Tom Zutaut Interview
Tom Zutaut who signed Guns N’ Roses to Geffen records back in 1986 was recently interviewed. In the interview he promotes a film called American Satan that was released last October. The film follows a young band’s rise to stardom as they move to Los Angeles to chase their dreams. In the interview Tom Zutaut talks about the film and it’s parallels to his own experience in the music industry.
Blind Melon Guitarist Talks Touring with Guns N’ Roses
Blind Melon Guitarist Christopher Thorn and Jeff Ross lookalike was recently interviewed on the Appetite for Distortion Podcast. During the interview he talked a bit about Axl Rose and what it was like to tour with Guns N’ Roses in 1992 and 1993. For those who don’t know Blind Melon opened two shows in Mexico for Guns N’ Roses in 1992. Blind Melon also opened numerous dates for Guns N’ Roses during the Skin N’ Bones tour in the United States and across Europe. Shannon Hoon also made several live appearances during 1991 and 1992 with Guns N’ Roses. During the interview Thorn had this to say about Axl:
“It was a huge deal for me even at that time. They’re the biggest band in the universe at that point, there’s nobody bigger, so to sort of have Axl kind of bless you, and say, ‘I believe in these guys.’ You kind of get the finger on your head, being blessed by Axl. We knew it was a big deal, we were really grateful. We were really’ grateful, Axl was really good to us. People try to get me to say about Axl, and I can’t say anything about him, other than he might be crazy. But he was lovely to us, and he helped our career so much, and he was always so’ cool to us.”
He added, “He was crazy Axl for sure. I saw him be pretty’ crazy for sure.”
“Well people were scared the out of him, I do know that. I do know that the crew would just sort of back away whenever he would walk through the hallway. People were in fear of him, I wasn’t because he was always so cool to us because we were Shannon’s buds. He was always super cool to us, but he ran a really tight ship. People were on eggshells around him, I can tell you that.
But it was crazy, he was a perfectionist. I would see him get off stage every night and go back to his room and watch the entire performance and take notes. He was really a pro man, I got to tell you, I learned a lot about just being professional, he was very professional at that point. They were playing stadiums, and you can’t afford to just be okay when you’re playing stadiums. He took it really seriously, and ran a really tight ship, and they were amazing every night.”