How Donald Trump Almost ‘Bankrolled’ Guns N’ Roses


Axl Rose has been in the news in recent days for calling out President elect Donald Trump at a recent Guns N’ Roses show during “Civil War.”

Rose and Trump have a history, with Trump being a longtime Guns N’ Roses fan. recently uncovered an old article details Rose and Trump’s connection. In August 1992 New York Magazine published an article titled ‘Trump May Grease Axl’s Film.’

The article stated:

Donald Trump is ready to rock and bankroll. Guns N’ Roses, the popular group led by headline-making lead singer Axl Rose, is planning a documentary- along the lines of Madonna’s movie Truth or Dare, about its concerts and tours. A source says the group is negotiating with Guns N’ Roses for funding. “Axl Rose went to Atlantic City and performed for him on a special occasion,” says the source.

“It was sort of a private affair, and Trump won’t talk about it. The two hit it off. Despite Axl’s reputation for being wild, Trump found him to be quite nice. He’s actually sort of shy. Axl likes the idea of Trump doing it because Trump is such a promoter. Look at what he’s done for Marla’s career.” When asked whether Trump was nervous about the controvery surrounding the singer (he was recently arrested on an assault charge), a friend of the developer said, “Controvery? He lives on it.

Trump wasn’t available for comment. Bryn Bridenthal, the spokeswoman for Axl Rose, didn’t return calls.

At Guns N’ Roses’ show in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Friday, Axl Rose improvised a line during “Civil War” about President elect Donald Trump. Rose sang: “Look at the fear that Trump is feeding.” Watch the video below.

It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Chinese Democracy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin’ Jive
Live and Let Die (Wings cover)
Rocket Queen
You Could Be Mine
Attitude (Misfits cover) (with “You Can’t Put Your Arms… more )
This I Love
Civil War (the line “look at the fear we’ re feeding” was changed by “look at the fear Trump’s feeding”)
Coma (with band introductions)
Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather) (Nino Rota cover)
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover) (Slash & Richard Fortus guitar duet)
November Rain (“Layla” piano exit intro with… more )
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan cover)

Don’t Cry (with Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” intro)
The Seeker (The Who cover)
Paradise City

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus shared a meme on Facebook that mocks Melania Trump, who is set to become first lady in January 2017 when Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Fortus also accused conservative pundit Ann Coulter of ‘only wanting white people to vote.’

Former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein discussed Donald Trump’s admiration of Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose in January on the Talking Metal podcast. Alternative Nation has transcribed the quote:

“We’re playing 5 shows at Madison Square Garden in 1992. I hear, ‘Is Doug Goldstein around?’ I look, and it’s Donald Trump. I said, ‘Yeah, this is Doug Goldstein.’ He said, ‘Can you make a pass for me?’ I said, ‘Yeah sure.’ So, being quizzical, I said, ‘Why are you here?’ He said, ‘I want to meet the Donald Trump of rock and roll.’ I said, ‘I give up.’ He said, ‘You know Doug, when you’re an underdog, everybody puts you to the top. Press, your fans, and once you get to the top, they jerk your ass back to the ground. That’s what Axl Rose is.’ So I introduced Axl to him after the show.”

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the U.S. Presidential election on Twitter. Ashba said, “Congrats to our 45th President Donald Trump MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! #UnitedWeStand #DevidedWeFall #ElectionNight.”