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Guns N’ Roses Concert Film ‘Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino’ Now Available!

Guns N’ Roses Concert Film ‘Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino’ Now Available!

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Guns N’ Roses concert film, Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas, released on July 1, 2014 by Universal Music Enterprises, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Music DVD chart last week and remains at the No. 1 position for its second week in a row. Clocking in at just under three hours, the band’s explosive set includes all of their biggest hits and classic GNR staples.

Available now in North America on Blu-ray™ featuring the complete concert film in both 3D and 2D plus an interactive 3D photo gallery, and standard DVD featuring the 2D version of the film. Both releases are mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and feature bonus interviews with the band. The GN’R Appetite For Democracy Official App (IOS/Android) brings the concert experience to a new level by connecting GNR directly with their fans, allowing fans to connect with each other via social media, buy exclusive merchandise, check tour/cinema dates for the movie, preview digital tracks of the film; and purchase or stream via VOD the digital long form concert.

Produced by Rock Fuel Media’s Barry Summers, Appetite For Democracy 3D is the first official Guns N’ Roses live concert film since 1992’s Use Your Illusion concert video and features brand new live performances of classic GNR tracks including “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Mr. Brownstone,” “Paradise City,” “Nightrain,” “It’s So Easy” and “Rocket Queen,” from their pivotal, 1987 No. 1 debut album Appetite For Destruction; “Patience” and “Used To Love Her” from 1988’s No. 2 charting album Lies; “November Rain,” “Don’t Cry,” “Civil War” as well as the band’s signature versions of Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door;” powerful renditions of The Who’s “The Seeker” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2;” and much, much more.

In 1987 Guns N’ Roses burst onto the hard rock scene and, with their punk rock ethics and an uncompromising, explosive sound, turned a scene filled with synth-pop and hair-metal on its end, propelling the band to the top of the charts. Filling stadiums and arenas across the globe, much like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Sex Pistols, Guns N’ Roses wrote their own chapter in rock and roll history and continue to make their own rules.

Now, celebrated worldwide as one of the most important rock acts in music history, Guns N’ Roses are Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums). Guns N’ Roses continue on their sold-out global arena tour, with shows in the US, Europe, visits to Latin America and multiple festivals, having played to millions of fans around the globe.

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TRACK LISTING:

Chinese Democracy

Welcome To The Jungle

It’s So Easy

Mr. Brownstone

Estranged

Rocket Queen

Live And Let Die

This I Love

Better

Motivation

Catcher In The Rye

Street Of Dreams

You Could Be Mine

Sweet Child O’ Mine

Another Brick In The Wall part 2

November Rain

Objectify

Don’t Cry

Civil War

The Seeker

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Nightrain

Used To Love Her

Patience

Paradise City

 

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GUNS N’ ROSES: 3D Concert Film To Take Theaters By Storm

GUNS N’ ROSES: 3D Concert Film To Take Theaters By Storm

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With over 100 million albums sold, the world’s most dangerous band returns for this historic Sin City takeover! Now captured in 3D and 5.1 sound, GUNS N’ ROSES new concert film, Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live At The Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas is coming to U.S. cinemas Saturday, June 14.  ROCK FUEL MEDIA has selected DRK Productions to distribute the digital cinema 3D theatrical premiere of the rock concert film.

This screenings will take place in 100 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, Columbus, St Louis, Houston, Tucson and more. A special screening and after-party will take place Saturday, June 14 in New Brunswick, NJ for friends and VIP guests including iconic rock vocalist JOE LYNN TURNER, who will perform at the post-screening VIP reception.

Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.facebook.com/events/492785167488394/

There will also be a special screening Wednesday, June 18 at Los Angeles’ TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.

Watch the trailer and get locations, dates and tickets at www.gnr3dmovie.com

Barry Summers, President of Rock Fuel Media said, “We are very excited to be presenting “Appetite For Democracy” 3D concert film at cinemas across America–the first-ever GNR concert movie release in theaters. Appetite for Democracy will be a first for GNR fans to see and hear this iconic band on the big screen in 3D.” Doug Kluthe, President of DRK said, “We’re very pleased that Rock Fuel has chosen us to theatrically distribute this epic Guns n’ Roses 3D concert film.”

Appetite For Democracy 3D is the first official Guns N’ Roses live concert film since 1992’s Use Your Illusion concert video and features brand new live performances of classic GNR tracks including “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Mr. Brownstone,” “Paradise City,” “Nighttrain,” “It’s So Easy” and “Rocket Queen,” from their pivotal, 1987 No. 1 debut album Appetite For Destruction; “Patience” and “Used To Love Her” from 1988’s No. 2 charting album Lies; “November Rain,” “Don’t Cry,” “Civil War” and “Estranged” from their 1991 releases Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, the latter shooting to No. 1 on The Billboard 200; and current favorites off their 2008 No. 3 album Chinese Democracy including “This I Love,” “Street of Dreams” and the album’s title track. Appetite For Democracy 3D also features the band’s signature versions of Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2.”

 

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Guns N’ Roses: W. Axl Rose Issues Letter To Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Guns N’ Roses: W. Axl Rose Issues Letter To Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Legendary rocker Guns N’ Roses will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14th in Cleveland, Ohio. After months of speculation regarding what might happen at the April 14th ceremony in Cleveland, Axl Rose has made is intentions known — he will not be attending the big event and has declined the induction. Check out his letter below:

To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern, 

Axl Rose

When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation. 

Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts. 

Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected. 

For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine. 

That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. 

I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”. 

This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.

In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed. 

The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba. 

Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough. 

There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion. 

Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can. 

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense. 

But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court. 

In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music. 

I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!! 

