Shotguns ‘n Roses
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on August 5, 2015
The Riverport Riot was a riot at the Riverport Amphitheater (now named Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis) in Maryland Heights, Missouri (near St. Louis) at a Guns N’ Roses concert on July 2, 1991. It is also known as the “Rocket Queen Riot.”
During the band’s performance of “Rocket Queen“, the 15th song in the set (counting drum & guitar solos), lead singer Axl Rose, in the middle of the chorus, pointed out a fan who was taking still pictures of the show, saying “…Hey, take that! Take that! Now, get that guy and take that!” When security failed to deal with the person, Rose decided to confiscate the camera himself, saying “I’ll take it, god damn it!” and then jumped into the audience and tackled the person. After taking the camera, striking members of the audience and the security team, and being pulled out of the audience by members of the crew, Rose grabs his microphone and said “Well, thanks to the lame-ass security, I’m going home!”, slammed his microphone on the ground and left the stage.
The sound the microphone made sounded to some fans like a gunshot. After Rose left, band member Slash quickly told the audience, “He just smashed the microphone. We’re out of here.” The angry crowd began to riot and dozens of people were injured. The footage was captured by Robert John, who was documenting the entire tour for the band. Rose was charged with having incited the riot, but police were unable to arrest him until almost a year later, as the band went overseas to continue the tour. Charges were filed against Rose but a judge ruled that he did not directly incite the riot.
Rose later stated that the Guns N’ Roses security team had made four separate requests to the venue’s security staff to remove the camera, all of which were ignored, that other members of the band had reported being hit by bottles from the audience and that the venue’s security had not been very strict, allowing weapons into the arena and refusing to enforce a drinking limit. Consequently, Use Your Illusion I and II‘s artwork featured a hidden message amidst the Thank You section of the album insert: “Fuck You, St. Louis!”
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on November 19, 2013
Cooper said in the liner notes of Fistful of Alice and In the Studio with Redbeard, which spotlighted the Killer and Love it to Death albums, that the song “Desperado” was written about his friend Jim Morrison, who died the year this album was released. According to an NPR radio interview with Alice Cooper, “Desperado” was written about Robert Vaughn‘s character from the movie The Magnificent Seven. “Halo of Flies” was, according to Cooper’s liner notes in the compilation The Definitive Alice Cooper, an attempt by the band to prove that they could perform King Crimson-like progressive rock suites, and was supposedly about a SMERSH-like organisation. “Desperado”, along with “Under My Wheels” and “Be My Lover” have appeared on different compilation albums by Cooper. The song “Dead Babies” stirred up some controversy following the album’s release, despite the fact that its lyrics conveyed an “anti-child abuse” message.
The album reached #21 on the Billboard album chart and two singles made the Hot 100 chart.
Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. called Killer the greatest rock album of all time. Punk icon Jello Biafra & The Melvins covered the song “Halo of Flies” on their 2005 release Sieg Howdy! Psychobilly musicians Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper covered the song “Be My Lover” on their 1986 release Frenzy. Power metal band Iced Earth covered the song “Dead Babies” for their 2002 release Tribute to the Gods. Guns N’ Roses (featureing Alice Cooper) covered the song “Under My Wheels” on The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on July 20, 2013
Many of the most popular applications, or “apps,” on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing access to people’s names and, in some cases, their friends’ names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.The issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook’s strictest privacy settings. The practice breaks Facebook’s rules, and renews questions about its ability to keep identifiable information about its users’ activities secure.
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on October 19, 2010