Duff McKagan, bassist of Guns N’ Roses, has released an autobiography called It’s So Easy (And Other Lies). Here are some fascinating facts you probably didn’t know.
1. The members in the band would cure their STDs by visiting the local pet store. ″You could get dirt-cheap antibiotics – intended for use in aquariums – at pet stores. Turned out tetracycline wasn’t just good for tail rot and gill disease. It also did great with syphilis″
2. The first proper gig for the band supporting the Fastbacks would see all five members hitchhike over 1,000 miles to get to The Gorilla Garden Venue in Portland.
″With no money left, our only hope now was to straight-up hitch hike on the side of the freeway. From a less determined perspective, it would have seemed a hopeless long shot that anyone would pick up five fucked-up-looking guys with their guitars – if anyone even had enough room space. But we didn’t see it that way at all then. We just had no alternative.″
3. To this day Slash still considers ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ the worst Guns N’ Roses song. Ironically it’s been their biggest selling hit all over the world.
Slipknot has posted a 10-minute tribute video to the band’s late bassist Paul Gray, featuring previously unseen footage. Check it out below.
Private funeral services for Gray were held on Friday (May 28) in Des Moines, Iowa.
Paul was found dead in a hotel room in a Des Moines suburb on Monday (May 24). The cause of Gray‘s death has not been determined, although according to a 911 call, a hypodermic needle and pills were found near the 38-year-old musician’s body.
The eight surviving members of Slipknot held a news conference on May 25 at Wells Fargo Arena in the band’s native stomping grounds of Des Moines, Iowa to address Gray‘s death. Also present at the event was Gray‘s brother Tony and widow Brenna, who spoke briefly at the end of the conference.
“He was everything that was wonderful about this band and about this group of people,” frontman Corey Taylor said. “The only way I can sum up Paul Gray is ‘love.’ Everything he did, he did for everyone around him whether he knew you or not … and that’s what he’s left behind for us: absolute love. I will miss him with every fiber of my heart, as will everybody at this table and everyone who knew him. He was the best of us.”
“It’s very important that everybody on the outside of us understands that Paul Gray was the essence of the band Slipknot. … Paul was there from the very, very beginning, and none of us would be on the path that we’re on now in life or have the sorts of life that we have without him,” percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan added. “Paul loved the fans. He was kind of the person in the band that really wanted everybody in the band to always get along and just concentrate on the band. He was a really great friend and a really great person. He’s going to be sadly missed, and the world is going to be a different place without him.”
“It’s very hard for me right now,” added drummer Joey Jordison. “I just want to say that I love you, Paul, very much. You’ll be sorely missed by the world over.”
Sid Wilson, the band’s Dj, credited Gray with introducing him to the band, which he described as a family.
“To me, that’s the most important thing,” Wilson said. “That in everyone he met there was a change in their life. He was so good at giving everyone a different perspective, and I love him for that.”
Percussionist Chris Fehn said when Gray called “you just felt good,” and he remembered the bass player as giving “the best hugs out of everyone I ever hugged. When he grabbed on to you, you could feel the love he had for you.”
Brenna Gray spoke last, mentioning the couple’s unborn child while discussing her husband.
“Paul was my husband, an amazing person, and I want people to remember him for that,” Brenna said. “And his daughter will remember him for the way he was.”
Paul and his wife were reportedly expecting their first child in September.
Guitarist Gus G of Firewind and also the newly recruited guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne is featured in the third issue of the gothic comic book series Eternal Descent, slated for publication in July, 2010.
The issue features a storyline inspired by guitar hero Gus G who helps Eternal Descent characters Lyra nd Sirian race against time to save Apollo and the rest of the band from the dissonant call of the Damned, The comic book will be available at comic book stores worldwide through Diamond Distribution. Llexi Leon, creator of the multi-media concept ETERNAL DESCENT, recruits ESP artists for cameo appearances in the Eternal Descent comic which is inspired by a host of iconic metal musicians.
Prompted by the recent death of Sex Pistols manager and punk honcho Malcolm McLaren, film critic/writer Roger Ebert recently posted an unfinished film script he wrote for the pioneering English punk band in the summer of 1977. Read Who Killed Bambi? here, on Ebert’s Chicago Sun-Times blog.
U2 have revealed that they have begun work on a new album.
The follow-up to 2009’s ‘No Line On The Horizon’, the as-yet-untitled album is set to be “really special”.
“We are working on a lot of new songs,” The Edge told EW.com. “Some of them are really, really happy. We’re convinced that we have something really special.”
According to TMZ, GUNS N’ ROSES fans were forced to take sides in the legendary war between Axl Rose and Slash – after security at a recent GNR show banned fans from wearing Slash gear inside the show.
It all went down at the GNR show in Canada last Wednesday – concert security informed fans that they were required to turn their Slash t-shirts inside out …. and leave their top hats outside.
TMZ spoke with a member of the concert security team who confirmed the marching orders – and told us the instructions were passed down from a producer for the band.
We’re told a few fans took the high roa
Guns N’ Roses have shot down last week’s rumor about playing with Jane’s Addiction on their upcoming South American tour. They denied that Jane’s Addition will be playing the tour, but the rumor stated they would be playing with them on a specific date.
The rumor was “According to Isabel Guerra from Livinginperu.com, Guns N’ Roses and Jane’s Addiction will perform in Lima on March 25, 2010, in the Monumental Stadium Esplanade.”