Sincerely, 

Axl Rose 

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III 

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Rock Legend Duff McKagan Talks ‘The Taking’ and ‘It’s So Easy (and Other Lies)’

Rock Legend Duff McKagan Talks ‘The Taking’ and ‘It’s So Easy (and Other Lies)’

Duff McKagan was just a fresh faced kid from Seattle, Washington when he started out on his musical journey. Little did he know when striking out on his journey to Los Angeles in the early eighties that it would be a ride that would propel him to superstardom. It was in Los Angeles where the stars would align and Duff, along with his band mates, would spawn the world’s most notorious rock ‘n’ roll band, Guns N’ Roses. The rise and fall of Guns N’ Roses is well documented but its members have carried on and continue to leave their marks on the music scene. McKagan is no exception to this rule and his formation of Velvet Revolver with GNR pal, Slash, certainly proved that lightning can strike twice! At 47 years old, he is experiencing one of his most creative periods as an artist and shows no signs of slowing down. With their third release, Duff McKagan’s LOADED is ready to solidify a powerful third act to his already legendary career! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with the infamous bassist to discuss his band’s latest album ‘The Taking,’ his thoughts on his longevity, his upcoming autobiography ‘It’s So East (And Other Lies)’ and much more!

You have influenced so many with your musical projects. I was curious about how music first came into your life?

Really it was just being the last of eight kids! There was a record player in the living room. There were records at my disposal and I was not discouraged from playing them. I think that FM radio had just hit, so it was ‘68 or ‘69, those are my first memories of music, being around 5 or 6. The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Sly and The Family Stone are the bands that I really have such great memories of being in the house. There were also guitars around the house. So, for me, I don’t think that there was one ultimate moment, music was just always there and it was a part of growing up. Then of course, I wanted to break apart from my older sisters and brothers music. When I was about 12 or 13 rock hit, at least up in Seattle. It hit in a very small way but, being the last of eight kids, you grow up a little faster. I identified right away with punk being something that could be my own. I heard a Dead Boys record, The Stooges and a Sex Pistols record, all in about the same week! Suddenly, I was completely charmed!

With so many years under your belt in the music industry and so many iconic projects, to what do you owe your longevity?

Well, you just can’t do the same old thing. I think, being a punk rock kid, I have my basic roots, like Sly and The Family Stone, Led Zeppelin, and punk rock. I don’t want to say all punk rock but bands like The Germs and The Stooges, if you call The Stooges punk rock, and The Dead Boys and whatever else. I could go on forever! Motorhead was a new twist on all of that. It was a twist on metal and The Damned. I listen to new music, I suppose, and I don’t sit static and think that my way is the best way. I think that Guns N’ Roses and that first record, ‘Appetite For Destruction,’ was ahead of its time. People really didn’t get us at first, for that first year the album just sat there and people scratched their heads like, “What the fuck are these guys?” Then suddenly, the thing took off. Velvet Revolver was kind of re-inventing the thing. I am sure Slash and I were looked at in certain circles as “really old school” but were only 39 years old at the time and were thinking, “I don’t feel really old school!” Ya know what I mean? Even now, I am 47 and I feel younger and fresher musically than I ever have.

What keeps you inspired musically?

Everything! Ya know, sometimes it is an amp or a different room that I am playing in or how that amp and everything sounds through it. Sometimes it is going and playing with somebody different. It might be a new record. I just heard the Foo Fighters new album, I downloaded it on the plane when I was coming up to Seattle a few days ago. It is just a great record. I saw them play on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and thought that “Rope” is the best song I have heard in a couple of years. So, that will keep me going for a little while! So, it can be a new record by an old artist like Dave Grohl or it can be the newest thing that my 13 year old daughter turns me on to.

You have a new album titled ‘The Taking.’ What can you tell us about the writing process of this record?

We wrote a lot of the record on tour for our last record ‘Sick’. We kinda knew that we were going to go almost straight into the studio with it. We didn’t go straight into the studio but we went in and made the demos for this record in our drummer Isaac Carpenter’s garage. You know, a lot of those licks and those lyrics still have a lot of that testosterone, adrenaline and caffeine hangover from the tour. Coming in and doing the record with Terry Date, he really gave us a brutal, dry and great perspective on our thing. This is our third record and we have been together on and off for 10 years. It’s the same guys. It just feels like we are really moving forward, especially in regard to songwriting. I just really like some of the clever changes from a verse to a chorus into a bridge or whatever. I am very satisfied with this record. We are a band that has done well in the UK, Europe and South America. In the United States, we are a little left of center. I don’t know if this record is going to help us do anything more there but we are going to try more this time. We are going to tour the States and see what happens.

What was the biggest challenge for you in making the new album?

I don’t know if there was a challenge. I always try to be a better singer than I was on my previous records. I learn a lot along the way. I go out and tour and learn a ton about my own voice, my range, keys that I sing well in and different vowels that I sing well or should not use. I think that being a singer that it is as important to know what you shouldn’t do as it is to know what you can do. That is really what I have been learning, the areas not to get into where my voice will sound too thin or coming off of a high note into long vowel sounds. These are things that you only know if you go out and do it!

You have been working with filmmaker Jamie Burton Chamberlin on a film that focuses on “The Taking”. What can you tell us about how it came about and what we can expect?

We hooked up through our management, who manages ZZ Top. Jamie did their recent DVD. He also lives in Seattle. We aren’t a band with deep pockets by any means, so what it really came down to is getting very inventive. We have a really keen and different sense of humor. Jamie seemed to get the whole thing! That made it quite easy for us to work with him. We filmed some really funny shit and some dark stuff too. The movie is really a mad-capped situation. It is one day, 24 hours, where our drummer has been kidnapped and we are raising a ransom to get him back. It turned out very cool.

You are sharing the proceeds from two of LOADED’s new songs, “Fight On” and “We Win”, to benefit the general patient fund at the addiction treatment center Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Healthcare System. How did that relationship come about? It seems like a cause that is close to your heart.

