Gun on the run
From page 23 of Classic Rock Magazine December 2004
AUSTRALIAN POLICE WERE ON THE hunt for Axl Rose after the Guns N’ Roses singer was allegedly heard condoning drug use from the stage during a concert. ‘Mr Brownstone’, defended by its writer as an anti- heroin statement, was the offending song. The band escaped to New Zealand as the GN’R lyric sheets went under the legal microscope.
Meanwhile, back at home, the band MTV had declared America’s top-selling new artists of the year completed a very successful 1988 with second single ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ reaching No.7 in the US chart.
Megastardom beckoned, but drug problems raised their head and made rehearsals a ‘sometime-never’ affair. Off the road for the first time in years, the band members were living separate lives.
“You hear one of the guys on the answering machine and you don’t even pick up the phone,” Slash later recalled. “No one saw anybody. I was doing my thing and only three of us were going to rehearsals on a regular basis.”