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  1. L' Arc 2010

    Forgot about the paparazzi incident. I remember everyone watching the video to see if Axl still had the corn rows or not. We had literally seen zero pictures of him since he left stage at the last show in 2007. I feel like even now there are the occasional photographs of him out and about between tours.
  2. L' Arc 2010

    More MSL scuttlebutt. I am too lazy to look up the original post, but it came down to rumors that Tommy Stinson was refusing to take the stage before this show, that the rest of the band was fed up with him being a drunken asshole, and that Axl had been in clsoed-door talks with Duff about possibly re-joining the group.
  3. Tommy Stinson interview from 2017

    No. Josh introduced Buckethead to Axl in late 1999/early 2000 shortly before he left. Buckethead recommended Brain for GN'R sometime in early 2000 (shortly after Josh officially left). Brain joined and started recording in mid-2000.
  4. Tommy Stinson interview from 2017

    Brain also had the Buckethead connection.
  5. Tommy Stinson interview from 2017

    Yeah, in one of the Appetite for Distortion podcasts, Brain mentioned that when he first auditioned for Guns N' Roses, he didn't really prepare, and thought he could just wing it with the more improvisational, "go with the flow," type playing he brought to Primus and Tom Waits (which isn't a knock on his playing; just a different style in those contexts). He said the initial rehearsal with Tommy was awful, and Tommy made some crack like "I thought you were a great drummer." After that, Brain requested a second rehearsal where he modified his drum kit to sound more "classic rock" and really worked to nail the songs as they were recorded, and landed the gig. Even after that, it was apparently Tommy who really worked with Brain to understand the mentality of "I'm here to play these parts as the fans want to hear them" instead of "I'm a drummer who was brought into the band to bring my unique sensibilities" (at least when it came to older material), which Brain said caused him to really dive into Steven Adler's playing style since it felt foreign to him (he said the Matt parts were more of his natural playing style). Both Brain and Tommy, in separate AfD interview, however, said they loved working with each other.
  6. Tommy Stinson interview from 2017

    Pretty nail on the head (a lot of this information came from me, and I got it from other sources). The only caveat I'd make is that I do not think Tommy and Brain ever had any sort of rift. In the Appetite for Distortion podcasts with Brain and Tommy, they both seem to speak fairly highly of the other. I think Tommy had to get Brain's ass into shape a little bit for playing in Guns N' Roses, but I do not think it became a personal thing like it did with Tommy and Buckethead.
  7. North American Tour Dates Announced

    I hate to say it, but I actually have to believe Walker on this one. Billy has turned down some festivals/opening gigs with large bands (particularly in the beginning of the last decade) because he thought Smashing Pumpkins were above those kind of shows and should be headliners. I have seen Smashing Pumpkins seven times (will be seeing them at Shaky Knees in May) and every show has been spectacular. Maybe you just don't like the band? As to why I don't travel to see GN'R, I'll ignore the smart ass tone of your questions and respond sincerely. At this point in my fan hood, I will not travel to see GN'R. Even with some new songs on the set (which I am stoked to see), nothing they have done since starting touring in 2016 has warranted my spending money to travel and see them in the hopes Axl might sound slightly raspier on "Better" than he did at a show in Atlanta. That being said, since there are new songs, and the band will play within walking distance of where I live, why the hell not.
  8. North American Tour Dates Announced

    Smashing Pumpkins are my all-time favorite band; even above GN'R. I'm bummed they won't be opening in Atlanta.
  9. North American Tour Dates Announced

