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On Good Friday afternoon, 307 Downtown had Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” cranked on the stereo and at least one employee was doing front man Axl Rose’s signature snake dance.

That day the venue sent in a deposit for a solo Rose gig set for May and felt certain they had booked the biggest show ever at the venue.

By Saturday afternoon, the song and dance came to a halt: following a front-page story in the Saturday Daily Advertiser, Rose’s booking and management company was e-mailing them, asking why they were disseminating false information.

“We both came to the conclusion that it (the booking) was fraudulent,” said Chad Fouquier, 307’s entertainment coordinator.

The club says it was the victim in a scam where a booker not affiliated with Rose or his camp signed them up for a show and tried to take their money.

The fact is: Axl Rose will not be making a Lafayette stop. Although the venue sent in a deposit to secure the show, Fouquier says it hasn’t been cashed.

“The good news is they might have gotten a little sloppy when they had us deliver the deposit on Good Friday,” said Fouquier. “(It) hasn’t been cashed and we stopped payment on it. We ended up walking away scott-free on the whole deal.”

Following the scam, 307 contacted authorities in Chicago, Orlando and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and expects legal actions to be taken.


Honeytribe featuring Devon Allman - yes, that Allman family - is set to bring its own brand of sweet, abrasive, soulful, down home bluesy rock to 307 Downtown at 8 p.m. Monday. The show features special guest, local artist Jackson Scott.

Tickets are $10. But what could possibly make seeing Gregg Allman's son carry on the family tradition while cutting a new niche for himself in the music industry any sweeter? How about a chance to score tickets to a May 26 concert at 307 featuring Axl Rose performing Guns N' Roses hits before they go on sale May 6?

No, it's not a joke, according to Chad Fouquier, 307 entertainment coordinator. The club booked the special performance with Rose on Friday. Tickets are $35 and only will be sold at the Honeytribe show before May 6.

True Gn'R fans out there, at this point, are probably coming down off the extreme buzz of a potential Axl Rose show as memories of Rose's fiascoes in Canada and other notorious mishaps come flooding back. Rose is guaranteed to perform this time, Fouquier said. The contract is strict and will be enforced.

"The way the contract is worded, it protects the show from any bad incidents," he said. "If Axl doesn't show, if he drinks, if he doesn't play for any reason, he owes us what we paid to get him here, what we paid to put on the show, plus interest."

Guns N' Roses exploded onto the heavy metal, hard rock, popular and other music scenes with a vengeance in 1986 backed by the ferocious attack of its debut single, Welcome to the Jungle, a little ditty about drug addiction. Other singles from the debut disc, Appetite for Destruction, including Paradise City and Sweet Child of Mine, launched the Los Angeles-based rockers to a level of superstardom few bands ever achieve.

The hype from Appetite barely had time to fizzle before the boys followed it up with Lies, which included the power-packed acoustic single Patience, and the dual-disc masterpiece, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, which included the hit tracks November Rain, Live and Let Die, Don't Cry, Civil War, Yesterdays and You Could Be Mine.

Infighting, drug addiction, alcohol and Rose's infamous inflated ego led to the band's eventual demise in the 1990s before the band could finish, record and release Chinese Democracy, the disc that was intended to catapult the group back to into the superstar ether.

On Aug. 30, 2002, Rose reappeared after years out of the limelight. He gave what was supposed to amount to his official comeback at the MTV Video Music Awards. Guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagen and the rest of the original Gn'R line-up were not in the revamped group, which featured renowned guitarist Buckethead.

But, the performance only harbored more of the same from Rose. Scheduled Gn'R tour dates that followed the Radio City Music Hall comeback were canceled because Rose either didn't show up or refused to perform.

Fouquier said Rose requested the Lafayette performance because he wants to perform in front of a small crowd (the bar holds about 250 to 300), hang out, take pictures and sign autographs. Keep your fingers crossed.

Originally published April 15, 2006

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