Yeah, thanks! It is kind of a long story. I have written a column for Seattle Weekly for about two-and-a-half years. I also climb. I climb with a guy by the name of Tim Medvetz who was on the show called ‘Everest’ on the Discovery Channel. The show follows a team as they take on Mount Everest. He got into a really bad motorcycle accident back in 2001. The doctors told him that he would lose his foot and that physical activity was a thing of the past. He is a big guy and he told the surgeon to not remove his foot. He said, “If you remove my foot, I will remove your foot!” So they kept the foot on and Tim sat in the hospital bed for quite a few months. One of the things that he did while he was there was read ‘Into Thin Air’ about the Mount Everest tragedy. He said, “I am going to climb Mount Everest!” So he did it! He fucking climbed Mount Everest! He has climbed a bunch of other big mountains since then. On his way back from Europe, he met a kid who is a veteran when he was coming back from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Germany. The kid was missing a leg and Tim talked to him the whole flight home on the way to the Walter Reed in Washington, D.C. This meeting really inspired him. Tim is one of my really good friends and we climb together all the time. He has been taking these veterans up the mountain and telling me all about these kids. They leave home after high school and go to boot camp, straight from their Mom’s living room and end up in Iraq or someplace like that. One week into it, Boom! They lose a leg and their lives have been changed. They end up in Walter Reed, they give them a prosthetic and they end up back in their Mom’s living room saying, “What the fuck just happened?” They are probably sitting there thinking, “My life is over. No one cares.” Tim, through his stories, got me to think about it and care about the cause. We went down to the VA in Seattle as a band. One of the guys in LOADED, the lead guitar player, Mike Squires, was a Marine. I had written about Tim and this story in the Seattle Weekly. Ken LeBlond, who is basically public relations for the VA, got a hold of me through the column. We went out there and ended up playing the Veteran’s Appreciation Day at Qwest Field in October. We have been up to the VA a few times and made the song “Fight On.” That song was inspired by Tim’s story. I made it so the proceeds for that song would go to the VA, the Puget Sound Healthcare System and that’s it! We are tied in!

You mentioned your column. Most people are familiar with Duff the musician. You’re an accomplished writer and even writing an autobiography at this point …

I finished it!

What spawned your literary side and if it is something that you have always been drawn to?

I wasn’t always drawn to writing. It just kinda came out of nowhere! Someone from Men’s Italian Vogue asked me to write an article for them about three years ago. One thing lead to another. I wrote another article for Playboy and then they asked me to write a weekly column at the same time that Seattle Weekly asked me. So it was a trial by fire! I just started there and now I am also writing for ESPN. I feel like I have found my voice in writing and I am very comfortable writing. I can express myself much better writing than I can by talking. The book deal basically came from my Seattle Weekly column.

As for the autobiography, I kinda write in my column voice. It is my story as I would tell it in my writing, not as I would sit down and tell you my story because I wouldn’t really know how to tell you my story. I can write it and get into the bleaker, darker things a lot easier and the more joyful things that have happened, especially after I got sober.

It is basically a story of “How did a guy like me get from Seattle to addiction, totally, fully addicted — How did that happen?” Because the most common question that I get asked in private is “How did you get sober?” I get asked that a ton by people that are still out there using. So, I wrote about it. I wrote about how I got into that place. [laughs] It is also my story of playing in punk rock bands up here and going down to L.A. and the first band that formed was Guns N’ Roses. That band wasn’t the reason that I got addicted. It was just the situation that I was in. Drinking, drugs and whatnot was completely condoned, especially by our band. I am not blaming anyone else. I take my part in my life. I take accountability for myself. I think that too often we go through life and if something like that happens in your life, you are quick to point a finger and say, “Well those motherfuckers …” or “That guy …” or “Us going on late was that guys fault …” or “it was management.”

I just took accountability for things that I probably could have done differently. Going all the way into the addiction part was gnarly to write about. I really hadn’t figured that to happen but I went through a couple of months of really saying, “Whoa! Fuck! I never even thought about this stuff. It is in my past.” I think it is a good book [pauses] because I wrote it! [laughs] I am editing it so I have written and read the words, different edits, about eight to 10 times! I think it is good, I can’t tell anymore!

Was there something in particular that made you say, “OK, now it is time to sit down and chronicle my journey?”

No. Just because I am writing so much and I was offered a book deal from my columns, which interested me more. I have no burning need to tell my Guns N’ Roses story. Ya know, book deals are not that lucrative after you split off money from your agent, pay your taxes and all that kind of stuff. It’s not like it is going to change the way I live. It is not a case of “OK, great! I will cash in on my writing!” It is just a challenge. That is the way that I look at life. I try to challenge myself and it keeps life pretty fun and exciting for me! It was really a challenge to write a book. It is not like a thousand word column. I wrote 130,000 words! [laughs] That is a lot more than a fuckin’ column! I wrote it in thousand word spurts because I am comfortable doing that. Piecing it all together was a challenge as well. I brought in the Senior Editor to help me do that.

Did you have any reservations about telling your story?

Well, here’s the deal. I wrote the book myself. You write alone. You don’t write with someone else sitting there. I was sitting there like, “I’m not going to sit here and throw someone under the bus.” No one else that is part of my story asked me to write about them here, ya know? In making that sort of my mantra, I started to discover my part in things.

I had reservations about confidences of old band mates and friends. If you are a band mate or a friend of someone, you don’t  leave that band or friendship and start telling everyone things. That is sorta like gossiping! Kinda like “chick shit.” But whatever, that isn’t the point. I wouldn’t do that. I think that my story is interesting enough and will have relevance to the people. I think that “rock people” will like the book. You know, I’m a dad and I think that parents will like the book. The book starts off at my daughter’s 13th birthday and then unravels to the past and comes forward again. I don’t know if you have read any of my Seattle Weekly columns but, like I said, it is told in that voice, from now.

My reservations were, “What does the book company want? Do they want a Guns N’ Roses book?” because if they want that, there are enough of those out there. I don’t need to write another one of those and I don’t have a burning desire to unleash and I don’t have some burning secret that I need to tell.

Obviously, you are part of some of the most iconic musical projects in rock history. Does your past success in band’s like Guns N’ Roses or Velvet Revolver ever become a bit of a burden when you are trying to move forward with some of your other musical endeavors?

