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  1. 26 points
    https://imgur.com/a/EtWY5zK This has been an amazing journey for me. And I thought I'd share my story here because maybe it'll worth someone's while. I was born and raised in Beijing, China. I started listening to GN'R when I was 14, and practically learned English through all things related to this band ever since. In 2008 I, along with two guys on the internet, collaborated online to translate Slash's autobiography into Chinese. The project did well, though as I grew and as my English level got better, there was this gnawing feeling that I could've done better. But I didn’t do anything about it for six years. 2008 was also the year Chinese Democracy was released, which sealed the fate for GN'R because they were officially banned from performing in mainland China. I knew I had to go abroad to see them live, something I had never done before. During college I realized that the goal of seeing them live would be perfectly fulfilled by going to a grad school in the US. So I studied hard for the GRE, got admitted to USC's PR program in 2012. During those two years I saw more than a dozen GN'R and ex-members’ gigs combined, including the 2012 SMKC's show at Wiltern Theater where I met Slash in person. Then came 2014, which was the year my grad school program would come to an end. I thought before I graduate I should deal with the gnawing feeling while I still have relatively more free time. So, in January 2014, I decided to re-translate the whole book. My goal was a thousand or so Chinese characters a day, and I never missed a single day. The translation process halted during summer and resumed in September, and then finally concluded on December 31 2014, with a total duration of about 9 months. I had no idea what the "proper process" for publishing a translation work was. Turns out you should almost never translate a book first and then look for publishing companies willing to undertake the project. But that's what I did. The next year saw two failed attempts at finding the right publishing company; then slowly but surely, I found the right one, which was a well-intentioned but unbelievably inefficient organization. About three years after my translation was done, in July 2017, the book came out. The Chinese version was surprisingly both commercially and critically well received. And I began to hatch the idea of giving the book to Slash himself as a gift. Would it be an awkward gift since Slash can't read Chinese at all? Maybe, but it's worth trying. I waited patiently for the right opportunity. As I had no personal connections that would allow me to inform Slash of my intention, I had to improvise. After the book was published, I went to two GN'R reunion shows (2018 Taiwan and Hong Kong) to see if there was a chance to find leaked information as to his whereabouts. But it didn't pan out. Then I learned that SMKC would perform in Beijing and Shanghai in January 2019. This sounds like my best shot. I arrived early at the venue of the Beijing show, lurked around the entrance to the backstage, talked to one of the roadies who said he'd talk to the guy handling VIP arrangement. While waiting for the other roadie who would hopefully get me inside the backstage, something magical happened: A nondescript Chinese middle-aged man who looked like a scalper walked up to me (I was with some other fans), and dropped Slash's hotel name and flight info in thick, almost unintelligible, dialect. And then he disappeared. My jaw dropped. I looked up on my phone to try to make sense of what he said. Turns out the only flight whose first class tickets almost sold out was the one he told us about. That was a promising sign. I hesitated but decided to try my luck and bought a first class ticket. Fans verified the validity of the hotel info later that night as well as the next morning. Seems like the flight info was legit indeed. I arrived at the airport, passed security check, and was advised to relax at the VIP lounge. I stepped inside, looked to my right, and there was Slash, having his lunch with his bodyguard. I waited for him to finish lunch. When he sat down with his band, I approached him, telling him that I was the translator of his book, and that I wanted to give him a copy as a gift. He seemed amused, and said: "My book? In Chinese?” And gladly accepted my request. That's how I took the photo, which was, in a sense, four years in the making. Thanks for your time for reading my story. I just got back from SMKC's Shanghai concert, and decided to share my excitement while it's fresh. P.S. I also translated and published Duff’s autobiography. Look forward to the day I present the book to him in person. Chris Liu
  2. 19 points
    You mean this? ^^ It seems like the equivalent of a director reacting to someone in his film getting an oscar by saying: Yes, but I hired him! He was only part of what made this film a success! Jesus Christ, he sounds like a little kid. Duff's reaction is the only one that is appropriate. Nice for Angie too, whoever she is. Winning an award and then having your boss belittling it and saying you're only a part of the success. Duh. I'm sure she realized that not all the fans were there for her. Might be time Fermanager realized they're not there for him either.
