BAD BREAK: Axl Rose Breaks Foot On Heels Of First GnR Reunion Gig

Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses frontman, has broken his foot on the heels of the band’s first reunion show, which took place in Los Angeles last Friday night.

The original lineup for Guns N’ Roses performed for the first time in decades at The Troubadour last Friday.

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Rose revealed the news through his official Twitter account. “This is what can happen when you do something you haven’t done in nearly over 23 years,” he wrote. Continue reading

SLASH: AXL And I Are COOL Again

In a new interview on Swedish TV, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Slash says he has reconciled with his nemesis, Axl Rose.

Slash, promoting the new Marshall London Cell phone, was asked while appearing on Aftonbladet TV,

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“I’ve heard that you’ve made friends with Axl Rose again.” Instead of dismissing the comment, Slash confirmed the news, saying, Continue reading

VIDEO: Scott Weiland Completely Sloshed Singing Vasoline

Scott Weiland maintains he was not on drugs during this performance of Stone Temple Pilots, Vasoline, but the video speaks for itself.

Weiland, a known druggie, was performing with his other band, The Wildabouts, Tuesday in Texas, when he delivered what may be his worst vocal ever.

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Weiland’s rep acknowledges it wasn’t Scott’s best work — but says it was a “perfect storm” of Scott being tired and having a couple of drinks before the show. Continue reading

Guns N’ Roses Hard Rock Residency Ticket Sales Crisis

Guns N’ Roses’ upcoming “An Evening of Destruction. No Trickery!” OPENING NIGHT at The Joint in Las Vegas, is experiencing a case of the “blahs” when it comes to ticket sales.

The debut concert is set to go off May 21st, but way over a month after going onsale, every section, (with the exception of the cheap seats, usually blocked out in advance for casino guests,) are still available.

In the image below, the areas marked out in orange are still unsold, which basically represents the entire venue.
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AXL ROSE BLOWS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY (VIDEO)

Gilby Clarke, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Slash and Steven Adler, pictured here, all showed up to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday in Cleveland, OH, to accept their honor of being apart of Guns N Roses at one time.

Not truly pictured here who should have been, is Axl Rose (falsely inserted in on far right in photo), who used to sing for the original Guns N’ Roses band, but then formed his own newer version of GnR. Myles Kennedy, who is not in the photo, sang at the concert last night, in place of Rose.

Both former GNR drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum both showed up, being cool to one another. Guitarist Gilby Clarke, who replaced GNR’s Izzy Stradlin on guitar back in the early 90’s, played in the concert last night with the guys as well.

When “Green Day” singer Billie Joe Armstrong delivered the GnR introduction speech, he insulted the audience when they were booing Axl Rose’s name. Armstrong said to the crowd, “Shut up. He was the greatest frontman to ever step in front of a microphone.” He paused, then added: “But he is … crazy. And I can vouch for that.”

Chris Rock was also hired to do some introductory speaking, and took a hilarious stab at Rose as well saying to the crowd, “A lot of people are disappointed that Axl Rose isn’t here, but let’s face it, even if he was going to be here, he still wouldn’t be here yet.” Rose is known for being late to shows.

The reformed band played songs “Mr. Brownstone”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City”. Other inductee band “Red Hot Chili Peppers” also played later on the night around 1 a.m. Other inductees were Beastie Boys, Donovan, the Small Faces and Faces, and Laura Nyro.

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Axl Rose Open Letter to Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (Entire Letter)

Rose’s open letter is printed in its entirety below.

To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,

When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.

Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.

Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.

For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.

That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”.

This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.

In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.

The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba.

Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.

There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.

Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense.

But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.

In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.

I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!

Sincerely,

Axl Rose

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III

Indianapolis 500 Weekend: Carburetion Day, IZOD’s “Race to the Party” and Hellboy Saves the Day!

