Iconic music producer Kim Fowley has revealed that Axl Rose was offered $50,000 to quit Guns N' Roses and join another band days before GN'R were signed to Geffen:
"I was working for a rich manager of a difficult band who had drug issues and alcohol issues and they were friends of Axl. The guy who was putting up the money for this unknown band was dating the leader of the band's mother. So he said 'I don't know about this band I'm investing in... do you know anyone else who's weird and strange and difficult but possibly platinum?' 'Yeah, Guns N' Roses.' 'Good. Okay. Let's take a look. Oh my goodness. You're right. Okay. Have the singer come by the studio tomorrow.'
So we're all in the studio with the unknown band and here comes Axl by himself.
"And the manager had a $2,000 suit on and he said, 'Well, you guys are great. I want to be your manager, production company etc. And I want Kim Fowley to record and produce right here in this studio. And to show you how serious I am I'm going to open this suitcase and show you what's inside. And you can walk away with the suitcase. Or call the boys up and drive up and I'll pay for the cab if you don't have enough gas. Go ahead Axl, open the suitcase."
"So Axl opens the suitcase and there's $50,000 in cash. And the manger says, 'What do you think?' and Axl says, 'With all due respect sir, whoever you are. That's not enough for Guns N' Roses. We're going to be bigger than that. It's just a matter of time. I'll say no politely and I'll go away and I'll make more money than this on our initial signing with my guys. What don't you help these guys out?
They're deserving. They're probably not as great as we are but if you're going to piss it away, you might as well piss it away on them because you're already working with them. I gotta go rehearse. It was nice seeing all of you. Good bye.' And we all applauded him. (laughs) What else do you do, you know?
"So he called a cab. We had the money for the cab and he rode away. And I always thought of all the starving musicians I'd ever seen, even the ones who made it or didn't make it, he was the only one who knew exactly how valuable he was, and how not to panic. Because that's a lot of money for anyone. And he just wasn't interested. And of course they got 75 grand for signing with Geffen."
It's a cool story alright, but what would you have done in that situation; stuck by your Guns (yeah, we know, it's a terrible pun), or taken the money? Let us know in the comments