Author Malcolm Gladwell appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, and he told a great story about Axl Rose going by in his car hearing the Guns N’ Roses classic “Sweet Child O’ Mine” being sung at a bar for karaoke night. Rose bizarrely and awesomely got out of his car, and he went up near the bar and started singing along. Alternative Nation transcribed Gladwell and Fallon’s comments.
Gladwell said, “I think this is ultimate meta karaoke story. They used to do karaoke at Cipriani downtown. I’m walking past Cipriani. And I hear them, inside Cipriani they’re doing karaoke. They’re doing ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’ And I look up, and I see Axl Rose get out of an SUV as someone’s doing a karaoke version of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’ And he starts singing ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ on the sidewalk.”
Fallon was stunned, “No! He heard the person singing!”
He added, “Wow, that’s a great New York story!”
Gladwell also said, “I was so flabbergasted.”
Axl Rose is currently working on new Guns N’ Roses material, going over songs he has been working on over the years. Slash will join in once he finishes his tour with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators this summer.