INTERVIEW: Dj Ashba of Guns N’ Roses

November 23rd, 2011, 11:52 am by Greg
Dj Ashba

Dj Ashba

NOTE: As you have likely heard by now, the Guns N’ Roses concert that was scheduled to take place tonight at the Times Union Center in Albany has been cancelled due to “production issues.” As the band posted at 8pm on Tuesday night on its Facebook page, “Regrettably we are unable to perform tomorrow evening at the Times Union Center and the show has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. We’ll be live on Friday in Worcester at the DCU Center.”

Axl Rose has become this thing, but he’s not,” says Guns N’ Roses’ latest lead guitarist Dj Ashba. “He’s human. And I think the thing that bothers me is he literally has a heart of gold. To the people that really know him, he is the nicest, probably one of the fun, nicest people I’ve ever met in my life, and I mean he treats this band like absolute gold. I can never say enough good things about the guy, and I can only speak from my experience.”

As the latest new kid on the block for “the most dangerous rock band in the world,” Ashba has a job akin to transporting nitroglycerin through the streets of Cairo in the middle of a riot. Adored by millions of rock fans and reviled by the press, Guns first played the Palace in Albany in the mid-’80s, drawing only a couple of hundred people. Within months, however, their debut album, “Appetite for Destruction,” became the highest selling debut LP of all time with 28 million copies sold.

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CANCELLED: Guns N’ Roses @ Times Union Center, 11/23/11

November 22nd, 2011, 1:21 pm by Greg

To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Guns N’ Roses concert scheduled for the Times Union Center on Wednesday (November 23) has been cancelled.

“Due to production issues beyond the venue’s control, Magic City Productions and the Times Union Center are forced to cancel the appearance of Guns N’ Roses set to take place on November 23, 2011,” said Stu Green, Magic City Productions. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

Richard Fortus, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

November 21st, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg
Richard Fortus

Richard Fortus

“The first one that I actually went to the store and bought was probably `Love Gun’ by Kiss. That’s unfortunate.

But I had loads of records before that because I inherited by aunt’s record collection. She became a born-again Christian, and I got all of her devil music. She had every Beatles record and all the Stones records. The first Black Sabbath album. `Frampton Comes Alive’…”

Guitarist Richard Fortus and the other members of the current incarnation of Axl Rose’s Guns N’ Roses will invade the Times Union Center in Albany on Wednesday (November 23). Sebastian Bach is scheduled to open the show at 7:30pm. Tix are $55.

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