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Merck Mercuriadis, worldwide CEO for the Sanctuary Group and manager of GUNS N' ROSES, has responded to The New York Times article entitled "Success, excess and a music industry phantom" about GUNS N' ROSES' long-awaited "Chinese Democracy" album, which was dubbed by the paper "probably the most expensive recording never released." Mercuriadis' letter to The New York Times reads as follows: More...
The New York Times has published an article entitled "Success, excess and a music industry phantom" about GUNS N' ROSES' long-awaited "Chinese Democracy" album, which is dubbed by the paper "probably the most expensive recording never released." A couple of excerpts from the article follow:
When Rose missed a March 1999 deadline [to deliver "Chinese Democracy"], he set a pattern that would repeat itself for years to come: a flurry of energetic activity, followed by creative chaos and a withdrawal from the studio.
At MTV's annual awards show in 2002, publicists buzzed through the audience whispering about a big finale. And with just minutes to go in the broadcast, a screen lifted away to reveal the band and Rose, in cornrows and a sports jersey, looking strikingly young. The musicians burst into "Welcome to the Jungle", one of the original band's biggest hits, and the crowd went wild. But on television Rose quickly seemed out of breath and out of tune. He ended the performance, which included the new song "Madagascar" and the original band's hit "Paradise City", in a messianic stance, raising his arms and closing his eyes. He left the audience with a cryptic but tantalizing message: "Round one."
Round two never came.
Rose is reportedly working on the album even now. "The 'Chinese Democracy' album is very close to being completed," Merck Mercuriadis, chief executive officer of Sanctuary Group, which manages Rose, wrote in a statement. He added that other artists, including Peter Gabriel and Stevie Wonder, "have throughout their careers consistently taken similar periods of time without undeserved scrutiny as the world respects that this is what it can sometimes take to make great art." But of course, rumors of the album's imminent release have circulated since almost the very beginning of the tale, more than a decade ago.
He hasn't disappeared entirely. His voice can be heard on the latest edition in the "Grand Theft Auto" video game series, in the character of a grizzled '70s-style rock D.J. "Remember," he advises the radio station's audience, "we're not outdated, and neither is our music."
Interscope has taken "Chinese Democracy" off its schedule. Rose hasn't been seen there since last year, when he was spotted leaving the parking area beneath Interscope's offices, where witnesses reported that a small traffic jam had congealed when attendants halted other cars to clear a path for his silver Ferrari. Rose punched the gas and cruised into the day.
Read the full article at International Herald Tribune.
VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) has finally recovered his top hat, which went missing, presumed stolen at the Grammys last month. The hat was collected late Friday night (March 4) and a "small reward" was paid to the man that claimed he bought the hat from a transient for $50.00 on Hollywood Blvd. The reward was paid by BC Ethic, the company that does Slash's T-shirt line. The hat was part of a marketing campaign where it was to be replicated and personally signed, for display with the release of the Slash line, a 15-piece collection of tees, knit tops and hats.
Guns N' Roses have reportedly parted with the Geffen label and signed to the Sanctuary label. There is currently no release date set for their much delayed 'Chinese Democracy' album.
According an article in the U.K.'s The Times, Sanctuary Music Group said that it expected to generate about £50 million (approx. $94 million) from exploiting Guns N Roses hits through film soundtracks, cover versions and their use in advertisements. Sanctuary announced earlier in the week that it had acquired the publishing rights to Guns N Roses' back catalogue in a deal believed to be worth £10 million (approx. $19 million).
Deke Arlon, Sanctuary's head of publishing, said: "After The Beatles and Queen, there doesn't come much bigger in the rock canon than Guns N Roses. We spent years trying to find the right deal and we are delighted with acquiring a slice of rock history."
The notoriously unpredictable Axl Rose signed with Sanctuary after months of negotiations through his lawyers. Although rival publishers are believed to have offered more, Rose felt more comfortable with Sanctuary's business plan.
Sanctuary has also secured the rights to "Chinese Democracy", the new Guns N Roses album and all future Rose material. However, the album has no release date 12 years after work began. The effort has cost other labels £6 million (approx. $11 million) and seen off eight producers.
Ozzy Osbourne has ditched plans to link up with former Guns N' Roses star Buckethead - because the guitarist refused to lose his famous look.
The guitarist was called in as Ozzy's possible latest guitarist for this year's Ozzfest tour, but Osbourne admits he couldn't persuade the eccentric axeman to ditch his trademark KFC bucket hat and white facemask - and he refused to call him Buckethead.
Ozzy tells rock magazine Revolver: "I met him and asked him to work with me but only if he got rid of the fucking bucket.
"I came back a bit later and he's wearing this green fucking Martian's-hat thing. I said: 'Look, just be yourself.'
"He told me his name was Brian, so I said that's what I'd call him. He says: 'No one calls me Brian except my mother.' So I said: 'Pretend I'm your mum then.'"