No! Not at all. I totally understand the question. I know that if Guns N’ Roses wouldn’t have happened, I would have done something else. I know that. I would have been just as happy as I am now had I done something else. I know that about myself. But as far a music career, I can go ahead and have a band called LOADED in 2011 and be able to go and play. I can reach a wider audience than some band that might be rehearsing next door to us here in Seattle. So that is great! If there was no Guns N’ Roses, there would have been no Velvet Revolver. Same thing applies. Slash is out touring right now. He is “Slash from Guns N’ Roses” and he probably has to put up with that every day but he is out playing and doing what he loves. People love him and come to see him because he is that guy, “Slash from Guns N’ Roses” or “Slash from Velvet Revolver.” You are always “from” something! [laughs] You’re one of us now! [laughs] There’s a quote!

Any regrets?

No, I don’t! Especially after looking back during the process of writing this book. My career or in being a father, which is the more important one to me. But in regard to my career, no I don’t have any regrets. Do I wish I wasn’t as fucked up during ‘91 to ‘93? Yeah, but I think I probably became a stronger person because of it. I wouldn’t have learned the hard lessons that I did and probably wouldn’t be as clear as I am now.

What is the best piece of advice that you would give to an individual or young band that are looking to make their mark in today’s music industry?

Just be smart about the whole business of the thing and be wary. Know what your deals are if you are doing deals. Cut your deals up front and know what is in the contracts. It is kinda the same as it ever was. But if you have a choice of a “career” and a “music career” as your money maker, I don’t know if music is as lucrative as something else. Ya know, maybe just play music for fun! [laughs]

Where should we be on the lookout for you in the near future?

We are playing the Golden God Awards, which will be on VH1. Then we are headed back to Seattle to play our Seattle record release at a place called Neumos. Then we go off to Europe to play a shit-ton of the huge festivals like Download, Rock AM Ring, Sweden Rock and Hellfest in France. Then we are coming back to the States. We will probably tour the states in August and September. Those dates will be on www.duff-loaded.com when they are confirmed.

We certainly encourage everyone to check out all of your work. A lot of us here have been fans since you first hit the scene and you can really feel the momentum with each project you are a part of.

Yeah, thanks! That is the key! If it stops having that momentum, I should probably do something else!

Thanks for your time, Duff!

Cheers! Thanks you!

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Review: Steven Adler’s “My Appetite for Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns N’ Roses”

Review: Steven Adler’s “My Appetite for Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns N’ Roses”

"My Appetite for Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns N’ Roses"

Every misunderstood celebrity should write a tell-all book. I’m not being sarcastic. It’s a great way to give their fans and enemies a chance to see their side of the story with no interruptions. It’s also an inside look at the life of the celebrity/rockstar, with horny groupies, screaming, obsessed fans and non-stop attention.

In Steven Adler’s “My Appetite for Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns N’ Roses,” he attempts to set the record straight, from his rough childhood to getting kicked out of his house as a youth and later as a part of one of  the most successful hard rock bands ever, GNR, and his notorious battle with drug abuse.

Before starting his story, Adler addresses why he decided to write a tell-all: to come clean and tell his side of a story that has been twisted across media channels over the past 20 years. He also makes it clear that the book isn’t a stab at his former bandmates, who he still loves, or else, including family and friends.

Adler’s story starts at his beginning when he was born in Cleveland in 1965. Soon the wild ride begins, featuring an abusive father, a quick move to California, being adopted by his mother’s boyfriend/future husband and later getting kicked out, and Adler’s days as an extreme wild child.

Adler’s motivations can be described in three words: sex, drugs and music. “And nothing focuses me or gets me going like chasing tail. Money, fame, status, power … nothing comes close to the pursuit of pussy.”

Although women are a big part, drugs, starting when he was first introduced to the drug culture in 1977 at age 12, take center stage, slowly sucking his life force dry.

Highlights of the book include his meeting Saul “Slash” Hudson in junior high and, of course, the forming of GNR. “That night, we all just happened to walk into one another’s lives, with no idea what lay ahead. I wish I could say that it was like lightning struck, but the truth is that it was just a random get-together to see what could be germinating.”

Germinate indeed.

“We never did anything the sane, sensible way. We never went by the rules and never conformed to an accepted path to success. The way we came up with our songs, insisted on total artistic freedom, the way we practiced and played — no one did it like we did.”

Steven Adler

When he talked about forming GNR, I flashed back to my youth, sitting in a room with the shades drawn, MTV blaring “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and my sister screaming at the top of her lungs, “I love you Axl!” I loved Adler’s behind-the-scenes view, blurring the glamour and media-fed image and sharpening it with his view from behind the drums. GNR “carved their own path to glory” and performed songs that described their lives, what was going on in the late ‘80s L.A. culture.

As the story continues, chock-full with non-stop sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, Adler is the first to admit that all his mistakes, from overdosing 28 times, to being a zombie/junkie, to going to jail … everything was his own doing. “I’m the undisputed all-time booze-chugging, pill-cobbling, drug-shooting, Katrina-caliber fuckup. Throughout my wretched life there isn’t a friend, family member or fantastic opportunity that I haven’t shoved into a blender and mutilated.”

Throughout his drug haze, doing everything from shooting up heroin to smoking crack and pot, Adler recalls it all. Everything that the media has been obsessed with, from substance abuse to drama with the infamously difficult Axl Rose, is covered. Adler also discussed his meetings with other rock gods, including Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler, and Tommy Lee.

Adler’s story ends with his public stints on “Celebrity Rehab” and “Sober House” with Dr. Drew and his never-ending battle to stay clean. Maybe he’s trying to make a quick buck. Maybe he’s trying to stay relevant in ADD Hollywood or feed his ego. I don’t know. What I do know is that this book is a page-turning, raw look into ’70-‘90s rock-and-roll culture and an inside look at one of the most iconic rock bands in the world.

Maybe it’s all lies. Adler sure has a good memory after all the drugs he’s done; nonetheless, his story is compelling, tragic and funny. This book is a good read for all the lovers and the haters out there and also for the younger population, to see the real side of the often glamorized culture of celebrity/rockstar. There’s nothing like reading a play-by-play of Adler OD’ing on heroin to make you feel better about your life. People are quick to tell you about their highs, but what about their lows? — Kate Vendetta

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My Appetite For Destruction: Steven Adler Discusses His Past, Present and Future!

My Appetite For Destruction: Steven Adler Discusses His Past, Present and Future!

