Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds

Axl Rose Turned Down Offer To Leave Guns N' Roses

02/27/2013
.
Music industry legend Kim Fowley recently spoke with antiMusic's Morley Seaver and had numerous stories to share from his travels in the business and he shared the following story about how Axl Rose turned down a lucrative offer to leave Guns N' Roses and join another band.

Kim tells us: I was working for a rich manager of a difficult band who had drug issues and alcohol issues and they were friends of Axl. The guy who was putting up the money for this unknown band was dating the leader of the band's mother. So he said "I don't know about this band I'm investing in." he was paying me three grand a week to be their babysitter, producer, coach, shrink, songwriting teacher, publicist, etc. I was doing like 10 jobs. He said, 'Something tells me these guys may not make it. Do you know anyone else who's weird and strange and difficult but possibly platinum?" "Yeah, Guns N' Roses." "Good. Okay. Let's take a look. Oh my goodness. You're right. Okay. Have the singer come by the studio tomorrow."

So we're all in the studio with the unknown band and here comes Axl by himself. And the manager had a $2,000 suit on and he said, "Well, you guys are great. I want to be your manager, production company etc. And I want Kim Fowley to record and produce right here in this studio. And to show you how serious I am I'm going to open this suitcase and show you what's inside. And you can walk away with the suitcase. Or call the boys up and drive up and I'll pay for the cab if you don't have enough gas. Go ahead Axl, open the suitcase."

So Axl opens the suitcase and there's $50,000 in cash. And the manger says, "What do you think?" and Axl says, "With all due respect sir, whoever you are. That's not enough for Guns N' Roses. We're going to be bigger than that. It's just a matter of time. I'll say no politely and I'll go away and I'll make more money than this on our initial signing with my guys. What don't you help these guys out? They're deserving. They're probably not as great as we are but if you're going to piss it away, you might as well piss it away on them because you're already working with them. I gotta go rehearse. It was nice seeing all of you. Good bye." And we all applauded him. (laughs) What else do you do, you know?

So he called a cab. We had the money for the cab and he rode away. And I always thought of all the starving musicians I'd ever seen, even the ones who made it or didn't make it, he was the only one who knew exactly how valuable he was, and how not to panic. Because that's a lot of money for anyone. And he just wasn't interested. And of course they got 75 grand for signing with Geffen.

And the day they got the deal, they gave him the check. He came into Rainbow Bar & Grill, he saw me there and he remembered that I had recommended him. He said, "You'll appreciate this." And he opened his jacket and he had a check for $37, 500 which was half of $75,000 and then they would get the other half when they started the album. So he said, "See, I told you we'd get more." I said, "You did. When are you going to cash it?" He said, "Tomorrow, the banks are closed. So buy me dinner." "I said, okay." (laughs) So we did. And he sat there and he hustled this free dinner (laughing) and with his $37,500 he walked away. He had a steak dinner and we thought it was great. Good for him. And that's how I know Axl. I know THAT Axl. The kind of guy who kinda had it under control.

Check out the full interview to discover how Kim links Axl Rose to Jayne Mansfield here.

Guns N' Roses Tour Dates/Tickets

Guns N' Roses CDs, DVDs and MP3s

Guns N' Roses T-shirts and Posters

Guns N' Roses CDs, vinyl and rarities


Share this article


.


...end




.
News Reports
.
Day in Rock:
Scary Kids Scaring Kids Singer Tyson Stevens Dead At 29- Corey Taylor Isn't To Blame For Slipknot Ousting- Five Finger Death Punch Singer Has All-Star Band For Solo Album- more

Day in Pop Singing Nun Covers Madonna's Like A Virgin- Interscope Drop Chief Keef?- South Park Releasing Kanye West 'Hobbit' Spoof- Annie Lennox On Beyonce Criticism, Twerking- more

B-Sides: Jimmy Page Talks Beastie Boys, Fav Led Zeppelin Album - Michael Anthony Says He Could Sing for Van Halen- Alice Cooper Appears In New Theory Of A Deadman Track- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

.
 
