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Axl Rose - Diary of a rock 'n roll weasel

(Or how I stopped caring and learned to hate the man)
Dec. 1, 2006

Axl Rose
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Story by Max Jensen

By definition a weasel is a cunning, sneaky, underhanded person. Add unreliable, incompetent and untalented and you will have the dictionary definition of Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose.
This clown with no makeup has absolutely zero credibility and has tried our patience far too many times. Yes, his place in rock n' roll history is secure, afterall in the late '80s and early '90s Guns N' Roses were king of the hill, but Axl is his very own Brutus. Every year- no every day this egotistical man dents that armour until the day will come where he stands naked and fully exposed revealing what he truly is. Following are some highlights on the growing rap sheet of Axl Rose.
Soon to be updated daily.

  • Rose challenged Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain (after Cobain had turned down an offer from Rose to tour with Guns N' Roses) to a fight at the 1992 MTV Music Awards after Cobain's wife, Courtney Love, jokingly asked Rose to be the godfather to their daughter Frances Bean. Rose commented later of Nirvana that "They would rather sit home and shoot heroin with their bitch wives than tour with us."
    Cobain later commented on Rose's rock star persona, stating, "His role has been played for years. Ever since the beginning of rock and roll, there's been an Axl Rose. And it's just boring. It's totally boring to me. Why it's such a fresh and new thing in his eyes is obviously because it's happening to him personally and he's such an egotistical person that he thinks that the whole world owes him something."

    Axl Rose
  • Rose's dictatorial hold on Guns N' Roses is why they are no more. From personally firing bandmates Gilby Clarke and Matt Sorum to enraging lead guitarist Slash with his erratic and thoughtless ways. Slash left the band in 1996. The album they were working on at the time has never been released. Slash has stated that he hasn't talked to Axl since 1996 contradicting rumors to the contrary.

  • Rose was arrested by Arizona cops in February 1998 and charged with verbally abusing an employee of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Rose, who cursed and shook his fist at a supervisor who wanted to look at his bags at a security checkpoint, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace.

  • Rose has claimed time and time again that their new album Chinese Democracy would be released shortly. This stated in 1999 and he's still claiming that it will be released soon. By the time Rose gets around to finally "releasing" it there will finally be democracy in China.

  • In 2002 after the new line-up of Guns N' Roses a North American tour including 16 shows followed, but it broke apart halfway through after, in December 2002, Rose did not appear for shows in Philadelphia. Blaming the ensuing riot, Clear Channel, the tour's promoter, cancelled all remaining shows.

  • On June 11, 2006, Guns N' Roses headlined the Download Festival in Donington Park, England. Within the first half hour of the show; Axl had become pissed-off with the quality of the sound. After leaving briefly and returning the set to mid song, throwing the microphone on the floor, yelling at the crowd for someone throwing a waterbottle at him, insulting a security guard and then finally exiting the stage citing technical difficulties while leaving Bumblefoot to play an instrumental of the song "Don't Cry," he did finally return to finish the set.

  • On June 27, 2006, Axl was arrested in Stockholm, Sweden, after an early morning scuffle in his hotel lobby with hotel security. Axl is alleged to have bitten a security guard's leg and shattered an antique lobby mirror while in a drunken rage. Axl later said in a press release: "We had a great gig in Stockholm and I am not going to let this incident spoil that. My assistant Beta and I were talking in the lobby of the hotel when security started to give us a hard time. My only concern was to make sure she was ok." After spending the next several hours in a Stockholm drunk tank, Axl admitted to all charges and paid roughly $6,000 in fines and was released and the Summer European tour continued as scheduled.

  • On July 19, 2006, At a show in Newcastle, England, Axl stormed off-stage during the performance of "Nightrain" after what was alleged to be a 1 coin was thrown on to the stage directly at him. Rose addressed the crowd off-stage and informed them that any person caught throwing objects at him or any other members of the band must be ejected from the auditorium. The band returned to the stage to finish the song after which Rose declared "The show is over," the band left the stage.

