“Nothing lasts forever…in the cold November Rain,” or when your employment status is determined by a moody, washed up, shell of a rock icon. Axl Rose fired the Eagles of Death Metal from their supporting act role after a recent Cleveland gig. Only one night into a 3 week opening stint, the Eagles of Death Metal will be flying back home to the UK a bit early. Their termination was not done with the professionalism and class one has come to expect from Mr. Rose: “So how’d you like the pigeons of sh*t metal? Don’t worry, that’s the last show they’ll be playing with us.”
Some are attributing the EODM’s poor reception to a crowd that didn’t understand the irony of their music. Apparently, lead singer Jessie “The Devil” Hughes’s waxed handlebar mustache, falsetto departures, and unthreatening band name did not sufficiently convey the ironic nature of the group. Fans of GNR like their heavy metal to be straightforward and irony free. EODM replacements should also be wary of having talent, well crafted lyrics, or an ability to create metaphors. Even that may not be enough to deter an aging rock star, riding out his musical denouement, from capriciously firing his next opening act. Spinal Tap need not apply. Despite recent troubles on the road, what’s left of Guns N’ Roses is doing surprisingly well on their North American tour. No one will ever accuse Axl of being predictable and who doesn’t want to hear Paradise City live once in their life? Tickets are still available for the remaining 15 shows of their current tour that runs til mid January.