Axl Rose never banned Slash-related clothing from the Chinese Democracy tour, smells better than you, and didn't go on late at a tiny private gig in New York earlier this week: those are just a few of the things the Guns n' Roses frontman gets off his chest in a 766-word tweet that takes aim at "mean spirited aholes" (journalists) and announces the band is under new management.
Rose starts off by enthusiastically recounting Guns n' Roses' two surprise shows — one at John Varvatos' store and one at the Rose Bar — during New York's Fashion Week ("Fuck!! The NY shows were insane!! Love the free form laid back vibe n' both were completely different from r view").
He then takes care of a little business, announcing he's now working with Doc McGhee, Kiss' manager since 1996 and the man credited with helping artists like Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe and Hootie & the Blowfish rise to fame. Rose recently split with Irving Azoff, the high-powered manager he hired in May 2008 to help launch Chinese Democracy.
Next, Rose — who obviously keeps detailed notes on what's written about him — addressed the numerous rumors that have surrounded the band in recent months in a jaunty, conversational tone. "Some just like 2 bitch 2 bitch. So if ur complainin' n' u drink beer, today I recommend a Lucky or perhaps a Red Stripe...if ur still peeved...again, fuck off," he wrote to those who complained hard-core fans couldn't get in to the exclusive Fashion Week shows. The only topic he didn't cover: the clash with a paparazzi photographer that threatened the band's first gig in Taiwan last December.
As Rolling Stone reported, Rose previously responded to the Slash ban claims, lashing out on a Gn'R message board at one fan who said there was evidence that Rose requested all shirts bearing Slash's image be flipped inside out.
Barring any more secret shows — some are already being rumored for the Los Angeles area — Guns n' Roses will next embark on a tour of South America starting March 7th, with a headlining slot at the Sweden Rock Festival planned for June. Aerosmith, with Steven Tyler, has also been added to the Sweden Rock bill.
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