Episode #6: First 50 Gigs Mid-Season Recap

We got The First 50 Gigs team together to recap the first five episodes of the First 50 Gigs and the Appetite lineup origin story. In this episode, Marc Canter, Jason Porath, and host Mina McNair fill in the gaps as we spin our way through the incestuous revolving door of bands and musicians leading up to the Appetite for Destruction lineup of Guns N' Roses.


We got The First 50 Gigs team together to recap the first five episodes of the First 50 Gigs and the Appetite lineup origin story. In this episode, Marc Canter, Jason Porath, and host Mina McNair fill in the gaps as we spin our way through the incestuous revolving doors of bands and musicians that ultimately led to Guns N' Roses. From Slash's garage bands Tidus Sloan and Roadcrew to Rose and the New Hollywood Rose, we talk about what we learned from our guests, take you behind the scenes of our production, share new stories and preview what's to come for the rest of Season One.

In this episode,  you'll:

  • Learn about Slash's audition for KISS.
  • Understand why the New Hollywood Rose was only one step away from the Appetite lineup of Guns N' Roses.
  • Hear about what's coming up for the rest of Season One.

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Episode Highlights:

1:47 - What does the rest of Season 1 look like in terms of content? Jason gives us an in-depth look at the remaining episodes

3:41 - They say it takes a village to raise a child, the same phrase applies to gathering facts for a podcast; hear about how the team gathered extra information for the show

5:21 - Schools in session! Listen to Jason and Marc talk about the many musicians that came from Fairfax High School

7:40 - Slash auditioned for KISS?! Hear what actually happened from Marc

12:47 - Does the instrument make the musician? Marc explores Slash’s sound and the guitars he’s used over the years

16:10 - Revisit the start of the “incestuous revolving door of musicians” as Adam Greenberg and his role is discussed

18:55 - Izzy Stradlin and John Lennon - one and the same? Marc makes an interesting comparison 

22:43 - Delve deeper into Slash and Steven’s early years together in Hollywood

27:53 - Hear about the late Ronnie Schneider and why he was so important to include in the podcast

30:03 - Why were there 2 episodes that had nothing to do with GNR? Marc, Jason, and Mina discuss the importance of including the Sunset Strip history

34:53 - Chris Weber’s episode was a team favorite, hear more about his time with Hollywood Rose and the demo they created

38:24 - Steve Darrow was technically in the Appetite for Destruction lineup... for a moment. The team revisits his story and expands on it more

42:11 - Listen to Marc and Jason dive into why Hell Tour was so important in solidifying the AFD lineup

44:16 - The New Hollywood Rose breaks up, what does that mean for Slash and Steven?  (Hint - a tall, blonde bassist arrives in L.A.)

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