AlternativeNation.net | Dave Kushner Talks Velvet Revolver Singer Search, Scott Weiland & Izzy Stradlin In AlternativeNation.net Interview

Yesterday we published an exclusive track by track look back at Velvet Revolver’s Contraband to commemorate its upcoming 10th anniversary with the band’s rhythm guitarist Dave Kushner, and today we bring you an in-depth Q&A session where Kushner candidly describes his long road to success in rock and roll, Velvet Revolver’s singer search, his relationship with Scott Weiland, Velvet Revolver’s one off reunion with Weiland in 2012, his fears of Izzy Stradlin replacing him before Velvet Revolver even got off the ground, and unreleased VR material. Kushner is honest and humble, with no agenda. This is a must read for any Velvet Revolver fan, and is one of my favorite interviews I’ve done in the 5 year history of AlternativeNation.net.

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Guns N’ Roses Announce ‘Appetite for Democracy’ Live Video

Guns N’ Roses have announced the July 1 release of ‘Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live At the Hard Rock Casino, Las Vegas’ on Blu-ray and DVD. It is the first video concert release from the band since 1992′s ‘Use Your Illusion.’

The upcoming release was recorded at a November 2012 performance. At the time, the group was celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their legendary debut record ‘Appetite For Destruction‘ as well as the fourth anniversary of their latest studio release, ‘Chinese Democracy.’

The concert’s 26-song set list features expected hits like ‘November Rain,’ ‘Welcome To The Jungle,’ ‘Patience,’ ‘Paradise City,’ and ‘Don’t Cry’ along with the title track from ‘Chinese Democracy.’ The group also includes cover songs from the Who (‘The Seeker’), Pink Floyd (‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2))’ and Neil Young ‘Don’t Let It Bring You Down’ — and of course, their famous version of Bob Dylan‘s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.’

Along with enjoying a 5.1 Surround Sound mix and bonus interviews with the group, fans may also want to download the Guns N’ Roses Appetite For Democracy App, available on the iOS and Android platforms. This will allow them to connect with one another via social media while also offering exclusive merchandise and a host of other features.

Last week, Guns N’ Roses began their latest Las Vegas residency at the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The run is due to wrap up on June 7.

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How Being Late And Volatile Was Axl Rose’s Contribution To The Guns N’ Roses Brand

Duswalt claims that Rose’s behavior was never caused by disrespect to the fans. “The myth is that they’re always late, they don’t care about their audiences, their fans, because they go on late,” Duswalt told me. “But the reality is they do care about their fans, so much so that Axl wanted to put on the best show possible. That’s why sometimes he was late because he was not ready to go at the drop of a hat. He had to prepare and sometimes it took longer for him to get into the mindset to put on what he feels is the best show.”

The mindset that Rose had to get into was in fact a state of frenzy, because he carried the weight of delivering the Gun N’ Roses experience on stage. And that experience was all about intensity, danger, violence and mayhem. It was what the fans came for. Axl Rose told journalist Mick Wall in 1990, referencing prize fighter Mike Tyson’s biography Bad Intentions, “I relate what I do to what Tyson says about when he punches someone in the head. He says he imagines hitting ‘em so hard his fist knocks their nose bone right back into their brains. He says when he goes in the ring he does it with bad intentions. Well, that’s like me getting ready to start something, like going onstage. And you gotta make sure when you knock ‘em down they stay down.” Turning the rage on or off was not always easy.

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Classic Rock Presents: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators “World on Fire” Fanpack

On sale a full four weeks before the regular UK album release, Classic Rock’s Slash Fan Pack includes the guitar hero’s fantastic new album World On Fire with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, plus an in-depth, glossy, full-colour magazine dedicated to every aspect of how the album was written and recorded. Read: exclusive new interviews with Slash, Myles Kennedy, the band members, the album’s producer and cover artist, and Slash and Myles’ full track by-track breakdown of the new release. See: Slash’s Firepower! An exclusive photo shoot for Classic Rock Presents… featuring Slash’s favourite new guitars; exclusive fly-on-the-wall pics from inside the studio Plus: competitions and much more. This album is the former Guns N’Roses and Velvet Revolver guitar hero’s third as a solo artist, and the follow-up to 2010’s Slash and 2012’s Apocalyptic Love (Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) both of which were released with Classic Rock in Fan Pack form.