Call it luck, call it fate, call it whatever you wish but in the early eighties, a perfect storm of musical forces began to align in Hollywood, CA that would  give birth to the world’s most notorious rock ‘n’ roll band. Boasting an amazing mix of larger than life personalities, an undeniably powerful sound and a heaping helping of attitude, Guns N’ Roses wasted no time carving their own niche into Los Angeles’ highly competitive music scene. When Guns N’ Roses released their legendary album, Appetite for Destruction, it would change the music scene for ever. It is one of the rare, iconic albums that would come along to a generation and serve as a benchmark for all albums to follow. Not only would the music effect people around the world, it would also take many who were at ground zero of the phenomenon on a roller coaster ride to superstardom. The members of this extraordinary band are living proof that some people merely listen to rock n’ roll and some have it coursing through their veins. Such is the case with drummer Steven Adler. As part of Guns N’ Roses, he provided the crushing backbeat to one of music’s landmark albums, rose to the heights that most people can only dream of and became the poster boy for rock ‘n’ roll excess. Today, after twenty-eight overdoses, three botched suicides, two heart attacks, a couple of jail stints, and a debilitating stroke, Steven Adler is sober, standing tall and ready to share his story with the world. Steve Johnson of Icon Vs. Icon sat down with the infamous drummer with the infectious smile to discuss his shocking new autobiography ‘My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses’, the future of Adler’s Appetite, his love for W. Axl Rose and much more!

How did music first come into your life?

I’ve been a fan of music since the age of 4 when I heard my first album, which was Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  The song was “Working My Way Back to You.”  There was something that clicked in my heart and in my soul.  The sound of the guitar, and the groove of the drums, and Frankie’s voice.  My grandma used to tell me that when we were driving around I would turn the radio up pretty loud and I’d just be dancing and singing in the back seat.  How’s that for how times have changed!  I wore no seat belt!  I was 4 or 5 years old jumping around in the back seat of a car that was driving around!  How’s that?  Times have definitely changed! [laughs]

Your work has inspired so many. Who do you cite as some of your influences?

Musically … Roger Meddows-Taylor from Queen.  Everyone from KISS.  Boston.  John Bonham.  Keith Moon.  A lot of English drummers.  I was really attracted to the style of the English drummers.  They were jazz schooled players, but went into rock.  The drums weren’t just basic AC/DC.  One, two, three, four … IIt had a shuffle.  It had a groove.  I like that!

How do you think you have evolved as an artist (drummer) since you first started out?

When I first started out … I hadn’t taken a lesson up until five months ago.  Throughout my whole career in music I had never taken a drum lesson.  So five months ago I started taking lessons.  I started cleaning myself up and getting my life together, and I wanted to be a better player.  So I started taking lessons.  It’s the best thing I have ever done.  It’s helped my show.  It’s amazing how it has helped me.  It’s made playing so much easier and so much more fun.  Having a clue of what I am actually doing, instead of just doing it because it feels right.  Now it feels right and I know what I am doing.  It’s even a bigger high performing live and recording.

What has kept you inspired through the years?

I wasn’t inspired for the last 20 years.  After two years of working with Dr. Drew I got satisfaction to be a part of my life again.  I really wasn’t inspired by anything.  I didn’t want to do anything.  It took me 20 years to admit and realize that I blamed Slash, Duff, Izzy, and Axl for my downfall with the band and all the drug abuse I went through after that.  I blamed them.  When I started working with Dr. Drew … I realized that I thought they let me down, but it wasn’t them who let me down, it was me who let them down.  Being able to face that … if you read my book “My Appetite for Destruction,” in the beginning of it I talk about the sexual abuse that I went through when I was a young teenager.  That happened with an older teenager and an older man.  At the time that it happened, how do you tell your grandparents or your friends?  You can’t tell somebody that happened to you.  When I was 12 years old … so with working with Dr. Drew I realized that if I don’t get this out of my system and keep stuffing it down, I am going to keep relapsing and I’m not going to be able to move forward in my life.  I finally was able to have a discussion with people who understood and people I could relate to.  I thought if I said those words out loud for other peoples’ ears to hear I would feel even worse and that they would batter me.  It was the complete opposite.  When I said it, it was like this big weight off my body and my chest.  It was just like, WHEW!  Doing this book has been mentally, spiritually, and emotionally healing for me.  Dr. Drew has been a huge help and a mentor to me.  I watched the show after I was on the show.  The season before and the season after.  Everybody has the same opportunity that I had to get the most out of it.  I needed to get these feelings that I just described to you out.  Before I started “Celebrity Rehab,” I told them I don’t think I could do it to the best of my ability and get the most out of it if I don’t get to talk to Slash.  Like I said, I blamed them.  I thought they let me down.  So we had a meeting.  No cameras.  Nothing … I got to apologize to Slash and he apologized to me.  I said, it was really me who let him down.  Just being able to apologize … the next morning when I woke up my whole body was so sore.  Like when you work out too much.  I was so sore from the weight, pressure, and pain I let off my body by apologizing to him.

Speaking of your autobiography, “My Appetite For Destruction,” did you have any reservations about putting that together?

After the months I did in rehab and the two years I’ve been working with Dr. Drew, I felt that it was time for me to do it.  For me, the purpose of the book was to write my answers to all of the people that I have wronged and to myself.  When I get home off tour I am going to build myself a big bonfire and I’m going to throw that book right into the fire.  I want to leave the past behind.  I want to move forward.  I don’t hate anybody.  I don’t bash anybody in my book.  I don’t put anybody down.  I don’t talk bad about anybody.  That’s not what it is about.  I love all the people that were in my life and people that are a part of my life.  No one is getting put down.  I’m laying my heart on my sleeve with this book.  It’s for all of my friends, colleagues, fans, and people that can benefit from my rough history.  I’m here to show the underdogs that you can survive and you can succeed.  My life has been a rollercoaster, I have accepted all of the consequences, and I can move on.  I’m going to live my life one second at a time, one breath at a time.  I’m finally starting to show myself and I’m finally getting recognition for the work that I have done on “Appetite,” “Lies,” and my work with GNR.  I want those guys more than anybody to read my book.  If they read my book, I know they’ll realize that what we have is so special and so rare for that to happen. They’ll realize that we’re all brothers.  The five of us are brothers and what do goofy brothers do?  They fight with each other!  That’s what brothers do!  It’s been 20 years of fighting.  Enough is enough.  Let’s move on.  I know if I could get the five of us in a room together, not even with instruments, just a room … no chairs or even a table.  All we would do is say hi to each other, shed a little tear, and we would start talking about moving on into the future and doing something new.

