The weird world of Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses (L-R): Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Slash and Steven Adler.
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Guns N' Roses (L-R): Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Slash and Steven Adler.

Now securely into middle age, the reformed Guns N' Roses are touring again.

They've got their own plane, they've got most of the band back together and they're playing to Auckland and Wellington this week.

Born in the age of hard rock, Guns N' Roses' legacy is the stuff that MTV dreams are made off. It's that off lions, parties and controversial performances.

Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash rejoined the band for their latest tour.
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Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash rejoined the band for their latest tour.

As the band set up for their first New Zealand show in a decade, we had a look back at some of Guns N' Roses' wildest times.

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SLASH'S LION CUB

Slash hid a mountain lion cub in his hotel room.
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Slash hid a mountain lion cub in his hotel room.

In a bid to settle down and become more domestic in the early 90s, lead guitarist Slash bought a home in Los Angeles. He also bought a bunch of venomous snakes and a mountain lion, Rolling Stone reported.

A M6.7 earthquake reportedly damaged Slash's home in 1994, where he lived with his killer pets. And so he and his lion cub (named Curtis) reportedly moved into the Four Seasons hotel.

Two years later, Slash quit the band, only returning for their 2016 reunion tour.

Axl Rose is Guns N' Roses only lifetime member.
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Axl Rose is Guns N' Roses only lifetime member.

AXL CAUSED A RIOT

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In 2002 the Guns N' Roses frontman just didn't show up to a packed arena in Philadelphia, USA.

It's a decision that haunted Guns N' Roses' only life member, after he was forced to apologies to fans when he returned to the city in 2012.

Reports from the time said riots broke out as fans realised the band wouldn't be playing.

Even as he apologised years later, he was jeered by the crowd, who speculated that he'd stood them up to watch basketball in New York.

THEIR GENESIS

The band's early years were spent in "The Hell House", the band told Cuepoint.

Before their music made any money, the band was making a living through hosting huge parties in their flat and along the alley behind it. After the clubs closed, they'd invite almost anyone around to sell cheap alcohol to them, Axl said to Cuepoint.

He and former band mate Izzy Stradlin​ also admitted to stealing from women he slept with, in order, they claimed, to make a living.

The alley reportedly became a place of reliable debauchery as dealers and strippers regularly passed by.

AIRPORT PROBLEMS

More than once the band landed itself in trouble with airport security officers.

In 1998 MTV reported that Axl Rose had been arrested after threatening to fight an airport security guard if they searched his luggage.

 "I'll punch your lights out right here and right now," Rose was reported as saying when the guard tried to open his suitcase.

Just last year the singer was detained in Canada for carrying a gun through the border.

"You can forget you have a f... gun," he explained to Toronto fans.

Guns N' Roses perform at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on February 2 and Auckland's Western Springs on February 4.

 - Stuff

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