  3. 16 points
    Del James: Tour Manager in charge of hiring Axl some local 'talent' Fernando: Tour Manager in charge of Halloween swag, toy trucks and asking to sit in the cockpit Angie Warner: Tour Manger in charge of managing the tour
  4. 15 points
  5. 14 points
    Well I wanted to give everyone an update: They never responded to paypal's claim email within the 10 day time frame. Because of that, Paypal issued me a FULL refund! While I didn't ever get the turntable, I got the box set and a phono pre-amp for free!!! I sold my un-opened Super deluxe edition from the box set (I kept the opened one I bought in June and put it back in the box set) for $90. I found someone selling a new un-opened GNR turntable on ebay for $290 shipped and bought it. With my $90 credit from selling the SDE, I ended up paying $200 for the Turntable, Box set, and pre-amp by the time was all said and done!
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  7. 14 points
    The more important question is. Why Estranged is played very early in the set. It is absolutely out of place. The first songs are there to fire up the crowd. I saw the NITL... tour three times and so far this song has brought down the mood after the audience was so hyped up. In my opinion, this belongs in the category "Epic". And I think epic songs should be played towards the end. I also ask myself why the trilogy is played backwards. First Estranged, then November Rain and finally Don't Cry. Estranged does not feel right at the beginning of the concert, especially in summer on a bright day. The song screams for epic proportions. It needs lighting effects
  8. 11 points
    Based on the info available I'm guessing the person who does most of the tour managing without needing a boatload of attention for doing her job. Given the award I'm assuming she's good at what she does.
  9. 11 points
    It just isn't the same without Slash...
  10. 11 points
    there are actually three alternate versions the alternate version with "god" verses are Churches and Priests They're always lying to me They give me so many rules I can not comply to all this! They say God is above watching me And God is making me pay They should just get in a boat and float yeah Straight back to the hell where they came hey hey hey yeah the other two alternate versions are about people who create new accounts in forums to share true informations
  11. 10 points
    Last friday we chatted with Dave Dominguez about his time working on Chinese Democracy in 1998. He shared some stories about also working with Slash on the Curdled Movie soundtrack a few weeks before he quit GNR. He also recorded with Duff and Izzy as well. He also chatted about visiting Axl's house and what those early recording sessions with Mike clink were like in the late 90's! Discussion starts around 10-12 minutes into the interview. Enjoy! We've got another big interview coming next week with someone who worked with GNR back in the day!
  12. 10 points
    What??? she doesn't even IG her food and drinks!!! I thought that was the TM job
  13. 10 points
    Axl Rose Confronted Jim Jefferies While He Was Tripping on Mushrooms
  14. 10 points
    My favorite GNR story is one told by Matt Sorum in a magazine article. I read this a long time ago (in a galaxy far far away) so I might be a little off on the details, but here it is: It's the UYI tour, another night where the band's been sitting around for a long time drinking and waiting for Axl, so they could go on stage. So finally Matt's had enough, and says "I'm going to find out what the hell is taking him so long" (to the horror of the rest of the band). He heads out to look, and eventually enters a room where Axl is sitting on a chair in the middle of the room, holding a shotgun. Axl says, "You can leave now". So Matt turned around and got the hell out of there as fast as he could.
  15. 9 points
    She seems to have achieved everything Fernando has not, and she is same age as him, lol. It must hurt his macho ego
  16. 9 points
    Jews and Nigras They're fuckin' weird to me They got funny noses Honk if you agree Its part of this whole other Estranged-esque second half that he sings in an Elton John stylee.
  17. 9 points
    Grace thinks that tagging her in pics of Axl is a disGrace.
  18. 9 points
    Hello, NeonKinight. Thank you for asking. My name is Wagszilla or Doctor Thaddeus T. Wagszilla as I am known in my professional circles. I can tell you with 100% sincerity that yes, W. Axl Rose has had vocal polyps surgery many times in his career. How do I know? Why, jumping Jehoshaphat, I performed the surgeries myself! The surgery was performed in a hospital at an undisclosed location with dim lighting, a variety of handpicked scented candles, a small group of African witch doctors chanting quietly in unison, as Yanni's greatest hits were played in the background. All in all, it took about 3 hours per surgery. You are welcome.
