Ex-Guns N’ Roses manager Alan Niven disapproved of Axl Rose’s S&M scenes for “It’s So Easy” video
Former Guns N’ Roses and Great White manager Alan Niven was recently interviewed by the Appetite For Destruction podcast and he spoke about singer Axl Rose‘s bondage scenes in the previously shelved and unfinished video for the track “It’s So Easy.”
Niven stated (as transcribed by Alternative Nation):
“Axl wanted to put in some S&M stuff that he shot with Erin, unbeknownst to me at the time, he quietly arranged this with Nigel Dick. When I went to look at the footage, and sit with Nigel and start to get a basic edit on it, there was a lot of hanging Erin off the door, putting a ball gag in her, beating her ass and stuff. I was sitting there going, ‘Yeah, this is going to play brilliantly. Nice move Axl, fucking brilliant.’
So at that point, I said, ‘We’re not going to go with one more track, Geffen don’t want to go with one more track, and we’re just going to shelve it, and we’ll put it out later. We can put it on a collection or something.’ I got it off the table. Ironically, when Erin divorced Axl, she went looking for copies of it, and masters of it, to make it a part of her complaint. So for it to come out now, I hope he asked Erin whether she minded at this point.
I’ll say it bluntly, it’s a great band being compromised by one individual, again. Do I think it’s appropriate? No, I think that’s a bit personal. If you want to make bondage tapes with your girlfriend, keep them at home Axl. I’m not sure the rest of the band want to be associated with it.”
You can read the rest of the article at Alternative Nation and listen to the Appetite For Destruction podcast episode with Alan Niven from the Alternative Nation article.
Guns N’ Roses‘ “It’s So Easy” video:
Guns N’ Roses – “It’s So Easy” – The music video shot in 1989 but never completely finished – until now. From the upcoming release of #AppetiteForDestruction: The Debut Album, Remastered and Expanded.