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1994:

Januar

I adskillige uger har Slash afleveret forskellige bånd med guitarriffs og sessioner med Gilby og Matt til Axl, som er idéer til det kommende album. Axl og Slash fortæller ganske kort om hvad deres planer er for 1996 i et interview den 3. januar i Rockline.

03 – Det allersidste officielle interview med Slash og Axl pÃ¥ Rockline radio. Lyt til interviewet her. Axl fortalte endvidere at han arbejdede pÃ¥ et muligt soloprojekt:  “I’m trying to put a project together that is kind of a top-secret weapon right now,” udtalte han. Det viste sig dog senere, at Axl slet ikke havde lyst til at bruge Slash’s idéer alligevel, og derefter valgte Slash senere at bruge dem til sit eget soloprojekt.

Axl:  “We’re aiming at ’96 [for the album] and we’ll probably be doing a lot of recording, and trying to put a lot of things between now and then… We may work with Brian May on a project upcoming.” [Kilde]

Slash: “I started hanging out with Matt and recording demos of that stuff just for fun, and Mike Inez from Alice In Chains and Gilby started to come around and play with us. The three of us just got into a groove of jamming and recording every night. We didn’t know what it was going to be. At some point I played it for Axl, who took a pronounced disinterest in it. I played Axl a demo with some of my ideas for songs, and all he said was: ‘I don’t feel like playing this kind of music’. I answered: ‘But this could be an excellent Gunner record, a hundred percent in GN’R style’. He didn’t really care ’cause he only wanted to play industrial and Pearl Jam-sounding crap.”

I et interview med Gilby, fortalte han at Duff heller ikke var synderligt interesseret i den retning Slash ville hen imod.

Gilby: “[Axl] just wasn’t into what we were doing, so he’s kind of rethinking what he wants to do. He just kind of threw a wrench into everything that me, Slash and Matt had worked on. And then Duff came in. Duff and Axl have an idea what the album  should be, and the rest of us have  another idea.”

Axl: “What people don’t know is, the [Slash’s] Snakepit album – that is  the Guns N’Roses album. I just wouldn’t do it… Duff walked out on it, and I walked out on it, because I wasn’t allowed to be any part of it.  It’s like, ‘No, you do this, that’s how it is’. And  I didn’t believe in it. I thought that there were  riffs and parts and some ideas, I thought, that needed to be developed. [But] I had no problem working on it…” [MTV, 1999]

Duff mente selv, at de havde mistet en vital del af sangskrivningprocessen.

Duff: “We started going to Slash’s house… and we had a batch of songs. But, ya know what? Without Izzy, we just weren’t writing the old way. We had a bunch of great songs, but the way we used to write wasn’t all sitting in a room and trying to force ourselves to be a family. We just were. But there was a point up there where it was looking good and we started cranking out songs, but it just started falling apart.”

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17 – “Estranged” videosinglen udgives – det er den tredje og sidste del af den uofficielle Del James trilogi fra de to UYI albums. Budgettet for videoen var pÃ¥ i alt 4 mio. dollars. Se videoen her.

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20 - Axl Indføjer Elton John ved Ã¥rets Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony på Waldorf Astoria hotellet i New York. Han gÃ¥r senere med Bruce Springsteen pÃ¥ scenen.  Fra Brucebase – Denne duet var egentlig planlagt for Rod Stewart og Elton John. Rod Stewart kunne ikke nÃ¥ frem til begivenheden pga. jordskælvet i Los Angeles der skete kort før. Mens Bob Weir/John Popper og andre optrÃ¥dte pÃ¥ scenen, spurgte producenterne om Bruce ville spille “Come Together“. Men han afviste høfligt flere gange. producenterne spurgte derefter Axl Rose der sad lige i nærheden. Axl sagde ja, og hev en stol hen ved siden af Bruce. Efter et par minutters samtale, lagde Axl teksten pÃ¥ bordet og de begge studerede dem hurtigt. Da Bob Weir/John Popper forlod scenen, hoppede Bruce og Axl op pÃ¥ scenen og rockede løs! Se mere her. Dette ville blive Axl’s sidste offentlige optræden i medierne indtil 11. februar, 1998.

Februar

15 – “Since I Don’t Have You” videosingle udgives i USA, og er den tredje single fra “The Spaghetti Incident“. Se videoen her.

Marts

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01 – Slash kan ses pÃ¥ “Hold Out For Love” og “Locomotion” i Carole King’s livedvd “In Concert“. (fra 15. september, 1993)

April

Guns N’ Roses: Estranged – Part IV of the Trilogy!!!” blev udgivet.

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10 - Duff er tæt på at dø, da hans bugspytkirtel er ved at sprænges pga. hans massive alkohol- og stofmisbrug. På en eller anden måde lykkedes det ham herefter at blive rask igen og over de næste mange år forblev han stoffri.

Duff: “I was in my house in Seattle when a small pain became acute. It was so bad that I couldn’t pick up the phone to call anyone. Luckily, my best friend happened to come over to my house, and I got to [the emergency room].”

Samme dag er Slash gæstemusiker hos Dave Letterman – se Letterman gøre grin med ham undervejs i showet her.

24 – En chokerende i et Kerrang interview meddelelse fra Gilby Clarke, der fortæller at der ikke kommer et nyt GnR album, og at han ikke aner om han er med i bandet længere: “Well, it’s an Axl thing. He just wasn’t into what we were doing, so he’s kind of rethinking what he wants to do. He just kind of threw a wrench into everything that me, Slash and Matt had worked to. And then Duff came in. Duff and Axl have an idea what the album should be, and the rest of us have another idea. So right now, we’re not gonna do anything. And anyway, from July to the end of the year, I’m not gonna be available, because I’m gonna be working on my record. If the band decide to make a record during that time, then there’s a good chance I’m not going to be doing it.” Læs resten af interviewet her.

Gilby: “My last conversation with [Axl] was when he called me and was trying to explain what he wanted to do.  And, basically, it was: ‘I want to change the sound of the band. You know, I want to go more into a current direction… I want to use, you know, more industrial type things’. You know, he was really into bands like Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails. And I just kinda laughed and said: ‘Look – I want to play guitar in a loud version of The Rolling Stones’, you know? I had known for a long time that Axl was going to change the direction of the band. I  knew the end was coming. That’s why I dug deep into my solo career. There were days when Axl would call Slash  and go, ‘Fire Gilby – he doesn’t fit in with my  plan,’ but he would never tell me. That was going on for a long time.” [Spin Magazine, 1999]

Juni

19 – “Guns N’ Roses: The Photographic History” blev udgivet i England.

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30 – Izzy Stradlin besøger Roskilde Festivalen pÃ¥ den første dag for at spille sammen med Aerosmith pÃ¥ “Mama Kin“. pÃ¥ Orange Scene kl. 22:30. Det rygtedes pÃ¥ dette tidspunkt, at Izzy muligvis kunne afløse Brad Whitford, der  havde voldsomme personlige problemer pÃ¥ dette tidspunkt – men det var ikke andet end rygter. Izzy rejste rundt i hele verden pÃ¥ dette tidspunkt, bl. England, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, Caribien, Sverige og Danmark.

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26 – Slash spiller ved Night Of 100 Guitars i London, England. Slash og Pride & Glory (m/Zakk Wylde) optræder med Jimi Hendrix klassikeren “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)“. Slash og Paul Rodgers jammer ogsÃ¥ pÃ¥ “The Hunter“. Se hele showet her.

