28 Years Ago Guns N’ Roses Play Sweden For the First Time!
On August 16 and 17th, Guns N’ Roses performed two concerts for the first time in Stockholm, Sweden. The first show went reasonably well, but the second show saw Axl Rose show up 3 hours late to the show because he went to a nearby casino and took in a fireworks show before heading to the venue. According to a tour almanac
“At around nine o’clock, Axl comes out of the elevator at the Sheraton Hotel, but instead of going to the car that’s waiting for him, he goes and plays roulette for 1.5 hours. After that he goes back up to his room. Five minutes later he comes back down and goes to the car. On the way to the venue, he tells the driver to stop. There was a festival in Stockholm called Vattenfestivalen and Axl wanted to see the fireworks.
The show starts after eleven o’clock.
During “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”, Axl says “Now on this one maybe you people that have been falling asleep the whole ‘ show, on your feet up here could sing along too…. If you’re bored, you should’ve saved your money and gone and seen the fireworks tonight.”
Check out the news clip from the show below!
Duff McKagan Appears on the Front Cover of Bass Guitar Magazine
Susan Holmes McKagan, the wife of Duff McKagan posted on Instagram a shot of her hubby on the front cover of the UK Magazine Bass Guitar. Check it out below!
Slash Releases “Shadow Life” Live Performance From Upcoming Live DVD Release
Slash has released a new video from his upcoming Live DVD Titled “Living the Dream”, which was filmed in London at the famed Hammersmith during the group’s 2019 tour. It features two hours of live music including tracks from all four of Slash’s solo albums with live versions of “Call of the Wild” “Driving Rain,” “By the Sword,” “Back From Cali,” “Starlight,” “World on Fire” and an incredible rendition of “Anastasia,” which you watch below.
Living the Dream Tour will be released in a variety of packages including a DVD + 2 CD set, Blu-ray+2 CD, 3 LP Black Vinyl, a limited edition 3 LP Red Vinyl, digital video and audio on Sept. 20. A very limited amount of signed copies will also be available, while supplies last at this location. The DVD and Blu-ray features a bonus ‘Live in London’ mini-documentary, including interviews with Slash and Myles Kennedy, with behind-the-scenes footage of the tour. Fans can pre-order the set here.
Duff McKagan Discusses Axl Rose in New GQ Interview
Duff McKagan has told U.K.’s GQ magazine that it’s “much more fun” playing the huge stadiums with GUNS N’ ROSES now than it was performing at the small, punk rock venues when the band first started out.
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“The thing about those early, crazy GUNS gigs is that I do remember them all,” the bassist said. “They all happened before I was too far gone with booze, so I have all those memories. And Axl [Rose] and Slash and I will talk about those gigs even now. Axl has the most amazing memory for detail. It’s fun to talk about them, but I am so glad I don’t have to live through them again.
Asked if Axl and Slash have changed with age, Duff said: “Well, Slash was always pretty mellow… The thing about both those guys, but especially with Axl, is that there are no half measures. Axl never just phones it in. When it comes to his intensity level, he’s at 110 percent. And the GUNS community is so incredible that you can’t not deliver every time you play. We’ve traveled the world, and when you see women in a full hijab rocking out and flashing the devil horns, it’s just full-on. And they are just as excited about the band as the guy in Arkansas with the mullet who is headbanging and going crazy. GUNS unites a whole cross-section of humanity and it is just amazing to be a part of. So to answer your question, the intensity is definitely still there, we just don’t burn down cities when we are offstage like we used to.”
GUNS N’ ROSES recently announced another leg of their never ending “Not In This Lifetime” which starts on September 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina and will include two back-to-back nights on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, in Las Vegas at the legendary Colosseum at Caesars Palace