Mötley Crüe promise they will never, ever, ever get back together after they break up next year. Today, the band members went so far as to sign a “cessation of touring agreement” at a press conference in Los Angeles. That legal filing will go into effect at the end of 2015.
Interview with current Guns N’ Roses and Pisser drummer Frank Ferrer. Ferrer tells stories about what it’s like to be in Guns N’ Roses today, what’s next for the band, and what is going on with his other project, Pisser.
Robin Finck may not be as recognizable a name as the band with whom he plays – Nine Inch Nails – but it is the guitarist’s unique mastery of both tone and performance that adds much to the industrial band’s sweeping soundscape panoramas. In fact unless you’re a hardcore Guns N’ Roses fan you may not even realize that Finck was one of the main contributors to “Chinese Democracy,” the long running Axl Rose album that was finally released in 2008. Because Robin has played in bands dominated by highly visible frontmen – Rose of course and NIN’s Trent Reznor – he tends to get overlooked when the Best Guitarist lists get written. But he is a stunningly accomplished player (he was accepted to the Berklee School of Music but trashed that idea for an open audition with NIN) capable of playing everything from beautiful nylon-string acoustic strums on “Hurt” to insane whammy-inspired feedback freakout solos on “Piggy.” He is also in the very early stages of his own solo album (and insists that it’s still very early days yet) but once released will absolutely establish him as a major player in the world of electric guitar.
He is currently out with Nine Inch Nails on their 2013 Tension tour. It is an epic juggernaut that will take him through the end of the year and will include Australian and New Zealand dates in 2014 alongside Queens of the Stone Age. On a rare day off, Finck found an hour to talk about life as Axl Rose’s guitar player and what it’s been being a Nine Inch Nail.
Once and for all, here’s the complete story of how Jimmy Iovine’s copy of ‘Chinese Democracy’ made it into my hands, and everything that happened afterwards.
Although the series concludes with the gritty disenchantment of early Nineties grunge, its final episode proposes Guns N’ Roses as “the ultimate American band”. Over shots of a scrawny Axl Rose gyrating with leonine threat to the metal groove of a band almost completely obscured by massive manes of shaggy hair, a voice over explains that “they had the swagger, theatricality and arrogance of the big Seventies bands like Aerosmith and Alice Cooper but mixed in with the sleaze and energy of punk and British hard rock. They existed in the mainstream alongside pop stars and power ballads but they were completely anti-establishment.”
Well it is true, that they sold 28 million copies worldwide of their 1987 debut, Appetite for Destruction (not the 50 million claimed in the programme), and I purchased one myself. But I look at all that flamboyant screeching, widdly guitar and sexist posturing and think is that really the best a country of three hundred million can do?
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In 2014 Guns N’ Roses are setting up tour plans in 2014 beginning with a return to South America for multiple dates in the spring. The start of the trip south begins with headlining the second night of the Hell & Heaven Metal Festival in Mexico City.
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Sunday, March 16 Mexico City, Mexico
Thursday, March 20 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Saturday, March 22 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Tuesday, March 25 Brasilia, Brazil
Friday, March 28 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sunday, March 30 Curitiba, Brazil
Tuesday, April 1 Florianapolis, Brazil
Thursday, April 3 Porto Alegre, Brazil
Sunday, April 6 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Wednesday, April 9 Asuncion, Paraguay
Queen-guitaristen Brian May frygter at være ramt af kræft.
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) — The investigation into the activities of a Las Vegas police fly along in August has concluded.
The LVMPD Air Support fly along occurred on Aug. 7.
DJ Ashba, lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, and his girlfriend received a private tour over Las Vegas and then landed in a field at police headquarters. Ashba said that’s where he had a table set up with a bottle of the “bubble stuff” and roses, and popped the question.
Ashba posted a photo on Instagram of the tour and gave a shout out to LVMPD on Twitter.
Two department employees, a captain and a police officer who is a pilot, were found to have violated department policy.
Captain David O’Leary, who had been employed with Metro since February 1989, retired on Dec. 20. He was last assigned as the captain who oversaw the Financial Crimes Bureau.
Officer Ray Horsley has been employed with Metro since February 1994 and is currently assigned to the Air Support Detail.
As a result of the investigation, Captain O’Leary was in the process of being demoted to the rank of lieutenant but retired before the discipline went into effect.
Officer Horsley, effective Jan. 11, will be transferred out of the Air Support Detail and will no longer be allowed to fly for Metro.
A fly-along and a patrol ride-along are typically done for the purpose of exposing members of the community to the duties of law enforcement. A fly-along would begin and terminate at Air Support and would not include any off-site landings as occurred in this case.
Civilians not employed by Metro who were directly involved with this case all declined to be interviewed as part of the investigation.