The AC/DC schedule now has venues
for most of the shows, and one new show has been added already: Columbus, OH.
There's a possibility of additional shows, too, so stay tuned.
According to Ticketmaster.com, tickets will be on sale for the SFX-promoted tour in three
markets starting this weekend. The
newly-added Nationwide Arena concert in
Columbus, Ohio on April 4 will be on sale Friday
(Feb. 2) at 10 a.m. The two Florida shows --
one at the National Car Rental Center in Ft.
Lauderdale and the other at the Ice Palace
Arena in Tampa on March 21 -- will be on sale
Saturday (Feb. 3) at 10 a.m. Ticket prices are
in the $35 to $45 range. (Thanks to CDNOW.COM for the Ticketmaster
information and their nice writeup and picture of Snakepit). No word yet
on the club tour, but here is the newest schedule:
March 18, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. National Car Rental Center
March 20, Orlando, Fla. TD Waterhouse Centre
March 21, Tampa, Fla. Ice Palace
March 23, Nashville, Tenn. TBA
March 24, Memphis, Tenn. TBA
March 26, Little Rock, Ark. Alltel Arena
March 28, Greenville, S.C. Bi-Lo Center
March 29, Greensboro, N.C. Greensboro Coliseum
March 31, Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte Coliseum
April 1, Raleigh, N.C. TBA
April 4, Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
April 6, Cleveland, OH TBA
April 8, Chicago, IL TBA
April 9, Minneapolis, MN TBA
April 11, Denver, CO Pepsi Center
April 12, Salt Lake City, UT Delta Center
April 14, Los Angeles, CA Forum
April 19, Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
April 20, Seattle, WA TBA
April 23, Vancouver, BC TBA
April 25, Edmonton, Alberta Northlands AgriCom Arena
April 26, Calgary, Alberta TBA
April 28, Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Arena
April 29, Fargo, N.D. Fargodome
May 1, Madison, Wisc. TBA
May 2, Detroit, MI TBA
May 4, Boston, MA FleetCenter
May 5, Philadelphia, PA TBA
You can always check the Tour Schedule for the latest news. You can
find it under www.snakepit.org, scroll down to Main Menu, click
Tour Schedule. Tickets are also available online if you are making
a road trip (a good way to meet the band).
Shari sent us some more information on Johnny G. We told you before that he is doing a short tour with Gilby Clarke's band. It also seems that Johnny plays with Gilby's Starf*ckers band at The Cat Club in Hollywood on Thursday nights. Tracii Guns is also in the group, so if you are out that way on a Thursday night and Snakepit is not touring, you might catch Johnny G on the bandstand. Thanks, Shari!
Remember when Matt Sorum worked on the soundtrack for Soundman, a film entered in the Slamdance contest? SLASH and Duff went up to the festival to do a brief show, and it rocked! We have clips from that in the SLASH Videos section, and Jirka found another place on the net with ram files where you can see the guys do "Attitude". Take a linespeed choice and have a look:
Big tour news tonight! SLASH
announced that SLASH's Snakepit is on the move again. This is a US and
tour, and once again they are opening for AC/DC! The band had a
wonderful time with AC/DC in the summer and fall, so this is working
out really well. The tour is March 18 through May 5. SLASH says
there will be more dates added to Snakepit's schedule as they are
doing club shows, too, where they will headline. SLASH also said that
they are going to play longer shows when opening for AC/DC. Instead
of 30 - 40 minutes, they have 50 minutes. What a great rock and roll
evening! We don't have the headline information just yet, but we will put
up the schedule announced by AC/DC. Note that venues are not announced
at this time:
March 18, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
March 20, Orlando, Fla.
March 21, Tampa, Fla.
March 23, Nashville
March 24, Memphis, Tenn.
March 26, Little Rock, Ark.
March 28, Greenville, S.C.
March 29, Greensboro, N.C.
March 31, Charlotte, N.C.
April 1, Raleigh, N.C.
April 4, Columbus, OH
April 6, Cleveland, OH
April 8, Chicago
April 9, Minneapolis
April 11, Denver
April 12, Salt Lake City
April 14, Los Angeles, CA
April 19, Portland, Ore.
April 20, Seattle
April 23, Vancouver, British Columbia
April 25, Edmonton, Alberta
April 26, Calgary, Alberta
April 28, Winnipeg, Manitoba
April 29, Fargo, N.D.
May 1, Madison, Wisc.
