Some mean-spirited pranksters tried to dupe readers into believing we’d lost Axl Rose during the same week that’s seen the deaths of Bobby Keys and Ian McLagan, but not to worry — the Guns N’ Roses frontman is still very much alive.
A fake Rose obituary made the rounds Dec. 3, with a headline reading ‘Sources: Guns N’ Roses Frontman Axl Rose Found Dead in West Hollywood Home at Age 52′ citing ‘sources’ behind ‘unconfirmed reports’ and containing a ‘quote’ from a fake LAPD spokesperson. The offending site, designed to look like MSNBC, has done this kind of thing before — Macaulay Culkin is a recent victim — but it still raised enough of a hubbub to warrant a response from Rose, who debunked it with a little good-natured humor.
Through his Twitter account, Rose asked followers, ‘If I’m dead do I still have to pay taxes?,’ while on Facebook, the GNR account shared a photo from the Paradise City fan community making fun of the whole thing. Meanwhile, in even better news for fans who feared Rose was dead, he followed that joking with a photo tweet from the studio.
Obviously, that’s far from official confirmation that there’s actually a real Guns N’ Roses record in the works, but for the long-suffering faithful patiently waiting for a follow-up to ‘Chinese Democracy,’ Rose seated behind a mixing board has to be taken as an encouraging sign.
The newest episode of Foo Fighters’ HBO series, Sonic Highways, focuses on the rich musical history of Seattle, Washington. Naturally, Nirvana received heavy focus during the episode as Dave Grohl recounted his time in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame outfit.
Among the biggest revelations was the time Kurt Cobain asked to hear solo recordings Grohl had been working on during Nirvana’s 1992 tour. Those demos included ‘Alone + Easy Target”’ which would later be released on Foo Fighters’ 1995 debut album.
‘Kurt heard that, and kissed me on the face, as he was in a bath,’ Grohl revealed. ‘He was so excited. He was like, ‘I heard you recorded some stuff with Barrett [Jones].’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He was like, ‘Let me hear it.’ I was too afraid to be in the same room as he listened to it.’
Listen to the ‘Alone + Easy Target’ and Hooker on the Street below:
The Who has released a lyric video for their newest song “Be Lucky” which was featured on their The Who Hits 50! compilation album released last month. The video features old footage of the band from the 60s & 70s as a look back at their career.
Before their show in Marietta, GA Friday, Powerman 5000 checked into their hotel where an air electrical fire started after they turned the air conditioner on. Here’s a full statement from the band explaining what happened.
“I just wanted to let you know that we were all involved in a 10th-floor fire at the Radisson [hotel] in [Marietta], Georgia this evening around 6 p.m.
We checked into our rooms to relax before our show at 120 Tavern and Spider One went to turn off his air conditioner unit in his room when an electrical fire broke out within the unit, shooting large flames across the room and filling the entire 10th floor with smoke. To make matters worse, the alarm and sprinkler system in the hotel was defective and didn’t go off to warn anyone in the hotel of the fire. We had to run down the hall and yell to all the other inhabitants to get them to clear the floor and get to safety.
Other than some smoke inhalation, we are all okay and will still be playing the show tonight at 120 Tavern and continuing our tour through the USA with American Head Charge.
We are left wondering what will happen next on this run, but we want to let everyone know that the tour is STILL RUNNING as planned and expect to see everyone out at the remaining shows through North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.”