtyard, and the only luxury is an old soft drink vending machine, which they use as a refrigerator for the chocolate bars, the stealing of 7-eleven.
During the late summer of 1984 begins Axl Rose to get more and more in the practice room. He is in a period uvenner with Slash and their common band, Hollywood Rose, and pollinator instead of LA Guns.
Ole and Axl play together, go to concerts together and wake up now and together. Once they wake up stiff frozen in the same cold king size water bed after a party.
They will jointly down to Sunset Strip Tattoo, where Axl gets his first tattoo, and when Ole calling home his parents, will talk with Axl's father oles, Shaft.
Axl and Axel talking about motorcycles and American cars and laughs of the states almost immediately.
Ole and Axl will be better and better friends, and then LA Guns Friday 5th October 1984 playing at one of Hollywood's most famous venues, The Troubadour, it is with Axl Rose as forsanger.
"I want to thank everybody for showing up tonight. We're L.A. Guns, "says Axl Rose when he suffered over midnight yesterday on the stage with Tracii, Rob and Ole.
Axl is more or less a part of the band in late 1984.
No to lipstick and spandex
His fuck-all attitude and wild energy fits well with the band. Ole gangs themselves part and like the charismatic political forsanger.
On the other hand breaks he is not about his propensity for red lipstick, black spandexbukser with cutting the crotch and purple silk scarves.
Axl and Tracii devote much attention to the radiation at the scene.
The hires stylist and sponsored by 'Hot Locks - Rock N' Roll haircut of the 80's'. And before band members concerts are always side by side in front of makeup mirrors in the backstage area with hairdryers, beauty boxes and Jim Beam whiskey. Sometimes even before they have to practice.
'Shut up, which is the backfire ", was one of oles friends once said before a concert, while Ole sat in front of the mirror in the backstage room and made himself clear. They had eye contact in makeup mirror. Ole rolled eyes.
At the scene resembles Ole most of all, an angry Barbie Doll.
He has black rivet belt outside of the tight blue jeans and midriff during the leather vest. His closest yndige, bright curls reaching to the shoulders, and the black Mascara on his eyelashes and a thin line black eyeliner under his blue eyes draw the outlines of his pretty, feminine face up and get him to look like a woman more and more.
To see a real rock star in the 1980s.
With bands such as Quiet Riot, Rätt and Motley Crue as pioneers sex and with the help of MTV and music videos increased emphasis on the visual side of music is growing genre Glam metal - also known as hair metal - the great and powerful, and in the 1980s is a good hairdo and a little red cheek crucial if we want to be something about rock music.
It will the boys in the band ...
26. March 1985 writes Ole and his comrades pyntede band rock history. This is Ole just does not know when he goes on stage.
'L.A. Guns - Hollywood Rose presents the band Guns N 'Roses', says with handwritten block letters on a photo-copied flyer, which will be copied and distributed before the concert.
There is also a grain group photo of Rob, Tracii, Izzy, Axl and Ole. Axl stand in front of the picture with her hair down in front of our eyes.
Behind that Ole with his sunglasses with strength and head tilted to one side. Back facing the other three.
The picture is the first of Guns N 'Roses. It is also one of the few pictures of the original setting: Axl Rose, Tracii Guns, Izzy Stradlin, Rob Gardner and Ole Beich.
What happens in the weeks after the concert is not entirely clear, but since Guns N 'Roses less than a month later play another concert in Los Angeles, it is without Ole.
The guitarist Tracii Guns explains today that Ole himself chose to leave the band.
Tracii Guns can not explain why and tells you that the Danish bass player was respected and had a good relationship with the otherwise not easy omgængelige front man Axl, and the others.
Drummer Rob Gardner has another explanation.
He says that the relationship between Ole and Axl was not always hot, and that it could be one reason for the breach.
Axl was a hard head with a very heated tempers, Ole was not in any shit from anyone - not even from forsangeren - and at length, there was not room for two such big egoer in the same band.
But according to Rob Gardner also had another, perhaps more important reason for the breach, namely that Ole seemed uninvolved, depressed and would not spend enough makeup, go with spandexbukser and like the other floosie up to look well on stage.
'Ole was more metal than Glam', as drummer says.
Initially accepted Ole the glamorous stage shows.
"It has to be taken with," he said.
But as the number of stylist and hours in front of the mirror grew, it was apparently too much for Brisbane offender, who was raised in a provincial town where the men worked at the port, women were at home, and longhaired gay rob the makeup got tæsk on the city's bars.
Unable to hold more hair spray out
According to Rob Gardner pulled Tracii and Axl Danish bass player for the side, and when he subsequently not changed, they threw him out. Ole Beich have several explanations for the breach.
Some of his friends he explains that he was thrown out because he went to a concert instead of practicing with Guns N 'Roses.
The concert was canceled, but the other was sure of oles lack of commitment and threw him out, then.
For other friends and family, he explains that he was tired of the band and even chose to go out, because he could not keep going to go with hair spray and eyeliner, and because the other in Guns N 'Roses was too bad musicians.
"This is some gay fellows who can not play," he said.
But the fags doing well.
In the subsequent period in which Ole played in various unknown and now defunct bands takes GUNS N 'ROSES on their first tour, Hell Tour.
The contract with Geffen
While Ole removes makeup and turn down the stage show, Axl hire strippers to the concerts. Strip Perne play tambourine and throw your clothes on stage in order to boost audiences.
And later, while Ole unsuccessfully seeking work, sign his old band buddies a record deal with Geffen Records, which gives them 75,000 U.S. dollars in advance.
