Richard Fortus Says Playing With Guns N’ Roses “Feels Like Home”
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“When I’m touring with GN’R, the stage is the most comfortable place to me — because it’s our stage, it’s our gear, it’s our in-ear mixes, it’s our physical stage. It’s the same every night, and it feels like being at home. But when you go to play a club or when you go to sit in with somebody, you’re nervous — because now you’re not at home; you’re at somebody else‘s home. But it’s just part of life, man. You’ve just gotta do it. And the only way to get over it is to do it.
“When I was 15 years old, I was playing clubs — every weekend, we were playing clubs, my band,” he continued. “I grew up in St. Louis, and there were underage clubs. So I would play every week at an underage club, and we would play different underage clubs, and parties and stuff. And that’s how I got over that; it became comfortable for me.”
Duff McKagan Teams Up With His Wife For New Sirius XM Show
Guns N’ Roses SUPER PUNK ROCK bassist Duff McKagan had previously hosted a show on Sirius XM on Channel 38 Boneyard called “3 Chords & The Truth.” The show is expanding a bit to now include his wife, model Susan Holmes McKagan. They made the announcement on social media as you can see here.
Axl Rose Appears on Children’s Program Scooby Doo & Guess Who?
Out of the blue Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose made a surprise TV Appearance on the children’s program “Scooby Doo & Guess Who.”
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According to the episode synopsis characters Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby take a road trip on Route 66, they come across a group of mud men who steal a mystery machine. Stuck in the desert they go to an abandoned diner where they meet Axl Rose who apparently already knows Shaggy and Scooby. As the group’s trip gets longer eventually their friends disappear leaving Axl, Shaggy and Scooby to solve their disappearances.
The episode aired on Thursday, February 25th at 6:00 p.m. PT on Boomerang, and is currently available to stream on Boomerang OTT.
DJ Ashba Reveals How He Met Axl Rose
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It would turn out that Sharon Osbourne made the introduction to Rose with Ashba revealing
“She introduced me to Axl – and I didn’t know I was on Axl’s radar, I had no idea. When I got a call, I got a call from Katie McNeil, she was my manager for many years – she called me, and I had a No. 1 song on the radio with Sixx:A.M. called ‘Life Is Beautiful.’
“And we have just gotten off of – I believe it was Crue Fest, our song was No. 1, and I got a call, and she wanted to know if I wanted to try out for Guns N’ Roses.
“I never thought I’d get it, but I was like, ‘Yeah, I just want to go hang out with Axl.’ We’re both from Indiana, I’ve always had so much respect for him.
“So yeah, I went down there, tried out and I didn’t know it, but I guessed Axl called management and said, ‘If he even shows up, he has the gig.’ I didn’t even know I was on his radar.
“Axl has his ear close to the ground, he really knows what is going on and who’s who – he’s incredibly intelligent.
“Yeah, it was a big surprise to me, I didn’t really know what I was stepping into – it was a huge surprise to me.
“I didn’t really know what I was stepping into, it was a roller coaster from there. But we had the best time, it was just so much fun, debauchery, and just, you know, three-and-a-half-hour concerts, we went around the world several times, it was just so much fun playing.
“But even though I was doing that, I had a sense of accomplishment with Sixx:A.M. because it was something Sixx-Ashba-Michael, it was something I helped create. Beautiful Creatures – same thing, I helped create that thing.
“I remember the first time I was on a tour bus with BulletBoys – I felt like I made it, but in my heart I knew, ‘Dude, this isn’t your band, you didn’t write these songs.’
“So in my heart, I was like, ‘If I could ever get back to this point with a band that I helped write the songs,’ and I did, I got back there with Beautiful Creatures.
“And we had our own bus, songs that I’d written, Warner Brothers, but it still wasn’t enough. I was like, ‘There has to be more. If I can get back there with less than five guys and do this again.’
“And I did it again with three guys, it was Sixx:A.M., and now I’m going to come back and do it with one.”