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GUNS N' ROSES Play Surprise Acoustic Gig In New York City

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TITLE: GUNS N' ROSES Play Surprise Acoustic Gig In New York City

DATE: May 19, 2006

TEXT:

A BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitor by the name of Matt Goldenberg has submitted the following report:

"Okay... I can't really tell you how I found out or how I got on the list without betraying a friend's confidence, but I got a call around 6 p.m. [on Thursday, May 18] that Rosario Dawson, the actress from 'Rent', 'Alexander', etc., was having a birthday party tonight at a small club near my apartment [in New York City] that I'm told is called Plum (I feel like an idiot but I honestly have never seen a name on the marquee and now I can't find a club called Plum on CitySearch.com, so I apologize if that's not right) and that GUNS N' ROSES WERE GOING TO PLAY. Some of my co-workers and I were able to get our names on

the list. I was told to keep my mouth shut because it was all supposed to be a secret.

"Anyways, I have been here once or twice before, and it's a pretty small, chic nightclub. It has two floors and holds maybe 800, 900 people tops — someone told me capacity is actually around 500 people, I don't know how accurate that is and tonight, it was definately filled wwwaaaayyyy beyond capacity. I don't mean to make light of a tragedy but if God forbid there had been a fire, it would have been The Station x10.

"So doors are at 11 p.m. and we show up around 12:30 a.m. and... we're told we can't go in. Allegedly Axl [Rose, GUNS N' ROSES frontman] got into a fight with a clubgoer (I can't verify this) and they subsequently shut down the doors. Of the dozen or so people I was with, all but my friend Ken split. It was at that point that Ken had the brilliant idea that maybe now they would let us in since there was just two of us. We pleaded with a bouncer who verified that we were actually on the list and — yes! — we were in.

"Like I said, the place was packed, but we managed to find another good friend who had a table up front near the stage. The joint was crawling with celebrities: Kid Rock, Mickey Rourke, Eric Balfour, and God knows who else. On the way up I heard buzz first that the original band was there (which I knew was B.S.), and then buzz that it was just Axl and Izzy [stradlin] and Matt Sorum (which seemed feasible in light of Axl's recently making-nice with both former Gunners). I saw Dizzy [Reed, GNR keyboardist] wandering around

before we took our spot upfront, maybe five or ten feet from where the band was and right next to Del James [Axl's longtime friend/assistant].

"The band finally came a little after 1 a.m. I think. The stage was incredibly small and everyone surged forward to the point where tables were knocked over; my legs and feet are currently soaked in champagne and God knows what else. Anyway, Izzy and Matt were NOT there (or if they were, they didn't play), and if Brain [drummer] was there, I didn't see him, either.

"But Axl, Robin [Finck], Richard [Fortus], Tommy [stinson], Bumblefoot, Dizzy and Chris [Pittman] all took the stage. Everyone played acoustically except Robinwho played a semi-hollow Gibson, and Tommy, who played his usual bass; for 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door', Robin and Richard switched instruments. Chris and Dizzy played maracas, congos, tambourines, and occasionally the keyboard, which was crammed in the corner. Axl introduced the show as the 'karaoke version' of GN'R as a movie screen-sized monitor with all his lyrics was behind him.

"Everyone seemed to be in a great mood; they played some old tunes from 'Lies' that they haven't done since Slash was in the band, and Axl said they had learned the songs just 20 minutes before arriving at the club.

"Before 'I.R.S.', Axl asked the band if they felt like trying it even though they hadn't rehearsed it, and Tommy screamed out 'I'm fucking fearless, I'll try anything!' The three solos in 'November Rain' were handled as they have been (Richard Fortus does the first one, Robin Finck does the second one, and Bumblefoot does the big closing one) except that Richard and Bumblefoot played their solos acoustically, which sounded pretty awesome.

