Earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Treasury launched the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to give loans to businesses to help them pay their employees amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new report, $660 billion was given out to 600,000 companies including ones owned by Slipknot, Green Day, Tool, My Chemical Romance, Guns N’ Roses, Disturbed, Eagles, Nickelback, Papa Roach, Pearl Jam, Weezer, Cheap Trick, and more. One of the aforementioned artists, My Chemical Romance, told Rolling Stone the following about their decision to take a PPP loan:
“Like most tours that were happening this year, My Chemical Romance’s world tour was cancelled. MCR received PPP money to ensure their crew is funded in these times of uncertainty until we are able to be out on the road again. We are so grateful to these skilled, dedicated people – some of them are parents, others caretakers, still others who simply have rent to pay – and this money helps them take care of themselves and their families.”
During a recent interview with Sweetwater‘s Nick Bowcott, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was asked if he has been working on new music during his coronavirus downtime. He responded with the following:
“I’ve been pretty much a homebody, but I’ve been back and forth between my studio in the house and doing a lot of writing and recording on my own. I’ve been jamming with Duff [McKagan] and I’ve been jamming with Axl [Rose], and I’ve been doing stuff like that, so we’ve been getting some work done that way. But I haven’t been doing much else. I haven’t been doing any collaborations with the odd artists and whatnot. [I’m] basically just focusing on writing new music and recording demos and recording guitar stuff for GUNS and whatnot.”
Guns N’ Roses have launched a new web series called “Not In This Lifetime Selects.” The videos will feature footage from the band’s “Not In This Lifetime” tour with the first episode focusing on their October 29, 2019 show in Salt Lake City, UT.
Guns N’ Roses have postponed their summer North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band issued the following statement:
“GN’R Fam, some news: the North American tour is being rescheduled out of an abundance of caution. We will share the updated schedule as soon as the dates are finalized & all tickets will be honored accordingly. If you are a ticket holder and would prefer a refund, please visit livenation.com/refund for your options. Thank you for your understanding during this time as we look forward to coming back together very soon. #GnFnR”
Earlier this month, Donald Trump visited an N95 mask manufacturing plant in Phoenix, Arizona without wearing a face mask as Guns N’ Roses’ cover of “Live And Let Die” blasted on the loudspeakers. The footage ended up going viral and it has apparently led Guns N’ Roses to release a new shirt that says “Live N’ Let Die With COVID 45.” You can get that HERE.
They blasted “Live and Let Die” while Trump walked around a Honeywell plant today in Arizona without a mask. It’s hard to believe this clip is real. pic.twitter.com/M1dMe8KaMK
Guns N’ Roses have cancelled their European/UK tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band issued the following statement:
“GN’R Fam: Sadly, the upcoming European tour will not be happening. Things are changing daily and we want to keep our fans, crew members and band safe. We are working hard with our promoters, venues and cities/countries on next steps and will make further announcements as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience, we will get through this together and look forward to seeing you all very soon…”
My bad I didn’t get we’re hoping 2 emulate Liberia’s economic model but on the real unlike this admin I’m not responsible for 70k+ deaths n’ unlike u I don’t hold a fed gov position of responsibility 2 the American people n’ go on TV tellin them 2 travel the US during a pandemic.
A new children’s book based on the lyrics for Guns N’ Roses‘ “Sweet Child ‘O Mine” is set to be released on September 1. Here’s a description of the book:
“Iconic band Guns N’ Roses gives new meaning to the beloved lyrics from Sweet Child O’ Mine in this vivid, heartfelt picture book. Follow a child’s wondrous discovery that music is everywhere around us–from the gentle wind blowing through the bluest skies, to the fearful crash of the thunder and the rain. With Jennifer Zivoin‘s evocative, sweeping paintings, Sweet Child O’ Mine celebrates love and music, and how they bring us together in the sweetest ways.”