Oh Axl Rose, how the mighty have fallen. Headfirst onto their hands with an embarrassing stumble, if the video of Rose’s concert faceplant in Hellfast, France is to be believed. Seeing Axl flail to keep his balance got us thinking about our favorite awkward concert moments, which include everyone from Taylor Swift to Lady Gaga, and everything from wardrobe malfunctions to slippery piano benches to getting kicked in the head by a gyrating fan. We hope you got a cat scan after that, Usher! After you watch Axl bite it hard, check out our other favorite awkward concert moments after the jump. Oh man, and you can hear everyone laughing on his video! That is the sweetest plum. The sweetest, most horrible plum:
As we gear up for the release of Rock of Ages this week, we’ve been looking back at some of the trends the nostalgic musical so lovingly celebrates, like Malin Akerman’s sexy rocker-chick look and Mary J. Blige’s flashy jumpsuits. More than any one fashion, the movie reminds us of one big trend the late ’80s and early ’90s were famous for: the groupie. Not just the girls who flashed their goods from the audience or hung around by the tour buses, either — there were plenty of high-profile ladies who were eager for a backstage pass. And some of them got a lot more than a private concert in the bargain.
As we gathered this list of our favorite celebrity-rocker pairs, from Cher and Gene Simmons to Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear, one other thing became very evident: All of these couples seemed to share taste in makeup, tight pants, big hair and baggy blazers. It even looks like Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli got their hair cut together. And maybe Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter could swap blazers, while Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour traded acid-washed jeans. We’re not sure what exactly Melissa Gilbert and Billy Idol had in common, but, yeah, that happened!
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The fact that those Lana del Rey dating Axl Rose rumors are dying down, doesn’t mean that the Guns n’ Roses singer isn’t capable of generating news on his own. We always knew that the original members had major issues with each other but we didn’t know that it would escalate to this level. GNR are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend, but Axl has refused to take any part in the ceremony and doesn’t even want to be inducted in absentia.
Axl sent a long, strongly-worded letter to “The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern” explaining his stance. For the record, Slash knows that matters between him and the singer are pretty much kaput, having said recently to Rolling Stone,”[Axl] hates my guts … It’s over a lot of different stuff; I don’t even know. There’s just no communication between us.” The full letter is published on TMZ but here are some excerpts. The “we” he keeps talking about is Axl’s camp.
• “Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.” Read more…
So, after Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba denied that Axl Rose is dating Lana Del Rey, despite the fact that the two were seen leaving L.A.’s Chateau Marmont together last week, Del Rey herself seems to be muddying the waters here. She was seen performing at London’s Jazz Cafe and later arriving at London hotspot Shoreditch House wearing a GNR T-shirt and grinning mischievously, leaving us all to wonder if:
A) They are dating, and Axl doesn’t really feel the need to share everything with his bandmembers.
B) She’s just a really big fan, as she indicated with her song, “Axl Rose Husband.”
C) She’s just f—ing with us all.
Any way they’re just dating ironically? Rumors have been swirling about a potential Axl Rose/Lana Del Rey love match after Lana was spotted rocking out at two consecutive Guns N’ Roses concerts in L.A. recently; the pair were most recently seen climbing into the same SUV and leaving Chateau Marmont together last Friday. Um, hoo boy. Uh…maybe Axl just wanted to name of Lana’s colorist? Or to exchange deep conditioning tips? Or to make the moms of the world gasp audibly, then clutch the front of their blouses while shaking their heads in disappointment?
Luckily for us and/or our lunches, Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba says the two singers are not bumping strawberry blond uglies. On a related note, we are so, so sorry for that mental image. “I don’t think they’re dating,” Ashba scoffed to TMZ. If you’re thinking their alleged canoodling sounds like, well, the premise of a Lana Del Rey song, you are frighteningly correct. Turns out, Del Rey had previously recorded a little ditty entitled “Axl Rose Husband,” which makes this whole thing feel something ripped from Satan’s vision board. Oh, of course the Lord of the Underworld uses The Secret; how else would these two crazy kids have even met?
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Axl Rose reaffirmed his legendary antipathy for photographers by giving one a beatdown at LAX Wednesday night. The Guns N’ Roses singer was headed to Taipei, Japan (the first stop of the band’s upcoming tour of Southeast Asia) when some paparazzi got too close to his ladyfriends. In a video acquired by TMZ, the singer can be seen warning “touch her again, I’ll break his f—ing neck!” before scurrying to the offending photog and knocking him to the ground with a punch to the face. Despite airport personnel witnessing the hit—and the couple of kicks from Axl that followed—police were never notified and the singer promptly went through the security check, eventually letting us know he was unhurt in a MySpace post (whew!). The victim of Axl’s anger has yet to be identified, but odds are we haven’t heard the last of this.
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In 1988, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose and teenpop crooner Rick Astley were at the top of the charts. Ten years later, they were practically ghosts. Today, Chinese Democracy and rickrolls have brought them back into the limelight. Both singers were born on February 6th. Click on the photo to find out who’s older.
Axl Rose has the hots for Ozzy‘s baby girl, Kelly Osbourne. The sleazy legend might be twice her age, but he tried some of his best moves on the 24-year-old rock spawn. Kelly’s pal Richie Rich, trendy Heatherette designer, told OK! Magazine, that the two bumped into the Guns N’ Roses singer at the launch party for the new Tide and Downy Total Care washing liquid. (Sexy!) “He was really weird with her,” said the fashionista. “He kept leering at her and saying, “I want to f*** you!” Not exactly the most romantic way to sweep a girl off her feet.
Perhaps, the lothario was too busy celebrating to practice his pickup lines because the man accused of leaking nine songs from the Guns ‘n’ Roses‘ 14-years-in-the making Chinese Democracy album was arrested on Wednesday in Culver City, CA. The accused man, Kevin Cogill, admitted to posting the songs when he was questioned by an FBI agent, according to an affidavit. A federal attorney said he’s expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles later today.