1990

1990:

Januar

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22 - Slash og Duff er ved American Music Awards uddelingen i Shrine Auditorium, hvor GnR vinder “Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist” og “Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album“-kategorierne. Slash liver lidt op pÃ¥ det hele ved at bande i hans takketale. Se det her.

26 - Slash & Duff deltager i velgørenhedsshowet “Children of the Night“, og gÃ¥r pÃ¥ scenen med Great White og spiller “Red House“. Se videoen her.

Februar

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Darren “Dizzy” Reed

01 – Dizzy Reed bliver hyret til bandet til at arbejde pÃ¥ deres næste album. I et interview fortæller han, at han var tæt pÃ¥ at opgive efter 6 Ã¥r og ludfattig og to dage fra at blive smidt ud af sin lejlighed i L.A., da han blev efterlyst og hyret til bandet.

Dizzy: “Having a keyboard player in the band was something they talked to me about a long time ago, I never really thought it would happen. I go “Dude I’m starving. As of tomorrow I’ll have no phone, no apartment, no food, no nothing and if you guys need to know where to get a hold of me I can’t tell you where I’m gonna be.'” The next day he got a call telling him he was in the band. “Basically, they fuckin’ saved my life.”

 

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15-23 – Mellem disse dage sidst i februar, skrev og optager Slash & Duff sange med Iggy Pop til hans kommende album “Brick By Brick“, der udgives i juni mÃ¥ned. De medvirker ogsÃ¥ i hans video “Home“, som du kan se her.

Marts

01 - Duff bliver skilt fra sin kone Mandy. Han begynder at forberede sig pÃ¥ at lave et soloalbum, mens tiden gÃ¥r med arbejdet for GnR’s næste projekt.

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03 - Slash & Axl pÃ¥ scenen med Aerosmith i Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA, hvor de spiller “Train Kept A Rollin‘”. Lyt her. (meget dÃ¥rlig lyd)

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16 - Slash medvirker på Sam Kinison’s “Leader Of The Banned” album, pÃ¥ nummeret “Highway To Hell“.

28 – Denne dag blev Steven Adler tvunget til at underskrive en kontrakt der fratog ham rettighederne som medlem af bandet. Han blev stort set ansat som medarbejder i bandet i en mÃ¥neds prøvetid, hvor han blev tilrÃ¥det at droppe sine heroinmisbrugsvaner. [Kilde]

April

Bandet var pÃ¥ vej mod den totale nedsmeltning, da de skulle spille velgørenhedskoncert ved Farm Aid IV. De havde knoklet pÃ¥ “Use Your Illusion” albummet siden januar, og undervejs blev Steven fyret kortvarigt, og derefter genansat med en underskrevet kontrakt, der tvang ham til at tage sig sammen og stoppe sit stofmisbrug, men han havde meget svært ved at leve op til kontrakten. I studiet bragte det frustrationer pga. de blev nødt til at klippe og klistre i hans usikre arbejde bag trommerne. Bandet hÃ¥bede, at det højt profilerede velgørenhedsshow kunne motivere Adler, men fra starten af gik det galt.

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07 - GnR spiller ved Farm Aid IV ved Hoosier Dome i Indianapolis. Det skulle blive Stevens sidste GnR show. Steven skvatter pÃ¥ vej op til trommerne. De spiller “Civil War” og UK Subs “Down On The Farm” for første gang live. Se det her.

Steven: “Looking back, I realize that this may have been proof positive that their plan to get me out of the band was already in full motion. They weren’t cluing me in to new songs or even telling me what they were playing. I believe their strategy was to make my playing sound like this. I believe they wanted me to fuck up on live TV; that would be their evidence. By branding me as an ill-equipped, crappy drummer, they’d be armed with a sound reason for kicking me out.”

Slash: “The second we walked out onstage, Steven took a run up to the drum riser, which is a pretty big platform that’s hard to miss, and took flight. […] Steven hobbled through the show, and our performance was dodgy at best, though well received by the Farm Aid crowd. […] There couldn’t have been a better way for Steven to reveal to us that he’d been lying about being clean.”

Slash: [om Civil War] “That was actually one of the first songs Axl and I wrote after Appetite. The tour wasn’t even finished, Axl heard me playing this acoustic thing and we started rehearsing it with the band in Australia (1988). It was also the first song where we went in the studio with Steven and realised that he wasn’t really playing up to par.”

Steven [om Andy McCoy]:“His wife — if she’s still his wife — used to be Izzy’s [Stradlin, ex-GUNS N’ ROSES] girlfriend back in the day. She’s the biggest cunt, slut, whore, loser, piece of shit I’ve ever met in my life! After they let me go from GN’R, Andy was living up the street from me. We started writing together. He would come down and I would say, ‘Do not bring that goofy wife of yours!’ I’d be in the front yard and I’d see him up the hill and I’d flip him off because he was bringing her. One afternoon we were playing and I had a locked gate. The wife and Erin Everly [Axl Rose’s ex-girlfriend] come over. Axl and Erin had got in a fight. That’s what really did it. This girl gave her valium and some other stuff and kept telling me to give her heroin. There is now way in hell I would ever do anything to Erin, even sexually. The closest we ever got was eating sushi in Studio City once. Three guys came in with shotguns and robbed the place while we were there. They took everybody’s shit but ours! I’ve always been a big fan of Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy. Michael got to play on the ‘Use Your Illusion’ stuff. Me, Slash, and Duff wrote the music. I only got to play on ‘Civil War’. We’re doing that one live, too.” [Kilde]

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28 - Axl gifter sig med Erin Everly i en brandert i Las Vegas. Måden han frier på er med en pistol i handskerummet i sin bil, som han truer at skyde sig med hvis hun nægter. Deres ægteskab bliver ikke mindre stormfuldt eller bedre af den grund, så det bliver annulleret i Januar 1991.