May 2, Detroit
May 4, Boston
May 5, Philadelphia
Randy did a favor for all of us by posting that Snakepit interview that was in Oui magazine. The interviewer gets the background Snakepit material from SLASH, and then asks the other guys what it is like being on tour in a rock and roll band. Johnny G and Matt have stories to tell that should interest you! Thanks, Randy, and here is the article so you can find out what these guys are doing offstage!
Some time ago, we reported that SLASH had done a guest appearance on
Rod Stewart's new album, Human. After a long wait, the album
is scheduled for release on February 6 in the US and March 16 in the
UK. Rod has switched record companies from his longtime berth at
Warner Brothers to Atlantic Records, and with this change, his music
has changed, too. Don't worry about getting this one; early reviews
call it magnificent. SLASH was praised as an ace guitarist making
unique electric contributions on the title song. Many other musicians
contributed to the album, and it sounds like Rod may have another
classic hit on his hands. SLASH fans should get a copy to hear Our
Guy bring his talent to bear on yet another fine album. Human
can be preordered at music sites on the net. Ravi sent us the address
where you can read more about it:
When SLASH went on tour
last summer, he didn't have much time to respond to fan mail. Several
people have written in asking about the mail, so we talked to SLASH.
He said that now that he is home for awhile, he's had a chance to get
this organized. All the fan mail is at his home and is being answered
quickly. This means that if you wrote in before, you should be receiving
a SLASH answer very soon. Some fans were surprised with a photo signed
by all five band members! This was a little extra something to make up
for your long wait. SLASH said that in the future, even when he is on
tour, they have a system set up to get mail back to you from him. So
watch your mail! If you would like to write to SLASH, please go to
www.snakepit.org, scroll down to Main Menu and click "Write To SLASH".
The address and some information are there. Thanks!
Ed from The Netherlands writes that Dutch fans are going to have a Super SLASH Sunday. SLASH will be in a TMF program called TMF XTRA. This is an interview done with SLASH before the Paradiso show in Amsterdam. TMF XTRA will air Sunday, January 28. Ed says the only problem here is that the program will not be aired at a specific time, so you Dutch fans will have to watch TMF all day. Tricky! Ed promises that he will watch and send the SLASH interview along along with the songs that SLASH will pick for the VIG show mentioned on an earlier news day. Thanks, Ed!
Justin from Hilo, Hawaii watched VH1 to see the top 20 greatest rock videos of all time. GNR was in there twice with "Sweet Child O'Mine" at #9 and "November Rain" at #2. SLASH was interviewed while they were showing the GNR videos, tnd he talked about making the videos and the songs themselves. Lars Ulrich was also interviewed. Justin says to watch for reruns as this was a good show. Thanks, Justin!
Gilby Clarke will be on tour soon. The initial tour will be from January 30 - February 4 in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. If you go to the shows, you'll see two familiar Snakepit faces on stage. The cool one, Snakepit's great bassist, Johnny G, will be there along with a great drummer from Snakepit 95, Brian Tichy. For tour information, check out Gilby's site (under What's New) at:
If you see this
sign at left, you know you're really "with the band". This one hung on
the door at the NAMM show sponsored by GMR Guitars. One of our great
contacts IS with the band, and she managed to collect this sign and the
set list for us. Thanks! We've never seen so many great photos before;
photography was permitted! We'd like to thank you all for sending in
the pictures. We'll put them in Tour Photos soon. Brenda sent us two
zip files of pictures that are beautiful.
We chose to show you Johnny
G and his new Mohawk tonight. Well, what do you think? Vern Troyer (Mini Me) from
Austin Powers was there to wish his buddy SLASH good luck. Mike Inez
of Alice In Chains and Snakepit 95 was backstage, too. Ryan Roxie was
there, of course with Glam Nation, and he stopped in to say hello to
Snakepit. Ryan looked great, we're told, and was charming as usual.
That's our backstage highlights report. Keri sent a note saying the
show went great! The band had a really good time, and they were happy
to be back playing. Keri says they will have tour news soon. A couple
fans sent in their takes on the show. FreddyMedal is a diehard Kiss fan,
and he was really happy to see Eric Singer behind the drum kit in Glam
Nation. Fred thought it was a very good show for Eric. He says by the
time Snakepit came out, the beer had really kicked in. Gotta pace yourself,
Fred! Snakepit played "It's So Easy", and the rest was all new Snakepit
material. Fred also saw Vern Troyer (Mini Me) sitting on the stage! Talk
about a great seat! Clement arrived just in time. He caught Dee Dee Ramone's
last song. He said GlamNation was entertaining, and reminded him of the
"Rocky Horror Picture Show" with guitars and drums. Eric Dover sang and
played guitar, Ryan Roxy was on guitar and Teddy ZigZag was on keyboards.