You are currently on tour with your band, Adler’s Appetite. How did the current lineup shape up?

I’ve been doing Adler’s Appetite for like the last eight years.  There have been different people involved.  Just like Guns ‘n’ Roses, we’ve played with other people throughout the years.  This was a fun lineup that just clicked together.  We have a new single out called “Alive.”  “It’s Good To Be Alive” and it is good to be alive.  If you buy the book, you can download the single for free.  We debuted the single on The Howard Stern Show when we did the show.  We play it live.  Basically the live show … we open up with “Reckless Life” and we end with “Welcome to the Jungle.”  So we do that and everything that’s in between.

As you mentioned, the band’s new single “Alive” is out now. Are there any plans for a full length release from Adler’s Appetite in the future?

Yes!  We have some shows at The Whisky.  We are going to do a video for this song first.  We’re going to film it at The Whisky and at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, which is all right there.  In the middle of September we are going to go back over to Anthony Focx’s studio, where we did the first single.  We’ll have two weeks in L.A., so we’ll probably run through another five songs.  We’ll put it out single by single.  That’s the way the market is now.  You put out a single, people will download a single.  So we have this single that’s out.  In about three or four weeks we’ll have a new single and we’ll go from there.  We’re just belting them out and having a great time doing it.  I love all of the fans I have been meeting at the book signings and at the shows.  I love when they bring their GNR memorabilia.  I love meeting everybody and signing stuff.  Everybody has been so great.  I appreciate all of their prayers and all of their wonderful thoughts.  It’s a really wonderful trip.

You started your career in one of the biggest bands of all time and have a very well documented career. The public eye has been fixed on you from the time you were very young and continues to this day. What do you think is the biggest misconception about Steven Adler?

I’m going to tell you there is no misconception.  If you read my book, nearly everything is right there.  That’s all I have to tell you!  There is no misconception!  My heart and soul are on my sleeve! [laughs]

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It seems, especially in the “rock media,” they tend to focus mainly on soundbites from you that paint Axl Rose in a negative light. Does this ever put you in a bad spot or become a bit of a burden?

No.  Axl is one of the most wonderful people I have had in my life.  He is an amazing singer.  He’s up there as one of the top singers/entertainers.  You have Freddie Mercury.  You have Robert Plant. You have Steven Tyler.  You have Axl Rose. It’s been a blessing being able to work with that guy.  I want him to be a part of my life.  He’s my brother.  Like I said earlier, brothers fight.  Enough with the fighting.  Let’s move on … I want to finish what I started with him and the guys.  I’m pretty sure they feel the same way.  Axl has been nothing but a wonderful influence and a wonderful person to me.  I love him and I want him to be a part of my life more.  I’m thankful I have a history with him.  No bad animosity.  All love and respect.

What do you consider the defining moment of your career so far?

I have to say playing with The Rolling Stones at the L.A. Colosseum.  That was the biggest!  Oh yeah, and Donnington!  I’ve had a few.  We played with Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne.  I have to say the main one was the Colosseum with The Rolling Stones.  That was like a dream come true for all of us.

That’s one band I haven’t seen, I would love to go see.

Oh man!  It’s amazing! And they’re still doing it!  I love it!  This is like the 10th time that they’ve said this is the last tour they are doing!

It sounds like KISS!

You’ve got to hand it to them!  You’ve got to give it up!

Being in the music industry as long as you have, are there still surprises?

The surprise is that there is no record industry.  I was lucky enough to catch the ending of what was the entertainment world, where you worked hard, you did shows, you played anywhere, and you sent your tapes in.  You did everything you could and you were a rare breed.  The rare few got signed and got to make a record.  Nowadays everyone is making a record.  They’re doing it in their bedrooms.  Then again, if you look at these bands that are coming out … I don’t know … it used to be you could see someone walking down Sunset Boulevard and tell the difference between a blue collar guy and an entertainer.  People cared about how they looked.  I watch these videos of bands out nowadays and I swear they’re the same guys who I just got a burger from at Burger King.  You know what I mean!  They don’t care about how they look!  Shave your face!  Look good!  Comb your hair!  Do something!  It’s entertainment!  That’s just how I feel.  I was lucky to catch it toward the ending of when it was real.  It wasn’t a costume, it was a performance.  Nowadays there are bands out there playing with tape!  What the hell is that? [laughs]

As far as I am concerned progress peaked at “Appetite For Destruction!”  That album is phenomenal!

It was live!  That was live and that’s the truth!  At the end of the song there was none of this, “Let’s take this part of the song … that sounded better than this part of the song … let’s put it there … ”  We went one, two, three, four.  We played the friggin’ song and how it came out, that’s how it came to be.  After we played every song, we’d go back in the listening booth and we’d listen back to the song we just played.  We just looked at each other and said, “We just made the greatest record ever!”  We achieved what our goal was.  I just want to finish what I started with them.

Lightening up a bit …you have played tons of shows. Ever have a “Spinal Tap Moment” where something totally unexpected happened?

Well, we were playing with The Cult and it was our last show with them.  They came out and started taking my drums away piece by piece.  There have been a couple of those, “Hello Cleveland! Where’s the fucking stage? Oh!  It’s right over here!  Hello Cleveland!”  There have been a few of those!  That and the Motley Crue guys poured flour all over us like it was cocaine falling from the sky.  Trust me, flour and sweat don’t mix well with hair.  I was pulling dough out of my hair for weeks. [laughs]

What is the best piece of advice you could give to those who are just starting out and considering making a career in the music industry?