The burning of money on booze, drugs and new clothes, but the record company just throw a new check on the table for their new manager can see that they are great. It is now also up for Ole.
The tear is clearly on him, not least when he hears about the band's tours, concerts and growing success, which is impossible to avoid in Los Angeles in 1985 and the years ahead.
'Why are you not? "Asks one of oles old comrades months later when they happen to surf past MTV and watching a music video with Guns N' Roses.
He says again and again, that might equally well have been him on stage beside Axl. And he has helped create some of the numbers, as Guns N 'Roses plays.
He is more and more inside burned, more and more depressed, and he takes more and more drugs.
Although he has smoked cannabis and sniff cocaine with Axl and all the others in the meantime with LA Guns and Guns N 'Roses, so does the combination of drugs and psychological downer the whole more seriously.
"He gradually lost his illusions about rock'n'roll. He said it is not directly, but holds, he was crazy annoyed to have gone out of a band that was so large. I could feel him, already when I visited him over there in the autumn of 1985 that he was irritated and disappointed. This was what he dreamed about, and the only thing he could fall back later on, had drugs and alcohol, "said his brother, Anders Beich, today.
Anders Beich is a practicing physician and health researcher specializing in prevention and abuse.
'The entries are not necessarily dangerous in itself but the ability to face adversity and solve problems weakened when we have been accustomed to a loophole away from emotional discomfort, called the use of alcohol or drugs. It is a really bad cocktail to have an uncompromising personality, take drugs and be depressed.
From time to call Ole home to his parents in Calcutta. Not to tell how it goes, but to ask if he could borrow money.
The mother and father are aware that it is wrong. That it is getting worse. They suggest repeatedly Ole to come home, but he finds it off.
They send money, sometimes to pay debts, other times to buy a plane ticket to Denmark.
They take loans in the house to afford to send more money - for the entire period exceeding 100,000 dollars in cash and plane tickets - but each time the user Ole money on drugs and never buy a ticket to Denmark.
Since Ole still comes home to Denmark in the summer of 1988, it is under tragic circumstances.
After an unsuccessful suicide attempt in which Ole runs in the wrist and being hospitalized at a hospital, takes Anders, who read medicine in Copenhagen, across the Atlantic to retrieve his big brother.
Ole lives with parents in Brisbane. He is at this stage depending on drugs and alcohol, unable to fend for themselves and live in the room, he had as a boy.
He can no longer play music in the same way. When suicide attempt he cut some nerves over in the left arm and lost part of the feeling and motor skills in some of the fingers. From time to Ole still talking about music, but friends avoids talking about Guns N 'Roses.
When Ole come to visit, saves the plate 'Appetite for Destruction' - Guns N 'Roses' big-selling debut album - behind the plate.
Oles abuse is massive. He is drinking schnapps of ølglas,'s plate, shave lotions of the bottle and eat the mother's blood pressure plays. In the end she will have to eliminate even household spirits from the house. He comes home the middle of the night and sleeps sometimes for days without showing signs of wanting to wake up, so parents several times to be nervous and after calling an ambulance.
After months without progress and without it public treatment system has something to offer, sending parents Ole at a private institution.
Here he lives only for a short time before he sticks by.
He moves only with a girlfriend and later entered with his brother in Copenhagen. It ends with the brother of the late summer of 1991 - almost simultaneously with the Guns N 'Roses publisher albums' Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II' - as a last desperate resort buy a bag Elefantøl, packages its Opel Cadet and running Ole for treatment institution Egeborg in Los Angeles.
Wednesday 16th October 1991 at half past ten in the evening calling a young man for permission.
At its run along the paths around the lakes he has seen a man wearing only underpants jump in the lake and start swimming toward the center.
As the man in the water was out of sight, the man ran on the path around the lake to the opposite wide, but could not see the man in the water.
That is why he ran into a telephone booth at Old Kongevej to summon help.
Police and fire brigade arrives at the spot minutes later. A witness on the banks explaining the police that the man in the water is his friend Ole, whom he knows from reading the institution Egeborg.
Fire fighters put two Boats in the water with two divers in each. With lights and cry, they seek after Ole, but it is almost impossible to see anything in the dark and grumsede water.
A half hour later suspended the search.
Booze and drugs in blood
The next days will continue frømænd search. Visibility in the water is about 20 centimeters, so frømændene feel up to scratch.
When they find something of interest, puts the face right up to a test to identify it. But the work is virtually impossible, and in an internal report for the fire service:
"Stop the search - we find him not!".
Only in the morning 7th November finds a passer-by a man floating in vandskorpen five feet from the bank in the northwestern corner of Sct. Jørgens Lake.
Autopsy shows that the man is 36-year-old Ole Beich. Ole drowned, but heroin and a BAC of 1.48 has been effective in death.
Ole Beich lie buried in Christchurch next to his father Shaft, who died in 1995.
Axl Rose is the only remaining member of the original Guns N 'Roses. After the commercial peak in the early 1990s the band in years against the mid-1990s to creak, and the original members except forsangeren left the band.
Today Axl Rose - who owns the name Guns N 'Roses - along with new band members at the sixth studiealbum,' Chinese Democracy '.
The story of Ole Beich and Guns N 'Roses is a journalism researcher reconstruction of real events. All descriptions and details based on sources, namely around 15 hours of interviews with Ole Beichs family, friends and fellow band from Denmark and the United States as well as an extensive photographic material, the police report on oles death, sound recordings, books and letters.
Edited by duff_rose, 03 October 2008 - 04:57 PM.