There’s no way to list all of GN’R’s antics. Here’s a rundown of their more notable public faux pas and legal entanglements, providing still more reasons why it takes so long for this band to get around to actually making albums:
The group’s debut record Appetite for Destruction aroused the wrath of feminists offended by its cover — a painting by noted artist Robert Williams that featured a woman who, its opponents charged, looked as if she’d just been raped. Geffen Records replaced the cover with something cleaner.
In a European hotel during a 1987 tour, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin and bassist Duff McKagan bound the drummer of the hard-rock group Faster Pussycat with duct tape, stuck him in an elevator headed for the lobby — and then traded punches with him when he failed to see the humor in the prank.
In his lyrics to ”One in a Million” from GN’R Lies, Axl Rose took potshots at ”niggers,” ”faggots,” and ”immigrants.” When Guns N’ Roses opened for the Rolling Stones at the L.A. Coliseum in 1989, Rose told the audience of 70,000 that he wasn’t racist, and that not all ”black men are niggers.” That didn’t go down wonderfully with the black hard-rock group Living Colour, also on the bill. GN’R lead guitarist Slash — himself half black — later insisted that Rose’s use of the N-word ”wasn’t malicious.” For calling gays ”faggots,” the band got dropped from an AIDS benefit concert in New York.
At the same show, Rose fell off the stage during a song, hinted that heroin-using band mates needed to modify their behavior — then angrily announced that the performance would be his last with the group.