Axl Rose does not have the most sterling reputation in the music industry, and that’s saying something considering we’re talking about the music industry. One of his many eccentricities (when you’re rich and famous you get to call them eccentricities) is his penchant for showing up late, often very late. There have been Guns N’ Roses shows where fans have had to wait more than three hours for Axl to grace them with his presence. Rose has discussed this before, and he insisted that every time he was late there was a perfectly valid, show related reason for it. Apparently, this includes watching a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
Rose was late to a concert in Tampa on Dec. 28, 1991. The reason? Well, according to a story a Tampa DJ relayed to Alternative Nation, apparently it was because he was really interested in finding out the secret of the ooze:
The DJ was an assistant to the owner of the venue, and needless to say the owner was getting pissed. When the owner asked why Axl was being late for the thousandth time, he said: ‘Axl’s management said he was watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and that Axl’s attention was 100% on the movie and couldn’t be bothered.
The mind boggles wondering what Axl thought of Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap.”
(Via Consequence of Sound)