Practice as many hours a day as you can.  Play with every other performer/musician.  Everyone you can play with … get yourself out there.  Play the bars.  Play the clubs.  Get yourself known.  That’s what we did.  We hung out on the strip.  We played everywhere.  We made sure people knew who we were.  We practiced!  You want to go out there and you want to be great.  We would go into rehearsal two hours before the other guys would get in just so the bass and drums, which is the rhythm section, was good as we could be.

After this tour, what’s next for you?

We are going to do some recording and some videos.  We’re going to Europe. Iceland, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Australia … we’ve got a world tour ahead of us until this time next year.

Anything that you would like to add or say to the dedicated GNR fans around the world?

Thank you for all of the wonderful prayers and thoughts.  The e-mails, texts, and tweets.  I love meeting all of you.  More than anything I love  giving hugs to everybody.  Be prepared, if you meet me, you’re going to get hugged!  I even hugged a big, stinky, hairy guy in Canada! [laughs]  He had no business wearing a tank top! [laughs]  None!  The store who sold him the tank top had no business selling this guy a tank top!  That’s how hairy this guy was!

Jesus! [laughs]

Exactly! [laughs] Be sure to check out our website at www.adlersappetiteonline.com.  You can check out if we’re coming to your city in the next couple of weeks.  We still have a month of touring in the states.  You check out pictures, videos from the shows, and the book.  Log on and say hi!

Thanks for your time Steven and best of luck!

Thank you for your time!

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Alex Grossi Talks Adler’s Appetite & Paul Reed Smith Road Show

Alex Grossi Talks Adler’s Appetite & Paul Reed Smith Road Show

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Hailing from a musical family in Connecticut, Alex Grossi picked up a guitar at the age of thirteen and never looked back. Almost two decades later, all of his hard work and determination have paid off in spades. At 32 years old, the rock guitarist has accomplished more in his career than many guitarists will accomplish in a lifetime. His musical prowess launched him into the limelight, and along the way he would take the stage with some of the hard rock genre’s biggest names and his boyhood idols. Grossi has kept his musical momentum building through the years by working with Quiet Riot’s Kevin DuBrow, Guns N’ Roses’ Dizzy Reed and most recently, served as a driving force in Adler’s Appetite as he travels the land alongside legendary Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler. Alex Grossi shows no signs of slowing down as he makes his mark on the music scene. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently had a chance to sit down with Alex Grossi to discuss his current tour with Adler’s Appetite, his upcoming summer trek with the Paul Reed Smith Road Show and all of his upcoming projects.

How did music first come into your life?

I was born into a musical family. My dad was a musician for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra where he was a conductor and my mom owns a dance studio in Connecticut, which is still open for business. It is called the Grossi Dance Academy. Through those things, I was kinda born into it and I started out playing french horn when I was in second grade. It started from there and then I started seeing Motley Crue videos and that seemed like a lot more fun than playing in the Symphony, so I got a guitar and here we are! [laughs]

alexgrossi4What drove you to make music your career?

My Mom dances for a living. She is 60 years old and in better shape than anyone in the band! It keeps her young and she really loves dancing. A wise man once said that “If you love what you do, then you never have to go to work.” I really love playing guitar and I really don’t like going to work. [laughs] I figured that if I could find a way to make a living doing it, move to the right city, meet the right people and be a pro about it, then it would happen. There is a lot of risk involved and there are a lot of people who want to do it professionally. I just thought, “How cool would it be to get paid for doing something that you love?” Thankfully, I have been able to do something that I love as a career!

You mentioned Motley Crue. Who were some of the influences that have helped shape you, the musician, that we know today?

Growing up, it was Guns N’ Roses. ‘Appetite for Destruction’ was my first record. I am a big fan of KISS, Aerosmith and all the bands of that genre. I never really got into the whole guitar virtuoso, shredder thing. I liked bands that had attitude, image and were a little bit dangerous. I also liked the fact that a lot of bands had their own sound. For example, Slash (of Guns N’ Roses). You can hear a solo on a Guns N’ Roses song or him guesting somebody else’s song and you can tell that it is him. Anyone like that has been a big influence on me. I have literally gotten a chance to play with a lot of the guys that I grew up listening to so far in my short professional career. Well, actually I guess it is not so short as I am 32 now, I am starting to get up there! [laughs] It has really been great!

I know you have done some songwriting in the past. Is there a typical songwriting process that you employ or does it vary depending on who you are working with?

Ya know, it is really contingent on what type of band that you are in. If you are hired just to come in and play lead guitar or chord guitar or whatever. In that case you just come in, they hand you the song and you just play over it. For example, I just recently worked on Dizzy Reed’s (Guns N’ Roses) solo album. I went in there and he pretty much had all of the guitar parts mapped out and I would just put my own sorta thing on it, contributing a little bit here and there. With a band like Beautiful Creatures, where I came in as the guitar player, replacing DJ Ashba the main songwriter, I literally had to write from scratch with four other guys, what became ‘Deuce,’ our second record. It really depends on the situation, Adler’s Appetite is planning on going into the studio in late July and we have already started working on some stuff. Chip Z’Nuff, Steven Adler, Michael Thomas and myself will get in a room and just start banging out ideas and roll tape. Hopefully by the end of the year, you will have a new record from us.

Great news! For those how might not know, how did you get involved with Steven Adler and Adler’s Appetite?

I have been working with Steven on and off for about five years now. I initially got contacted by Kevin DuBrow of Quiet Riot, to do some solo show before Quiet Riot reformed in 2004, that turned into the ‘Bad Boys of Metal’ tour. It was a summer package that featured Joe Lesté of Bang Tango, Jani Lane of Warrant, Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses and Kevin DuBrow, with me playing guitar for all four bands. I was literally on stage for four hours a night. During that time, Steven and I became really good friends and after the tour we kept in touch. I did some solo shows with him and after his stint on ‘Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew’, he decided to reform the band and called me. The rest is history!

alexgrossi1Adler’s Appetite parted ways with one singer and now you have brought Rick Stitch in to handle the vocals. What does Rick bring to the table?

