Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, Appetite for Destruction, has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, but it was once considered a bomb after moving only a few thousand units months after its release. One man, however, fought to change that, and he did.In a follow-up to the first in a three-part mini documentary series on the band, we introduce you to former Geffen Records A&R rep Tom Zutaut, whose unwavering belief in Guns N’ Roses saved the group’s career, with some help from a music video that played a single time on MTV at 4 a.m. It was a power move, and one that paid off, 30 million times over.
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has described Marc Canter as the band’s sixth member. Now Canter, Guns N’ Roses’ official biographer and former photographer, is hoping his position with the band—as well as his friendship with Slash and Axl Rose—will provide some leverage to get the original group back together again. The photographer announced his plan in episode one of the new Uproxx Guns N’ Roses documentary series. Canter says he believes a reconciliation between Slash, Rose and the original band is possible if they can return to the $15-an-hour rehearsal space where they first discovered their potential as a band. “This is the first place they jammed together,” Canter says in the documentary, as he shows the room. “You knew that there was something special here. This is just a tiny, crappy rehearsal space. This is the place that my friends came together for the first time and realized the chemistry. “What it would take to get them back together is simple. Come back where it all started. Just put them in here without any management, any handlers, any roadies. I believe that the chemistry inside them, the gravitational pull, is so strong that if they would just walk in this room, music would pour out of their souls.” Adds Canter, “It’s just a shame to watch two of my best friends that made beautiful music together not communicate at all for the wrong reasons.” Canter was a childhood friend of Slash’s and later became close with Rose. Both men attended Canter’s wedding, and Rose even played an early version of “November Rain” on piano during the ceremony, some two years before the song was actually released. As the band’s earliest photographer, Canter caught countless images of Guns N’ Roses at their earliest shows and videotaped 30 of the band’s shows. “Marc became sort of the sixth guy in there,” McKagan says in the episode. “He was always around. He had unlimited access in the early days when he was the only guy who cared about the band.” In the video clip, Canter talks about his history with the band and his friendship with Slash and Rose, and he shows the garage where he first heard Slash playing guitar in 1981.
Former GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan reportedly appeared as FAITH NO MORE’s Gimp character during the second Los Angeles show of the Mike Patton-fronted band’s current North American tour.The FAITH NO MORE vocalist joked from the stage that McKagan was the Gimp on Thursday night, April 23 at at the Wiltern, and Duff tweeted a photo of himself dressed as the Gimp.
Art of Anarchy, a supergroup with several well-known members, will release their self-titled debut album June 2. The lineup of vocalist Scott Weiland, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses), bassist John Moyer (Disturbed), guitarist Jon Votta and drummer Vince Votta have unveiled the video for the song “‘Til the Dust Is Gone’ that you can watch above.
The performance part of the video has the band playing on an L.A. rooftop, first at night and then during the daytime. There’s also a plot involving gangsters and guns that features actor Booboo Stewart, whose film credits include the Twilight movies and X Men: Days of Future Past.
“When I was a teenager in the early Nineties, Guns N’ Roses perfected what was the standard for any hard rock video,” Jon Votta tells Guitar World. “When I saw the video for ‘Don’t Cry’ and the band jamming on the roof top, that was—to me—literally and figuratively, the epitome of making it and being on top of the world.”
Earlier this year, Weiland disassociated himself from Art of Anarchy. In a statement back in January, he said, “I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too, we had a lot of fun. When they find their frontman to hit the road and play some dates, check them out. In the meantime, if you want to check out where I’m at RIGHT NOW, check out my band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts.”
The band’s debut album Blaster was released at the end of March, but tragically, the Wildabouts guitarist Jeremy Brown passed away just before the record came out.
Meantime, cue the band:
• Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba is not the GNR guitarist this weekend. Rather, he’s performing with SIXX:A.M. at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday night. SIXX:A.M. is the hard-rock band founded in 2007 by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and vocalist James Michael, and the lineup at the Joint also features the cello-metal band Apocalyptica fronted by Las Vegas native Franky Perez.
Also a resident of Las Vegas, Ashba is working on side projects from this side project, most notably a soundtrack to a major motion picture due for release this summer. Ashba has just recently began scoring (films), expanding on his work with director and producer Eli Roth, for whom he wrote the music in the 2013 horror film “Green Inferno.” Ashba also crafted music at Roth’s since-closed Goretorium horror attraction on the Strip.
At the end of the most recent Guns N’ Roses residency at the Joint, rumors abounded that Axl Rose had no plans for any further touring or recording with the current lineup of GNR.
But Ashba expects to return to the stage with Rose, saying, “I’ve got his back whenever he needs me. Ever since I joined GNR six years ago, it’s almost been nonstop touring. But we’ve kind of talked of more touring, and I’m looking at this more as a hiatus than the end.”
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has an unreleased song called “Goodbye,” recorded with Jordan Freeman and copyrighted in 2010, though the year 1992 is also mentioned on the listing. Thanks to reader @ChainsForAlice for sending Alternative Nation this tip.
“You know what?! I’ve been hearing a lot about this particular interview from a lot of people that he really pissed off,” Slash replied (hear audio below). “And I’ve heard that. And I don’t think there’s any truth to that. I mean, obviously, the band stayed together for years after that whole thing. And it wasn’t a big deal at the time. And if it did piss anybody off, it was something that went away. So I don’t think it had anything to do with the original GUNS N’ ROSES’ demise.”
Slash also explained that he doesn’t go out of his way to read any of Goldstein’s interviews that have to do with GUNS N’ ROSES. “I don’t wanna read or hear that guy’s B.S., so I just avoid it,” he said. “That way I stay sane. [Laughs]”