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#1 Re: Guns N' Roses » Rearranged US dates announced » 29 weeks ago

FlashFlood wrote:

Oh. What's changed since 2002? Or 2014?

Axl's mortgage, for one. He funded the pre-NITL touring band out of pocket for years. Profitable enough to keep going, but a monetary gamble, regardless.

#2 Re: Guns N' Roses » Rearranged US dates announced » 29 weeks ago

James wrote:

Have they downsized a bit on this tour? Yeah there's stadiums but I see some arenas in the mix.

Don't want to risk playing in a half empty Levi Stadium so they're going to SAP Center instead.

A band like Guns generally gets paid up front by the promoters, who in turn get sweaty palms over eventual attendance. For Guns, bigger venues are more money in the bank. Downsizing and upscaling is an ongoing thing, but it's mainly driven by local markets and grassroots realities that the promoters need to adapt to. Then they haggle with the band over dates and expenses.

Axl's generally less concerned about venue size and attendance and more about getting the whole of the show "right". If he can bask in the adulation of the first three rows and is able to hear himself while singing, he can be a happy camper even with half the seats curtained off.

#3 Re: Guns N' Roses » found a weird GnR Mention » 60 weeks ago

Curtis Laur is credited in the CD booklet as a guitar tech. He's in Facebook, for instance, so adventurous ones can drop him a line.

Sounds like he might've worked with the band during the Beavan era ('98-'00).

#4 Re: Guns N' Roses » GNR merch reaches a new low » 65 weeks ago

You think a shirt with an emboss logo is bad merch?

That's still ways from The Misfits and their... swag.

#5 Re: Guns N' Roses » You are the new manager of Gn'R, what do you do? » 65 weeks ago

New tracks for the public, in digital & physical format. That would generate new revenue and make the artist feel better (given the tracks are good and promoted proper).

Commission a proper documentary film glossing over the career of the artist. Get 'his side' out there, so that people could applaud his career achievements.

Let the artist slip into further semi-retirement, feeling secure with whatever legacy he has at that point.

#6 Re: Guns N' Roses » Richard Fortus Gretsch Guitars Instragram Q and A » 77 weeks ago

sp1at wrote:

Fortus is somewhere between employee and partner and his own person.

He's on contract, which in Josh Freese's time meant any Guns activity (tours, etc) would be a "priority" over other ventures. Ron got quite pissed about this arrangement in around 2011-2. You could almost say below-the-line personnel learned about tours from the web tongue

I imagine he enjoys a fixed salary from Guns, which may not be as much as one thinks. This would be for services rendered on the road and in studio.

As for splitting the loot with the lawyers, that's a first. You have the Guns partnership (ASD), who take most of the cake. After that, the rest of the band fend for themselves. If they get a fixed salary from Guns by courtesy of showing up, negotiating your own NITL cut  may be more tempting than letting TB decide your worth for the promoters.

#8 Re: The Garden » Covid 19 » 85 weeks ago

Randall Flagg wrote:

Sweden didn’t tank their economy,

They did. Eurozone went down, bunking Sweden's import/export along with the rest.

Randall Flagg wrote:

and didn’t hide in fear (nor continue to do so).

Actually, Swedes have increasingly limited their movement, steering clear of market places and other hotspots. Local businesses are already suffering because of this.

#9 Re: The Garden » Covid 19 » 89 weeks ago

I wouldn't drum up Sweden as anything but a cautionary tale in this whole saga. May Day celebrations are due. This means mass gatherings outdoors. We'll see the effects play out in 4 weeks time.

We're projected to have 67k dead from COVID by August, slightly more than the flu in 2018.  So tell me how making that comparison is unfair, since the demographics of fatalities from the flu and covid are almost identical.

We're probably looking at the same graphs. The prediction holds that the death rate would wind down mid-May, reaching near-zero in early June. Even so, their guess is anywhere between that and 125k. 

The problem is there is that one epidemic is in the past and the other is ongoing. Making direct comparisons, or even educated guesses, is tricky because of so many factors.

Pull up the numbers and make an argument.  Just be prepared to defend why 61 million people getting H1N1 in 2009 didn't deserve any kind of action, and this does.

The number of confirmed H1N1 cases by WHO in 2009 was approximately 1.6 million. Obviously, other numbers have been tossed around from 700 million upwards. But the same uncertainty goes for COVID19, which, by rough comparison, is about 6 times more fatal.

#10 Re: The Garden » Covid 19 » 89 weeks ago

buzzsaw wrote:
bigbri wrote:

Buzz, you've been asking about Sweden. The death rate there is higher than neighboring countries that did more.

"The death rate in Sweden has now risen significantly higher than many other countries in Europe, reaching more than 22 per 100,000 people, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, controlled for population." … index.html

So higher, but still minuscule.  What is that - .022%?  Even if it's 10 times that is .22%.  I have to just sit here and shake my head at this.  Yes, if you know one of the .02%, this sucks.  You don't destroy a global economy for that don't.  It's completely irresponsible.

Now let's see where they are number wise once this thing winds down (keeping in mind that may be this time next year).  In theory they should slow down while the other countries spike later when they eventually relax controls.

Sweden will be screwed, that's where they'll be. Nursing homes have real issues, as do ethnic minorities. The death toll given does not represent the situation accurately. I fear the numbers will sky-rocket within the next four weeks.

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