Grammy Award winning arranger Paul Buckmaster, who worked on orchestral arrangements for Guns N’ Roses’ 2008 studio album, Chinese Democracy, has passed away at 71 years of age.
Buckmaster was responsible for orchestra and arrangements on the Chinese Democracy tracks “Street Of Dreams”, “There Was A Time”, “Madagascar” and “Prostitute”. He is also renowned for working with Elton John, Rolling Stones, David Bowie and many others.
Axl Rose reacted to the death on Twitter, “Very sorry to hear of Mr. Paul Buckmaster’s passing. I feel very fortunate to have met him n’ have his involvement in GNR. My deepest condolences to his friends, fans n’ loved ones.”
Very sorry to hear of Mr. Paul Buckmaster's passing. I feel very fortunate to have met him n' have his involvement in GNR. My deepest condolences to his friends, fans n' loved ones.
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 9, 2017
In a new interview with Loudwire, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler remembered when the band appeared in the 1988 movie The Dead Pool, starring Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry. When asked if he’s still in contact with his old bandmates, Adler said that he isn’t.
“No, not really. I say hi to Slash since I’ve known him since we were 12-13, so he’s always gonna be my brother. Axl I always loved. To show the love that I have for him… When we did this movie, ‘The Dead Pool’ with Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry movie, well the scene in the cemetery – there’s five of us. And then the next scene, you see Slash and Izzy and Duff shooting a harpoon through a window of this boat.
Well, the reason me and Axl weren’t there was because I met some stripper that night and she put this brown powder shit in my beer. And next thing I know, I woke up in a hospital, charcoal coming out of every hole in my body, and Axl was holding my hand. He thought that I was gonna die. So he has my eternal love. But if you ever watch the movie, that’s why me and Axl aren’t in [the scene].”