    Got my ticket to Atlanta with the pre-sale. I haven't seen them since they were last in Atlanta in 2016, so they've added a bunch of songs I'd really love to see live ("Slither," "Shadow of Your Love," possibility of "Dead Horse" or "Locomotive").
  10. I just had a chance to listen to Eddie Trunk and Rick's interview. Listening to those two virgins try to out yell each other was one of the saddest things I've seen in the GN'R community in some time (and we do not have a shortage of sad going ons around here). In all seriousness though... -Rick comes across like some creepy redneck (and I am in NO WAY saying he is; just how he comes across in the interview). The parts where he was trying to rant and rave about song titles from the leaks, Team Brazil, and the "Mac Daddy" to an audience that had no idea what the hell he was talking about cracked me up. Even Trunk had to tell him to shut up. Hell, Trunk could barely contain his derision for Rick after he hung up. I understand Rick's idea was to make it public that he did not leak any audio, and call me crazy, but I believe him, but I'm guessing he has not retained legal counsel. Any lawyer would have told him to just keep his mouth shut until this blows over. -Then there's Trunk. The dude dick swings like he's some kind of music business professor - trying to lecture Rick about who owns songs - yet does not seem to understand that basic concept that the $150,000.00 per song UMG seeks are statutory copyright damages. Eddie thinks the record label tried to directly sell ownership of unreleased Guns N' Roses songs to Rick Dunsford. Trunk should be banned from talking about music ever again for having an idea that stupid. Hell, maybe instead of ranting and raving like a 16 year old girl about how he left a GN'R concert, he should read one of those books on the basics of the music business. To give credit to Trunk, I do not think he sees himself as a celebrity per se. I do believe he'd be the first person to tell you he's just a random dude whose persistence paid off. To me, his error seems to be thinking the people he interviews (especially the GN'R guys) are his personal friends. I give Trunk complete credit for scoring some great GN'R interviews; particularly with Axl. I still listen to that 2006 interview from time to time. But Trunk needs to understand that his guests come to his show to promote products and control their narratives. Just look at the Axl interviews. When Axl came to the radio station in 2006, it was on the eve of Guns n' Roses' first tour since 2002; a tour that resulted in two riots, was cancelled prematurely, and ended with Axl looking like a complete loose cannon unable to move on from the wrongs of Duff, Slash, and Izzy. Axl gave that interview because it was an easy way to show people he actually intended on showing up to the concerts, and made a lot of people realize Axl has at least one foot in the real world (and can even be charming. When Axl did the television interview in 2011, the band needed to promote a grossly undersold arena tour (when the band, at that time in the United States, was at best an amphitheater band). Also, the music press and internet were still mocking Axl relentlessly for the Rock in Rio show. Even with all that, Beta and Fenando had to essentially trick Axl into giving the interview. Sorry for the rant; just my two cents.
  11. Rick cannot go to prison from a civil suit. I suppose criminal charges could be pursued like they were in 2008, but I'm sure after that fiasco, the FBI never wants to deal with Guns n' Roses again (cannot believe I just typed that sentence).
  12. This. It's the same as the 2008 leaks of half of Chinese Democracy. The label pursued legal action, and required Guns N' Roses' management to participate. I will not place blame on the band until we receive explicit confirmation Axl approved this. They don't have time for this. They're too busy having three-hour meetings about future tours and potential crap on which to plaster the band's name. I would not entirely discount the "Tom's locker got auctioned off" theory. The band's representative gave as non-committal a response; probably to avoid making everyone look like an idiot over something so absurd actually occurring. Does Tom even work at Universal anymore? Did he even work there after Axl dismissed him in 2001? I doubt he had seen, or even thought of, that locker since then. Do you remember what was in your office desk/locker from the job you held in 2001? Also agree re: Rick. He reminds me a lot of the dude who leaked the songs in 2008 (cannot remember his name off the top of my head). It was an awesome thing to do for the fans, but putting his name out there like that (even if he did not actually leak the songs himself) was bound to raise some eyebrows internally and result in some kind of punishment. It also probably didn't help that he broadcast himself attending GN'R festival shows on the internet after the ban.
  13. Matt Sorum's Autobiography

    We need to start making requests here for other GN'R member autobiographies. -Trapped in the Vault: The Paul Tobias Story is my starter.
  14. Matt Sorum's Autobiography

    I'd be interested just to read if he talks about 1994-1997. Slash and Duff wrote about that period briefly in their books, but each of them had one foot firmly out the door during that time, so we did not get a lot of details. Sorum actually spent a good bit of time jamming with Dizzy and Paul Tobias during that time. He probably has some cool stories to tell.
  15. Europe 2020 Tour Announced

    You jest, but when they opened a show in 2014 with "You Could Be Mine," the board freaked out!