When Mick Jagger Confronted Axl Rose About His David Bowie Feud
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose is no stranger to controversies and feuds in the rock world. His confrontational style has led to numerous high-profile disputes over the years. However, one particular feud that stood out involved none other than the late David Bowie.
This notorious clash dates back to 1989, when Bowie apparently got a little too close for comfort with Rose’s then-girlfriend, Erin Everly, during the filming of the Guns N’ Roses video for ‘It’s So Easy.’ The tension escalated quickly, resulting in Axl throwing punches at Bowie and having him removed from the set.
Bowie’s Apology And Axl’s Reaction
Despite the heated altercation, the situation eventually cooled down. In a 1990 interview with Kerrang!, Axl recalled how the late singer reached out to apologize, stating:
“Bowie and I had our differences. And then we talked and went out to dinner and then went down to the China club and stuff. And when we left, I was like, ‘I wanna thank you for being the first person that’s ever come up to me in person and said how sorry they were about the situation and stuff.’ It was cool, you know? And then I open up Rolling Stone the next day, and there’s a story in there saying I’ve got no respect for the Godfather of Glam even though I wear make-up and all this bullsh*t…”
Mick Jagger’s Curiosity In The Feud
The incident didn’t just stay between Rose and Bowie. Mick Jagger took an interest in the feud. Rose recounted a moment during a soundcheck for a Rolling Stones concert where Jagger, along with Eric Clapton, confronted him about the fight:
“It’s laughable. I was out doing a soundcheck one day when we were opening for the Rolling Stones, and Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton cornered me. I’m sittin’ on this amp, and all of a sudden, they’re both right there in front of me. And Jagger doesn’t really talk a lot, right? He’s just real serious about everything, and all of a sudden, he’s like (adopts exaggerated Dick Van Dyke-style Cockney): ‘So you got in a fight with Bowie, didja?'”
The vocalist continued, sharing the conversation between Jagger and Clapton:
“So I told him the story real quick and him and Clapton are going off about Bowie in their own little world, talking about things from years ago. They were saying things like when Bowie gets drunk; he turns into the Devil from Bromley… I mean, I’m not even in this conversation. I’m just sittin’ there. Listening to ’em bitch like crazy about Bowie. It was funny.”
In the rest of the conversation, Rose also said he and Bowie were not best friends, but he liked the rocker. They talked a lot about their work and life and found they were very similar in some intense and crazy ways. Axl joked that this made him worry about his own future, seeing how similar he was to Bowie.