Alan Niven, Former Manager of Guns N’ Roses Regretted Backing Axl Rose’s Recording of “One in a Million”
In the statement, he said he regretted backing Axl Rose in recording “One in a Million”, which featured racial slurs, though Rose later said were not intended to be seen as racist and that there were a variety of reasons why he used the slur, including that it was taboo, and comparing it to a John Lennon song.
The former tour manager of Guns n Roses has an integrity that matches his math; my contract with Guns n Roses was finally signed October 1986. I had started working with the band in August. Mr. Rose walked away from his obligations to the extended contract in March of 1991.
To my eternal regret I backed Mr. Rose in recording ‘One In A Million’. At that point I still believed he was not a gratuitous artist in his composing. I still believed him to be an artist, for that matter. He did not wear Manson T.shirts under my watch. He did not wear T. shirts denigrating Christ.
Furthermore Mr. Goldstein had absolutely nothing to do with the manner in which I brought David Geffen to the renegotiation table. I did not participate in those re-negotiations, or sign off on their content, since, dismissed, I no longer had responsibility for such negotiations. In that period I also supervised the renegotiation of the Artemis and Brockum contracts and directed Bill Elson of ICM to contract the initial dates of the upcoming tour.
Without doubt we can all say that Mr Goldstein presided over the rapid disintegration of the band. I, myself, have no doubt my exit was designed to allow Mr. Rose, to take over name, copyrights, etc. depriving the rest of the band.
The only people casting spells were Sharon Maynard, of whom I was unaware, and Mr. Goldstein, who directed her as to whom he wanted out of the picture. Yoda obliged by dismissing certain people’s images to Rose, and Goldstein, who by his own admission, in a bizarre letter that was posted on the internet, paid her. In the end one usually finds that evil is actually more banal than we fear, and based in greed and ego.
Didn’t get an awful lot done after 1991, now did they? By contrast I took an unwanted band to Wembley Stadium, my last act being putting that London show on sale.
I am long married to a light worker, renown in this area, my friends know my spirituality and that our home is full of positive spiritual talismen. By contrast, just last month I was warned that Mr. Goldstein was roaming the Southwest in a mobile home full of weapons. Do I think Mr. Goldstein and Mr. Rose are banal? You might ask that but I could not possibly comment, beyond saying …
“his statement is just crazy pants.”
Goldstein tweeted a couple of days ago to current Guns N’ Roses manager Fernando Lebeis, “@FLebeis you guys are UNREAL! Niven was with GNR for 3 years and hired a Satan specialist to cast spells on Axl and myself.. I was with Axl for 17 years and more than doubled the bands royalty rate. Niven gets thanked on the new boxset, and NOTHING mentioning me.. WOW.”
@FLebeis you guys are UNREAL!
Niven was with GNR for 3 years and hired a Satan specialist to cast spells on Axl and myself.. I was with Axl for 17 years and more than doubled the bands royalty rate. Niven gets thanked on the new boxset, and NOTHING mentioning me.. WOW