It's another unseasonably hot summer day in Burbank, California. But inside a small rehearsal and recording studio on the city's industrial outskirts, five musicians are staying remarkably cool, even as they rack their brains to remember how to play a new song they're practicing.
It's now a common piece of rock and roll lore than Zakk Wylde once auditioned to join Slash in Guns N' Roses during the mid '90s. While the band ultimately decided that a two lead-player approach wouldn't work, it's fun to think about what the band would have sounded like with those two sharing guitar duties -- and apparently Zakk agrees.
Guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal has had his hand in almost every aspect of the music business. Not only has he toured with Gun N’ Roses since 2006; he also been a producer, engineer and writer. And more recently, a survivor, having walked away from a serious auto accident last May. Thal used Twitter to thank Toyota for the "functional seat belt, air bags & crumple zone, you saved my skull ..."
Guns N' Roses capped out their recent U.S. tour with two shows in Las Vegas, including one on New Year's Eve. The band livestreamed both shows via their website, and you can check out footage of the entire first concert from December 30 below.
The remaining members of Velvet Revolver -- Slash, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Dave Kushner -- are set to reunite with former lead singer Scott Weiland for a one-off charity gig in honor of the late songwriter John O’Brien.
While Axl Rose may be known for having a bit of a volatile relationship with fans from time to time, let's face it, idiots turning up to your show can happen to even the nicest of guys. Isn't that right, Mr. Grohl?.