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BRAT PACK: Guns ‘N’ Roses fans can...

BRAT PACK: Guns ‘N’ Roses fans can rest easy. And stop calling us. Lead singer Axl Rose is not--we repeat not --dead of a drug overdose. A spokeswoman at Rose’s record company, Geffen Records, says Rose is alive and well. Still, the label has been deluged with calls virtually every day from worried fans, whose imaginations have no doubt been inflamed by the band’s tumultuous life style. The good news is that death rumors seem to haunt only bands at the top of the charts. In 1986, when they were hot, the Beastie Boys were victims of similar unfounded reports. As for Guns ‘N’ Roses, they are due for a celebration--the band is scheduled to be on the cover of the next issue of Rolling Stone. . . . Heavy-metal comic Sam Kinison’s new album, “Have You Seen Me Lately?,” is so (check one) nasty, foul or offensive that his record company has gone to great lengths to distance itself from the album’s raucous material. In fact, Warner Records has stickered the record with (count ‘em) two warning labels. In addition to the customary, Tipper Gore-inspired “Parental Advisory” label, “Have You” also has a sticker cautioning: “Opinions expressed on this record do not express the view of Warner Bros. Records.” Why the added disclaimer? “We wanted to distance ourselves from the attitudes and specifics of Sam’s commentaries,” said Warners exec Bob Merlis. “There are some passages that will be perceived as extremely funny--but there are others that may be extremely upsetting to some people, including some people within our own company.” . . . Speaking of bad boys--remember Poison? The raucous heavy-metal band with its own computerized pick-up service, which allows band members to locate favorite girlfriends in any city on its tour? The group has also gone high-tech with its back-stage frolics. The group has been amusing itself with a recently unveiled Poison Play Pen, featuring back-stage food, dance music and flashing lights. The group also travels with an inflatable miniature pool, filled with oil and mud, which band member Bret Michaels says “we use to douse anyone who isn’t having a good time.” Recent victims have included Capitol Records promotion men, local deejays, band members and their current girlfriends.


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