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Rose still captivates, even with his thorns

By Adam Graham

N early a decade of seclusion, marked by occasional fits of activity and the lingering promise of a soon-to-

be-delivered masterpiece have made Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose one of rock's most enigmatic figures.

Yet he's also frustrating, obnoxious and maniacally egotistical -- perhaps the reason Rose, 44, is the only

original member of GNR left. Rose performs Saturday at the Palace of Auburn Hills with his reconstituted

Guns N' Roses, which is part tribute band, part nostalgia act and part freak show. And if you're a rock fan,

you don't wanna miss it.

Throughout Rose's ups and downs, a hunger remains for the band's work. GNR's "Greatest Hits" record,

released in March 2004, has sold more than 3.2 million copies, and it still hangs around Billboard's Top 100,

consistently selling more than 10,000 copies a week.

Meanwhile, Rose's attitude and swagger continues to enthrall. Even though it's been 15 years since he's

done anything meaningful, he remains one of the world's biggest rock stars

Admittedly, the only thing that's changed since GNR last played The Palace in 2002 is that everyone is older.

Inexplicably, the band's forever-in-the-making "Chinese Democracy" -- rock's longest running joke -- seems

no closer to being released now than it was then.

Still, the aura and mystique that surrounds Rose is compelling enough to warrant attention. Plus, you never

know when a Guns N' Roses performance may be its last.

Welcome to the Jungle

I saw Guns N' Roses play to a sold-out at Madison Square Garden in December 2002. It was the band's

biggest show on its first full-fledged tour since 1993, and much to everyone's surprise, Rose arrived on time

and led his band through a triumphant set. Rose is a little bulkier and a little slower, but he still soaked up

the audience's loving screams.

The next night, Rose missed his show in Philadelphia -- it was reported that he was watching a basketball

game in his hotel room in New York when he was supposed to be on stage -- and fans rioted. The remainder

of the tour was sacked, and Rose, who had made unruly behavior his calling card since the band broke

through with its rip-roaring 1987 masterpiece, "Appetite for Destruction," went back into hiding, where he'd

spent much of the previous 10 years.

Earlier this year, Rose began reinserting himself into public life. Trouble followed.

In May, he fought with Tommy Hilfiger at a New York nightclub, and in June he was arrested after allegedly

biting a security guard at a Stockholm, Sweden hotel.

Rose wasn't just rabble-rousing for old time's sake. His band was performing as well, and a series of well-

received dates gave way to the band's current trek, the second tour behind the mysterious,

mythical "Chinese Democracy." Yet the album -- first announced in the late '90s -- seems only to exist in

Rose's head, and has become something of rock and roll's answer to Bigfoot.

Use Your Illusion

"Chinese Democracy" -- assuming it does, indeed, exist -- is Rose's follow-up to 1991's "Use Your Illusion" I

and II. That double album was GNR's grand, bloated and blindly defiant rock and roll opus, which was

released one week before Nirvana's "Nevermind" changed the shape and course of rock and roll in the '90s.

"Chinese Democracy" separates Rose from his contemporaries, most of whom have long since relegated

themselves to the oldies circuit.

The promise of the album -- coupled with Rose's erratic behavior -- elevates the band above retread acts

such as Poison and Mvtley Cr|e.

Although "Chinese Democracy" is rumored to be released every year, several tracks were leaked online and

GNR's management released a vague statement in September saying "there are 13 Tuesdays left between

now and the end of the year," inferring the album would be released on one of them.

However, the calendar shows we're now down to five Tuesdays. Just how long can he string fans along?

Rose once sang, "All we need is just a little patience," and he's been testing fans' patience ever since. Will

that patience pay off?

We can hope, because another teaching from the book of Axl says "nothing lasts forever, even cold

November rain."

Whether that lesson applies to his neuroses, however, remains to be seen

Source: http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artic...ION03/611240389

hey what was wrong with my post ??? edited and the smileys why did they go smileys are funny :no::P

hey what was wrong with my post ??? edited and the smileys why did they go smileys are funny :no::P

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That was about a man who wanted to show how to talk so much shit as possible in and between the lines. PURE, PURE shit all the way through. Nothing with substance. Only based on own imaginative conclusions that was builded on other previous shit. He maby added something own, and people after him will also do that.

Even speculations on this forum about when CD is coming out has MUCH more substance then that shit. I HATE READING THAT CIND OF SHIT. Not long ago an famous swedish actor sued the press for "gross slander". That was this cind of shit :rolleyes: And guess what, he won!!

They write in a way so they can technically be "unguilty" for slander, but still put in a way so the viewer get it as something else. It´s the viewer they reach so I think it´s more important how they(viewers) see it then how they technacilly write.

This is a good example of how to fool people to catch their attention in this shit. It sell more! People who don´t even giva a damn in Axl want to read this cind of shit. They want misery! That´s always selling. If he wrote how great he was only the real fans would be interested.

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