Among the Guns N' Roses frontman's rider requests are drinks, roses, and one square melon. Huh? Meanwhile, the band respond to criticism of hiring models for their UK tour.
Posted on May 22, 2012 02:20 pm
Rock stars are often known for their outlandish demands and unusual requests, but Axl Rose may have outdone his peers with his current tour rider.
According to British tabloid newspaper The Sun, the Guns N' Roses frontman requests "wines, beers, vodka, red and white roses and a square melon" - an item that Axl says "absolutely can't be missed."
Square melons are a particular breed of the typically round fruit, believed to be grown in box-shaped jars. The square shape helps retailers stack and store the fruit, so it's certainly an unusual request for Axl.
Perhaps the rider requests, which include a custom made Italian leather couch, are to ensure that venue staff read the rider carefully. Van Halen famously pulled a similar move in their hey day, asking for a bowl of M&M sweets with all the brown ones removed.
It turned out that Van Halen were not adverse to brown M&Ms, but wanted to check that venue owners had read their complex stage show requirements in detail - not just so the show went off with a bang, but to ensure the safety of the band on-stage.
Meanwhile, Gn'R guitarist Bumblefoot has struck back at claims that the band requested a row of 20 models to stand in front of the stage during their current UK tour.
"I have nothing against the models," Bumblefoot told Classic Rock. "They were offered a fun night out and they deserve equal treatment from the band that any person at the show should get.
"But the band did not request it. This stuff comes from other people that are offering a good time by whatever means they have and that's fine."