***Full picture gallery at bottom plus footage from Carb Day and IZOD’s “Race to the Party”!!!***

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I just love visiting my hometown Indianapolis, Indiana during Memorial Day weekend! The Memorial weekend fun is doubled, because the Indianapolis 500 has sponsored events in the city all weekend leading up to the Sunday race. Friday, there was “Carburetion Day” at the track. This is when all of the drivers get to practice on the track, and there are also pit-stop challenges. Although I really enjoy the racing part, I also love going to people watch! You can guarantee you’ll run into an old high school buddy, maybe an old teacher or even a cousin! The most interesting people watching part is the drinking that goes on there. 1 out of 5 people bring a cooler of beer. People get so drunk all day, in the hot sun, and things are way out of control by the time the official Carburetion Day band goes on. It is worth seeing the shenanigans!

Then Saturday arrived too fast! More parties all over Indianapolis! First, my Mom Nancy and I enjoyed the free “Darling Stilettos” concert on Monument Circle. “Guns N’ Roses” and “Velvet Revolver” drummer Matt Sorum backed the 4 girls up as they tore down the stage with their sexy rock n’ roll act. I must say, they are definitely in close comparison to the “Pussycat Dolls”, but way edgier and cooler. Nice one guys!

Darling Stilettos in action

After the concert, we then went to IZOD’s “Race to the Party” event on Monument Circle. I must say that I was very impressed already, just by looking at the outside decor of the party. There was a huge Hollywood style red carpet with IZOD models on deck posing with guests. There were pretty ladies and nice looking gentlemen checking in guests and escorting them into the party. There was a great DJ and a live drummer duo that got everyone in the mood just before entering the party. As we walked into the party, there were male IZOD models dressed in racing suits who greeted us kindly.

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Inside the doors, we were greeted by more female IZOD models. As we began to walk around, we couldn’t believe just how many more female IZOD models were scattered throughout the party, dancing on blocks! There were at least 30. Trays of hors d’oeuvres went by as we made our way to the middle of room to see what everyone was looking at. There were 2 contortionists hanging by ribbons from the ceiling. They were entangled by their individual ribbon, spinning around upside down, with nothing more to grab onto. What a great act!

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We then made our way into some of the lounges that all had their own bar and really chic chairs and couches. All drinks were free and so was the water! You got to love that! Everyone was dressed to the 10. There were stunning women dressed in satin mini dresses, while men wore cool suit coats.

Whilst hanging out and people watching, my Mom Nancy and I had some great celebrity sightings! (When it comes to celebrities visiting Indianapolis, my Mom is all over it! She knows exactly which celeb will be at what event. Hey, my Mom was born in Speedway and her Mom who was also celeb crazy, worked with the Hulmans at the track for years. We’ve got 3 generations of Indy 500 credentials!)
We first saw actor Adrian Grenier walk into the party, who stars on the HBO hit show “Entourage”. He showed up with his own real-life entourage, which included a few friends and some of his band members from “The Honey Brothers”.  Adrian and the band were having a great time in Indianapolis, and they were really loving the police escort treatment!

We then went upstairs to see the other half of the party, and made our way to the VIP area. We didn’t go into the VIP room since we didn’t have passes, so we sat on a bench, just outside of the room, to rest our feet. Sure enough, we saw celebs going in and coming out. We saw racer Arie Luyendyk Sr. looking handsome as always. We then saw racing legend Mario Andretti in the vicinity of “Prison Break” star Armaury Nolasco. My Mom even said she saw Indiana local celeb/model Linda Vaughn who was “Miss Hurst” back in the 60’s!

Linda Vaughn

We went outside to get some air, and we then saw actor and host Mario Lopez on his way in. He was really kind and waved to my camera. We also saw actor and friend Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) taking photos on the red carpet. He was having a great time visiting Indianapolis!

Jeremy Renner “The Hurt Locker”

We went back inside the party and watched “The Honey Brothers” perform. All 5 band members are super cool! This new-wave folk band is based out of New York, and actor Adrian Grenier plays the drums. There are so many actors that also have talent in music. It seems to go hand in hand. Their music was so fun and positive, and, it was great to change up the tunes from the bass-filled radio hits to some original, tasteful music. A ukulele, a banjo and keys, gives “The Honey Brothers” the extra individuality that sets them apart from the rest. Oh, and so does the “All Access” VIP passes that guitarist Mr. Andrew Vladeck gave to my Mom and I :) Thanks Andrew!

