GN’R: THE MOVIE
HERE’S FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED FROM GUNS N’ ROSES’ DOCUMENTARY, PREMIERING FEB 5 ON BBC FOUR…
1) The roots of the band are revealed, from Slash’s early introductions to the guitar while jumping around on his bed listening to Kiss, to William Rose changing his name to Axl, coincidentally, on the day that he fi rst met Slash.
2) Ever wondered why the skull head of Slash on Appetite For Destruction’s cross sleeve has straight hair, rather than his trademark curly locks? The fi lm reveals early footage of Axl and Slash in conversation, with the former explaining that the image was a replica of a tattoo the frontman got on his arm. The guitarist joked that he had told Axl to straighten his hair in his ink as “you’re never gonna draw curly hair right”.
3) Perhaps the saddest fallout from Guns N’ Roses hedonistic ways was the fate of Steven Adler, whose spiralling drugs addiction led to his dismissal from the band in 1990 and sent the drummer into a depressed, self-destructive downward spiral. The fi lm recounts the sticksman’s later suing of his former bandmates, revealing footage from inside the courtroom. The same courtroom Steven shamefully admits smuggling heroin into during the trial.
4) Such was the attention put on the band during their chaotic Use Your Illusion world tour, Matt Sorum recounts how the band were subject to round-the-clock security from hotel bed to stage. The band reveal the lengths they went to to avoid arrest following the St. Louis riot in 1991, including sending out decoys dressed to look like Slash and Axl.
5) The fi lm claims to fi nally answer the mystery of why Axl and Slash spent so long at loggerheads… The story, explained by A&R man Tom Zutaut, goes that after Slash’s famous eight-minute death in a hotel corridor in San Francisco, Axl believes the guitarist’s soul left his body, and that another ‘person’ entered the ‘vessel’ and has inhabited Slash’s body ever since. Yes, you heard that right…