Juli

17 – Det rygtes at Guns N’ Roses er delt op i to stridende lejre, Axl i den ene og Slash i den anden. Gilby fortalte for nylig i et Kerrang interview, at han blev vred da Axl vragede sange som han havde skrevet til bandets næste album, og at han og Slash havde dannet et nyt band, som ogsÃ¥ inkluderede Matt Sorum. Det rygtedes ogsÃ¥ at Axl og Duff havde gang i deres eget projekt. Tom Zutaut benægtede imidlertidig at bandet var opløst, selvom han indrømmede at der var tvivl om hvem der var med i bandet pÃ¥ dette tidspunkt. “Those stories go round and round constantly,” siger han om rygtet at Clarke skulle være blevet fyret. “I don’t think we’ll really know who’s (in the band) until they start recording. . . . I’ve learned with Guns N’ Roses since 1986 that you never really know what’s going to come out until it’s finished.” Bandets talsmand bekræftede at bandet holder pause i øjeblikket, men at de er i fuld gang med at arbejde pÃ¥ det næste album. “Guns N’ Roses alienated enough people that no one cares anymore,” udtaler en anonym koncertpromoter. “You’ve got to pay a lot more dues than Axl has before you can do stuff like he does. He ain’t Keith Richards.”

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18 – En artikel i People Magazine handler om Erin Everly, der afslører hendes tid med Axl Rose, et forhold der i artiklen sammenlignes med OJ Simpsons (!) sagen der skete senere, der dog endte meget værre. Everly besluttede sig for at sagsøge Axl for at have ødelagt hendes liv. Axl, der dog nægtede at udtale sig i første omgang til medierne, svarede tilbage pÃ¥ Erin’s anklager ved at sige at det tvært imod var hende, der var skyld i at han mÃ¥tte forsvare sig selv. En veninde, der valgte at udtale sig anonymt for Axl sagde:  “they did have a combative relationship. But,” tilføjede hun, “Erin portrays herself as the victim and him as the evil aggressor. From what I witnessed, she was the aggressor.Everly, benægtede at have slÃ¥et Axl: “That was never my reaction, to hit somebody. I don’t even spank my dogs.” Sidste oktober, ved en julefest i hans hjem tilbage i 1992, beskyldte Stephanie Seymour Axl for at have tæsket hende. Axl svarede igen ved at sagsøge hende i august 1993. Læs resten af artiklen her.

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26 – Gilby Clarkes debutalbum “Pawnshop Guitars” udgives via Virgin Records. Axl, Slash, Duff, Matt og Dizzy er med pÃ¥ albummet. Envidere kunne det bekræftes at Gilby var ude af GnR definitivt (han blev fyret mÃ¥neden før).

August

I August/September mÃ¥ned begyndte Slash’s arbejde med sit album, med det materiale som Axl havde afvist. Slash skrev teksterne til sangene sammen med Eric Dover (Jellyfish).

Slash: “He [Eric Dover]and I wrote the lyrics to all 12 tracks, and I think it’s pretty easy to tell which songs he wrote and which ones I wrote: all of my songs are directed at one person… though no one picked up on it at the time. I used the record as an opportunity to vent a lot of shit that I needed to get off my chest.”

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14 – Tre dages Woodstock ’94, fra d. 12-14, der afholdes pÃ¥ Winston Farm i Saugertiers, NY omkring 160km nord for New York City. Stedet ligger kun 16 km fra Woodstock, NY, hvor den originale festival i 1969 fandt sted. Omkring 350,000 tilskuere overværede bands som var store navne pÃ¥ dette tidspunkt, som Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith, Crosby, Stills & Nash. Se Slash optræde med Paul Rodgers her.

September

27 – Slash og Carole King i Dave Letterman’s show, hvor de spiller “I Feel The Earth Move” og “Locomotion“. Se klip her.

Oktober

Tom Zutaut kom op med en ide om, at indspille et Rolling Stones nummer til den kommende Tom Cruise film “Interview With The Vampire“. Slash sÃ¥ det som en mulighed for at kunne samles en gang for alle i studiet med denne opgave.

Slash: “It didn’t work. We didn’t all show up at the same time in the studio – put it that way. And that was pretty indicative of what I didn’t want to happen.”

I Slash’s biografi fortalte han at Axl sendte beskeder videre igennem en anden om, at Axl: “needed to re-record my guitar solo so that it sounded more note-for-note like the Keith Richards original“. Da Slash fik DAT bÃ¥ndet retur: “…noticed that there was another guitar layered on top of mine in the solo. Axl had gotten Paul Huge to double over me“.

Slash: “Paul’s just a friend of Axl’s. He brought Paul in without telling me. I got really angry, cos the main thing is the band – getting the band together… It’s not like you hire a bunch of session people and make Guns N’Roses – it doesn’t work that way.” [Metal Express interview]

Axl: “At the time, Paul was one of the best people we knew who was both available and capable of complementing Slash’s style. You could bring in a better guitar player than Paul. You could bring in a monster. I tried putting Zakk Wylde with Slash and that didn’t work…Paul was only interested in complementing Slash, laying down a foundation of a riff or something that would accent or encourage Slash’s lead playing.”

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I oktober mÃ¥ned, afslutter Slash indspilningen af albummet, med sit sideprojekt “Slash’s Snakepit“. De medlemmer som han havde samlet var udover sig selv Gilby, Matt, Eric Dover (ex-Jellyfish) og Mike Inez (Alice in Chains). Albummet bliver kaldt “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere“, og planlægges at blive udgivet i februar 1995. GnR kollegaerne Teddy Andreadis og Dizzy Reed deltog ogsÃ¥ pÃ¥ pladen.

Slash: “All of a sudden, after the album was finished, [Axl] goes: ‘Remember those tapes I have? You know, I want to…’ He didn’t know we’d finished the record. And he goes: ‘[I like] this song, this song, this song, this song and this song’. And I went: ‘Dude – we finished it already. It’s gone’. And he goes: ‘You couldn’t have done an album in two weeks’. I said: ‘Oh yeah. I can’. You can do that. And it turned  into a big fight.”

Legenden siger, at Slash og Sorum jam’ede i Slash’s hjemmestudio Justify Full (kendt som “The Snakepit” pÃ¥ grund af guitaristens forkærlighed til slanger, og fordi studioet lÃ¥ tæt ved hans kæledyr) med henblik pÃ¥ at arbejde pÃ¥ nyt GnR materiale. Snart efter, dukkede Gilby Clarke op, og kom med ideer. De lavede demoer af sangene sammen, hvor Slash eftersynkroniserede nogle bas dele. I nogle tilfælde kom Duff McKagan ogsÃ¥ med ideer og er blevet krediteret for at have skrevet med pÃ¥ “Beggars & Hangers-On“.

I et interview med Axl i 1999, afslørede han, at disse sange var blevet præsenteret for ham, men at han afviste dem. Slash havde under interviews fastholdt, at trods tidligere udtalelser om, at han aldrig nogensinde ville lave et solo album, skulle “Snakepit” kun et tilfældigt fælles projekt, indtil GnR skulle videre med deres eget projekt. Slash ville oprindeligt kun kalde bandet “Snakepit“, men pladeselskabet insisterede pÃ¥, at han skulle tilføje sit navn for at hjælpe pÃ¥ pladesalget.

