Mr. Brownstone is a Guns N' Roses cover band (or, if you prefer, "the worlds drunkest GnR tribute band").
The "cast": Sean Greenhalgh plays Axl, he's also got a side project called Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Gerard Egan plays the enigmatic Slash. Drew Thurlow plays Duff McKagen, he's also in a band called Hair Supply. Mac Furey plays Steven Adler and Chris Joyce plays Dizzy Reed. Then there's Izzy Stradlin, played by Dave Godowsky...who took some time away from the groupies to answer our questions.
Don't miss Mr. Brownstone this Saturday at Bowery Ballroom...where they will play to a New York audience for the last time ever! The band will then play their last show EVER in Boston on July 15th. It truely is the end of an era.
How did you choose Mr. Brownstone for your name? Did you ever consider any other G N' R song names as the band name?
The Gods of rock spoke, and we listened. "Ye Shall be Known as Mr. Brownstone..." and we were all like shit yeah, cool.
Do you know of many other Guns n' Roses cover bands out there?
Apparently there is a band called Appetite for Destruction that will be taking over once we're gone. We wish them luck as our rock bretheren. Also there is a band called Guns n' Roses that I hear is all right.
Have you ever met Axl?
I never have, although he apparently listened to part of one of our shows via cell phone while he was at a Rangers game. He said he wished he could attend but feared being attacked by fans/media.
What is your first conscious memory of living in New York?
I lived here for a while before actually gaining consiousness, so it's hard to say. But I would guess that my first memory of living in NYC was reading Gothamist.com and being overwhelmed by the concise journalism, appealing layout, and effective coverage of current events relating to New York City.
What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
Both: being mugged outside my apartment in Park Slope on my birthday.
What is your favorite place to drink in NYC, and what's the best night to go out?
There is no question about it: the best place for drinks, live music, etc. is Barbes in Brooklyn. Unless the date is June 10, 2006, in which case it's clearly the Bowery Ballroom.
Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action
"You know you've made it when…."
you're being interviewed by Gothamist
"It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when…."
You find yourself playing in a Guns n' Roses cover band
"I'll never forget the first time I…."
played a show with Mr. Brownstone. I learned all the songs the night before on a classical guitar, and had the chord charts taped to a wall, hidden on the side of the stage. To let you in on a little secret: I am a pretty bad guitar player and just bought my own electric guitar 6 months ago. Until then, I borrowed them for shows. Look closely and you'll see all the notes I'm missing.
"I'll never forget the first time [insert another band member's name here]…."
Gerard (Slash) was bitten in the leg by a crazed fan. It didn't break the skin, just his heart. You see, Gerard has an ankle biting fetish. And the guy never called the next day.
Let's have some fun with word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following (if you've got no discernable feelings, make something up that won't embarrass you in the morning)
band not as good as guns n roses
What the devil uses
Bridge & Tunnel
Guns & Roses
Utopian place where rock stars go when they die. Seat reserved for Mr Brownstone. Grass green. Girls pretty.
A few quickies on the music tip
Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
It's already been assembled: the members of Mr Brownstone.
What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
The only CD I've ever bought is the single of the GnR cover of "Sympathy for the Devil".
What came first, the music or the misery?
The Misery. Without it, there wouldnt be music.
Use Your Illusion I or II?
They make equally great coasters.
And finally...If Josh Schwartz, creator of the OC, asked your band to perform on his tv show - would you?
I think that might bring up some licensing issues. But sure, why not. We're only in it for the money, anyway.