Lisa Mason Lee with The Honey Brothers

Adrian Grenier on drums

My Mom and I finally had passes to get into the VIP room, so we went to go see what the fuss was all about (Remember, the VIP room was upstairs). We raised our eyebrow and flashed our “All Access” passes to the security guards as we finally got in. Inside the VIP room, the DJ was nice and loud, and party people were dancing on platforms, near the windows, that overlooked Monument Circle. The packed room had it’s own bar and chic couches and tables throughout. The dancefloor was full of pretty people holding free cocktails-happy as clams!

Ron Perlman and Lisa Mason Lee at IZOD Race to the Party

We then spotted a major celebrity! HELLBOY was hanging out smoking a cigar! Ron Perlman from “Hellboy” and “Sons of Anarchy”, was enjoying the festivities. Ron and I took a photo together, and then, he insisted that I take a photo of him and my Mom together! As soon as I snapped the photo, I was suddenly pushed out of the way by a man flying across the room. I scrambled backwards and so did my Mom. A narly fight broke out between 2 angry men. Tables got knocked over and so did innocent bystanders! Other guys got involved and just before it was way out-of-hand, HELLBOY SAVES THE DAY! Ron Perlman splits the fight apart in a snap! As soon as Ron got in the middle, it was like the fight had never happened. It was over for good! It was jaw-dropping amazing! After the fight was over, I then realized the photo of my Mom and Ron probably didn’t come out because of the man flying through the air! After Ron took a breath from saving the night, we asked Ron if he would retake the picture with my Mom and he smiled and laughed!!! Huge LOL!

Nancy Lee with Ron Perlman at IZOD party

After our brush with Ron Perlman, we then left the party on a high note. My Mom and I hit the red carpet on our own terms, and no security bothered us finally! Hey, we came with regular tickets and left with All Access baby!

Lisa Mason Lee IZOD Race to the Party red carpet

As we walked to our car, we discussed the fact that we were so happy that Indianapolis put on such an amazing, star-studded weekend. The concerts and the parties were tip-top Hollywood style. Indy really got it right and on-point this year! What a blast! We can’t wait until next year!!! A special thanks to long time friend Brian Schmidt for coming through with IZOD “Race to the Party” tickets!

Left: IZOD’s Brian Schmidt

MJ’s Holmby Hills Home has a Tenant!

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Christian Audigier is moving into Michael Jackson’s Holmby Hills home.

Michael Jackson was in the process of designing a new line of clothing with French “fashion designer” Christian Audigier. Audigier was looking forward to collaborating and launching this new clothing line with Michael Jackson.

Christian Audigier put a billboard of himself and the King of Pop on the top of his Los Angeles Boutique as a tribute to his friend.

Christian Audigier will be the next tenant in the Holmby Hills home where Michael Jackson died. He will also be relocating his company headquarters to the mansion in December. Michael Jackson had leased the 7 bedroom, 13 bath French chateau since January 2009 for $100,000.00 a month.

Axl Rose on Slash – He’s a whore for the limelight – a cancer

Waiting to buy your Guns N’ Roses reunion tickets? Better bring a lawn chair; your hold time may be forever.

Axl’s buddy Del James recently interviewed him and when the subject of “reunion” came up, Axl was quick to shoot down any chances of the classic line-up returning.

Axl on former GnR bassist, Duff McKagan, “I suppose Duff could play guitar on something somewhere.”

Axl on rhythm guitarist, Izzy Stradlin, “My old Indiana buddy is not the most reliable collaborator.”

Axl on Drummer, Steven Adler, “he brings assorted ambulance-chasing attorneys … One gig or even a couple songs could mean years of behind-the-scenes legal aftermath.”

Axl on Slash, “There’s zero possibility of me having anything to do with Slash, In a nutshell, personally I consider him a cancer and better removed, avoided — and the less anyone heard of him or his supporters the better, he has lost his edge and seems to be more passionate about being a whore for the limelight.”

I think it’s safe to say, those comments from Rose will put a coffin nail in any chance the once “band of brothers” known as Guns N’ Roses had to unite. Well at least we still have Axl. His latest ill-fated attempt at resurrecting GnR resulted in “Chinese Democracy,” which fell flat with critics and fans alike. It seems Rose has NO democracy, Chinese or otherwise.