Fanpack edition includes:

Full album ‘World On Fire’
116-page magazine
Giant double sided A1 poster
Exclusive Design Metal Pin Badge

**THE FIRST 5000 CUSTOMERS TO ORDER BEFORE 10TH AUGUST WILL RECEIVE A PERSONALISED POSTER**

world on fireAlbum Tracklisting

1. World On Fire
2. Shadow Life
3. Automatic Overdrive
4. Wicked Stone
5. 30 Years To Life
6. Bent To Fly
7. Stone Blind
8. Too Far Gone
9. Beneath The Savage Sun
10. Withered Delilah
11. Battleground
12. Dirty Girl
13. Iris Of The Storm
14. Avalon
15. The Dissident
16. Safari Inn
17. The Unholy

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AlternativeNation.net | Official Facebook Page Launched For Guns N’ Roses Drummer’s Early Band, The Beautiful

Before joining Guns N’ Roses in 2006, Frank Ferrer was the drummer of an alt-metal band during the late ’80s/early ’90s, called the Beautiful, of which an official Facebook page was recently launched. The page includes rare photos, info, and songs to hear – check it out by clicking here. The Beautiful only issued one EP a self-titled release in 1990 and one full-length Storybook in 1992 for the Warner Bros. subsidiary Giant Records, and according to the band’s Wikipedia entry, was once described as “A mix of Jane’s Addiction at their most wistful and the broody flowery sway of Saigon Kick. Ultra-cool without having to try, it manages to glint but always remain exquisite from a far and is happy to lace its edges with darkness.”One of the more overlooked alt-rock recordings of the genre’s golden early ’90s period, the Storybook album spawned a song for which a video would be filmed, “John Doe” which aired once or twice on MTV’s Headbangers Ball, and included other standout tracks the acoustic “The We in Me,” the epic title track, etc. that fit in perfectly with such popular acts of the era like Jane’s Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, and Stone Temple Pilots. Unfortunately, this would prove to be the final release from the band.Ferrer supplied drums on four songs from G n’ R’s Chinese Democracy album – “Better,” “If the World,” “There Was a Time,” and “I.R.S.”

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Classic Rock 198, starring Guns N’ Roses, is on sale today – Classic Rock

In this month’s cover story we travel back to 1989: from the controversy of GN’R Lies to their on-stage meltdown with the Rolling Stones, this is the story of 12 insane months with The World’s Most Dangerous Band. “Axl was the only sober one. He was surrounded by guys on heroin or sleeping pills.”

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Guns N’ Roses: South American Concert Attendances, Grosses Revealed – Blabbermouth.net

The following are some of GUNS N’ ROSES’ recent South American concert attendances/grosses, as reported by Billboard magazine:

Artist/Event: GUNS N’ ROSES
Venue: HSBC Arena
City/State: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: March 20, 2014
Gross Sales: $963,193
Attendance/Capacity: 10,425 / 12,928
Ticket Prices: $238.53, $87.16

Artist/Event: GUNS N’ ROSES
Venue: Esplanada do Mineirao
City/State: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Date: March 22, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,404,427
Attendance/Capacity: 16,342 / 25,000
Ticket Prices: $183.49, $50.46

Artist/Event: GUNS N’ ROSES
Venue: Ginasio Nilson Nelson
City/State: Brasilia, Brazil
Date: March 25, 2014
Gross Sales: $848,744
Attendance/Capacity: 10,843 / 12,000
Ticket Prices: $128.44, $45.87

Artist/Event: GUNS N’ ROSES
Venue: Arena Anhembi
City/State: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Date: March 28, 2014
Gross Sales: $2,090,395
Attendance/Capacity: 18,000 / 35,000
Ticket Prices: $266.06, $123.85

