As it’s the 33rd anniversary of Guns and Roses Appetite For Destruction and it was Slash’s 55th birthday yesterday. I thought I’d post some of G N’ R’s most crazy stories as part of my ongoing musician stories.
Axl Rose Slept With His Band Mates Girlfriend And Recorded It For A Track.
In 1987 Adriana Smith caught her boyfriend cheating: That boyfriend happened to be G N’ R drummer Steven Adler. So when Axl Rose invited the 19-year-old into the studio to help with some last-minute overdubs on “Rocket Queen,” Smith didn’t mind that her contribution would be to moan as loud as possible while she and the singer had sex. This was Smith’s chance for revenge on Adler, and anyway she was drunk and thought Axl was “fuckin’ magical.”
Axl repeatedly expressed concern with the verisimilitude of Smith’s performance during the session, growling, “Come on, Adriana, make it real. Stop faking!” at one point. Smith later regretted participating in the stunt, saying the “guilt and shame” it caused her contributed to her addiction. She’s now a drug and alcohol counselor.
That Time Axl Rose Punched David Bowie.
Axl Rose’s short fuse made him plenty of enemies, but after he punched David Bowie, he somehow managed to make a friend. Bowie showed up on the video set of “It’s So Easy,” where he apparently paid too much attention to Axl’s girlfriend Erin Everly. Axl handled the situation in the expected fashion, punching the Thin White Duke and throwing him off the set. Bowie quickly apologized and the two went out for a long night of boozing at the China Club.
Tripping on drugs, Slash once ran naked around a golf course.
The routine of being on the road was all that was keeping Slash from his addiction. As soon as they were done touring, Slash said “It turned out to be the start of a long and nightmarish obsession with heroin that lasted from 1989 through 1991.”
After taking a combination of cocaine and herion, he recalls seeing “predators with rubbery-looking dreadlocks chasing after him with machine guns and harpoons.” He ended up punching through a glass door and even grabbing a maid as a ‘human shield’.
He told the police about the experience in great detail, saying: “I was still high enough that I told the story without a shred of self-consciousness.”
Guns N’ Roses Turn Los Angeles Alley Into A Den Of Sin
“We sold drugs. We sold girls. If one of the guys was fucking a girl in our sleeping loft, we’d ransack the girl’s purse while he was doing her,”
Izzy Stradlin said in the book Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N’ Roses. “We managed.” Los Angeles city officials designated the name “Lot Number 619” to the alley behind where the band lived — a place that developed a reputation for heroin, porn, bogus drugs and whoring beyond the band’s raucous parties.
Axl Rose Shocks The World With Racist And Homophobic Slurs
Public figures from Tipper Gore to Boy George to Arsenio Hall lined up to condemn “One in a Million.” Actually, just about everyone did but Sean Penn, who defended it.
The lyrics of the “One in a Million” were undeniably nasty: On one verse Axl spits “get out my way” at at a group he calls “niggers”; another verse claims that “immigrants and faggots … come to our country” to “start some mini Iran/Or spread some fuckin’ disease.” On top of everything, Rose had a gift for explaining his most offensive moments in even more offensive ways. The N-word? “Why can black people go up to each other and say ‘nigger,’ but when a white guy does it, all of a sudden it’s a big put-down?” The f-word? “I’ve had some very bad experiences with homosexuals. … [But] I’m not against them doing what they do as long as they’re not forcing it upon me.” Or, as the non-apology apology on the cover of G N’ R Lies put it: “This song is very simple and extremely generic or generalized, my apologies to those who may take offense.”