Ozzy is now looking to reunite with former guitarist pal Zakk Wylde for the 10th anniversary tour this summer.
He adds: "He's fucking nuts. It depends on a lot of things. He'll probably be with me."
According to the German web site MediaTraffic.de, EVANESCENCE and GUNS N' ROSES had two of the world's top-selling albums of 2004. EVANESCENCE's major label debut, "Fallen", reportedly sold 7.6 million copies so far this year to land at No. 30 on the Top 40 chart. Meanwhile, GUNS N' ROSES's "Greatest Hits" is said to have shifted 5.18 copies during 2004 to secure the No. 10 slot on the chart. View the complete list at this location.
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Buckethead has recorded a song as a tribute to the DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was gunned down on Dec. 8 at a Columbus, Ohio nightclub. Download the track at this location. Several photos of Buckethead and Dimebag, taken at the NAMM 2003 convention, can be viewed at the following links: Photo#1, Photo#2, Photo#3.
The Irish Examiner is reporting that legendary guitarist Slash considered suicide after watching Axl Rose record his vocals at the final Guns N' Roses recording session. The band recorded a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" in 1994 and by that point Rose wouldn't even look at Slash. The next day, Slash decided to leave the band.
Slash, who now plays with Velvet Revolver, recalls he went home to sleep, waking up two hours later. He says: "I was suicidal. If I'd had a gun with me at that time, I probably would have done myself in. "If I'd had a half-ounce of f**king heroin with me, I probably just would've gone. It was heavy. It was a headspace I'd never been in before.
"Somehow I managed to go back to sleep. Then, when I woke up later that morning, I made a decision. I felt the whole weight of the world drop."
Metallica fans paid higher than expected prices for the band's handwritten lyrics and original album cover artwork at the first major public auction of heavy metal music memorabilia. The sale was conducted by Julien Entertainment Saturday, November 6, at the Hard Rock Cafe on West 57th Street in New York City.
"Lyrics to the group's first album in 1983, 'Kill 'Em All', handwritten by Metallica founder Lars Ulrich and early band member Cliff Burton, sold for $2,400 to more than $4,900 each. The pre-sale estimates ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 each," said auctioneer Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment of West Hollywood, California.
"There were a total of 16 different handwritten Metallica lyrics, and they sold for a combined total of $48,600. Obviously, some fans were determined to buy historic keepsakes from the band," said Julien. More...
Axl Rose plays the role of DJ Tommy 'The Nightmare' Smith in new game 'GTA: San Andreas'. The game will also include Guns n' Roses' 'Welcome To The Jungle'.
Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash took part in a photo session on September 3rd in London, England. Check out pictures from WireImage.
The first major public auction ever conducted of heavy metal music memorabilia will be held November 6 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online in conjunction with Julien Entertainment.
"The sale includes original album cover artwork, handwritten lyrics and musical instruments from Metallica, Anthrax and other heavy metal groups. Many of the Metallica items are from the collection of Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records," said Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment of West Hollywood, California.
The sale contains over 100 auction lots of awards, instruments, lyrics, artwork and documents from artists such as Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Kiss and many others. This historic offering gives fans an opportunity to obtain a piece of heavy metal music history from one of their favorite bands.
"Hard Rock Cafe was built on ground-breaking music, and we are thrilled to host the first-ever heavy metal memorabilia auction," said Don Bernstine, Hard Rock Cafe Manager of Acquisitions/Artist Relations. "The Hard Rock has the world's greatest collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, so we are a natural venue for this historic event that gives music fans the chance to own these artifacts that helped develop a new genre of music."
Auction highlights include: More...
Guitar shredder Ron Thal of the New York City-based alternative-rap-metal project BUMBLEFOOT has been asked to join GUNS N' ROSES as the replacement for Buckethead, according to a posting at www.bumblefoot.com. "Since, the rumors are already flyin', I might as well say," Ron writes on the site. "I was asked to join GUNS N' ROSES two months ago. It's not definitely happenin', we're just feelin' it out. When decisions have been made, I'll let y'all know."
Ron Thal started as a solo artist on Shrapnel/Roadrunner Records with the instrumental guitar-oriented CD "The Adventures Of Bumblefoot" in May 1995 (voted one of the Best Newcomers in Young Guitar magazine's Readers' Poll in January 1996) and the vocal "Hermit" CD in January 1997. Through his own production company, Hermit Inc., Thal (a.k.a. Bumblefoot) has released his own music, and has worked as a producer, songwriter, and hired musician. Credits include CNN, MTV, Jessica Simpson, Cher, LeAnn Rimes, and many more.
While Axl Rose puts the final touches to Chinese Democracy (that phase of the production process is scheduled through 2007), Guns N' Roses bass player Tommy Stinson is touring with a backup band, then solo, through October.