  • The band's November 6th show at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Maine was canceled hours before the show was to take place. Almost immediately, fan sites were abuzz with theories as to why GNR backed out, including poor ticket sales and the band not being allowed to drink on stage. C'mon King Axl is the sauce really more important then your fans?

  • Rose axes tourmates Eagles of Death Metal. Pop critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer Soeder told MTV News, "My impression was, and I don't want to belittle the GN'R fans, but they didn't really get the inside-joke quality of the EODM -or the facial hair," a reference to the thick, handlebar mustache worn by Eagles frontman Jesse "The Devil" Hughes. Soeder continued on to say that the band left the stage to "a few boos, some spare applause, but definitely no cheering." After a two-hour wait for GNR to appear, Rose hit the stage with guns blazing. He reportedly asked the audience, "So how'd you like the Pigeons of Shit Metal? Don't worry, that's the last show they're playing with us."
    It was to be the end-of the line for Eagles of Death Metal on the tour.

  • Guns N' Roses cancelled their Milwaukee show last week because Axl was reportedly suffering from an ear infection and strep throat. Just my luck as a reporter I was supposed to cover that show - but really believed that Rose would find a way to cancel. Sore throat, no booze, someone threw something at him, a security guard pissed him off, stubbed toe... Even if what he claims is true - it doesn't really matter anymore as he has "cried wolf" far too many times. The only consistent thing coming from Rose is cancelling shows and not realeasing Chinese Deomcracy.

  • Axl cancels rest of shows and speaks out. (Dec. 15, 2006): Axl has cancelled Guns N' Roses final four shows. Here are some excerpts from Axl's letter.
    "Because of the scheduling of these particular shows, valuable time needed by the band and record company for the proper setup and release of the album Chinese Democracy would have been lost. Rather than delay the album yet again, all involved have decided to remove these shows from GNRs schedule. We hope our fans understand and we apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused. Tickets may be refunded at point of purchase.
    "To say the making of this album has been an unbearably long and incomprehensible journey would be an understatement. Overcoming the endless and seemingly insane amount of obstacles faced by all involved, notwithstanding the emotional challenges endured by everyone -- the fans, the band, our road crew and business team -- has at many times seemed like a bad dream in which one wakes up only to find that they are still in the nightmare. Unfortunately, this time it has been played out for over a decade in real life.
    "When I agreed to do our recent North American tour, I did it with the understanding that my manager, Merck Mercuriadis, and I were in full agreement regarding our strategy and touring plans and, most important, that any and all things needed to release the album by Dec. 26 at the latest were in place. Unfortunately, it turned out that this was not the case, and I regret to say that the album will not be released by the end of the year. Although many things went extremely well and were very exciting, there were, in our opinion, unnecessary and avoidable complications on our tour having to do with the tour routing, scheduling and album and video plans that wreaked havoc on all involved. This was compounded by an overall sense of a lack of respect by management for the band and crew and each individual's particular expertise that has resulted, unfortunately, in the end of both Guns and my managerial involvement with Merck Mercuriadis.
In the late '80s Axl was diagnosed as bipolar. He has been quoted as saying, "I'm very sensitive and emotional and things upset me and make me feel like not functioning or dealing with people... I went to a clinic, thinking it would help my moods. The only thing I did was to take one 500 question test - ya know, filling in the little black dots. All of a sudden I'm diagnosed manic-depressive. 'Let's put Axl on medication.' Well, the medication doesn't help me deal with the stress. The only thing it does is help keep people off my back because they figure I'm on medication."

In a 1992 Rolling Stone interview Rose blames his turbulent behaviour on the violent treatment of his mother at the hand of his stepfather. He said that he thought that domestic violence was the normal way of things.

Yes, Axl we now understand why you're such an asshole...your momma made you do it.

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