  19. 8 points
  20. 8 points
    Oh, and Fermanager hired Del? LOL, pretty sure Del was around long before the Lebeis clan got lucky.
  21. 8 points
    Fermanager Rather than giving a shoutout to angie and allow her the spotlight hes saying the award isnt justified because there are 3 tour managers and its a team effort?. This band deserves a proper management representation.
  22. 8 points
  23. 8 points
    Cause slash is the creator and soul of all those solos, and he proved it on the reunion tour.
  24. 8 points
    Guns N' Roses That's what I'll someday be. Without Saul and Michael, it's Chinese Democracy. Play it backwards and you'll hear it.
  25. 8 points
    I don't need it translated. I don't even speak French, but I'll tell you what it says. "We'd love to make an album. We all want to do it, I mean I think we all want to do it. We've been focused on touring for 3 years, but it's something we'd all like to do, uhh, you know, once we settle down and start looking into what we'd like to do. Axl has a ton of material"
  26. 7 points
    what a weird metric for a chart. Top facebook live video? like, sure. Congrats I guess
  27. 7 points
    Also, it is laughable if anyone here thinks Fernando is an actual manager. He is Axl's guy. He isn't the one coming up with the tour plans and managing everyone. Slash and Duff even have their own completely separate teams. He's the ultimate hanger- on
  28. 7 points
    From what I understand, Guns N Roses played all Guns N Roses songs on that tour. Outside of the regular covers like Knockin' On Heavens Door, Live And Let Die and so on.
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  31. 7 points
    The code only works one time, I used a different email address this time and it worked again 😁 It took only 4 days to get to me, not bad for the GNR Store ... I love my new LIES shirt 🔥🔥🔥
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  33. 6 points
    Cool little interviews from japan tour. Feat steven, duff and slash Feat duff slash axl and Steven picking their favorite fan artworks Feat Axl
  34. 6 points
    I've been refreshing Axl's twitter for 24 hours waiting for his bday wishes to Adler.
  35. 6 points
    Not as cool as Slash’s post, but this is cool!
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  37. 6 points
    He's on about the same thing he's always on about: derailing every thread he can with his "that's not Guns N Roses" schitck. Which is not only old, but boring and laughable at this point.
  38. 6 points
    This was just before Christmas. Taken on the same day one year apart.
  39. 6 points
    Says you? Your entire argument seems to revolve around fish and getting fucked up the arse! You’re the political equivalent of a Led Zeppelin after show party.
  40. 6 points
  41. 5 points
    They probably put more stock in people who have actual experience and are real managers as opposed to those who pretend
  42. 5 points
    Duff, Meegan and Kat were all excited and congratulated Angie on her award while Fernando did not. So damn disrespectful to her.
  43. 5 points
    Duff's story about how he was hanging out with mountain bikers and they were hungover and told Duff that they ''partied like rockstars'' the night before because they drank a six-pack by themselves. Then Duff told them some of his rockstar stories, like drinking throw-up because there was alcohol in it, and so the mountain bikers had to admit that they ''partied like mountain bikers''.
  44. 5 points
    Fortus is a joke. Over the years Fortus did like 100 interviews. In every single one of them he has been giving so called hints. It's the same old bullshit all the time. The guy is a broken record. "hopefully" "soon" "we've been recording" "we are sharing files" I'm really fed up him and his comments about a new album.
  45. 5 points
    I think they played 8 AFD songs, Nov Rain, YCBM, Patience and covers/solos. Tommy did a cool version of 'My Generation' by The Who and Axl brought out Bubbles for 'Liquor & Whores'. But keep telling yourself whatever you need to tell yourself.
  46. 5 points
    No.....missing my left half....I'm always right.
  47. 5 points
    Ha, sounds like a porn site.
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  50. 5 points
    the last song from their first trilogy. move to the city = welcome to the jungle = one in a million, kind of tell the story and experiences of Axl n Izzy moving from Lafayette to LA. as for the rubbish the OP came out with i have no idea.