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  1. I think Azoff had booked a tour so there were contracts, but Axl would have toured CD anyway in 2009-10. I don't think there were any contracts for the tours after that, in 2012-14, so it would have been a choice. Going by Pitman's lawsuit (also by the leaked e-mail list - I don't think it's reliable, but in this case it confirms Pitman's allegations), NuGnR the business wasn't doing well financially around 2010-11. And, most likely, the members were on salary, so probably Axl had to do more tours to make money for the band (that doesn't mean that he didn't enjoy the shows, too).
  2. The only thing that matters to me at this point is whether whatever new they release (if they release something) will be good for my taste or not. I don't care if it's CD era stuff or brand new stuff. An album consisting of CD leftovers can be good or bad, same goes for an album based on Slash's riffs, and even Izzy's contribution doesn't guarantee a good album. I don't believe in the romantic concept that the same five guys, if put together in the same room at any given time, can make magic again. They're different people now and the circumstances are different, too.
  3. He said Axl hates him and doesn't talk to him (another one in the list), and wonders why. If I had to guess, I'd say it's because he had talked to the press quite a bit and Axl doesn't like that. I don't think he had said anything bad really, but he had made some kind of personal comments.
  4. He didn't say he was fired. He said that he decided he didn't want to produce a GnR album.
  5. As far as different lineups go, there's objective legitimacy and subjective legitimacy. There are/were other bands that underwent many lineup changes and continued with only one original member. Off the top of my head: The Smashing Pumpkins, The Fall, PiL, The Sisters of Mercy... All the lineups of those bands, GnR included, are objectively legitimate, as it was the remaining member's legal right to continue under the band's name. The subjective legitimacy depends on the perception of the fans and of the public in general, i.e. whether a band is perceived as a group or as the vehicle of one or two of its members. In the case of GnR, the majority of the fans and of the general public saw it as either a group or as Axl and Slash, so the NuGnR lineups were illegitimate to their eyes; for a smaller portion of the fans, on the other hand, Axl was the driving force, so the NuGnR lineups were as legitimate as the classic lineups. The majority (or a large portion) of the fans of the other bands mentioned didn't mind. Also, other fans consider the musical direction a determining factor for the legitimacy and other fans don't. Then there are cases where even the absence of one original member makes the band illegitimate to the eyes of the fans, e.g. The Doors. So it's basically a question of the perception of the majority. To me NuGnR (with all its lineups) was a different band, but I find it pointless to debate whether it was "real" GnR or not, as it was objectively legitimate and the rest - although what the majority thinks matters and is not irrelevant - is subjective.
  6. Guns N Roses sues brewery

    On a side note, the beer lawsuit confirms (as it's been also indicated through the Trademark Office documents over the years) the legal status of GnR as a partnership.
  7. Guns N Roses sues brewery

    There is also this case pending in the US Trademark Office:
  8. Yeah, this seems to be the case. Probably the brewery company has already done deals and orders, so they want to continue with the Guns N' Rose branding without the trademark, so GN'R filed a lawsuit. I posted a link to the lawsuit in the relevant thread.
  9. Guns N Roses sues brewery

    The document of the lawsuit: https://www.docdroid.net/zZAOia1/20190509-gnr-vs-oscar-blues.pdf ---- GN'R had filed a "notice of opposition"/complaint to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in March https://tsdrsec.uspto.gov/ts/cd/casedocs/pdf/proxy?url=http://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/ttabvue-91247205-OPP-1.pdf and the brewery company abandoned its application for registration of the "Guns N' Rose" trademark https://tsdrsec.uspto.gov/ts/cd/casedocs/sn88062803/mega-bundle-download?docs=&assignments=&prosecutionHistory=3 but apparently it wants to continue selling products under the brand for another year, so GN'R filed the lawsuit. It says that the company also sells bandanas with the "Guns N' Rose" brand.
  10. I'm not sure if they have grounds to sue the cheese, as it uses a song title which is not a trademark like the band name. Maybe only for using their likeness, but I'm not sure about this either. The lawsuit/complaint to the US Trademark Office for the beer was filed by Axl, Slash and Duff as partners. Here is the document: https://tsdrsec.uspto.gov/ts/cd/casedocs/pdf/proxy?url=http://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/ttabvue-91247205-OPP-1.pdf As the article says, the brewery company abandoned its application for registration of the trademark. Document: https://tsdrsec.uspto.gov/ts/cd/casedocs/sn88062803/mega-bundle-download?docs=&assignments=&prosecutionHistory=3
  11. French rap/NTM

