[Preview] Episode #4: Chris Weber Discusses A.X.L, Rose and Hollywood Rose

Sneak peek from the 4th episode in the #GunsNRoses and the Making of #AppetiteforDestruction visual podcast series. Subscribe to the full series on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/first50gigs_gnr

In 1983, just as Slash’s band Roadcrew dissolved, guitarist Chris Weber was hanging out around the club scene on the Sunset Strip and was introduced to Izzy Stradlin by Tracii Guns. They immediately found common ground in bands like Hanoi Rocks, Aerosmith, and the New York Dolls and shared a desire to form a band and create their own sound. Being a teenager and living at home with his parents, Chris looked up to Izzy like a big brother and took cues from Izzy’s distinctive style, attitude, and riff-based approach to music. Later, Chris met Bill Bailey and marveled at his focus and unique sound. The trio formed a band, calling themselves A.X.L.

After composing songs like Anything Goes and Reckless Life, they felt ready to take their shot on the Strip. They renamed themselves Rose and then Hollywood Rose, and then in January 1984 recorded a demo with five songs to promote themselves to booking agents. That demo become “The Roots of Guns N’ Roses,” released by Cleopatra Records in 2004.

With his riffs, melodies and sound, Chris contributed to the genetic code of songs heard on “Appetite For Destruction,” “Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide” and “Greatest Hits.” Chris discusses the timeline from 1983 to mid-1984 and chronicles their bands A.X.L, Rose and Hollywood Rose just prior to a shake-up that would lead to the “New” Hollywood Rose that included Slash and Steve Adler.

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