Axl Rose’s Disastrous Return With Guns N’ Roses
Today on Rock N’ Roll True Stories they take a look at Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose’s disastrous return with the band in the early 2000’s following a long period of being reclusive. Check it out below!
What’s going on my fellow rock n’ rollers. Now Guns N’ Roses were the biggest band in the world in the early 90’s, but following their epic 2.5 year long Use Your Illusion Tour from 1991 to 1993, the band fell apart. The band would try to get together to write new material between 1994 to 1997, but they couldn’t even write one complete song, which led to the departure of Slash in 1996, and bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum in 1997. It was really a combination of musical differences, business disagreements and a revolving lineup which led to a dissolution of the classic lineup. And by 1998 Axl Rose was the last member of the classic lineup still standing and he was now left to his own vices as he reassembled a completely new band from scratch and started to work on the band’s highly anticipated ‘Chinese Democracy. record. Now producers and band members, would come and ago with former Nine Inch Nails producer Sean Beaven and Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker being linked to the record. it was also during this time that Axl Rose became a recluse rarely making public appearances, but at the turn of hte milennium Axl started to finally show off his new lineup of Guns N’ Roses.with the band playing several shows in vegas in 2000 and 2001 in addition to an appearance at Rock in Rio. As As 2002 rolled around the band launched a summer tour across Europe and played some shows in Asia. As the fall approached the MTV’s VMAwere coming up and the band was set to make an appearance closing out the show. Now the band made several appearances at the VMA’s in the past most notably appearing in 1988, 1989 and 1992 with Elton John. Now most people weren’t hardcore Guns N’ Roses fans in 2002 either had no clue who was still in the band or whether they were still making music. Now Axl’s new lineup consisted of guitarist Buckethead, former Nine Inch Nails member Robin Finck, and current guitarist Richard Fortus. Also part of the lineup was punk bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Brain and keyboardist Chris Rock N’ Roll Pittman and as well as longtime member Dizzy Reed. Now Guns N’ Roses would close out the 2002 VMA’s playing a medley of some of their biggest hits including Welcome To the Jungle and Paradise City while also throwing in a song off their long awaited record Chinese Democracy with Madagscar. Now Guns N’ Roses performing at the VMA’s hadn’t been announced by the network ahead of time so it came as a lot of surprise to a lot of people. In the run up to GunsN’ Roses performance on the VMA’s that night host Jimmyfallon who himself is a big GNR fan teased the band’s appearance wearing the band’s shirt under his jacket as well as making a joke about the song Patience. Then came the time, host Jimmy Fallon introduced the band and while the band’s name was familiar, the faces were not including Rose. Gone was Rose’s slim snake like figure of the early days, instead he wore a baggy jersey to possibly hide some weight he’s gained, he also had corn rows and his face looked different as if he possibly had plastic surgery. In addition to that it appeared that Rose had lost a lot of rasp in his voice singing with a much cleaner tone and some would compare his new voice to Micky Mouse. Now following that performance the reaction was mostly poor. Axl’s new appearance would dominate a lot of the discussion following the VMA’s and he would even be mocked on saturday night live with Matt Damon impersonating the singer. Now Axl had his own reasons for why the performance was so lackluster that night. a nervous nervous wreck all that day. Huh? Well no i wasn’t that, but everything tends to go wrong in my world. Like even going to soundcheck the police wouldn’t let me down the street to go to the building. Is that right? Then the day of the show they didn’t let us go down the street and I had to get out of the car and run past the police. They are telling me i have to stop and Im like gotta to sing and the best part is as i am running down the street I had to run past all the people lined up to get into the building and they’re going hey there goes kid rock. I thought that was pretty funny. Now why would the police let you out, I’m kinda lost on that, you know it’s their loss. Just confusion, loss, not knowing what was going on, people not having people’s names on the list, not knowing what passes to check all the kinda crap. Just usual stuff going wrong for no reason. So what you’re telling me is that Axl Rose had to sneak into the MTV video music awards. Yeah basically, i had like police chasing me down the street and then our security and MTV had to clear it with them, but yeah it was very interesting. Now even his former bandmates including Slash and Duff would comment on his bizarre performance on MTV 2 years later when they appeared with their new band at the time Velvet Revolver on the Howard Stern Show. Im a big fan but it does appear that Axl lost his hair and has some sort of hair weave. I have no idea and his voice appears to been affected by something. It’s not as strong and he looks like had plastic surgery on his face. Oh dear. Yeah right. Scott did he? I dunno there’s something going on with the eyebrow part, yeah. I’ve been in the best seat in the house for 3 bands that I’ve been in right. The Cult with Ian Astbury, great frontman, right. Axl Rose great frontman right. Great frontman.Scott Weiland is the world’s greatest rock n’ roll frontman right now. Yeah he’s great, he’s great. We’ve got Scott Weiland. Now Guns N’ Roses appearance at the VMA’s was to set the stage for them touring North America for the first time since 1993.The tour was set to begin in the fall and then run through the winter of 2002. The only problem was, the tour was a disaster. the first show was set to take place in Vancouver, Canada. Axl was a no show and it ended with a riot. The band also had trouble selling out venues, playing to half empty arenas. In addition to that, Rose was still up to his usual antics showing up hours late to gigs and ranting about whatever had upset him recently. The tour lasted only about 15 dates. Then there was yet another riot on the tour in Philadelphia after Rose was apparently sick or busy watching a basketball game in his hotel room forcing clear channel broadcasting who was backing the tour to finally pull the plug. Guns N’ Roses wouldn’t tour for another 4 years and fans wouldn’t hear Chinese Democracy till 6 years later in 2008. 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