Clement says they are kind of a joke band and use different names and
wear costumes. They played cover songs, but Clement thought they weren't
very impressive. Snakepit played 10:30 to midnight, and SLASH wore a Spiderman
button shirt, leather boots, brown leather pants and a very cool necklace
combining S and P. (If you're up on SLASH's personal life, you know
this is SLASH and his girlfriend. What a romantic!) SLASH played 5 guitars:
3 Les Pauls, Godzilla and the red B.C.Rich Mockingbird (seen in the "You
Could Be Mine" GNR video). The Mockingbird was used during "The Alien".
Clement said Mini Me came out before SLASH, and a security guard gave him
a premier seat on a speaker. SLASH's girlfriend and her pals were off
stage but visible - having drinks and dancing. The band was extra loud;
and both Rod and SLASH did a lot of talking. Rod thanked NAMM, the sponsors,
and the fans. When Rod introduced "Beggars and Hangers-On", he gave credit
to Eric Dover. SLASH thanked Marshall Amps for giving him so much
equipment over the years. SLASH joked that he didn't know what NAMM
stood for and guessed "Nerds against Mad Mothers"! SLASH tossed Clement
a pick which he missed, but at the end of the song, SLASH leaned over
and handed him another. SLASH jumped off the drum risers several times,
and Rod went down to the photographer's pit. Keri threw a lot of picks,
and Matt was rocking so hard that Clement thought the drums were going
to fall off the riser. Teddy ZigZag also played keyboard for Snakepit.
After the show, Adam Day recognized Clement and gave him a set list.
Clement says this was one of the most energetic and well played shows
he's seen them play, and Clement has seen them FIVE times! No wonder
they recognize him! Clement, some day that will be you on the speaker.
Thanks very much to FreddyMedal and Clement for sending in those reports.
Here's some information from Keri...Oui magazine with its cover story on Snakepit is now in the Tower Records store. Be advised that while the Snakepit pictures and story are just fine, almost all of this magazine is rated X. A better source is the Japanese Burrn! magazine February issue where the band has six pages! The December 2000 issue of Metalion, another Japanese magazine, has a Snakepit article, too. Keri says the "Mean Bone" video is done, and it's killer! Keri didn't have the release date, but he's guessing a week or two. Now's the time to call those radio stations and request "Mean Bone" as the radio edit promos are out at the stations now!
SLASH called in the other
night as the band was rehearsing for the Anaheim show. They were in the
parking lot outside the studio taking a break and there was much hilarity
as the guys tried to fix the studio door. What a team! Slash said it was
very cold there (55 degrees) but not nearly as cold as it was when he was
in Europe. The European fans who waited after the shows can attest to that!
He said he had to go find some hot coals to hold in his hands. About the
rumored Reno, Nevada show for next weekend, SLASH said that one is off.
SLASH didn't have a schedule for us yet, but he said they are trying to
get the U.S. tour planning really rolling. That one may be in the spring,
but the plans are not final yet. As for the schedule between spring and
now, SLASH said he will also get back to us on that. With the U.S., South
America, Australia and Europe waiting, they should be busy for a long time.
Another band with a mission is the Alien Swinger Club. If you were at the Cologne and/or Nurnberg shows, you saw these guys do a rocking opening set for Snakepit. Olli, their guitarplayer, wrote that the band was coming to L.A. in January to begin their band's career there. So watch for these guys! We heard they were killer (as Keri says). Olli asked if the band could have a message posted here to SLASH's Snakepit and their crew. Sure! They want to thank everyone very much for treating them like friends. The Alien Swinger Club had a great time with Snakepit, and they hope Snakepit's fans will come to be their fans, too. Thanks, Ollie!
Now for a whole truckload of SLASH and Snakepit sightings. Paulo from Portugal writes that there was a short report on Slash and Snakepit on MCM. Snakepit talked about the new album, and there was a short interview with SLASH where he was pictured with lots and lots of guitars behind him! There was a little footage of Snakepit live, and the whole thing was about 5 minutes. Paulo said it may have been short, but it was definitely worth seeing. We hope the band will visit Portugal this time, too, Paulo; and thanks for that report.
Brian leads off the VH1 appearances. VH1 is certainly a friend of SLASH and Snakepit. Did you see the countdown of the top 100 rock and roll albums of all time? Well, AFD came in at #42. They showed a video clip of GNR, and a short commentary by SLASH. SLASH talked about how "SCOM" put the band over the top and said "there are no gimmicks, no mirrors, none of that. That's the way it should be in any great rock and roll band." Agreed! Thanks, Brian. By the way, this program was repeated recently, so it's likely you can catch it again. Vicki is in West Virginia in the U.S., and she really enjoyed that 200th episode of "Rock Show" on VH1. SLASH was there, and he answered Cane's phone for him. He asks the caller how they knew to reach him there before handing the phone to Cane. Cane was giving an intro to his "finer moments" and seemed to forget what he was talking about. SLASH smilingly observed, "You seem so much more together on TV." And they aired the clip of SLASH smashing Zakk Wylde's guitar. Cane said, "Now, that wasn't really supposed to happen - that was totally unplanned. I was joking with SLASH about smashing guitars, but you can't really joke around with a rock star, or he is going to take you up on it." Then Cane said that SLASH and Rod both signed the smashed guitar, and later, SLASH sent them a Gibson Les Paul Special. Cane said SLASH really didn't have to do that, and he thanked SLASH. Vicki said the next show on was "Fan Club" with AC/DC. SLASH and Rod talked about how they got into AC/DC. SLASH said he was about 14 and hadn't started playing guitar yet. "Back In Black" came out, and that was the (bleep!). SLASH said he went backwards and got "Highway to Hell" and "Powerage". At this point SLASH and Rod disagreed on how to say "Powerage". Rod thought it was "Power Rage" and SLASH thought it was "Power-age". Vicki at this point was too tired to see if SLASH was on the next show and went off to bed. Thanks, Vicki!
This one is from Ed in The Netherlands, and it's a heads up for the fans in that area who get TMF, the Dutch music station. TMF's program, VIG, will have SLASH on this coming Sunday, January 28 at 3pm. This is a program where famous artists show their favorite videoclips. Hopefully, Ed will tell us what SLASH selected next Sunday. Ed reminds us all to go to www.rocknrollstation.com to see a 45 minute long interview with SLASH. When you get there, scroll down to ARCHIVES and look for "SLASH" to get the interview. We mentioned this before, but it's a great, long interview. Don't miss it! And thanks, Ed, for this information.
Here's some interesting hair news! No, SLASH has NOT cut his hair! But
someone in the band has! If you go over to the NAMM concert tomorrow
night, you'll see Johnny G with his brand new MOHAWK! Hopefully, someone
can get a picture of Johnny and his new 'do.
There's a new batch of tour photos up. These are mostly Italy and some from the UK. If you go to www.snakepit.org, scroll down to Main Menu, click Tour Photos, you're at the first group. At the end you can choose from three other sets to look at. If you don't see yours there, don't worry, we are working on the next batch right now. Thank you to everyone who sent in some! We think they are so great to look at. When you look at this fourth batch, you'll see a copy of Ain't Life Grand with library information on the front and a "bookplate" saying the cd was given to the library in honor of SLASH. We are especially happy to have thought of this way to share the music of SLASH's Snakepit with others in our community. Libraries are in desperate need of donations, so why not give them ALG? Also new today are four more drawings on the Fan Section. Somehow the mail messages got separated from two of these so we don't know who drew them. If they are yours, let us know so we can give you some credit. All you artists...please put your name on your drawing or painting if at all possible. Thanks!
The show at the Paradiso in Amsterdam was killer, and the Rockezine crew sent someone over to review the show. If you haven't read this one yet, you should! They really liked the band and the music. They got in touch and said the interview is "worthy to be read by true SLASH-fans" and invited all of you to come over and have a look. They also have a great album review you can check out. The address for the album review is below; and when you get there, locate SLASH's Snakepit and click the album cover. The Paradiso review link is also below. Just scroll a little and click on SLASH's Snakepit. Ed wrote and reminded everyone to check out the pictures and realize they are thumbnails. At the end you can click on More Pictures, and they are just wonderful. Highly recommended! Thanks to Rockezine for the invitation.
