According to NME.com The 41-year-old runs a music shop in Haverhill, Suffolk (England) and still has that appetite for destruction, saying “I think I would just have to get Guns N’ Roses together ” the original line-up, mind. I am a real fan.” That’s quite a tall order, considering the years of conflict, resentment, and grudges that still exist between Axl Rose and the rest of the guys, but hey, good luck Adrian!
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Charlie Sheen has never been a man to mince words. The gloriously candid actor who brought phrases like “bi-winning” and “tiger blood” into the cultural lexicon recently turned his caustic sense of humor on a not-entirely-undeserving candidate: Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose.
At the Hollywood Walk of Fame induction of former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, Sheen noted, “It’s quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on.” He added, “This star is going to be stepped on more than the coke we did in the Eighties.” Bravo, Charlie.
Now, some might argue that Rose is too easy of a target for Sheen, whose words could seem like an unfair low blow to the beleaguered aging rocker. Yet, when you consider that Rose routinely shows up hours late for performances and that his management has banned fans from wearing Slash t-shirts at Guns N’ Roses concerts, well, Sheen’s jibes don’t seem totally unwarranted.
At least Slash clearly enjoyed them, turning and apparently stifling a laugh during Sheen’s characteristically outlandish speech. It’s the least we can expect from the wild actor who, among other strange boasts, has recently attested that he can see the ghosts of dead relatives. We’re going to let that one slide.
The current line-up of Guns N’ Roses will take the stage later tonight at London’s O2 Arena, finishing up a string of drama-filled UK tour dates. Just make sure you don’t show up in your classic Slash Tee.
NME caught up with a Guns N’ Roses fan who attended last nights show at the O2 Arena, shirtless. That’s right, when 18-year-old James Revell showed up, ticket-in-hand and shirt-on-back, security requested that he remove the offending shirt or he would not be allowed to attend the concert. NME quotes a venue worker at last night’s show as saying, “We were told by the management not to allow anyone into the O2 Arena who is wearing a Slash T-shirt and we are asking anyone who is to remove it and if they refuse they will be turned away.”
Wow. We knew Axl‘s beef with Slash cut pretty deep, just not to the point of enforcing a reverse dress code.
In the words of the surprisingly mature James Revell, “…I think that Axl Rose doesn’t appreciate his fans or anyone for that matter, he needs to grow up and stop acting like a child.”
Tyler Bryant was only eleven when he got the calling. It was in a music store where Roosevelt Twitty, a sixty-three-year-old bluesman, was playing. A decade later, Bryant’s come into his own as a blues musician. He’s got a song on Guitar Hero 5; a feature in the film Rock Prophecies alongside Santana, Beck and Slash; and serious hype from Vince Gill, who called Bryant a future guitar god. One listen to Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and you’ll realize the future is now. The band delivers sweaty and swaggering rock with plenty of blues gristle. From the droning, shivering Say A Prayer to the bruising guitars of The House that Jack Built, to the delta blues moan of Kick the Habit, Bryant and his comrades know how to give listeners a visceral thrashing. If you worship at the altar of whiskey-soaked, cigarette-singed, explosive blues rock, well, you just met your gods.
“I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia,” Rose says, in a letter he addressed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ” …and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf.”
Since the announcement of their nomination, fans have been speculating whether or not Guns’N’Roses would be reuniting to perform at the induction ceremony this Saturday, but in light of Rose’s letter, it looks like they are out of luck. In fact, although both Slash and Duff McKagan have expressed their intentions to be at the ceremony, no one really knows what to expect. Performance aside, it seems like the Hall is still pushing through with the induction.
“We are sorry he will not be able to accept his induction in person,” was all they said in response to Rose’s statement.
According to RollingStone, Green Day will be inducting Guns N’ Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14th. Former GN’R members Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum, and Dizzy Reed have confirmed they’ll be attending the ceremony in Cleveland. However, it’s possible that lead singer and last remaining original member Axl Rose may pull a no-show along with co-founding guitarist, Izzy Stradlin. If they neglect the ceremony, it’s unlikely that the band would perform without them.
If G’n’R doesn’t make it, there will still be plenty of other talent on display. In addition to Green Day, Chris Rock will induct the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bette Midler for Laura Nyro, Chuck D for the Beastie Boys, ZZ Top for Freddie King, Carole King for Don Kirshner, John Mellencamp for Donovan and Steve Van Zandt for Small Faces/Faces. Also, Robbie Robertson will attend to induct Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns, and Smokey Robinson will induct the Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Midnighters and the Miracles.