Axl Rose Wins at Being Demanding

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While promoting his new show Roadies, Cameron Crowe was asked to recount the most ridiculous tour story he’d ever heard. Of course the story had to do with a crazy demand made by Axl Rose:

There was a guy that worked with Guns N’ Roses, and there was a show and Axl Rose needed a yellow jacket that he’d left in England before he would perform. So a roadie was given the job to get on a plane as fast as possible, go to London, find Axl Rose’s yellow jacket, and come back so he could play the show.

According to Crowe, this story spawned the term “yellow jacketing,” which is still used to describe the insane demands of stage performers. Axl wins, as per usual.


Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →