Axl Rose wanted a '90's Guns N' Roses Tour with U2 and Pearl Jam

music news 05/04/2018

In the 90's Guns N Roses toured with Metallica and it was one of the biggest rock events of the decade but it could have been followed up with an even better concert collaboration with GNR as well as U2 and Pearl Jam.

According to Doug Goldstein the whole thing was Axl's idea and he didn't care about money or billing.

"Axl came to me, Pearl Jam had just broke, they had released Ten and it was on fire," said Goldstein. "I was in Tel Aviv, Israel, we were playing there. Axl had come to me in the morning and said, ‘I don’t care if we open, I don’t care if we don’t get paid, I want to do a show or a couple of shows with us, Pearl Jam, and U2 closing. Can you please call everybody?’ I said, ‘Sure.’"

After getting approval from U2, Goldstein reached out to Pearl Jam manager, Kelly Curtis and that was when the plans came to a halt and Curtis was unwilling to discuss the proposal with Pearl Jam members.

"He goes, ‘Eh, no. We’re going to pass,'" said Goldstein. "I said, ‘Okay, hang on a second, I manage Guns, and when an idea comes to me, I usually talk to the band. Are you speaking on behalf of the band?’ He goes, ‘Yeah, we’re going to pass.’ I go, ‘Don’t you have a moral ethical responsibility to at least discuss it with the band?’"

After telling Curtis to "have a great life," Goldstein tabled the idea of a series of Guns N' Roses/U2/Pearl Jam shows — right at the moment when, as he put it, "there couldn’t have been a venue big enough to hold all three of those bands."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock