From a young kid in Indiana whose first concert was Motley Crue’s Girls, Girls, Girls tour to playing Brazil’s massive Rock In Rio Festival, DJ Ashba has taken his creative talents and become an integral part of two of the most successful bands on the planet. With a top 10 album in This Is Gonna Hurt with Sixx:A.M. earlier this year and now playing live beside one of rock’s most iconic vocalists, Axl Rose, you could say Ashba is having a pretty good 2011.
With the current incarnation of Guns N' Roses on tour and the pending Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod, a lot -- well, more than usual -- of speculation about the original lineup of GNR getting back together, at least for a performance at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
As a proud Guns N' Roses historian, I've read my fair share of GNR-related books and in a way was kind of dreading another one. I had read Slash's autobiography the day it came out, and while it proved to be a very informative read and a good look into Slash's side of the Guns saga, it ultimately felt like the voice of my longtime guitar hero was a bit lacking.
Axl Rose took a bit of a spill during GNR's recent concert in Mexico City. The singer slipped during a rendition of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," hitting the ground but continuing to sing. Rose stayed down for a moment, looking like he had twisted his ankle, but soon popped back up to cheers of support from the audience.
As Guitar World's leading Axl Rose sympathizer, I felt it was my duty to bring you this video of a surprisingly candid Axl hanging out with some fans at his hotel in Paraguay. I'm claiming this as guitar related, because he's talking about none other than his former guitarist, Slash.
Rumors, tall tales, strange stories -- all are part of the Guns N' Roses mystique. So when the grapevine had it that Slash was collaborating with Michael Jackson, jamming with Bob Dylan, trading licks with Iggy Pop and returning to the studio with Guns N' Roses, it seemed best to file the rumors alongside a recent tabloid report that Noah's Ark was built by space aliens.
It's another perfect wreck of a Sunday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles. While thousands of dazed denizens attempt to piece together fragments of the previous night's misadventures for either themselves or some like-minded compatriots, the very object of many of their fantasies is polishing off his morning cocktail.
Guns N’ Roses were often compared to the Rolling Stones, and if Appetite For Destruction was Guns’ Sticky Fingers, the Use Your Illusion albums would have to be their Exile on Main St. Like Exile, Use Your Illusion I & II won’t be remembered for the hits, but as a strong, collective statement made by a band at the pinnacle of their creativity.