Stinson is probably known to many GN'R fans only as the guy who was standing next to the drum kit during the newest version of the band's few live shows. But to others, Stinson is known as one of Minneapolis's fearsome four, The Replacements, which he formed at the age of 13 with his brother Bob, Chris Mars and Paul Westerberg. After that storied, drunken escapade, three of the original members took off to do solo projects, with Bob passing away after years of hard living. Stinson formed Bash & Pop, which was basically his project.
Last year, he borrowed some mobile equipment from Frank Black (of Pixies fame) and started recording. That led to the solo album "Village Gorilla Head," which led to this tour. Stinson kicked things off at San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill August 28 with his opening act, Alien Crime Syndicate, which also acts as Stinson's backup band. The tour stops include his home city of Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Philly, New York, and Hoboken, N.J., plus dates in England, Scotland and Ireland.
Stinson tours Europe through October in a solo acoustic show, playing with Jesse Malin.
According to the RTL Chartshow, Kiss are the 98th most successful band in Germany based on the number of Top 10 singles. Kiss reached the Top 100 position with two Top 10 hits ("I Was Made for Lovin' You" and "God Gave Rock & Roll to You"). The most successful bands in Germany are The Beatles, followed by ABBA, The Sweet and Boney M. Top hard rock/metal bands are Scorpions at No. 29, Bon Jovi at No. 42, Rammstein at No. 59, Led Zeppelin at No. 80, Guns N Roses at No. 87 and Aerosmith at No. 89.
In other news, a KISS-themed Microsoft comic has been posted online at the GeekCulture.com web site. Check it out at this location.
People.co.uk reports that Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland freaked out during a CD signing session at the Piccadilly Virgin Megastore on Friday (September 3) in London after seeing a sticker on the band's CD which said, "Featuring members of Guns N' Roses," but contained no mention of Weiland's old band, Stone Temple Pilots. Weiland demanded the sticker be peeled off all stock and the band asked for non-alcoholic beer and fresh fruit at the appearance.
VH1.com has an article that talks about Slash's missing signature tophat and some more about Velvet Revolver's debut album, Contraband, and frontman Scott Weiland's decision not to talk to the press. Here's a taste:
Like Metallica cutting their hair and Enrique Iglesias removing his mole, Slash losing his signature top hat in the Velvet Revolver publicity shots has hardly gone unnoticed.
The legendary guitarist and his bandmates would like to make it clear, however, that journalists who have noted a total absence are not entirely accurate.
"It makes occasional appearances," drummer Matt Sorum said backstage at the KROQ Weenie Roast.
"Sometimes it's just on the stage in the corner by itself, sometimes it's on me," guitarist Dave Kushner added.
"I just need it," Slash declared with a smile, hiding behind his long locks of hair, which have not changed. "I need it close by for security, in case I get overly shy, so I can pull it over my head."
The hat is traveling with Velvet Revolver on tour, but it's made few appearances, perhaps a sign of how comfortable the guitarist is onstage with his new band. And now that the group's debut album, Contraband, is in stores, Slash only expects to have more fun playing live.
Read the full article at Vh1.com.
The U.S. District court Judge in Los Angeles turned down AXL ROSE and ex-GUNS N ROSES SLASH and DUFF MCKAGEN members to prevent Geffen Records from releasing a Guns 'n' Roses Greatest Hits record. The record, which contains 14 of the band's most well known songs, including "Welcome to the Jungle", "Sweet Child O'MIne" and "November Rain", will come out March 23rd as planned.
In a press statement, the band's management said, "Not only will audiences be misled into believing that the planned compilation is an authorized release, but [the Greatest Hits album] will hinder the release of the band's long-awaited new studio album, Chinese Democracy."
The press statement added that "there has been a massive outcry among the band's loyal audience against the Greatest Hits record" and that the fans "believe the track selection is fundamentally flawed, does not reflect the band's best work and is clearly not the ultimate package that would be selected by the band or their fanbase if they were given the opportunity."
Geffen Records has yet to issue a statement.
Guitarist Buckethead has officially left GUNS N' ROSES. According to MTV.com, Buckethead became fed up with GUNS' inability to complete an album or tour and stopped working the group late last year, his manager said.
Although Buckethead appeared on the green carpet at the Grammy Awards last month and was introduced by PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC bassist Bootsy Collins as a member of GUNS N' ROSES, he had already told GUNS frontman Axl Rose he no longer wanted to be in the band, the manager told MTV.com.
The guitarist will now focus on numerous projects, including two solo albums — "Population Overdrive" and "Cuckoo Clocks of Hell" — which are due this summer.
GUNS N' ROSES are scheduled to headline the Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 30. It is unclear whether the band will have a new guitarist by then. GUNS N' ROSES' label would not comment on Buckethead's departure, according to MTV.com.