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Juni

21 - Slash er pÃ¥ scenen med Black Crowes i Marquee i New York, hvor de spiller “It’s A Sin“. Lyt her.

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26 - GnR’s version af ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door‘ udgives pÃ¥ “Days Of Thunder” soundtracket. Lyt her.

Juli

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Axl & Erin

Et meget sjældent kort interview med Axl og Erin, et sted i Los Angeles. Han nævner der er omkring tre uger til “Nobodys Child” albummet udgives. Se her.

11 - Steven fyres officielt og erstattes senere af Matt Sorum fra The Cult.

Steven: “All of a sudden the family thing turned into little cliques. Duff and Slash would hang out, Izzy would disappear, Axl – god knows what he was doing. I was hanging out with the crew guys. Then the crew guys, if they were seen hanging out with me they would get a reprimand. It was terrible.” [Kilde]

Matt: “I was going to just do the albums and Steven was going to come back and do the tour. Steven was going through a lot of personal stuff. I was temporarily there. But as time progressed, maybe a couple of weeks into the session Slash pulled me aside, and said it didn’t look as if Steven was coming back and asked if I’d like to join the band. Here I was in an already successful band that I was very happy with, but to be offered that gig at the time was the highest level you can imagine. If you compare it to what’s out there now, I don’t think there’s anyone that can compare to that level.” [Kilde]

24 - Det første originale GnR nummer siden “GN’R Lies“, ‘Civil War‘, er med pÃ¥ velgørenhedsalbummet “Nobody’s Child: Romanian Angel Appeal“.

August

18 – “Civil War” indtager førstepladsen på Weekly Rocks Top 20.

September

Bandet afslutter optagelsen af det næste album, med undtagelse af vokalerne. 36 sange er blevet optaget pÃ¥ 36 dage og de begynder at tænke over titlen pÃ¥ albummet. GN’R Sucks og BUY Product blev begge skrottet, til fordel for “Use Your Illusion“. Axl tog navnet fra et maleri af Mark Kostabi. Det næste problem var formatet af udgivelsen. De 36 sange kunne ikke passe ind pÃ¥ en almindelige cd. GnR ville udgive en boks med 4 cd’er. Geffen sagde nej, det ville blive for dyrt for deres fans. Endelig blev de enige om, at udgive to cd’er samme dag, og en cd senere. “Use Your Illusion I“, “Use Your Illusion II“.

10 - Slash medvirker på Bob Dylans album “Under The Red Sky” pÃ¥ nummeret “Wiggle Wiggle

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Axl & Kurt Loder

Axl interviewes i hans egen baghave i det nye 800,000$ hjem i 2738 Hollyridge Dr, Los Angeles, California til MTV’s “Famous Last Words” af Kurt Loder, hvor han fortæller om det næste album, og om Steven Adler der blev fyret fra bandet.

Oktober

Erin, der er gravid med Axl, får en spontan abort efter et voldsomt skænderi med ham. Axl søger om at få ægteskabet annulleret i januar 1991.

30 - Axl arresteres i sin lejlighed i West Hollywood pga naboen, Gabrielle Kantor, havde anklaget ham for at slÃ¥ hende i hovedet med en vinflaske. Kantor blev undersøgt på Cedars-Sinai og de kunne intet finde galt med hende, mens Axl mÃ¥tte tilbringe 4 timer i arresten før han kunne betale de 5000$ i kaution. Axl overbeviser dog en mÃ¥ned senere retten om sin uskyld. Han havde et interview med The Times, hvor han uddybede det problemfyldte forhold til sin nabo, der begyndte kort efter han flyttede ind. Hun spillede Guns N’ Roses meget højt, og det fik ironisk nok Axl til at klage til boligejeren over hende! Se videoklip her. Læs en mere uddybende artikel om Axl & Erin her.

Axl: “One song, has a verse about life in L.A., and the chorus came when I was at home and couldn’t figure one out. All of a sudden Gabby started beating on the walls and had her television cranked on 10 to bother me, and I just wrote this chorus called ‘Right Next Door to Hell.’ It works really well.”

November

Axl flytter ind i The Record Plant i Hollywood, hvor han tilbringer de næste mange mÃ¥neder med omhyggeligt at lægge vokaler pÃ¥ sangene. Det forlyder, at Axl insisterer pÃ¥ at synge én linje ad gangen sÃ¥ processen trækkes ud. Han fik ogsÃ¥ hængt en sandsæk op, som han brugte til at afreagere pÃ¥, og underholdningen var i form af to Kiss og Elton John pinball maskiner. Axl: “There were no heat in that room, it was a cold, lonely place, but it was the only place I could stay to keep myself in the work. It was cool-looking, but it was dark, cold and weird.” Den anden grund til at han flyttede ind i studiet var pga. den anden sag han havde kørende med sin nabo.

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09 – Bandet er med til at fejre RIP Magazine’s fødselsdag på Hollywood Palladium i Los Angeles. Axl, Duff og Slash sammen med Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield og Kirk Hammett (Metallica) spiller under navnet GAK (Slang for kokain, cannabis, osv).

Duff: “Guns did the third anniversary RIP (US rock magazine) party – that’s got to be three years ago now – and I jumped into the crowd, did a little stagedive. The place was fuckin’ packed but I jumped and all of a sudden the Red Sea just parted, man! 12 feet straight down – BOOM! Thanks for catching me, you guys! I didn’t think there was any room for them to move. Then everyone started jumping on top of me and somebody grabbed the old chain and fuckin’ ripped it off my neck – it wouldn’t go over my head – to add insult to injury while I’m laying there bleeding on the floor.”

December

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