The former manager of Guns N’ Roses, who managed the band from 1991 to 2008, Doug Goldstein has talked about Axl Rose and explained what he thought while making the song of one of the most frightening serial killers, Charles Manson.
During a recent conversation Goldstein made on ‘Appetite for Distortion‘, he has revealed some of the lesser-known details about the lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose. Goldstein has recalled the times when Rose decided to release a cover of Charles Manson’s song ‘Look at Your Game, Girl.’
The ex-manager said that Axl Rose thought everybody thinks he is a freak like the horrible serial killer Charles Manson, who was a cult leader that formed Manson Family and linked to 9 murders, 1 attempted, and 2 raped throughout his life. Doug Goldstein added that he doesn’t think Axl ever was out to glamorize what Charles Manson had done.
The song Axl Rose put in the Guns N’ Roses album ‘The Spaghetti Incident?‘ in 1993 was originally written by Charles Manson for his album ‘Lie: The Love and Terror Cult.’ The song, which is named ‘Look at Your Game, Girl‘, is a folk-rock and psychedelic folk ballad about an insane woman.
The Guns N’ Roses cover of the track was negatively reviewed by critics at that time. The decision of Axl Rose sparked considerable controversy, as some people worried that Manson could profit off of the song.
Here is what Doug Goldstein said about Axl Rose and Charles Manson relation during the interview:
“You know what, here’s where the whole [Charles] Manson thing came from: ‘Everybody thinks I’m a freak and I’m a weirdo just like they think Manson is a freaking weirdo, so I’ll wear a mask and shirt, I’ll do a Manson song because everybody thinks I’m a cook anyway.’
In my opinion, I don’t think he ever was out to glamorize what Charles Manson had done in any way, shape, or form.
My second wife is the only eyewitness ever to one of our country’s biggest serial killers – they called him the Dating Game Killer, Rodney James Alcala.
Through DNA, they’ve linked him to 130 murders, rape, and murders. One was her friend, and she’s the only eyewitness ever.”
You can check out the rest of the interview here.