|In a brand-new interview with The Times-Picayune, former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER bassist Duff McKagan explained that despite perceptions to the contrary, mercurial frontman Axl Rose was not the sole creative force behind GUNS N' ROSES.
"Axl made it an Axl thing, but it really wasn't," McKagan said. "He never wrote any of the music. That was part of the reason it broke up, because we'd play shows and he'd say, 'Here's a song I wrote about . . .' and it would be a song he had nothing to do with."
Rose has yet to finish a long-promised GUNS N' ROSES album with an ever-changing lineup of musicians, even as his former bandmates have successfully launched a new project.
"I'm not knocking him," McKagan said. "We did go through a lot together, and we accomplished a lot together back then.
"But this is now. And we're having a great time. We hope to do this until we can't do it no more."
According to a VH1 press release, VELVET REVOLVER's upcoming VH1 special, "(Inside)Out: The Rise of Velvet Revolver", has yet another new air date: Wednesday, December 1. The program, which was originally set to air in June, is described as a behind-the-scenes look at how VELVET REVOLVER got constructed, from the songwriting process to the singer search and studio sessions.
Launch Radio Networks is reporting that VELVET REVOLVER played a 45-minute free show for an estimated 3,000 fans last night (Oct. 13) in a Hollywood parking lot, with singer Scott Weiland telling the audience, "this is a celebration of freedom... hopefully we'll have freedom in November."
The seven-song set included their current single, "Fall to Pieces", as well as three cover songs; STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' "Sex Type Thing", GUNS N' ROSES' "It's So Easy" — which Weiland called one of his "favorite songs of the last 20 years" — and AEROSMITH's "No More, No More".
Although not all fans were able to get in to the free show, which was originally slated for Tuesday night on top of the Hustler store in West Hollywood, the people watching from the roofs of nearby buildings and from outside the parking lot's chain link fence enjoyed a good view of the show.
Check out photos of the performance from Wire Image, Film Magic.
The first major public auction ever conducted of heavy metal music memorabilia will be held November 6 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online in conjunction with Julien Entertainment.
One of the items is GN'R's 1989 MTV music award for best heavy metal video, "Sweet Child O' Mine".
The auction will be conducted online and in person at the Hard Rock Cafe, 221 West 57th St., New York, New York, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 6.