DJ Ashba has come a long way from the kid who left home at sixteen to where he is today with Sixx:A.M. & Guns N’ Roses! He has slugged it out from releasing his debut instrumental solo album in 1996, joining the BulletBoys two years later, he eventually hooked up with Joe Lesté of Bang Tango to form Beautiful Creatures who released one of the best rock albums of the decade in 2001 only to quit the group the following year.
In 2005, he started working with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, later forming Sixx:A.M. with vocalist James Michael. Sixx:A.M. has went on to release two full-length albums & three EP’s and are gearing up to release their third full-length album, ‘Modern Vintage’ on October 7th via Eleven Seven Music. Oh yeah, between all that he has ran a very successful multi-media company bearing his name, co-wrote all but one song on Mötley Crüe’s 2008 album ‘Saints Of Los Angeles’, lent his writing & producing talents to other recording artists and in 2009, DJ joined Guns N’ Roses.
Somehow, DJ found the time to call LRI and give us the low down on all things Sixx:A.M. as well as possible plans for recording and touring with Guns N’ Roses in 2015. This interview features a few ‘Spinal Tap’ moments thanks to the joys of cellular technology, a fire truck running hot to a call and DJ having the pleasure of a trash truck pull up beside him outside his hotel.
If you’ve got an extra $12 million burning a hole in your pocket, here’s your chance to live like a rock star. A California property once owned by Guns N Roses singer Axl Rose just hit the market.
Here’s what you get for the money: a 9,500 square foot house with 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, gym and an indoor waterfall set on a 2,000 acre ranch with a horse track, your own private helicopter pad, a 9 hole golf course and a huge lake to fish in.
The sellers claim it’s one of the largest privately owned properties in California. Evidently, Axl called this place home for several years in the early 2000′s. Being a rich, famous rock star must be rough.
Want to take a virtual tour of Axl’s old digs? Check out the video here.
Slash and his cohorts Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators recently rocked large amphitheaters on their summer tour with Aerosmith, but there’s something about their brand of full throttle rock that just makes any club appearance truly special. On Tuesday night (Sept. 23) in Los Angeles, Slash and company set the tone for what promises to be a memorable three-night run through Los Angeles’ most historic venues as part of Guitar Center’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
The hometown hero started his journey at the legendary Troubadour for a sweaty, packed, no holds barred performance that left those in the crowd rocked to the core and wanting for more. The night began with a brief, but audience engaging set from Hillbilly Herald before Slash and his band took the stage. The headlining act was welcomed with a carnival-like soundtrack before launching into the show opener ‘You’re a Lie.’ ‘Nighttrain’ followed, giving audiences their first of several Guns N’ Roses classics of the night, while ‘Halo’ and ‘Standing in the Sun’ kept the momentum going and the energy high.
It was six songs in before Slash and his band tackled the new material, but ‘Stone Blind’ was a solid choice to lead off with as the track was met with a rousing reaction and no noticeable drop off from the crowd. After ‘You Could Be Mine,’ Kennedy turned the vocals over to bassist Todd Kerns for a pair of tracks — ‘Doctor Alibi’ and the GN’R classic ‘Out Ta Get Me.’
The band chose this night in West Hollywood to provide the live debut of ‘Wicked Stone’ off the ‘World on Fire’ album and this blistering song turned into an all-out jam with the crowd responding in kind. ’30 Years to Life,’ ‘Bent to Fly’ and the current single ‘World on Fire’ also provided a great live representation of the newly released Slash album as well.
As for the remainder of the set, it was populated with GN’R favorites like ‘Rocket Queen,’ which featured an epic Slash guitar solo, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and the encore favorite ‘Paradise City.’ Other standouts included the Velvet Revolver favorite ‘Slither,’ with Kennedy leading the crowd in fist-pumping and singing along, and Slash’s own standouts ‘Starlight,’ ‘Anastasia’ and ‘By the Sword.’
The band was greeted with friendly faces throughout the night, as they pointed out some of the key audience and family members. As Kennedy stated toward the end of the set at the response from the electrified crowd, “This is really fantastic for us.” And the fun is just starting as Slash will take over The Roxy on the Sunset Strip Thursday night for a show that will be taped for later airing on DIRECTV’s Audience Network on Nov. 9. The Guitar Center 50th Anniversary celebration featuring Slash With Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators concludes Friday night at Los Angeles’ Whisky a Go Go.
Exclusive Photos of Slash With Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators:
For everyone who’s been trying to figure out the meaning behind the Guns N’ Roses video “November Rain” since its release in 1992, you may want to stop trying because lead guitarist Slash doesn’t know either.
In a conversation with HuffPost Live about his new album “World On Fire,” the guitar legend made a shocking confession.
“To tell you the truth, I have no idea [what ‘November Rain’ is about],” Slash told host Marc Lamont Hill. “It was a concept. The song itself is pretty self-explanatory, but the video is so complex.”
The song appears on the band’s “Use Your Illusion I” album. Slash said when vocalist Axl Rose was writing it, “It was so epic, it was like a movie. And I, not being a huge fan of videos and making videos especially, I just showed up for my scenes.”
“I [wrote] my own scene,” he continued “… and I never paid attention to the rest of the whole production. So at the end of the day, I never really knew. I knew there was a wedding in there somewhere and I was not into the concept of the wedding.”
Slash said he even “frowned upon” the wedding idea because “it seemed to me like what I would do.”