Artist/Event: GUNS N’ ROSES
Venue: Estadio Durival Britto e Silva
City/State: Curitiba, Brazil
Date: March 30, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,271,180
Attendance/Capacity: 11,180 / 20,000
Ticket Prices: $275.23, $100.92

Artist/Event: GUNS N’ ROSES
Venue: Devassa On Stage
City/State: Florianopolis, Brazil
Date: April 1, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,021,262
Attendance/Capacity: 9,902 / 11,100
Ticket Prices: $146.79, $100.92

Artist/Event: GUNS N’ ROSES
Venue: Pavilhao da FIERGS
City/State: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Date: April 3, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,198,083
Attendance/Capacity: 12,197 / 12,197
Ticket Prices: $220.18, $59.63

Artist/Event: GUNS N’ ROSES
Venue: Estadio de Ferrocarril Oeste
City/State: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date: April 6, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,161,415
Attendance/Capacity: 16,525 / 24,659
Ticket Prices: $125, $37.50

Artist/Event: GUNS N’ ROSES
Venue: Jockey Club
City/State: Asuncion, Paraguay
Date: April 9, 2014
Gross Sales: $646,323
Attendance/Capacity: 11,232 / 30,000
Ticket Prices: $207.57, $36.90

Artist/Event: GUNS N’ ROSES
Venue: Estadio Hernando Siles
City/State: La Paz, Bolivia
Date: April 12, 2014
Gross Sales: $643,560
Attendance/Capacity: 12,000 / 30,000
Ticket Prices: $256.65, $35.93

Artist/Event: GUNS N’ ROSES
Venue: Chevrolet Hall
City/State: Recife, Brazil
Date: April 15, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,180,640
Attendance/Capacity: 10,630 / 12,000
Ticket Prices: $642.20, $55.05

Artist/Event: GUNS N’ ROSES
Venue: Centro de Eventos do Ceara
City/State: Fortaleza, Brazil
Date: April 17, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,264,417
Attendance/Capacity: 14,570 / 15,000
Ticket Prices: $458.72, $41.28

Ex-GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan returned to the band for five shows in South America last month to fill in for Tommy Stinson, who was playing reunion dates with THE REPLACEMENTS.

McKagan joined GUNS ‘N ROSES onstage for the first time in 17 years at an October 2010 concert in London. He also performed with the current version of GUNS in December 2011 at shows in Vancouver and Seattle. All three appearances were for a few songs, not full gigs.

Last month’s South American shows marked the first time Duff has played full concerts with the band since his departure in 1994.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/guns-n-roses-south-american-concert-attendances-grosses-revealed/#2paVyBBXk3xiEJTg.99

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Guns N’ Roses Source Denies Axl Rose Retirement Report

A new report surfaced today on a major entertainment site suggesting that Guns N’ Roses were on the verge of calling it quits because Axl Rose was set to retire, but a very solid source within the band’s camp has told Loudwire that the retirement talk is “bulls–t.”

Radar Online reported that the band was planning to call it a day after the June 7 finale of their current Las Vegas residency, citing that band members had been told that their calendars were clear following the Vegas shows. They quoted a source as saying that Rose was considering retirement and that it was “done.”

However, our source within the GN’R camp claims that the fact that the band members have been told that their calendars are cleared is nothing new for when the band has some down time. As has been in the past, the group members have gone off and pursued other projects.

Bassist Tommy Stinson, who has played some reunion dates with The Replacements this year, will get a chance to continue with their remaining shows. Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed will have the opportunity to work more with The Dead Daisies and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has been known to pursue solo work on the side as well. Not to mention, guitarist DJ Ashba and his cohorts in Sixx: A.M. are closing in on a new album.

So it appears to be business as usual in the Guns N’ Roses camp, with a healthy break after their Vegas residency for the members to pursue their other passions. That said, it may be a little while before we see the band play live again, so click here to pick up tickets for their current Vegas shows.

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