Axl Rose Had Big Name ‘Removed’ From Show During Nirvana Feud

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During a new Guns N’ Roses Central interview, former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein described how the band’s rivalry with Nirvana extended all the way up to their relationship with their label Geffen Records. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“You know it was interesting because when Nirvana hit, I immediately became a dinosaur at the label. They were hiring all these guys that this was the only thing they cared about and Guns was, you know, passe. At least that was they way I got treated when I’d walk I. I used to walk in and get treated like King Tut. And now I had a choice between the White House and the out house and now I get the out house.”

He later told a story about Axl Rose refusing to play a show at Madison Square Garden in New York unless top Geffen executives were ‘removed’ from the show.

I remember at a Madison Square Garden show, and again,  I don’t want to name names but there were some very higher ups at Geffen and Axl said look, “Unless they’re removed from Madison Square Garden, I’m not going on.” It was pretty embarrassing, you know what I mean. Professionally and for me personally.