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Before There Was Guns N' Roses, There Was Hollywood Rose...

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Friday, May 21, 2004 @ 11:32 AM


The Roots of Guns N' Roses<

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Before Guns ‘N Roses, there was…

HOLLYWOOD ROSE -- The Roots of Guns 'N Roses

DEADLINE MUSIC TO RELEASE ‘THE ROOTS OF GUNS ‘N ROSES’ ON JUNE 22ND, BY HOLLYWOOD ROSE, THE BAND COMPRISED OF AXL ROSE, IZZY STRADLIN, CHRIS WEBER AND JOHHNY KREIS

Album features previously unreleased tracks as well as never-before heard studio recordings with new remixes by Gilby Clarke of GNR fame and Fred Coury of Cinderella.

Produced by Chris Weber, album also includes bonus guitar overdubs by Tracii Guns (Brides of Destruction, L.A. Guns) with liner notes by original GNR manager Vicky Hamilton.

Los Angeles, CA -- Indie juggernaut, Cleopatra Records announced that its hard rock/metal imprint Deadline Music will release The Roots Of Guns 'N Roses by Hollywood Rose, the band that included members who would later become one of the biggest rock ‘n roll acts in the world, Guns 'N Roses. The release date has been set for June 22nd.

Comprised of Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Chris Weber and Johnny Kreis, Hollywood Rose recorded these tracks some twenty years ago. They have remained in a vault, nearly forgotten... until now.

Formed in 1984, the inception of Hollywood Rose was a chance meeting at the legendary Sunset Strip landmark, The Rainbow, between Chris Weber and Izzy Stradlin. Mutual friend Tracii Guns introduced the two guitarists who would become fast friends. Weber expressed interest in forming a band and Izzy suggested his childhood friend Bill Bailey, who would later change his name to Axl Rose, fill the vocalist spot. They enlisted drummer Johnny Kreis, who answered their ad in The Recycler, and began developing their powerfully charged brand of fiery glam rock by performing at such L.A. venues as Country Club, Troubadour and Music Machine just to name a few.

With little more than the desire to just be a rockin’ band, Hollywood Rose went into a now defunct sixteen-track studio in Hollywood to lay down these five recordings, financed by Chris’s father. ‘When we went into the studio to record these songs, there were no expectations, just a band of musicians creating art,” states guitarist Chris Weber. ‘We weren’t trying to get a record deal or anything like that, we just wanted something to hand out to people at our shows. And at this time, we were all so broke that my dad ended up paying for our studio time,” reminisces Weber.

Included with the original, five track, unpolished gems are new remixes and mastering by Gilby Clarke (of GN’R fame), Fred Coury (Cinderella) and guitar overdubs by Tracii Guns (Brides Of Destruction, L.A. Guns). The sound is a musical hybrid of angst-ridden punk rock fueled by hook-laden guitar riffs. This highly anticipated release offers fans a glimpse into the beginnings of one of the greatest rock n’ roll bands of all time.

Cleopatra Records is one of the premier leading independent record labels in the world. It proudly boasts releases by punk icons The Germs, Johnny Thunders and the godfather of electronic Gary Numan among many others. Its hard rock/metal imprint Deadline Music offers headbangers releases by such metal luminaries As Cinderella, Quiet Riot, L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat, just to name a few. Cleopatra Records and its subsidiary labels are distributed exclusively by Navarre Corporation in North America and Canada.


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