County commissioners get two-for-one. (Photos by Erik Kabik)
It finally happened: Axl ‘n’ friends hit the stage last night for the launch of their Appetite for Democracy residency at The Joint and, either contrary to the Neil Young debacle or else through some … judicious … mixing, Axl didn’t sound too bad. You still had to contend with Bumblefoot painted like a zombie, but we suppose if you’re already going to accept the absence of Izzy and Slash, that’s not the worst thing in the world.
You gonna diiiieeeee … by robots. Definitely death by robot for you.
This is the original cover to Appetite for Destruction, an album that came out 25 years ago. It was controversial in 1987, and that’s why the album wound up mostly having the cover you’re familiar with. So naturally, let’s still all be up in arms about it.
After County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow became aware that G’n'R is using a modified version of the 1978 Robert Williams painting — and in several print/public versions of the poster, the broad has her boobs covered and the around-the-ankles underwear is Photoshopped out — to promote its Hard Rock residency that started Oct. 31, she was incensed. Now a rep from The Rape Crisis Center is chiming in, even with all evidence to the contrary that we actually live in Las Vegas.
The upshot is, we feel like we’re in the sixth grade again when we first heard about this non-controversy. We’re totally going to go home and watch Duck Tales later tonight.
This is Axl ‘n’ friends performing at a benefit for Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Saturday night. The Appetite for Democracy residency starts a week from tomorrow. I’m sure Axl will have the vocal kinks all ironed out by then. “Estranged” now describes the relationship between Axl and his vocal cords. Meanwhile, has Patton Oswalt ever been more correct?
So, we’ve come to this, then. Guns ‘n’ Roses is doing a residency at The Joint, called Appetite for Democracy, because no one other than Bumblefoot liked Use Your Lieslusion.
We can’t help but think that somewhere, Slash is quietly snickering to himself. Or would be, if it weren’t before 1 p.m., which is when we assume Slash slowly comes to out of his Jack Daniels fog from the night before.
Axl ‘n’ Friends will do a 12-show swing, starting on Halloween night and running through Nov. 24. The set list is “created exclusively for The Joint” and runs through the band’s catalog though, presumably, will be bereft of any The Spaghetti Incident? jams. Sadly. Bonus hype: AEG’s Vice-President of Booking Bobby Reynolds cites “soon-to-be-legendary songs off Chinese Democracy.” Quick! Name three songs off Chinese Democracy. OK, name one song off Chinese Democracy. No, no. “Dead Horse” was off Use Your Illusion I.
Tickets go on sale Friday and start at $45. Shows will be on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through the end date. Your ability to ever find “Mr. Brownstone” dark and dangerous again, though, will be forever compromised.
What … we don’t … what is happening here? (Photos by Erik Kabik | Retna)
Of all the things we expected from this last weekend’s double dose of Guns ‘n’ Roses shows at The Joint, the last was … that G’n'R would actually show up both nights and go on stage reasonably close to on-time. But the second-to-last thing that we had expected was that Axl Rose would have completed his transformation from sleazy, lithe junkie rock lord to bloated caricature of his former self all the way to reinvigorated, angry demon-imp hell-bent on destroying the world, one “Mr. Brownstone” performance at a time. Here then, are the six most pants-shitting close-ups of Axl from the New Year’s Eve show:
Hey, you remember when Axl swam with dolphins? No? Then you clearly don’t remember the batshit “Estranged” video.
The band currently posing as Guns ‘n’ Roses has added a second show at The Joint for Dec. 30. Which means the odds of Axl Rose freaking out and canceling a gig after making an audience wait more than three hours for the show to start have just gone up 100 percent.
On the surface, it seems terribly weird that Tommy Stinson could go from The Replacements to working Duff McKagan’s bass lines, but we suppose that when you grow up dealing with a grossly dysfunctional band, it does put you in a unique position to put up with Axl on the road.
The show promises to be two and a half hours. So we guess that means they’re only playing “November Rain.” HEY-O!
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