Duff tilbragte meget af sin tid med at rejse frem og tilbage fra Los Angeles til Seattle i perioden 1994-1999, fordi hans mor led af parkinsons syge.

November

Udover at have travlt med retssager, er Axl involveret i bandets biografi, kaldet “Shattered Illusion“, der skulle udgives i 1995 og er skrevet af Del James. Han har ogsÃ¥ genoplivet Uzi Suicide, som GnR brugte til at udgive “Live Like A Suicide” EP’en pÃ¥. Axl præsenterede fire bands for Geffen som han var interesseret i: Soul, Davy’s Farm, Salt Of The Earth og The Assassins.Det sidste band har Axl’s bror Stuart Bailey pÃ¥ guitar. (ogsÃ¥ kendt som sanger i bandet Dr. Whiskey. Se video her).

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08 – Slash medvirker pÃ¥ Woodstock ’94 albummet pÃ¥ nummeret “The Hunter” med Paul Rodgers.

December

10 – Slash pÃ¥ scenen med Zakk Wylde’s band Pride & Glory sidste show i Troubadour, Hollywood, hvor de spiller “Voodoo Child” og “Red House“. BÃ¥de GnR og Pride & Glory blev ledet af Doug Goldstein’s Big FD Management pÃ¥ dette tidspunkt, sÃ¥ det var ikke nogen tilfældighed, at Zakk Wylde blev spurgt om han havde lyst til at komme med i GnR.

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13 – “Sympathy For The Devil” udgives til soundtracket til Tom Cruise’s nye film “Interview With The Vampire“. Denne sang skulle være den direkte Ã¥rsag til, at Slash gik fra bandet i 1996. Slash beskriver sangen som “the sound of the band breaking up“. Det som skulle være sket, var at Axl udenom Slash erstattede hans guitarspor pÃ¥ sangen med Paul Tobias’ (der trÃ¥dte ind efter Gilby var fyret fra bandet). Sangen markerer ogsÃ¥ det sidste officielle samarbejde med det gamle line-up. Lyt til den her. Læs en artikel her.

Gilby: “They did that while I was on the road touring for my solo record. […] I knew that that was the ending because nobody told me about it. Officially I was in the band at that time, and they did that song without me. That was one of the last straws for me, because nobody had said anything to me, and they recorded a song by one of my favorite bands. It was pretty clear I’m a big Rolling Stones fan, and they recorded the song without me. So I knew that was it.”

1995:

Januar

28 – En artikel i Kerrang nr. 530 handler om Zakk Wylde, der fortæller om at han blev inviteret i studioet af Axl for at spille med Paul Huge og Slash. Axl insisterede pÃ¥ at fÃ¥ Wylde med pÃ¥ det kommende album.

Zakk Wylde om Axl: “Yeah – he said, `Dude, why don’t you come and write some songs and we’ll see what happens. If it works out, great, it’d be a blast’. He just said, `Hey, maybe we’ll be in a band together!’. So we jammed together for just over a week, we jammed over a whole bunch of sh*t and came out with three pretty cool ideas. That was with the whole band: Axl, Slash, Dizzy, Duff, Matt and me. We were all just jammin’ together and havin’ a blast. That’s where it pretty much stands right now-things are up in the air. I mean, I have crazy sh*t happening with my stuff. I’m also doing my work with Oz and there’s no telling what will happen in the future. I think the guys in Guns are f**kin’ awesome, and hangin’ with Axl when I have, we’ve had a f**kin’ great time talkin’ and jammin’.”  [Kilde]

Zakk Wylde: “Axl called me up when we were doing [Ozzy’s] Ozzmosis album. They were down in rehearsals – it was me, Slash, Axl, Duff, Matt and Dizzy. But, There were never any melodies. There were never any lyrics. I’d say ‘Dude, did you come up with any lyrics yet?, And he’s just like, ‘Dude, I got people suing me right now.’ He’s on the phone with his lawyers 24-7. He was, like, ‘I can’t come up with any lyrics right now – they’d be about every other lawsuit I got going’. So we jammed together for just over a week, we jammed over a whole bunch of shit and came out with three pretty cool ideas. One of the riffs ended up on the first Black Label Society record [Sonic Brew], [on the track] The Rose Petalled Garden [Lyt her]. The stuff that I wanted to do, eventually, would have been like GN’R on steroids, man.” [Kilde]

Det skabte efterfølgende problemer for Zakk Wylde og Ozzy Osbourne, fordi Zakk ikke anede om han kunne turnere med Ozzy (der skulle spille 9. juli, 1995), og endelig fordi det ikke lykkedes at få hevet et konkret svar ud af GnR lejren om hvad der skulle ske, og måtte opgive det til sidst.

Februar

07 – “Beggars And Hangers-On“, den første og eneste single fra Slash’s debutalbum “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” udgives i USA. Se videoen her.

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14 - “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” udgives i USA. Albummet blev en moderat kommerciel succes og nÃ¥ede nr. 70 pÃ¥ Billboard 200 albumliste. Hele albummet blev indspillet pÃ¥ mindre end 20 dage! Bandet arbejdede ogsÃ¥ pÃ¥ tre andre sange der aldrig blev udgivet eller spillet live. Slash kunne ikke fortælle journalisterne ret meget om GnR’s nuværende situation.

Slash om GnR: “We’ve been jamming a bit, but there isn’t any actual songs… Right now there seems to be a fucking confusion about what ‘a good Guns-record’ is.”

Matt: “Axl asked me  not to go on tour with Slash. If I toured with Snakepit, it could have  cause serious consequences… So I stayed at  home and I worked a bit with Axl and Duff. I’m sure I took the good decision.”

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10 - Matt, Duff, Gilby, Teddy Andreadis og Izzy Stradlin spiller sammen ved Ã¥bningen af Hardrock Hotel i Las Vegas med Eric Mesmerize (guitar) og Steve Stevens (guitar), under navnet “Wayne Neutron” pÃ¥ The Joint i Las Vegas. Steve Jones dukker op som gæst pÃ¥ “Black Leather” (guitar og vokal), plus “Raw Power” og “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (guitar og baggrundsvokal), sunget af Iggy Pop. Billy Idol spiller med pÃ¥ “Shakin’ All Over” og “Rebel Yell“. Gæstespillere inkluderer Seal, Sheryl Crow, Weezer, Bo Diddley og BB King.

Izzy: “I returned to Los Angeles after Duff’s phone call: “Hey man, you come back, we’ll play for the opening of a new casino in Las Vegas. It’s me who’s handling the roster. There’ll be Iggy Pop, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, etc.” I answered him “Whoaa! When do you want me to find you over there? If I can play with Bo or B.B., I’ll come.” He called me back the next day: “Izzy, you’re going to accompany Bo and B.B. at the same time.” How could I have refused that offer? I so went there and I took my place”. [Kilde]

31 – Slash begynder første del af “Ain’t It Good To Be Alive” turneen i Six One Six Club, Memphis, TN (optages af MTV), som tager ham igennem 36 shows i Nordamerika og Canada og slutter d. 15. maj, 1995. Bandet bestÃ¥r udover Slash, af Eric Dover (Vokal), Gilby Clarke (Guitar), James LoMenzo (Bas) og Brian Tichy (Trommer). Bandet rejste rundt med bus.