We are not satisfied
with the ISP we recently moved to, so the SLASH page has moved again to OLM
in Connecticut. If you came and we weren't here, our apologies. We are back
domain is still www.snakepit.org, and you should continue using that as the url. Thank you.
GMP Guitars sent us a note about the show this Saturday night at 8pm in Anaheim CA. The show is sponsored by GMP as part of the NAMM convention doings. A limited number of places are available for the public, and tickets are available through TicketMaster at $15 each. The show is at the Sun Theater which is in the same parking lot as Edison Field, not the Convention Center according to GMP. Get out there and see SLASH and the boys. Dee Dee Ramone and Glam Nation will also appear.
Have you seen the radio edit promos for "Mean Bone" yet? "Mean Bone" is the next single, and the video for this one is nearly complete. Some great animation is planned as an intro to the band performing the song. The video for "Been There Lately" was a promo, but "Mean Bone" will be a regular video released to VH1 and MTV. You may have seen the "Been There Lately" promo on MTV, but this one is sure to be a knockout.
We got a note from Mischa at the Virtue TV site. He wants to let you know that they have some great SLASH's Snakepit footage there. This is live concert footage from the Ottawa show where they do "Been There Lately". They also have interview footage, but we were not able to get that to work. Mail was sent to their webmaster so you can give it a try:
Matt Laug talked to us about the autograph signing at NAMM. He says the
band is not yet certain what part they will take in this. They all endorse
different equipment; but when the arrangements are in place, he'll let
us know. If you are lucky enough to have a pass for the exhibit area, you'll
know where and when to go. Thanks, Matt! Matt also said that he did an
interview for the Japanese magazine, Rhythm & Drums Magazine. The
interview is in the January issue, and Matt says it should still be on
the stands in Japan. The Japanese magazines are always worth more than
just a look even if you cannot read the language. The photos are among
the best in the world. Let's get Matt scissored out of a copy and have
a look! If you can't find this Japanese magazine, look for a full feature
interview with Matt in Modern Drummer Magazine. This should be out
in March or April. One more thing from Matt! He has set up an email
address where fans can write to him directly. If you have a question
for Matt, write to him at:
SLASH commented on the whole American Music Awards conroversy. If you
recall, he'd been asked to play an intro for Britney Spears. We wrote
that SLASH was going on a much needed vacation which conflicted with
the show's taping. Many, many SLASH fans wrote in asking about this.
SLASH's rock music and fans are not fans of Ms. Spears and her type
of music, and the fans wanted some reassurance that SLASH was not
sliding into a new genre. Listen up, gang! SLASH says, "I wouldn't
have done it if I were on vacation or not. I turned it down BEFORE
I went on vacation." So, relax, guys, SLASH is still with us! Ain't
Life Grand? (To see the original story - now including SLASH's quote,
please scroll down to News: 01/10/01).
Have your tickets for the NAMM show next
Saturday night? SLASH's Snakepit and Dee Ramone! To say nothing of
Glam Nation which we understand from Keri is a fun, almost comedy
band - a good one for the weekend. About NAMM itself, you have to
be a member or have special passes to get into the exhibit area in
the Anaheim Convention Center. If you can get in, then look for
SLASH's Snakepit. Right now we are waiting on word as to where they
will be if they come to the convention hall and hang out at the booths.
If they are there, tell them to take it easy! The show is fairly
early that evening, and we want them fresh and energetic when you see
them onstage. SLASH has always appeared at many of the booths, and other
band members have different manufacturers to visit. We'll wait for word
from the band on exactly what's happening during the day. The show is
Sun Theater, located in the parking lot area of the
Convention Center. We'd really appreciate your reviews and pics!
