During in a recent interview with Guns N’ Roses Central podcast, former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein has shared the story of interesting challenge between Guns N’ Roses and Metallica.
Here’s the story:
“We got along great until we started the tour with them. There’s a lot of reasons but once that tour started it went from we were great friends to we don’t really like each other. Just generally.
I think that they intentionally wanted that spot before us and I told Axl I wanted to swap headlining and he didn’t wanna do it and I think they walked into it going, we’re going to try and kick their ass every night.
That’s what an opener is supposed to do. As a manager, that’s what you tell your opener. Go leave them with a feeling of go and try to follow that.”
“When I first started with a band, tee shirts were $19. And we earned out our advance in a month. So tickets went to, because they gave us such a large advance that tee shirts went to $20. And we kept earning our advances as was Metallica.
Metallica wanted a better deal than GnR, GnR wanted a better deal than Metallica. And when tee shirt went to like $23, $22 maybe, I told the band you know what, Metallica is going to have a better deal than you. I won’t do it anymore. This is where I jump off. And they supported it because they understood and again it was because I was more fan-based.
I made sure that all of our shirts were done in heavy cotton material. I didn’t want some throw away tee shirt that was going to rip after six months, two months.”
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