April

Izzy blev kontaktet af Duff, der ønskede hans hjælp med at skrive sange. Han fortalte i et interview med Classic Rock, at han besøgte Axl, og ca. en måned senere ringede Axl til ham og samtalen drejede ind på hvorfor Izzy forlod bandet, og Izzy forklarede og sagde sin mening ligeud.

Izzy: “In April, 1995, Duff calls me again: ‘I’m trying to compose new songs for the guys in GN’R. Come and give me a hand.’ I said to myself: ‘Well, shit, after all, why not?’. Duff and I wrote 10 pieces in the space of week. We even recorded them as demos.”

Izzy om Axl: “probably a month later, one night he calls me [and] we got into the issue of me leaving Guns N’ Roses. I told him how it was on my side. Told him exactly how I felt about it and why I left… But, I mean he had a fucking notepad. I could hear him [turning the pages] going, ‘Well, ah, you said in 1982… blah, blah, blah…’ And I’m like, ‘What the fuck – 1982?’. He was bringing up a lot of really weird old shit. I’m like, whatever, man. But that’s the last time I talked to him.”

14 – Slash’s Snakepit optræder hos Dave Letterman med sangen “Good To Be Alive” – se den her. Se i øvrigt interview med bandet her.

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27 – Izzy Stradlin gæstespiller hos Slash i Metro, Chicago pÃ¥ den sidste sang (Bitch). Se det komplette show her.

Slash: “Izzy jammed with Snakepit in Chicago, and we did a Stones song, and it was great to see him”.

Maj

02 – Slash medvirker pÃ¥ soundtracket til Mario van Peebles film “Panther“med sangen “The Star Spangled Banner” med Brian McKnight og Boys Choir Of Harlem.

13 – Duff gæstespiller hos Slash i Palace Theatre, Los Angeles pÃ¥ deres sang “Beggars And Hangers-On“.

18 – Slash’s Snakepit spiller 10 shows i Japan.

Juni

03 – Slash’s Snakepit spiller 31 koncerter i 14 europæiske lande til 15. juli, 1995.

05 – Interview med Slash ved Pinkpop Festival i Holland, hvor Snakepit spillede. Se interviewet her.

26 – “Good To Be Alive” videosinglen udgives i USA. Se den her.

28 - Matt Sorum hjælper med pÃ¥ et velgørenhedsshow pÃ¥ Johnny Depp’s LA klub, the Viper Room, til ære for en person der lider af kræft. Han kontakter en del af sine venner, og the Neurotic “Boy” Outsiders bliver formet, kun for dette ene show: Steve Jones (guitar og vokal), Duff McKagan (guitar og vokal), John Taylor (bas og vokal) og Matt Sorum (trommer). Et andet navn, bandet spillede under ved de tidlige shows, var Kings Of Chaos.

Matt: “I asked John if he’d play bass because I’d always liked his playing in The Power Station …Duff’s being playing guitar lately, so I asked him if he’d play. Duff knew Steve from mountain biking.”

Duff: “We rehearsed in the afternoon and did it that night. We thought it was cool, everything was good. Good Karma.”

Juli

02 - Slash besøger Roskilde Festival i Danmark.

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16 - Slash medvirker på Michael Jackson’s “History” album pÃ¥ nummeret “D.S.

19-26 – Slash’s Snakepit spiller 6 shows i Sydamerika, tre i Argentina og 3 i Brasilien.

28 - Duff og Matt spiller ved et velgørenhedsshow i the Viper Room sammen med Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) og John Taylor (Duran Duran), under navnet Neurotic Outsiders. Dette udvikler sig til en succes, og de bliver hurtigt efterspurgt, og de begyndte at spille shows ugentligt på stedet i September måned.

August

01 – Showet i Los Angeles skulle egentlig have været det sidste pÃ¥ Snakepit turneen, men 26 dage senere rundede det det helt af ved Monsters of Rock.

27 - Slash’s sidste show ender ved Monsters Of Rock i Donington, England. Det var meningen at han ville have fortsat med at turnere, men Geffen satte en stopper for det. Men det var trods alt imponerende, at Slash spillede i alt 85 koncerter i løbet af 5 mÃ¥neder. Se højdepunkter fra showet her.

Slash: “We had a lot of fun, there was no drama, we just booked gigs, showed up, got up there and played. We did clubs and theaters and it was great, it really helped me rediscover why I love what I do.”

Slash: “We were in the midst of booking another leg when I was informed by Geffen that they’d sold a million copies of It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere and had turned a profit so they saw no reason for me to continue our tour. I was to return to L.A. because Axl was ready to begin working on the next Guns N’ Roses record. They’d thought it through: in case I objected, they made it clear that the financial tour support for Snakepit was over.”

31 – Axl sender et brev til Slash og Duff, der siger at han forlader bandet og tager navnet med sig, baseret pÃ¥ en aftale de havde tilbage i 1992. Derefter begynder en længerevarende kontraktforhandling imellem bandmedlemmerne. Efter den nye kontrakt blev skrevet denne dag, lejede Axl et studio kaldet The Complex. Det var i denne tid, at Slash fortalte at Axl opførste sig som en selverklæret diktator i bandet, at han kun sad tilbagelænet i stolen, og overværede det hele, og kun en gang imellem indskød et riff her og der.

Slash: “I realized I was out alone, and that meant me and Axl had to come to terms with…not our animosity, but having a different idea about everything. And I mean, you know, Axl works as hard as anybody else, but only on what he wants to work on, and I… I just lost interest.”

September

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07 - Slash gæsteoptræder med Michael Jackson ved det Ã¥rlige MTV Video Music Awards. Se det her. Medley” (“Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough”/”The Way You Make Me Feel”/”Scream”/”Beat It”/”Thriller”/”Black or White”/”Billie Jean”),”Dangerous”/”Smooth Criminal”,”You Are Not Alone”.

Oktober

31 - Shannon Hoon, sangeren fra Blind Melon og barndomsven til Axl, bliver fundet død i hans tourbus i New Orleans af en overdosis narko.

November

December

1996:

Januar

Februar

Marts

April

Axl spottes ved en Red Hot Chili Peppers koncert i L.A. Forum, hvor han hilse på bandet backstage efter showet.

Chad Smith (trommer): “He’d cut his hair short and grown a beard, I didn’t recognise him!”

18 – Tidligt pÃ¥ mÃ¥neden rejste Slash til Japan i to uger for at spille med Nile Rodgers og Chic. PÃ¥ den sidste koncertdag d. 18. blev bassisten Bernard Edwards fundet død af lungebetændelse pÃ¥ hans hotelværelse.

Maj

03 – Slash bliver inviteret af James Brown ved hans 63 Ã¥rs fødselsdag til at spille med Isaac Hayes og Bootsy Collins i Augusta, GA.

28 - Axl’s mor, Sharon E. Bailey døde, kun 51 Ã¥r gammel.

Juni

Juli

Omkring denne periode bad Axl Slash om at komme tilbage igen, men at han kun var pÃ¥ “prøve”, som ansat efter den nye kontrakt, og hvis han arbejdede længere end den periode, kunne han forvente at skulle forpligte sig pÃ¥ lang sigt.

