Pearl Jam Turned Down Huge Guns N’ Roses Offer In Brutal Way


Former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein was recently interviewed by Guns N’ Roses Central and he revealed how Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis turned down an idea for shows with Guns N’ Roses and U2. Alternative Nation transcribed Goldstein’s comments.

“What happened was Axl [Rose] came to me, Pearl Jam had just broke, they had released Ten and it was on fire, I was [somewhere] in Tel Aviv, Israel, we were playing there. Axl had come to me in the morning and said, ‘I don’t care if we open, I don’t care if we don’t get paid, I want to do a show or a couple of shows with us, Pearl Jam, and U2 closing. Can you please call everybody?’ I said, ‘Sure.’

So I called Paul McGuiness from U2, he was in, ‘Absolutely Doug, that would be great. We can talk about who will headline.’ I said, ‘No, no, no. Axl already said he wants you guys to close.’ We were bigger than U2 at the time, but it wasn’t about who was going to close, and it wasn’t that Axl wanted to kick their ass, he just wanted to do this show. So I called Kelly Curtis in Seattle, who manages Pearl Jam. I’ve got a finger in my ear, because the music is going on, I’m at a closet hut in Tel Aviv, and he has me on speakerphone.

I said, ‘Kelly, can you please pick up?’


‘Kelly, I need to talk to you, it’s kind of important.’

‘Yeah I don’t care, what do you want?’

‘Kelly, I can’t hear, I’m in a closet.’

‘I don’t care, what do you want Doug?’

So I told him, he goes: ‘Eh, no. We’re going to pass.’

I said, ‘Okay hang on a second, I manage Guns, and when an idea comes to me, I usually talk to the band.’ I go, ‘Are you speaking on behalf of the band?’

He goes, ‘Yeah, we’re going to pass?’

I go, ‘Don’t you have a moral ethical responsibility to at least discuss it with the band?’

‘Don’t fucking tell me my fucking job.’

‘Okay, nice talking to you, you have a great life!’

At that point there couldn’t have been a venue big enough to hold all three of those bands.”

  • Olga Stewart

    Kelly didn’t sound snippy at all.

    Man, oh man! :(.

  • Geniu Mecanic

    Oh brutal!

  • Gard

    Lol seems kind of funny really

    • makingconnections

      We hang on their every word.

  • robert

    Pearl jam sucks.

    • C. J. Woo

      You suck.

    • disqus_pI9c0SuBK4

      silence Robert u ugly nerd dumb nothing

      • robert

        LMAO!!!! Awwww is the little bitch mad?

    • Bringthenoise

      Pearl jams fans suck.

      • robert

        I see that now

      • Caballo Reindo

        STFU Limpbizkit

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  • Diana

    Well gnr were notorious for their behaviour at that point. Not surprising…

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  • N.

    if jesse hughes used those words, the leftists would be saying to never listen to their music again..

    • Caballo Reindo

      Hughes is a little bitch. Him being a survivor of a mass shooting, what the fuck is he even talking about? –Leftist

      • Bringthenoise

        He’s a bitch because he didn’t use his label as a survivor to try and rewrite the constitution? Fuck you snowflake-Righty

        • Caballo Reindo

          Fuck you shit4brains. Whats your bitch doing now? Buckethead doesnt even respect him.him. And he looks like meatloaf. Lol. —Snowflake

    • Diana

      You’re so fucking sad. There’s literally nothing political in this article and yet you had to bring up the “leftists”.

      • N.

        Annnnd you’re ugly.

        • Olga Stewart

          And you’re rude.

      • Olga Stewart

        N seems to delight in making an ass of himself or herself in regards to turning reactions to various articles into a political circus of comments.

    • C. J. Woo

      I say it now. Just because of you I am boycotting guns’n’roses. Damn rightist.

  • Caballo Reindo

    Who is that in the picture? Meatloaf? LOL. GNR sucks balls.

  • Trish Sinis

    Whose the guy on the right in the picture?? Is that the manager, or ?

    • Olga Stewart

      That’s Axl Rose.

  • Valyrian Steel

    Theoretically, that would have been an Amazing show… Minus the U2 part