It is really, really difficult when you are trying to emulate something that people are so familiar with. ‘Appetite for Destruction’ sold well over 30 million copies worldwide and people know every note from that album. We just played over in Argentina. They don’t speak English but they can even sing the guitar solos! So, we needed someone who can be true to the music but we also don’t want to be a tribute band. The drummer in this band, Steven, wrote a fifth of the music playing on that album. When we made the singer change, a lot of people would contact me or Steven through Myspace. They were wearing the bandanna and one even went so far as to have the fake Axl Rose tattoos put on. That wasn’t what we wanted. We wanted a guy who can hit the notes and do the stuff but at the same time is not a clone. We’re not Steel Dragon, ya know! [laughs] Rick has been great. It is nice to have a guy who is on the same page off stage as he is on stage. What people don’t realize about a touring band that works as hard as we do is that you have to live with these people twenty four hours a day. You may have two straight days off in the middle of God knows where or Iowa and you have to be friends. Certain people get along, certain people don’t but that is the nature of the beast. Instead of being married to one person, try being married to five or six! That’s basically what it is like.

This summer you will be taking part in the Paul Reed Smith Road Show, how did you first join up with Paul Reed Smith and what has that experience been like for you?

I got my first Paul Reed Smith when I was fifteen years old. I started playing when I was thirteen and I progressed pretty quickly to the point where I got a job at a music store that sold Paul Reed Smith, and as soon as I had fifteen hundred dollars in my pocket, I bought one! I have been playing them since then. When I was nineteen years old, I joined a band called Angry Sal while I was attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. We got a record deal and the first thing that I though was “Well shit, I want to get an endorsement.” So, I wrote a letter to Paul Reed Smith and said “Can I play your guitar exclusively?” and they invited me out to the factory. I went down there and I have been with them ever since. Every band that I have been in, they have always hooked me up with the right guitar for it and Paul has been great. The thing about Paul is that he is probably the only guitar manufacturer that puts out a really good product that you can get anywhere, that is consistent. I could have all my gear stolen, walk into a Guitar Center wherever I may be in the world and have it sound like the one that I have been playing on stage. I really mean that. As a company, they have always taken care of me at the NAMM shows. They are not like Gibson or Fender that are these huge corporate conglomerations, they are still very much a family run business. I am really looking forward to doing the clinics with him. I believe that it is July 14th in Manchester, Connecticut at their Guitar Center location. It’s funny because Paul will be taking about all these different types of exotic woods and my job is to show up and tell stories about playing with all of these crazy rock stars! It should be really cool! I am really happy to have been with them through the years and I really don’t ever see myself playing another guitar.

You mentioned recording guitars for Dizzy Reed’s solo debut and I know Del James is serving as producer on that release. What can you tell us about this project and any idea on when it may hit stores?

alexgrossi2 I have no idea about it’s release date. I know that they are mixing it right now. Once ‘Chinese Democracy’ came out, I am sure it took a little bit of a back burner. Working with Del was great. For a guy who doesn’t really play an instrument he has a really great ear. He will walk into the room and say “No, no! Do it more like…” and then throw out some crazy analogy that ends up making perfect sense at the end of the day! It was really great working with those guys. As a Guns N’ Roses fan, and I am sure not too many people will be a fan of me saying this, but it is cool to work on every end of the spectrum. By that I mean, I am working with a guy who was there at the very beginning, Steven Adler, all the way up to the guys who are in the band now. Whether that ties the two things together, I can tell you 100% that it does not, but it is really cool to hear the stories and the history of the band. If you think about it, as far as I am concerned, they are the band of my generation. You had The Who, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles for previous generations. As far as rock bands and anyone that is in their early thirties to forties, our band is Guns N’ Roses or Nirvana but definitely one of the two.

You have worked with so many icons from the industry in your career. What is the best piece of advice someone has given you along the way?

The best piece of advice was given to me by Kevin DuBrow, and it was to always go out and play your show as if it were your last. He didn’t say it in exactly in those words but I have seen Kevin play in front of forty thousand people and I have seen him play in front of forty people. He would go out there because he genuinely enjoyed doing it. The day it stops being fun for you is the same day that it stops being fun for the audience. When you are up there, no matter how big the crowd is, no matter how good the sound is, no matter how bad the sound is, if you are having fun it is infectious. It goes back to the audience and right back to you and everyone has a good time. People pay their hard earned money to get in to see you. I won’t mention any names but there are guys in that particular genre that just show up and are only doing it for a paycheck, not because they love playing. You can tell when people care and when they don’t. That was the thing about Kevin, he always cared. I will never forget that. Even right up until our last show. It was November 4th, 2007 at a small club and he still played it as if he would have been playing Madison Square Garden. He still brought it every night! A lot of guys from that genre don’t do that anymore.

alexgrossi3Have you had a ‘Spinal Tap Moment’ on stage?

[laughs] This entire tour has been a ‘Spinal Tap Moment’! [laughs] The most recent one was about a week and a half ago. We played a show called ‘Cornstock’. It was held in a huge corn field. Big, big show! Tons of people, great show! However, when we got there the promoter came onto the bus and said “Fellas we have a little bit of a problem here. See that there inflatable beer can?” because it was sponsored by Budweiser and they had one of those giant fifty foot beer cans. They had to tear down the entire stage and move it around this beer can. All I could think about was Stonehenge! It was what Stonehenge should have been if it were a can of beer! We had to wait four hours in the sun due to a giant inflatable beer can, so that was very Spinal Tap. Whoever wrote that movie must have been in a band or followed a band around because they were dead on. They actually predicted the future in a lot of ways. They always say watch ‘Spinal Tap’ and then go on tour for ten years and then watch it again, you will be laughing so hard your ribs hurt! [laughs]

What should we be on the lookout for from you in the coming months?

Definitely the new Adler’s Appetite record! Right now, I have a song out in the new Sandra Bullock movie ‘The Proposal’, so if you feel like hearing a song by Beautiful Creatures in a Walt Disney picture, a family movie, that was written by a very un-family band, check that out! [laughs] It is pretty cool! Also look out for possibly some more Paul Reed Smith Road Show dates and a ton more of Adler’s Appetite dates, that’s for sure!

We will be on the lookout for you!

Thanks!

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