August

GnR forventedes at vende tilbage til studiet for at skrive og indspille nye sange. Men Duff og Matt var i mellemtiden dybt involveret i deres sideprojekt Neurotic Outsiders, der arbejdede pÃ¥ et album. OgsÃ¥ Slash, der havde dannet endnu et band kaldet Slash’s Blues Ball, som han skulle turnere med fra 14. august, 1996 og helt frem til 31. januar, 1998 med Teddy Andreadis (vokal), Johnny Griparic (bas), Alvino Bennet (trommer), Bobby Schneck (guitar) og Dave McLaurin (saxofon).

Slash: “We’ll see where it goes, I haven’t rehearsed with them, or even been in the same room with them, since before the Snakepit record came out.”

Slash huskede senere tilbage på tiden, at alle andre end Axl mødte op i studiet for at arbejde, undtaget Axl. Se et interview i to dele med Slash før han tog afsted til sit første show i Ungarn. Del 1 her og del 2 her.

September

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10 РNeurotic Outsiders udgivers deres debutalbum, som ogs̴ bliver deres eneste. Musikerne p̴ pladen bestod af: Steve Jones, John Taylor, Duff McKagan og Matt Sorum.

16 – Duff interviews af Howard Stern, hvor de bl.a taler om Duffs helbred og Neurotic Outsiders albummet. Lyt til interviewet her.

30 – MTV Interview med Slash, hvor han kort fortæller at bandet er i studiet igen. Se her.

Oktober

16 – I et interview indrømmer Slash: “Right now, Axl and I are deliberating over the future of our relationship… I have only been back in the band for three weeks and my relationship with Axl right now is sort of at a standstill.”

Duff: “We’ve been in for two weeks as a full band with Slash and Axl (Rose) and me, and we go from midnight to five in the morning. With Guns, there’s no problems with material. The problem has always been getting us in the same room. So now that we’re in there, it’s rockin’.”

30 - Axl sender en fax til MTV, hvor han meddeler at der vil komme et nyt GnR album, men at Slash ikke længere er medlem. Han fortæller ogsÃ¥ at han er træt af at de andre i bandet ikke er interesseret i GnR, men mere i deres egne projekter. Som ejer af navnet, har han ret til at fyre alle der ikke gider bruge tid pÃ¥ bandet, og insisterer pÃ¥ at der kommer et nyt album, uanset om han bliver nødt til at hyre nye musikere til at fÃ¥ det gjort. Han advarer Duff og Matt at opgive deres “pseudo studio musician work ethic”.

Slash: “Axl and I have not been capable of seeing eye to eye on Guns N’ Roses for some time. We recently tried to collaborate, but at this point, I’m no longer in the band. I’d like to think we could work together in the future if we were able to work out our differences.”

November

15 – Duff og Matt, Marty Freidman (Megadeth), Scott Ian og John Bush (Anthrax) deltager alle 4 pÃ¥ et Queen hyldestalbum udgivet af Cargo Records, med navnet “Tribute To Queen”.

December

Duff kommenterer bandets nuværende situation i et interview: “everything is going to be cool… Guns is doing a record so of course Matt and I will be in the studio for at least three-four weeks in February…We have song titles, but no album title… As far as the rumour that one person wants us to change, that’s just not true.

Axl havde dog i mellemtiden besluttet sig for ikke at bruge Slash’s musik:  “[The 1996 tracks are] not something I would want to approach (without Slash), because, at the time, there was only one person that I knew who could do certain riffs that way. …That’s the reason why that material got scrapped.”

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25 - Steven medvirker i en episode af “Hard Copy“, hvor han bla. fortæller om sit hjerteanfald han fik som følge af sit overdrevne stofmisbrug. Se klippet her.

1997:

Januar

Axl spottes ved et Radiohead show, hvor han bliver kropsvisiteret uden at brokke sig eller lave en scene.

Michael Bland var én af de trommeslagere der prøvede for GnR, men Mike Clink mente han ikke passede ind.

Mike Clink: “Axl is trying to define his direction and trying out a lot of different collaborators”

Geffen administratoren Todd Sullivan, sendte en masse cd’er med musik som han mente Axl kunne blive inspireret af. I stedet fik han et opkald, hvor det blev fortalt, at Axl havde kørt over alle pladerne med hans bil i sin indkørsel!

Todd Sullivan: “Most of the stuff he played me was just sketches. I said, ‘Look, Axl, this is some great, promising stuff here. Why don’t you consider just bearing down and completing some of these songs?’ He goes, ‘Hmm, bear down and complete some of these songs?’. Next day I get a call from Eddie [Rosenblatt, Geffen chairman], saying I was off the project.”

30 - Axl køber rettighederne til navnet Guns N’ Roses [Kilde].

Slash: “That’s something that happened. I was blindsided by it, more or less a legal faux pas. I don’t know what he’s gonna do, as far as that goes. But I’d be lying to say I wasn’t a little bit peeved at that. It’d be one thing if I quit altogether. But I haven’t, and the fact that he can actually go and do that without the consent of the other members of the band …”

Februar

Musikretningen blev Ã¥benlys, da Moby talte med Axl: “At the risk of sounding like a sleazy music biz guy, I met with Axl last week to hear their new demos,” said Moby at the time. “They’re writing with a lot of loops, and believe it or not, they’re doing it better than anybody I’ve heard lately.”

Sangen som Moby kunne have hørt, var det som senere blev til “Oh My God“, der blev primært skrevet af Paul Huge i 1997.

Axl: “with Dizzy Reed writing the musical hook of the chorus. Former member Duff McKagan as well as former employee Matt Sorum failed to see its potential and showed no interest in exploring, let alone recording the piece.”

I mellemtiden præsenterede Matt den tidligere Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck for Axl. Det varede dog ikke længe før at det gik galt mellem Matt og resten af bandet.

 Matt: “I told Axl to see him and he said ‘That’s our guitar player.’ I said, ‘Bring in Robin to play alongside Slash,’ but Axl said, ‘I want him to play lead.’”

Matt: “Paul Huge walked into the studio and made a bad comment about Slash. I said, ‘You don’t say that when I’m in the room’. Then Axl laid in, I argued with him and it was over. Huge followed me out into the parking lot and said, ‘Come back’. I said, ‘I can’t come back, he’s fired me. Do you feel good about breaking up one of the greatest bands that ever lived?’”

Paul Huge havde kritiseret Slash’s band, da han havde set dem optræde i Letterman’s show. Da Matt smækkede døren til GnR, blev den næste musiker der skulle erstatte ham overvejet. PÃ¥ et tidspunkt prøvede endnu en N.I.N. musiker, Chris Vrenna, derefter tidligere Pearl Jam medlemmer Dave Abruzzee. Robin Finck var igen vendt tilbage til GnR og havde underskrevet en 2-Ã¥rs kontrakt med bandet.

24 – Steven Adler spiller sit første show med sit nye band Freaks In The Room ved Billboard Live (tidl. Gazzari’s) i West Hollywood, CA. Bandet er mandagsband.

Marts

April

Shaquille O’ Neil var tilfældigvis i et tilstødende lokale i det studio hvor GnR arbejdede (Rumbo Recorders), og besluttede sig for at stikke hovedet indenfor, og det endte med at de inviterede ham til at rappe ind over noget musik de havde lavet. Det var første gang han havde arbejdet sammen med rockmusikere.

Shaq: “I saw Guns N’ Roses listed on the bulletin board in the lobby of the studio so I stuck my head in to check it out. They asked me to join them, so I started freestylin’ over their track. It was the first time I ever performed with a rock group, and it felt good.”