The UK's wonderful Q magazine seems to love it when SLASH comes home, and they can get him alone for a cool interview. SLASH is a good interview - of all the right-up-front guys we know, SLASH is truly one of the most forthright and hilarious. Controversial? Oh, yeah, but playful and terrific. We hope SLASH continues to be himself - he's a winner. First, Q has a mention of that famous SLASH TV incident where Our Guy said blowjob and f*ck on UK TV! Hey, give Dick Clark a call! And here is the latest of the SLASH pronouncements. Call him controversial, and try to change him, you'll get that famous one finger salute. For your attitude, SLASH, we salute you. Never change! Q got away from those boring GNR questions and stuck to things our guy could really philosophize on. How about what SLASH thinks when he sees a nun? How about...is she wearing panties? And how about...have you tried tantric sex? After having it explained, SLASH says...sounds so complicated, I just want to f*ck. Sounds like a plan! For lots more Instant Karma:
Just a quick note to let you know that SLASH's Snakepit will play at a NAMM (National Association of Music Manufacturers) - related show in Anaheim, California on Saturday, January 20. The venue is the Sun Theater, and the show begins at 8pm. Also onstage will be Dee Ramone and Glam Nation (includes Eric Dover and Ryan Roxie). This information comes to us from Keri Kelli and SLASH's management. Keri says that there are a limited number of public tickets available, so we wanted to pass this on to you right away. Tickets are on sale right now through TicketMaster (by phone, outlet or on the internet at www.ticketmaster.com). This event is sponsored by GMP Guitars, the brand endorsed by our very own Keri Kelli! We'll have more information on NAMM booth appearances tomorrow. Meanwhile, go get your tickets!
Unofficially, it looks like SLASH's
Snakepit may be playing a show in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, January 20. The
show will also include Glam Nation and Dee Ramone. SLASH hasn't
put the official stamp on this one, but we'll check as soon as he gets back
from a well deserved vacation. Keri Kelli
broke the news, and it seems to be confirmed by TicketMaster which is
listing the gig at The Sun Theatre at 8 pm. TicketMaster does NOT show
tickets on sale as yet, but there is an 8 ticket limit noted. This is
to be a special event for GMP guitars, the guitars endorsed by Keri Kelli.
We hope SLASH brings a pile of Les Pauls - they are part of his sound. Dee
Ramone needs no introduction, but Glam Nation might. Two members you'll
recognize are Ryan Roxie and Eric Dover. As we said, we have no official
word from SLASH, but we'll keep you posted. Anotherssfirmed gig is
Jan. 27 at Reno Live in Reno, NV. Patrick from the band Ill Logic says
his band will open for Snakepit. This gig is not listed with TicketMaster.
We thought we'd send these two rumors your way. When SLASH confirms, we'll
let you know.
Claire was watching VH1 Classics, a TV station that plays all classic rock videos. They played the Chic video made from a live performance in Japan featuring SLASH. (see SLASH Videos! on this site for a clip). Claire says they play that video a lot, and it's really good. They also played a Snakepit 95 video. This one was "Good To Be Alive". Claire seems to be good at finding these off the beaten track items. Here's another. She was watching station MTV X which plays all rock videos when the station took a break between videos and showed a short interview with SLASH back in the GNR days. Duff was with SLASH, and they talked about why they love rock music. Claire says it's short but fun, and she has seen it more than once. Thanks, Claire! Lisa was watching MTV Italia, and they played a Lenny Kravitz video again. They put some news about Lenny on the screen as the video played, and here they mentioned that SLASH went to school with Lenny! Thanks, Lisa.
The winner of our third contest has been in touch, and he is Martin of Argentina. Martin wins a copy of Ain't Been There Lately autographed by Rod Jackson and SLASH. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to Martin!
Last night UK online station BBC Radio1 played a tape of the interview with SLASH done while SLASH was touring the UK. It's a very good interview primarily because, not only is SLASH a good subject; but the interviewer, Mary Anne Hobbs, did a great job. She was very knowledgeable of the time when GNR was just breaking into the LA scene, and she obviously has followed GNR through its lifetime. She knew what SLASH was doing, too. Good questions and good followup. If you'd like to hear this yourself, it is now on their web site so you can listen anytime:
Are you watching the American Music Awards
tonight? SLASH Trivia Question: What happened at the American Music
Awards in 1989 when Guns won the award for Favorite Single: "Sweet
Child of Mine". Answer: Duff and Slash were at the Awards, but they
did not expect GNR to win anything. When the award was announced, the
two were noticeably inebriated when they came onstage. Slash managed
to say f*ck on live American TV before they were cut off. Producer Dick Clark
was angry, and SLASH later made a public apology from his home. Just
to prove that AMA has a sense of humor, SLASH was asked to play an
intro for Britney Spears this year! SLASH turned down the offer.