    Looks like it was an April Fool joke. The article was published on March 31 and its first reference link to the supposed Axl interview leads here: http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/117/432/515.gif
  12. http://www.a-4-d.com/t3894-2019-05-08-kerrang-duff-mckagan-life-loss-the-future-of-guns-n-roses
  13. Also, when there is research or sources in the videos lifted from somewhere else, it would be right to credit them, which doesn't happen sometimes. For example, most, if not all, of the research in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vf3kb-ydLo is lifted from the comments in this thread: http://www.a-4-d.com/t540-1991-09-dd-spin-guns-n-neuroses-axl
  14. Yes, he had cited them before: My early influences? Uhm, how early? I grew up as a kid listening to Elvis Presley and gospel records, you know, and then when I got older I got into greatest hits in the 70s and all that stuff, and I played piano for years so I was really into anything to do with piano, Elton John and Billy Joel and stuff like that. But then when I started singing, you know, hardcore rock and roll I was really into Dan McCafferty of Nazareth. He's my favorite singer and, you know, maybe on the next record, possibly on the next record, I've talked to him about doing a song with him and he wants to do it, and we've got the song picked out, and if it works out we'll do it. [Audio interview with Axl and Slash, June 1987] http://www.a-4-d.com/t2883-1987-06-dd-audio-interview-with-axl-and-slash-unknown-source-u-k I believe in myself and I believe in my songs and everything. I think we will get there some day. It's like this, the album 'Queen II' wasn't a very successful album for Queen in the States, but I think it is the best recorded album in the history of rock and roll, I think it is up there with 'The Wall' and Physical Graffiti, and stuff like that. So it comes down to an art thing. I am just very, very serious about doing something I believe in, at least at the moment. If I change my opinion about something I said in a song, you know, as time goes by, that's okay because that song as a reflection of where I was then. [...] Yeah, when I first got the new Queen record, 'It's A Kind Of Magic', it was out like last year or so, I heard one of the songs off it and I thought, "Oh, they sold out," but I didn't listen to it closely, I just closed my mind because I was so used to their old material. Now it's one of my favorite records. I mean, the vocals that he does on this, I compare it to some of the old stuff, and, you know, the range is much higher and there is much harder technique [?]. It was amazing. I'm glad to see that [?]. You know, when I read about Live Aid some of the reviews, like in Kerrang!, where the Queen just, the Queen was it, the Queen was the whole show, no one was as good or as bad-ass as the Queen was. That's very good for me to see. [Audio interview with Steve Harris for unknown Japanese publication, December 1987] http://www.a-4-d.com/t475-1987-12-26-telephone-interview-with-axl When Axl Rose speaks about music, you can see how much respect he has for it. You can also tell from his songwriting that it's been given a lot of nurturing -- a lot of care and thought went into each individual line. For lyrical inspiration and influence he cites ex-Elton John cohort Bernie Taupin."I think Bernie Taupin is the best lyric writer that's ever lived on the face of the earth," he tells me. "Do you know how that guy writes? He writes off the top of his head. He said, 'I can write a double album that will ship platinum -- in two hours.' He would get a trip to the Bahamas put in his contract. He'd fly there, throw his bag on the bed, pull out his notepad, write the album, Federal Express it off, and have two weeks in the Bahamas, on the beach, with nothing to do. I like his style. I also like the actual style of the way he writes. Freddie Mercury, Brian May, and Dan McCafferty of Nazareth are some other lyrical influences. The list can go on and on, but those are my favorites." [Rock Scene magazine, April 1988] http://www.a-4-d.com/t2895-1988-04-dd-rock-scene-soft-as-a-petal-sharp-as-a-thorn-axl
  15. He looks like Paul Huge a bit. But what would he be doing there with a bass? Could it be McBob?
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