"Needless to say, the whole place went apeshit... it was a really intimate, really amazing show and a nice way to close out the week after the four Hammerstein gigs. I don't remember the precise order of the set list but here is what they played:

01. Used To Love Her

02. Mr. Brownstone

03. Welcome To The Jungle

04. You're Crazy ('Lies' version, not the 'Appetite' version)

05. Patience

06. Knockin' On Heaven's Door

07. The Blues

08. I.R.S.

09. Sweet Child O' Mine

10. November Rain (Axl on keyboards)

11. Paradise City

"I don't think I missed any songs; the whole show lasted a little over an hour, maybe. At the end, Axl came back out and said, 'I forgot to do something because I'm a fucking idiot,' before bringing Rosario Dawson out on stage and leading the audience in a rendition of 'Happy Birthday.' Then Rosario grabbed the mike and went nuts — 'THEY'VE NEVER PLAYED ALL ACOUSTIC, THIS IS HISTORY IN THE MAKING, HOW MUCH DOES

THIS MAN FUCKING ROCK,' etc."

(Thanks: Matt Goldenberg)

SOURCE: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermo...ewsitemID=52498

RELATED DISCUSSION: http://www.mygnrforum.com/index.php?showtopic=71685

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And another post - from the same party - this one about a fight that broke out between Tommy Hilfiger and Axl.

From Metal Sludge:

Hiya,

I'm on tour in ????????? right now, but I just heard some stuff , if this is any use to you. Please don't use my name as your source. Guns n Roses did a secret gig at this club called Plumm on 14th Street. They pre-empted a party for 30 doctors, apparently there was quite a star-studded guest list (Rosario Dawson (it was her birhtday party), Mickey Rourke, Lenny Kravitz).

Axl and Tommy Hilfiger got into a fist fight and Tommy Hilfiger got thrown out on his ass. Supposedly, he threw the first punch. Axl was overheard saying about Hilfiger "I didn't even know who he was, but he was a complete psycho bitch."

Lenny Kravitz left after the fight, probably in soildarity with Hilfiger, before the show, proving he chooses fashion over rock. Kid Rock hung out smoking cigars and drinking and wondering why Axl didn't invite him on stage like he did last night.

It was apparently a show where they played tapes of original GNR songs and Axl and his band sang along onstage and the lyrics were printed behind them on a big screen, just like a karaoke bar. Do they always play with backing tapes? Everyone's saying that it is not a real live band. FYI, this is going to be big news in NY, probably tomorrow,. I'm telling it to you before it appears anywhere in print. I hope you remember this when I need something from MS.

Thank you drive thru! Axl was also on KROQ in Los Angeles today and commented on all of this nonsense.

http://www.metalsludge.tv/home/index.php?o...d=1307&Itemid=1

(Metal Sludge took info from htgth)

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DATE: May 19, 2006

SOURCE: New York Post

More on the Tommy Hilfiger/Axl fight:

PLUM PUNCH

19 May 2006

New York Post

© 2006 N.Y.P. Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved.

Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger better watch out the next time he runs into Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose. Hilfiger and Rose got into a heated argument last night at the trendy Chelsea nightspot Plum, sources told The Post. Rose, who was there to put on an acoustic guitar show, got into a heated row with Hilfiger for reasons that remain mysterious. Not happy with how the verbal exchange was going, Hilfiger punched Rose in the face, leaving a red mark under Rose's eye, witnesses said. Hilfiger was promptly escorted out of the club by security guards.

Rose stayed and eventually perpormed for the crowd.

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Statement Issued by Sanctuary About The Hilfiger/Axl fight:

Get In The Ring!

Tommy Hilfiger was carried away by his own security people kicking and screaming after attempting to pick a fight with Guns N' Roses main man Axl Rose at The Plumm on Thursday night.

According to The Plumm owner Noel Ashman, Hilfiger who took two swings at Rose, was fortunate that he found Rose in good spirits and a forgiving mood. Ashman said "Axl was a gentleman and had the good sense not to retaliate as he would have done some serious damage to Hilfiger."

Rose, who was at the club to play a surprise acoustic set with his band Guns N' Roses for actress Rosario Dawson's birthday party, filled out a police report and later dedicated the song "You're Crazy" to "My good friend Tommy Hilfiger" during the band's scorching performance, which left the way beyond capacity crowd screaming for more and gasping for air well into the wee hours of the morning. Said birthday girl Dawson of Rose: "They've never played all acoustic, this is history in the making, how much does this fucking man rock?!"

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