Slash says he looks back on Guns N’ Roses’ debut Appetite For Destruction with pride – but admits he never expected it to become the giant album it’s proved to be.
The album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, but the guitarist only ever thought it would make them a cult success.
Slash tells Linearock: “I’m so proud of the fact I was involved in a record that had that kind of impact. But if you were to tell me back then that’s what it was gonna be, I would never have believed you.
“It was just a record made by these five characters and looking back on it, there was something that spoke to people in a certain way. It was a very streetwise band but with a very naive world view.
“It was a social commentary, but it wasn’t about the world at large – it was internal angst that teenagers really related to. It was delivered with the kind of impact that really had a big effect on people.”
He continues: “It’s the combination of emotions and energy that couldn’t really be replicated – it was just something that happened in the moment. I remember when the record was finished, I thought we’d be a really cool cult band.”
Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators released new album World On Fire this week via a Classic Rock fanpack – four weeks ahead of the album’s regular UK release date date of October 13. Copies can be purchased here or bought with £2 off the retail price from participating WH Smiths stores.
Meanwhile, Slash and Myles Kennedy will be Nicky Horne’s guests on the Classic Rock Magazine Show on TeamRock radio on September 22 at 6pm. In an hour-long session, the pair touch on all aspects of the new album and reveal the thrill of playing music together.
Slash has commented on a story in Paul Stanley’s autobiography in which the KISS frontman claimed that he had to teach the former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist a basic lesson in rock and roll diplomacy more than 25 years ago.
In “Face The Music: A Life Exposed”, Stanley recalled the time he was asked to meet with the members of GUNS N’ ROSES, who were about to start work on their now-classic debut album, “Appetite For Destruction” album. Although Stanley claims he wasn’t all that impressed at first, describing guitarist Izzy Stradlin as “unconscious, with drool coming out of the side of his mouth,” and Slash as “half-comatose,” the KISS guitarist-vocalist was nice enough to show Slash how to tune his guitar in the five-string open-G method preferred by Keith Richards, and offered to put the GN’R axeman in touch with people who could get him free guitars. Paul then went to go see GUNS N’ ROSES play two small Los Angeles-area club shows, which he described as “stupendous.” According to Ultimate Classic Rock, it was an incident at the second of those concerts that created the initial rift between Slash and Stanley. “They weren’t happy with the guy mixing their sound,” Stanley wrote in his book. “And Slash asked me out of the blue to help out. Decades later, Slash’s recollections of the night would be faulty at best. He liked to pretend I had dared to meddle with their sound.”
Stanley continued: “Immediately after my interactions with the band, I started to hear lots of stories Slash was saying behind my back — he called me gay, made fun of my clothes, all sorts of things designed to give him some sort of rock credibility at my expense. This was years before his top hat, sunglasses and dangling cigarette became a cartoon costume that he would continue to milk with the best of us for decades.”
According to Stanley, he next spoke to Slash a few months later when the GN’R guitarist called up to see if Stanley could still set him up with those free guitars. “You want me to help you get guitars after you went around saying all that shit about me behind my back?” Stanley said he told Slash. “You know, one thing you’re going to have to learn is not to air your dirty laundry in public. Nice knowing you. Go fuck yourself.”
In a recent interview with Germany’s Rock Hard magazine, Slash revealed that he hadn’t yet read Stanley’s book, but more or less confirmed the KISS frontman’s version of events. He said (see video below): “What happened was… I don’t wanna bring it all up again… But he had come around to produce GUNS N’ ROSES way back in the day, before we actually made the first record [1987’s ‘Appetite For Destruction’]. And at some point, we decided we didn’t… We never, actually, were interested in working with him. But we sort of had him around because he was Steve Adler’s [original GUNS N’ ROSES drummer] hero. Anyway, and so, at that time, I’d done an interview for the ‘Calendar’ [section] in the [Los Angeles] Times, and I’d said something derogatory about him. And then, months later, [I] realized that he had an arrangement with B.C. Rich, and I was looking to try and get a guitar to record the ‘Appetite’ record, and asked him if he would hook me up with some B.C. Riches. And he said something along the lines of, ‘You shouldn’t air your dirty laundry in public,’ having to do with him. ‘So, no, I won’t help you.’ And I was, like, ‘OK.’ And we didn’t speak for years after that. It was only until roughly 2006 that we got reacquainted when I was doing the KISS ‘Rock Honors’ for VH1 and we sort of let bygones be bygones. And so we’re more or less cool now.”
LOS ANGELES – Axl Rose is among the biggest rock stars in the world with an estimated net worth of $150 million, and meanwhile, guitarist Kevin Lawrence from Rose’s first-ever band called Rapidfire is struggling just like the rest of us, a former internet techie who laid to rest his dreams of rock fame right around the time Guns N’ Roses was skyrocketing in the late 1980′s with “Appetite For Destruction,” one of the biggest-selling albums in history.
But did you know Rose had recorded a five-song demo with Rapidfire in 1983? After a series of false starts that included lawyers going back and forth in addition to a failed kickstarter campaign, the Rapidfire tapes are scheduled to be released Nov. 1 in the form of a worldwide CD and internet streams.
There has been a few press releases about Rapidfire through the years, plus a sample from a couple of songs has more than 100,000 hits on youtube, but in this Metal Sludge exclusive, Lawrence talks for the first time about what it was like to be in Axl Rose’s first band.
Grab a seat, shut the door, and tune in attentively. This is going to be good.