Acceptance would have delayed his much needed getaway trip in order to
start immediate rehearsals for today's taping. Ms. Spears is not a rocker, so
it would have been interesting to see SLASH try to bend his music to fit
this artist's style. When asked about what female vocalist he would have
postponed his vacation for, SLASH replied, "Madonna". Absolutely. We asked
SLASH later what he would have done if he hadn't been going away. SLASH
said, "I wouldn't have done it if I were on vacation or not. I turned it
down before I went on vacation." Reassuring words for SLASH fans! Rock on,
Doubles - we can't really understand the urge to dress up as SLASH. On the other hand it seems harmless. We posted on the tour photos the picture of a guy who went to one of the UK shows in complete SLASH regalia. Not a bad idea showing loyalty. However, we got word that this guy tried to get backstage before the show claiming to BE SLASH. SLASH's bodyguard was there and sent the guy to stand in line with everyone else. We're told the guy then milled around and gradually weaseled into the front of the line. Get In The Ring! Thanks to Ternell, we now have a copy of Arena magazine which has a very sick article about SLASH's old girlfriend, porn queen Savannah. There are four large pictures showing a model dressed as Savannah accompanied by "the love of her life" SLASH. She had many other rocker boyfriends including Axl Rose, Vince Neil, etc. Here's a pic of these two playing the doubles game. This guy looks a bit short, plump, has ugly pants and tshirt, an obvious wig...well, we were not fooled. In case you were, it is NOT SLASH in the picture. At the end, this sewer of a magazine constructs the death scene with Savannah bleeding from a massive head wound after shooting herself in her garage. Blood in a huge puddle on the floor, and the angelic, now clothed Savannah is flying off to heaven. Savannah and SLASH had broken up nearly a year before this. Savannah killed herself because she broke her nose in a minor car accident thus ending her hopes for a comeback at that time. Sad that a magazine chooses to make a few bucks from a woman who obviously had many emotional problems.
One thing we've wanted to share for a long time is a wonderful thank you from SLASH's Snakepit. When they came to town, we got to meet SLASH and the band and were as thrilled and starstruck as any of you. During the show, Rod was kind enough to thank us publicly from the stage! And to the band, we'd like to say publicly, "You're Welcome! Your music is a joy, and we thank you for your kindness and help!"
There's still no final word on where Snakepit
will go next. We've heard South America, Australia, the US, but nothing
official has come to us yet. There were three shows scheduled for
Argentina, and we don't know if they are off or on. The venues seem to
feel the shows are cancelled. Other venues seem to be getting things
set for the guys to be there, but we would advise waiting just a bit
for SLASH to get the word out on what is really happening. The minute
we have the schedule, we'll post it right here. Snakepit is in demand!
The contest for the Ain't Life Grand autographed by SLASH and Rod is over, and we have a winner! At this time we just have his email address, but the name is mpomares, and the address is Argentinian. We sent an email, and if this is you or a friend, please get in touch so we can get your mailing address! Here are the questions with the answers:
How many times have you seen SLASH on TV doing an interview, laughing
and having a good time? If you missed the one on The Daily Show with
Jon Stewart, you missed a funny one. It was September 2000, and SLASH
was in New York doing the rounds of TV and magazine interviews promoting
Snakepit's opening there for AC/DC. This appearance is great, and you can
see it on one of the many SLASH videos on this site. Check it out now
or later. If you want to try it later, you'll go to www.snakepit.org,
scroll down to Main Menu, click on SLASH Videos! It's the first one. Here's
a direct link:
The big page news for the new year is that we are moving
our site. This should have no effect on readers. The domain name,
www.snakepit.org, will remain the same. Our current ISP's disk space
charges are prohibitive, so we are moving our 450 megs of SLASH information
to Icestorm.com in sunny California. This should happen sometime this week,
and we hope you will see good ISP service. Should you experience any
difficulty, please let us know.
Annelaure went to a lot of the European shows, and now that she's home in France, she's able to pass along more Snakepit-related news. This note is for Dutch fans: The interview of SLASH done by the Dutch TV channel TMF in Amsterdam will be broadcast on January 28 at 2 pm and 10:30 pm. So far no details on the show are available. We hope someone will mark this down and let the rest of us know what happened. Thanks! And thanks, Annelaure!
Linds found this funny GNR parody at Heavy.com's "Behind the Music That Sucks". They take gleeful aim at the artists. The jokes ring true with a drop of acid. Fortunately, Our Hero doesn't come in for too many barbs but a number of direct hits are scored on Axl. All in good fun, of course! When you get there, you'll see a short on Billy Corgan. When this ends and the choices appear at the bottom, click the furthest to the left, "Behind the Music That Sucks". On the screen you'll see New This Week: Guns N'Roses. Click that, and stand way back. Thanks, Linds!