Maj

30 – West Arkeen begÃ¥r selvmord som følge af voldsomme smerter efter et uheld med en indendørsgrill, der eksploderede og gav ham anden og tredjegradsforbrænding over to tredjedele af hans krop, ugen før.

Juni

09 – Da den 24-Ã¥rige Perla Ferrar blev “snuppet” i MGM Grand razziaen, tilbage i oktober 1995 i Las Vegas, med resterne fra Heidi Fleiss’ callgirls, erklærede hun sig skyldig den 9. juni, 1997, i at have levet af de penge som hendes piger havde tjent, selvom det var en “svag” sag de havde imod hende, da hun blev dømt i Los Angeles. Hun fik dog ogsÃ¥ “kun” 4000$ i bøde, hvilket var noget mindre end hvad det normalt kostede for en klient at gÃ¥ ud med en af hendes piger – nemlig 5000$. Sagen begyndte tilbage i 1995, da Heidi Fleiss blev arresteret for at have bragt tjenester til flere Hollywoodstjerner, (inklusivt Charlie Sheen, osv) samt andre moguler i byen. [Kilde]

Juli

August

27 - Duff’s første datter Grace McKagan bliver født. Han har ogsÃ¥ trukket sig definitivt ud af GnR.

Duff: “I left the band two weeks before my daughter Grace was born. It was not fun. That’s the reason. The reason why I stayed in the band was to be a bridge between Axl and Slash… I went to dinner with Axl and his manager… I said ‘Axl, we had [a lot of] fun together, but it’s your own band now. I’m not interested in you as a dictator. I didn’t come here to talk about the money advanced for next record. You can have it.’” [Burrn magazine]

September

Oktober

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27 - En hjemmevideo kaldet “Welcome To The Videos” udgives, med alle bandets musikvideoer, undtaget “You Could Be Mine“, pga. rettigheder der forhindrer at nummeret kan komme med pÃ¥ udgivelsen.

November

December

Axl blev set i Universal Film Studios med Beta og et barn.

1998:

Januar

Februar

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11 – Axl arresteres efter at have truet en vagt i Phoenix Sky Harbor lufthavn. Læs her.

Marts

06 – Rygterne svirrer om at Josh Freese har accepteret at blive den næste trommeslager for GnR.

Axl blev set på balkonen i Hollywood Palladium, hvor Tool spillede et show. Det var for at rekruttere bandets guitar og pro tools tekniker, Billy Howerdel, der også præsenterede Chris Pitman for ham.

Billy: “I came in there initially to program some guitar sounds, and then wound up hitting it off with Axl, and then my job kind of migrated into the computer guy. I don’t know what you would call me exactly. I kind of was there all night with Axl as he would work. The band came in during the day with a producer and would work most of the day, and then I would come in ten o’clock at night, say goodbye to those guys, Axl would show up later on, and then we’d do our thing all night and then do it the next day.”

Josh Freese: “I went down and auditioned for them, sick as a dog – I had eaten some dodgy seafood in London right before that, gotten on a plane and auditioned that night. I was vomiting all the way to the rehearsal. Axl was totally cool though, and very open-minded about music. He said: ‘I hear you played with Devo; I really liked Devo and when I liked them, you got beat up for liking them.’ I thought, ‘This guy is really cool’. It became obvious that he really listens to music – he was talking about artists all over the map. They invited me back again and from the beginning Axl was so nice and we got along and had a good time. He was completely open, so I decided to join.”

Josh medbragte en ven, Tommy Stinson, der tidligere spillede for The Replacements.

Stinson: “I was doing a session with [Josh Freese]. He was joking about [GN’R] needing a new bass player. I laughed and said I’d play bass. The next day, they called.”

09 – Izzy Stradlin udgiver sit første soloalbum “117°“efter bruddet med Ju Ju Hounds. Duff spiller bas pÃ¥ pladen.

April

Det meddeles at Axl vil lave et tekno-elektronisk inspireret album. I stedet for at være afhængig af andres hjælp, har han lært sig selv at programmere forskellige instrumenter, lave tromme loops og spille guitar. Det forlyder ogsÃ¥, at Axl har optaget en række demoer – over 300 bÃ¥nd med musik. Omkring dette tidspunkt, meddeltes det, at Brian Youth skulle producere albummet. GnR skulle være uofficielt bekræftet til at bestÃ¥ af Axl, Robin Finck, Paul Huge, Dizzy Reed, Josh Freese og Tommy Stinson.

Maj

Geffen anerkendte officielt, at Slash og Duff var ude af GnR. Axl forhandlede med Geffen om at levere et album ikke senere end 1. marts 1999, hvor han ville modtage endnu en sum penge for det. Axl prøvede at udgive den første single “This I Love” (en sangtitel han nævnte tilbage i ’93) til Robin Williams‘ film “What Dreams May Come“.

Sp1at (GnR site): “Dawn Soler, the musical supervisor for the film What Dreams May Come… assured me that Axl ‘was really into the film’ and rather interestingly suggested that he ‘wrote the song for it’. This contradicts an interview from 1994 where Axl said he had already written the song, which many fans speculated was about Dylan, the son of Axl’s one-time partner, Stephanie Seymour.”

Men det blev aldrig til mere end snakken. Bandet var allerede i fuld gang med at indspille “Appetite For Destruction” pÃ¥ ny, som var en slags “øvelse for det nye band.

Axl: “I have re-recorded Appetite [with] Josh Freese on drums, Tommy Stinson on bass, Paul Tobias on guitar… and Robin Finck was on lead guitar… with the exception of two songs [Anything Goes and You’re Crazy], because we replaced those with You Could Be Mine, and Patience, and why do that? Well, we had to rehearse them anyway to be able to perform them live again, and there were a lot of recording techniques and certain subtle styles and drum fills and things like that that are kind of 80s signatures that subtly could use a little sprucing up… a little less reverb and a little less double bass and things like that. At the beginning [the new band] didn’t want to play [the old songs]. They didn’t want to play [them] that much, because they are musicians in themselves. They had a punk attitude like the old Guns N’Roses. But later it became fun for them, they began to appreciate the songs and enjoy playing them. We hadn’t written songs or recorded for many years. There were band changes and there were many changes in the record company… When we tried writing songs in the old style of Guns N’Roses, they sounded too old, they didn’t sound so alive. We could not make that. And I think that that also passed with the old Guns N’Roses. The songs composed by the boys for another album many years ago, everything sounded old. Then we tried to explore to keep the band alive.”” [Rock & Pop FM, 1999]

Youth: “When I walked into the studio, they were rehearsing the old songs to record for a greatest hits package. They were gonna do them exactly the same way. So my first project was to sort of dissuade Axl from doing that.”

Brian Youth prøvede at fÃ¥ Axl til at synge igen, ved at spille akustisk guitar i hans køkken for ham, men Axl havde ikke sunget i 18 mÃ¥neder: “He hadn’t been singing for around 18 months. I think the record had turned into a real labour. He was stuck and didn’t know how to proceed, so he was avoiding it. He had some brilliant ideas, but they really were just sketches. He really wanted to leave the past behind and make a hugely ambitious album, like Led Zeppelin’s Physical Grafitti crossed with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.” [The Times, 2005]”

Youth: “Axl was deeply unhappy. I sensed he was depressed because he only worked from 9pm to 9am. He was living a hermit lifestyle. In the end, he told me he wasn’t ready. He was trying to get to some spiritual level that would make him happy.”

