Broken Axl


It's official. The new Guns N' Roses, which according to many featured neither guns nor roses, has canceled its tour after Axl Rose pulled a no-show at the "First Union" Spectrum in Philly last week. "Chants of "Axl sucks, Axl sucks" and less polite sentiments followed [the cancelled show]," writes MTV News reporter Jon Wiederhorn:

and then the crowd became unruly. For around 10 minutes, cups of beer, bottles, ceiling tiles and other debris rained down from the upper tier, and audience members on the floor started flinging seats at the stage, mixing board and each other. Several fights were reported, and there were 15 complaints of injury, police said. Of those, five people were sent to Methodist Hospital for evaluation. There were no major injuries reported, and no arrests were made.

I wouldn't read too much meaning into that riot. Having seen plenty of shows at the Spectrum, I'm guessing the violence would have been worse if the show had actually happened.

Former GNR members Slash, Izzy Stradlin, and Duff McKagen are said to be working on a non-Axl reunion, but what's most impressive is the almost-celebrity firepower Axl managed to attract to his own effort. Tommy Stinson lived up to his name as a Replacement in Axl's new band, and lonesome Beastie Boy Mix Master Mike was the warmup act. And then there's Buckethead:

Lead guitarist Buckethead was the most unusual, however. The quirky guitarist wore a KFC bucket on his head, which at one point in the show was adorned with Christmas lights, as well as a mask. His solos included playing all the Star Wars themes, among other songs, and a showcase of his martial arts skills with nunchaku clubs combined with robotic movements. After that solo, to an eerie musical backdrop he bizarrely pulled little toys out of a bag, and threw them at the audience.

Maybe America just can't handle a true Rock And Roll Circus anymore….

NEXT: Overlawyered Art

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. Isn’t the Spectrum where Ozzy did his famous biting of a bat head?

  2. I spoke to someone who actually saw one of their shows. He said the band was good, but Axl sounded terrible. He suspects that it’s his voice that causes all the cancellations.

    Anyway, I heard the new band being formed by Slash and company is trying out Travis Meeks (Days of the New) for lead singer…

  3. Maybe they can do a show at the Spectrum where they invite both Ozzy and Axl, and if Axl manages to show up, Ozzy bites Axl’s head off. Then maybe they can put Axl’s head in a KFC bucket and throw it into the audience, causing a riot wherein Axl’s head gets spattered all over the Spectrum. I would pay any amount to see that.

  4. Too bad. I would’ve gone to see them just to check out Buckethead. Besides looking freaky, he’s got a unique, flying-trapeze style of guitar playing which actually induces vertigo.

    He and Tommy Stinson have too much going on to be relegated to rehashing Guns and Roses songs.

  5. Yes Axl’s voice isn’t as gritty as the Use Your Illusion era, but it’s still good. Interestingly, by Boston & MSG he’d regained some of that grit… its like he retrained his voice during the first few shows… in fact, its probably more controlled now (releasing that grit and growl only when required.)

    Anyway, the twat let himself fall flat on his face just as the band was gettin better… only Axl could screw up his one chance at a comeback.


Please to post comments

Comments are closed.