Why Guns N’ Roses Said “No” To Touring With The Rolling Stones

Axl Rose and Slash, Guns N' Roses 1987 Credit Marc Canter

Guns N’ Roses Former Manager Turned Down The Rolling Stones Tour

In a new interview with podcaster Mitch Lafon, Guns N’ Roses former manager Alan Niven discussed why he turned down the opportunity for the band to open for The Rolling Stones revealing.

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“Guns N’ Roses were offered the entire  ‘Steel Wheels’ tour (1989), but for reasons that you can research – I felt that that would be a disaster and passed on it, but we did end up getting an offer from Mr. Jagger to open in LA at two shows at the Coliseum.

“We ended up selling four shows at the Coliseum and doing that and getting paid a very handsome salary. The best part of it all was how Axl [Rose] arrived for the first show. Because he locked himself in his apartment, and we were half an hour from stage time, and he still hadn’t shown up at the gig.

“I talked to Michael, the production manager for The Rolling Stones – he was a really cool and level-headed guy, as you’d expect around that class of band – I said, ‘Do you have a friend in the LAPD who will do something without asking questions?’

“He said, ‘Yes, and I don’t know what you want to ask him, so I’m going to leave the room.’ And this guy came in, and I gave him specific instructions.

“I told him where Axl is, gave him the address, and I said, ‘You send two uniforms right there in a black and white right now, and if they have to kick the door down and put him in handcuffs…’

“That’s what they did. They put him in back in black and white, and they brought him as fast as possible, right now. And that’s how Axl arrived to the first show opening for The Rolling Stones: in the back of a police car under the threat of handcuffs.”

Initially, The Stones offered Guns N’ Roses $50,000 per show, but the band’s management countered with $250,000 per show making the band a cool million for the four nights. The performance would end in disaster after frontman Axl Rose made his problems with the band public during the first night.


Matt Sorum Talks About Scott Weiland Being “Darker” Than Axl Rose

Guns N’ Roses former Drummer Matt Sorum was recently interviewed on the Josh Adam Meyeres podcast and talked about lead singers disease and what it was like working with singers Axl Rose and Scott Weiland. Sorum is about to release his autobiography titled ‘Double Talkin’ Jive.” He said the following:

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“Being in Guns N’ Roses, that was a dangerous rock ‘n’ roll band. You never knew what you’re going to get from Axl Rose, if he’s gonna come out and give you the show he’s gonna give you, you don’t know if that’s going to be good or bad or otherwise.

“It never was bad, don’t get me wrong, when I was in the band. If he was in a bad mood, that was a great show. It was like, you know, all energy went into what we did on stage.

“And there were nights we went up there and we weren’t even talking to each other, but man, we would throw down, because, for rock ‘n’ roll, you would channel that energy into that performance, and you could be pissed off, and I could smack the drums twice as hard or whatever I wanted to do.

“When Axl came with that kind of energy, it was like, ‘Uh-oh, watch out, this is gonna be some hair-raising stuff.’ And there are great attributes about that, and I look back in retrospect, and – why would you want the guy any other way?

“The same thing with Weiland; Scott could come out one night, he’d be like, ‘Whoa, what’s going on?’, and you wanted to kind of go, ‘Dude, can we kind of pull that together?’

“But it just didn’t go that way, and unfortunately, that was a different sort of thing. Scott was being drawn by a different sort of energy, obviously, darker energy. But man, he could be great some nights. He would come out, you’d just be, ‘Oh my god!'”

Cheap Trick At The Budokan Discussed By Matt Sorum

Guns N’ Roses ex-drummer Matt Sorum was recently on Josh Adam Meyeres YouTube Channel to talk about one of the greatest live records of all time Cheap Trick at Budokan. Check out the hour long discussion below and don’t forget to pickup Sorum’s new book titled “Double Talkin’ Jive.” this July! 

Matt Sorum Reveals Guns N’ Roses Greatest Gig

Ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum appeared on The 500 With Josh Adam Meyers.

The drummer was on there to promote his new autobiography coming out this July titled “Double Talkin’ Jive” named after the Guns N’ Roses song from “Use Your Illusion 1” record.

During the conversation Sorum revealed what he thought was Guns N’ Roses best gig during his time with the band and praised Axl Rose’s performance at the 1992 Freddie Mercury tribute show saying

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“Probably one of my greatest experiences was The Freddie Mercury Tribute, which was done at Wembley Stadium [in London, UK, on April 20, 1992], and we were invited to open the show.

“It was us and Metallica, and then Queen came out; you can watch it on YouTube, it’s probably one of the most incredible shows. I mean, backstage was David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Robert Plant, Elton [John]…

“Elton and Axl [Rose] did ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ You’ve gotta watch it; they just crushed.

“I’ve gotta say, that night was just… I remember meeting Elizabeth Taylor – it’s in my book. I drank with Liza Minnelli and George Michael. [Laughs]

“Just, one of those nights that you just will never, ever be able to… It was sort of like being in a dream world. Walking out, going, ‘Wow!’ Wembley Stadium – sold out.

“When I look back at – especially Guns N’ Roses, it’s just sort of a surreal feeling. It’s almost like watching a movie, somebody else’s movie, and you’re in it. It’s just so weird.