Til sidst måtte han opgive og en ny producer blev foreslået af Robin og Billy Howerdel, nemlig Sean Beavan, mens optagelser og programmering blev overtaget af en gut med navnet Critter (aka Jeff Newell).

James Barber mÃ¥tte se sit samarbejde med bandet slutte uden en udgivelse, selvom han bekræftede at et album eksisterede: “The Robin Finck/Josh Freese/Tommy Stinson/Billy Howerdel/Dizzy Reed version of the album that existed in 1998 was pretty incredible. It still sounded like GN’R but there were elements of Zeppelin, Nine Inch Nails and Pink Floyd mixed in. The record just needed a lead vocal and a mix… If Axl had recorded vocals, it would have been an absolutely contemporary record in 1999.”

05 – Duff’s band 10 Minute Warning udgiver deres debutalbum pÃ¥ Sub Pop.

Juni

Juli

10 – Det forlyder at Axl endnu engang har booket et studio først i august for at begynde arbejdet pÃ¥ det næste album, med det nye band, der i øjeblikket øver sig i et studio i Woodland Hills, CA.

August

September

Oktober

November

22 – Axl arbejder med producer Sean Beavan (Marilyn Manson/Nine Inch Nails), i Los Angeles, som nu har udskiftet 3 producere siden, der inkluderer Moby, Brian Youth og Mike Clink.

Sean: “Ah yes, that was a long time ago. It was between ’98 and 2000, I think. Tommy Stinson and I became good friends, and we see each other quite a bit, so he gives me updates here and there. I have no idea what’s going on now. Almost everybody involved with the project when I was working on it isn’t a part of it anymore. It was Josh Freese on drums, Tommy was playing bass… Dizzy was playing keyboards, and I think he’s still doing that. It was a blast working with Axl. He was a really funny guy. That’s probably the one thing that surprised me the most- just how funny the guy could be. When he’d come in to do vocals, he’d warm up for like forty-five minutes not by singing, but by telling jokes. He was just extremely funny and super nice.” [Kilde]

December

1999:

Januar

Februar

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06 - Doug Goldstein havde fÃ¥et lov til at fejre Axl’s 36 Ã¥rs fødselsdag, der skulle holdes i en mexicansk restaurant i Santa Monica. Goldstein havde inviteret en masse højt profilerede gæster, der inkluderede gamle og nye venner, for det meste musikalske kollegaer. Alle havde bragt gaver, og ventede spændt pÃ¥ fødselarens ankomst. Da uret viste midnat, havde Axl stadig ikke vist sig, begyndte folk at forlade festen. Goldstein greb nervøst telefonen og ringede til Axl, der meddelte at han ikke kom. Skuffet gik han tilbage til gæsterne og fortalte samlingen den dÃ¥rlige nyhed. Læs artiklen her.

18 – Axl erklærede sig skyldig i at have forstyrret offentlig ro og fred.Han fik en bøde pÃ¥ 500$ og en dag i fængslet – som han allerede havde afsonet. Sigtelsen blev rejst pÃ¥ grund af misforstÃ¥elsen ved Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport i 1998.

Marts

03 – Først nu, giver GnR lejren tilladelse til, at Sean Beavan kan fortælle om sit arbejde med bandet.

16 – GnR fik den nye Diamond Award fra RIAA, der skulle fejre salget af 15 millioner kopier af “Appetite For Destruction“. Prisen blev modtaget i New York af Steven Adler. Adler var næsten blevet løsladt fra L.A. County Jail efter at have fængslet i 150 dage for overfald pÃ¥ sin kæreste.

April

Duff’s mor dør tidligt pÃ¥ mÃ¥neden af sin sygdom Parkinsons, og han vælger derefter at blive permanent boende i Seattle.

Maj

Juni

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25 – Adam Sandler’s film “Big Daddy” fÃ¥r premiere. Sangen i slut-teksterne er en ny version af “Sweet Child O’ Mine“. Tilsyneladende begynder sangen som det gamle band, men morpher over i en ny version indspillet af det nye band. Hør den her. Lyt til Sheryl Crowes cover i filmen her.

Juli

August

01 – Robin Finck har forladt bandet for at vende tilbage til sit tidligere job i Nine Inch Nails.

28 - Duff gifter sig med Susan Holmes.

September

07 – Det meddeles at GnR vil have en ny sang med i Arnold Schwarzeneggers film “End Of Days” der har premiere i midten af november.

09 – Et kort klip af det nye GnR nummer kaldet “Oh My God” havde premiere ved MTV Video Music Awards 1999.

22 – Axl brød tavsheden efter at fans har hørt en bid af den nye sang, ved at udsende en pressemeddelelse  hvori han taler om bandmedlemmer, og inspirationen bag den nye sang. Læs her.

Oktober

08 – “Oh My God” spilles pÃ¥ amerikansk radio. Lyt til nummeret her.

November

08 – I andet offentlige – denne gang telefoninterview med Kurt Loder, pÃ¥stod Axl, at han i 1996 ønskede at vende tilbage til standard rock og begynde forfra med noget mere simpelt. Læs interviewet her.

Axl: “I originally wanted to make a traditional record or try to get back to an Appetite thing or something, because that would have been a lot easier for me to do. I was involved in a lot of lawsuits for Guns N’Roses and in my own personal life, so I didn’t have a lot of time to try and develop a new style or re-invent myself, so I was hoping to write a traditional thing, but I was not really allowed to do that. So, I opted for what I thought would or should’ve made the band and especially Slash very happy. Basically I was interested in making a Slash record with some contributions from everybody else.”

Slash: “Axl was trying to convince me it was all good, that it was something he and I were doing as partners… I just didn’t go for it.”

Axl: “I think that some of the riffs that were coming out of [Slash] were the meanest, most contemporary, bluesiest, rocking things since Aerosmith’s Rocks. The 2000 version of Aerosmith Rocks or the 1996 Aerosmith Rocks by the time we would have put it out… I feel that some of the recordings we did in that limited amount of time had some of the best playing that Slash had done at least since Illusions. I was there. I know what I heard and it was pretty exciting.”

Del James: “Slash came back for some writing down at the studio, totally negative and belligerent, quits the fucking band and then publicly spins it into somehow he got pushed out.” [2008 interview]

Det faktum, at Paul Huge stadig var indblandet i bandet, gjorde det til en stor forhindring i mange ting.

 Duff: “Imagine you and  I grow up together and you’re my best friend. OK, I’m in Guns N’ Roses and I tell the rest you’re going to join the band. ‘OK, Slash, Axl, Matt, guys, this guy is in the band’. ‘Duff, you got a minute?’ ‘No, he’s in the band.’ ‘Well, no. Everyone in the band has to vote it, Duff, so no way!’ ‘Fuck you, this guy is in the band! I’m not doing anything unless this guy is in the band.’ ‘OK, you know what? We’ll try and play with him, since you’re that much interested in it… ‘Hey Duff – the guy can’t play.’ ‘I don’t care.’ ‘Well that’s not very reasonable…’”

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16 - Arnold Schwarzeneggers nye film “End Of Days” blev udgivet i USA, og har en ny Guns N’ Roses sang med i film, som blev spillet meget i de første teaser-trailere før premieren. Sangen hedder “Oh My God” og du kan lytte til den her. Se traileren til filmen her.

