Howard Stern Praises Axl Rose and Slash
During a recent broadcast of politically correct radio host Howard Stern’s Sirius XM Radio show he discussed the band performing “Black Hole Sun” during live shows and praised guitarist Slash as a “star.” Howard discussed him playing the Godfather solo. According to fan site MarksFriggin.com:
Howard said Slash is such a star. He said he did a guitar solo that included the Godfather theme. Howard played some of that. Robin said you never hear anyone playing that. Howard said they also covered ”Black Hole Sun” during the concert. Howard said they added that to the set list after Chris Cornell died. Howard played some of that too.
Tommy Stinson Claims Axl Rose Hated Working with Queen Producer Roy Thomas Baker
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson discussed frontman Axl Rose firing Queen’s producer Roy Thomas Baker from the Chinese Democracy. Baker was one of the last producers to work on the album before Axl Rose took over the role himself. Baker worked on the record from 2000-2002. Stinson recently did a live Q&A, and he discussed how he hated working with Baker. EA recap of the discussion was posted on MyGNRForum.com.
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“Of course my obsession with GNR takes an opening to ask some questions. they were talking about producers. I ask about Roy Thomas Baker. Tommy says he could not wait for him to get fired. Hated working with him for a year and a half. Mother expletive him basically. Pompous, and other words.”
“I can see how he would clash with RTB over methods. Tommy’s roots are in punk and a one or two take recording philosophy, and Roy ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Baker is the ultimate overdub and rerecord merchant. I guess their personalities rubbed each other up the wrong way too.”
Guns N’ Roses “Superfan” Threatened With Legal Action
TMZ is reporting that Guns N’ Roses record label Universal Musical Global has threatened legal action against a fan named Rick Dunsford. The label is accusing Dunsford of leaking almost 100 unreleased tracks online after buying the recordings from a storage locker in an auction.
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Universal sent Dunsford a cease-and-desist letter and now claims he violated an earlier agreement which saw $15,000 be given to Dunsford to return the recordings.
The whole thing began when Dunsford came across a storage locker belonging to former Geffen A&R man Tom Zutaut who signed Guns N’ Roses in 1986. Zutaut came back to work with Guns N’ Roses in the early 2000’s.
Dunsford recently called into a radio show featuring Greg Dwyer and Bill Michaels where he gave his version of events saying:
“About two and a half months ago, I drove to Virginia, and there was a storage locker that belonged to Tom Zutaut, He didn’t pay his bills or something and it was auctioned off. The individual that bought the locker, there was about 20 CDs in this locker of unreleased GUNS N’ ROSES music from around ’99 to 2000 or 2001.”
Dunsford wasn’t the only fan to pay for the recordings as he revealed several other fans came together to spend $15,000 to purchase the contents of the locker. He would insist his innocence saying
“I know the seller that I bought them from was continuing to sell to other individuals,” he said, “and there was a massive leak. So pretty much, I’ve been blamed for this.”
A GUNS N’ ROSES representative told TMZ: “It is tremendously disappointing, sad, and unfortunate that a record executive involved with the band in their early years found it appropriate to auction off the unreleased materials owned by his former employer.”
I still can’t believe the label paid Dunsford $15,000.00