Izzy Stradlin’s Axl Rose Guns N’ Roses Rant Revealed!
Alan Niven appeared on Brando’s Appetite for Distortion podcast where he revealed Izzy’s rant against frontman Axl Rose.
According to Alternative Nation
Former Guns N’ Roses manager Alan Niven was featured as a guest on a recent edition of the podcast, Appetite for Distortion. Here, Niven discusses a vulgar Izzy Stradlin rant about famed Guns N’ Roses frontman, Axl Rose, as well as comparing Guns N’ Roses to his first project as a manager, Great White.
Alternative Nation transcribed the comments.
Niven: Well, Great White was the first band that I ever managed and there was lightheartedness about that project. We went through some difficult times and we got a recording contract in 1983, followed by getting thrown off that label in 1984. Usually, when a band is thrown off a label after their debut album, the conventional wisdom in Hollywood is: ‘they’re done. Nobody wants to know [you].’
Niven: My point of view is a little bit different, my point of view is if we were worth signing in 1983, we’re damn worth more now with we’ve had a year on the road with the likes of Whitesnake and Judas Priest as well as going through a major recording process and being on a very fast, very steep learning curve for the better part of a year. We are all better now than we were in 1983 and our relationship with EMI-USA might have gone to but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a good relationship with another label. Ironically, it took me a year and a half to re-invent the band and get them re-signed. We would end up on Capitol, which was the label that owned EMI: USA. How ironic is that?
Niven: It wasn’t all beer and skittles all the way. We had adversity and we had to hold together, stay together and apply our intelligence as well as our skills and our talents to go after what we all wanted to go after. In general, there was a lightheartedness about it and Jack Russell, bless his heart for all of his incredible faults that he’ll readily admit during this time in his life. Russell was a very amusing person; he was a lot o
f fun at times. When I took on GNR it immediately felt like more of a strain and more work. There was a good amount of stress around that entity from the get-go.
Niven: I’ll never forget Izzy [Stradlin} bursting into my hotel room on about the third date of the first national tour that the band had done, they were opening for The Cult. Izzy just bursts into my door, doesn’t even say ‘hello’ or anything, just pushes past me, flops onto the sofa, looks at me and I go
Niven: ‘Izzy, what up?’
Izzy looks at me and goes:
‘That guy makes us miserable every day.’
And I look at him and go
‘Yeah, well you know Axl’s got issues. We know this, he’s Axl, but we are on tour. Let’s see what’s working and what the bright side is.’
The point was, it was stress and anxiety around that entity from the very get-go. It wasn’t particularly lighthearted.