23 – “Live Era ’87-’93” udgives.

December

14 – GnR’s firma, Big FD Entertainment sagsøger Slash og Duff for hvad Big FD mener at de skylder dem.

Et interview med Robin Finck i Kerrang, da han er tilbage i N.I.N. forklarer han hvorfor han droppede ud: “I was excited about the material – the band sounded good. But we’d get a song done to an extent and wait for Axl to write a lyric and/or song. I couldn”t work on songs with titles like ‘Instrumental 34’ anymore.

2000:

Januar

04 – GnR’s Big FD Management sagsøger Slash og Duff for kontraktbrud, og for ikke at have betalt penge til dem de fik fra “Live Era” albummet.

“Not only do these defendants refuse to pay for current efforts undertaken by Big F D, but they also now refuse to pay Big F D in conjunction with past services for which income continues and to which commission Big F D is unequivocally entitled … [The live album] is among the work for which the defendants wish not to pay Big F D and for which they intend and have already kept the money owed to Big F D.”

Søgsmålet inkluderede også kontraktbrud:

“Big F D was to be paid pursuant to the management agreement a commission equal to 15%, excepting certain exclusions, of the gross earnings of the defendants annually received during the term of the management agreement. “Such gross earnings included moneys [sic] received by the defendants from any activities throughout the entertainment industry whether received as a member of Guns N’ Roses or as a member of any other group or as a solo artist.”

10 – Et nyt Axl interview udgives i Rolling Stone. I interviewet der finder sted i et studio i San Fernando Valley sidst i November ’99, afslører han albumnavnet “Chinese Democracy” og fem sangtitler: ”Catcher in the Rye”, “Oklahoma”, ”I.R.S ”, ”The Blues’‘ og ”TWAT“. Læs artiklen her.

Axl: ”There is the desire definitely to do it, to get over some of the hump of the people that are trying to keep you in the past,” he says. ”There are people that I thought I was friends with who are all of a sudden in the magazines, going, ‘They’ll never get anywhere without Slash.’ Thanks a lot. Like I made this happen, you know. I basically figured out a way to save my own ass. There was only one way out, and I found it. Otherwise, you know, I believe my career was just going down the toilet. I figured out how to save my ass and then tried to bring everybody with me.”

Doug Goldstein: ”After years and years of trying to work with his old band mates, it’s taken him quite some time to get the unit he now has together. ‘Along the time we were trying to put it together with the other fellas, I certainly had my doubts. But now he has a group of guys that he appears to be friends with, and it’s a very cohesive unit, which wasn’t necessarily the case in the past. Everything I’ve heard is spectacular. It’s exciting and diverse and – I think – absolutely well worth the wait.”

Februar

Marts

08 – GnR’s talsmand bekræftede overfor MTV, at Brian May havde været i studiet med bandet i slutningen af sidste Ã¥r.

14 - Josh Freese, der erstattede Matt Sorum, forlader bandet efter knapt 2 år. Han havde kun en 2 års kontrakt med GnR. Han forlod bandet, for at komme med i det seneste lineup af bandet A Perfect Circle.

15 – Rygterne gÃ¥r pÃ¥, at Buckethead er involveret i optagelserne til albummet, selvom de tilføjer, at han ikke nødvendigvis er bandets nye guitarist.

Question: You’re in Guns ‘n Roses now — I’m curious to know what led up to this intriguing development. How did you hook up?

Buckethead: There was this Leatherface doll that Spencers-type stores put out, it’s pretty large and puffy, it was on the top of the list. Didn’t receive it from the family. Got invited to Axl’s on Christmas night; never met him before. Sad about not getting the doll but it is ok, but still sad. Get to Axl’s, he presents this box wrapped up. The Michael Myers version has been out for a while, knew it was the same box. Figured it was Michael Myers and opened it up. There was Leatherface. In the brain joined that second.

Question: Are you enjoying yourself in Guns ‘n Roses? Are you contributing music to the project and generally being encouraged to be yourself?

Buckethead: It has been fun like a ride never been ridden. Every turn is new, it will be interesting to see where this ride goes.

April

15 – Izzy Stradlin spiller det første af fire shows i Tokyo, Japan, og de tre næste i Yokohama (17.), Osaka (19.) og Nagoya (21.)

29 – GnR bekræfter at Roy Thomas Baker (Queen) er i studiet med Axl Rose.

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Juni

Slash skriver kontrakt med Koch Records.

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22 - Axl gÃ¥r pÃ¥ scenen sammen med Gilby Clarke og resten af The Starfuckers ved the Cat Club på Sunset Boulevard. De spillede “Wild Horses” og “Dead Flowers“. Se flere billeder her. Der finges ingen optagelser af showet!

Juli

16 - Duff’s anden datter, Mae Marie McKagan bliver født.

August

01 – AC/DC’s turne begynder med Slash’s Snakepit som supportband. Slash’s band bestÃ¥r af Rod Jackson (vokal), Ryan Roxie (rytmeguitar), Johnny Griparic (bas), Matt Laug (trommer).

September

Oktober

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10 – Slash’s anden version af Snakepit, udgiver bandets andet album “Ain’t Life Grand“.

25 - Roberto Medina (chef for Rock In Rio festival) fortalte det brasilianske Globo television network, at Axl Rose havde sagt ja til at spille ved Rock in Rio 3 i januar 2001 med hans nye lineup.

27 – Guns N’ Roses‘ management firma, Big F.D bekræftede at Bryan “Brain” Mantia er den nye trommeslager. Buckethead og Robin Finck (der kom tilbage til bandet igen) spiller guitarer.

November

04 – Slash’s Snakepit asiatiske turne begynder i Taiwan. Derefter videre til Japan for 4 shows. Turnéen slutter den 16. i Fukuoka.

10 – Axl ses ved et System of a Down velgørenheddshow, der skulle holdes for anerkendelse af ofrene i Armenien. Medlemmer af bandet takkede de fremmødte, der inkluderede Axl, som ogsÃ¥ støttede deres sag.

19 – Slash’s Snakepit mÃ¥ aflyse deres 7 shows i Australien og New Zealand, som skulle være begyndt den 19.

Izzy Stradlin udgiver sit tredje album “Ride On“, som Duff spiller bas pÃ¥.

Interview med Slash, hvor han forklarer lidt om rygterne om en GnR genforening ikke er sand: “There have always been rumors connected with Guns. I can tell you that there was no talk about the original line-up getting back together. It’s good that we broke up when we did because fans would have been disappointed by what they saw if we’d carried on.

December

03 – Slash’s Snakepits europaturne begynder i Sheffield, England. Resten af mÃ¥neden spiller de i England, Danmark, Sverige, Tyskland, Holland og Italien.

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06 – Et show ved House Of Blues i Las Vegas, NV pÃ¥ nytÃ¥rsdagen annonceres. Billetterne blev sat til salg samme dag, og blev udsolgt næsten med det samme.

Doug Goldstein: “I heard them in rehearsals. … [The old material]. “With two lead guitars, it just sounded so powerful.”

Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper) var i fuld gang med at hjælpe med albummet på dette tidspunkt.

12 – Det meddeles at med det nye albums udgivelse, vil blive efterfulgt af en verdensturne.

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