Reviews
.

Anubis Gate - Horizons

Rock Reads: Excess All Areas: Demands and Idiosyncracies of Rock Icons on Tour

Riot V - Unleash the Fire

Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare

Classics: Virgin Steele - Invictus

Manilow - Cease and Desist

Striker - City of Gold

Ali Campbell (UB40) - Silhouette

Hank 3 Live

5 Star: Ozzy Osbourne - Memoirs of a Madman

Excel - Split Image

Sister Hazel - 20 Stages

Portrait - Crossroads

Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto

Bryan Adams - Tracks of My Years

MorleyView: St. Madness

Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part One

Evergrey - Hymns for the Broken


.
.
.

Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

.
.
Today's Rock News
.

Scary Kids Scaring Kids Singer Tyson Stevens Dead at 29

Corey Taylor Says He Isn't To Blame For Slipknot Ousting

Five Finger Death Punch Singer Has All-Star Band For Solo Album

Original Dio Members Releasing New Album

The Faceless Lose Two Members

Baker Street Sax Player Raphael Ravenscroft Dead At 60

Flea Reveals Direction Of New Red Hot Chili Peppers Album

Foo Fighters To Rock Wrigley Field

Metallica To Rock BlizzCon

Peter Gabriel Working On 'Happy' New Music

Alice In Chains Star Doesn't Think Grunge Killed Hair Metal

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Reveals Inspiration For Louder Than Words

While Heaven Wept Streaming New Album Online

Prong Covering Black Flag, Husker Du, Killing Joke and More

In This Moment Frontwoman Guests On New Papa Roach Album

Brian Tichy To Appear On Chris Caffery's New Solo Album

hAND Streaming New Album Online

Issues To Release Long-Awaited Acoustic EP

Anthony Phillips Delays Anthology Release

The Quireboys Confirm Reissue and Tour Plans


Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

.
.
Today's Pop News
.

Singing Nun Covers Madonna's Like A Virgin

Interscope Drop Chief Keef?

South Park Releasing Kanye West 'Hobbit' Spoof

Annie Lennox Clarifies Beyonce Criticism, Calls Out Twerking

The Game Sued Over Alleged No Show

Sara Evans Releasing Christmas Album

Wiz Khalifa Releases Interactive Stayin Out All Night Video

Naked Chef Treats Taylor Swift To Shake It Off Parody

Kevin Hart Pokes Fun at Drake and Drake Fires Back

Lorde's Hunger Games Soundtrack to Feature Kanye West, Charli XCX

T.I. Releases Mobster 'King' Video

Rapper Who Cut Off Own Penis Turns Incident Into Stand-Up Routine

Ringo Starr To Be The New Face of Skechers

Little Big Town Have Surreal Grand Ole Opry Induction

Ice Cube Gets Angry For Jimmy Kimmel

iLoveMakonnen Delivers Tuesday Video

Teyana Taylor Teases New Song with Fabolous

Gwen Stefani Releases Baby Don't Lie Video

.
.
Latest B-Sides News
.


Jimmy Page Talks Led Zeppelin Success, Beastie Boys, Fav Album, More

Michael Anthony Says He Could Sing for Van Halen

Alice Cooper Appears In New Theory Of A Deadman Track

Bring Me the Horizon Release Horror Themed Drown Video

U2 Perform New Songs On Jools Holland

How Sick Of It All Avoided Music Biz Downturn

In This Moment Release Sick Like Me Video

Crowbar Release Symmetry In White Video

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Discusses Influences and Bandmates

Metal All-Star Christmas Raskasta Joulua Is Not A Joke

Bush Rock Jimmy Kimmel

Singled Out: Digital Daggers' Nothings Broken

More News

.
 
anti Worthy Links
.
AudioNationRadio.com The Screen Door A Journal of Musical Things Lloyd Zeffler blog Demolish Mag Nightwatcher's House of Rock CJ Chilvers Deja Voodoo The 1st Five thecopycat.biz Hard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter

.
  .
.

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!



 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2014 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.