Tag: Guns N’ Roses

  • Rolling Stones/Guns N’ Roses: Stoned in L.A.

    Los Angeles Last week’s four concerts at Memorial Coliseum started as a battle of the bands, the old stones versus the young guns. As one dude-ette said to another on a toilet line, “Some people think this is a Rolling Stones concert. They’re so wrong.” She was among the hordes of nuevo L.A. hard-rockers hoping that […]

  • Politically Incorrect: Guns N’ Roses and Public Enemy Sound Off

    Busted Axl Forty-eight hours in the feeding-cycle of New York City. There were Uzis, Public Enemy re­grouping, and a clique of blond babes orbiting Axl Rose at the Cat Club. All of this connects. How was your week? Start the clock August 8, last Tuesday, when Public Enemy’s vox pop Chuck D faxed all over […]

  • 1988 Pazz & Jop: Dancing on a Logjam

    When last we sat down for a serious chat, it was the end of the world as we knew it, and I felt fine. The Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll, conceived as a goof and evolved willy-nilly into a barometer, was plainly in a jam — a “logjam.” On the album chart, which dated back […]

  • Guns N’ Roses

    Close to a quarter of a century ago, when Webster Hall was still called the Ritz, four rabble-rousers and their redhead ringleader Axl came to the venue to recorded for what became a legendary concert once aired on MTV. At the time, Guns N’ Roses were just beginning to turn heads: Their 1987 debut, Appetite […]

  • Steel Panther

    Last month, these L.A. glam-rock parodists scored a hometown gig opening for Guns N’ Roses at the Forum, which may (or may not) have convinced Steel Panther that playing it straight can make for good fun, too. Either way, expect lots of wiener jokes. Wed., Jan. 4, 7 p.m., 2012

  • Guns N’ Roses

    Over the past decade or so, nearly everything about hard-rock legends Guns N’ Roses has become statistics, from the amount of time it took the group to release their Chinese Democracy record to how long frontman Axl Rose & Co. take to ascend the stage at concerts. And in a weird way, parsing these numbers […]


    Established groups masquerading as cover bands? Isn’t that already called Guns N’ Roses? Deer Tick do their best to bring the acidic grunge levity back to cover shows with Deervana, the band’s full-on Nirvana tribute act that debuted to raves at this year’s SXSW fest and performs tonight as part of the Northside Festival. No […]

  • Slash

    With Velvet Revolver on hiatus and a band still calling itself Guns N’ Roses clawing for a comeback (and eligible for the R’n’R Hall of Fame next year), everyone’s favorite top-hat-sporting shredder has to strike out on his own once again. Not that he’s done badly as a solo act; his new album is star-studded, […]

  • Why Chinese Democracy’s Fine Print Is Way More Fun Than the Record Itself

    We can all agree that Sunday’s eons-delayed, punchline-defying, free-Dr.-Pepper-triggering release of Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy marks the death of something—some combination of the music industry, “the album” as a unit of cultural import, old-guard rock stardom, irony, sincerity, free-market capitalism, hip-hop, the spread offense, and neo-conservatism. Regardless, I feel comfortable stating that it’s the […]

  • Bored in the U.S.A.

    Hardly anyone believes in Axl Rose anymore, but I do. The paranoid Guns N’ Roses frontman—who’s burned through $13 million and well over a full decade tweaking his quagmire of a comeback album, Chinese Democracy—does whatever he pleases, even if that means doing nothing at all. In the late ’80s, Rose’s wedding of classic-rock fantasy […]