Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose seems to be getting crankier with age. The rock diva is threatening to take legal action against gallerist Mat Gleason and L.A. photographer Laura London over a single photo taken over 20 years ago.
The snapshot in question contains an image of Rose’s former residence, with the phrase “Sweet Child O’ Die you R 1 of many nothing special” spray-painted on the garage door. According to the London, “Axl Rose was having a fight with his wife at the time, Erin Everly, and spray painted graffiti of lyrics of one of his most popular songs ‘Sweet Child 0’ Mine,’ twisted into sick poetry and instead wrote ‘Sweet Child O’ Die you R 1 of many nothing special.”
Axl claims he never did anything of the sort, and sent a cease n’ desist to Gleason’s gallery “Coagula Curatoria” requesting that the show be cancelled and “official apology” be made (because they really hurt Axl’s feelings, you know). The exhibition, entitled “Once Upon a time … Axl Rose Was My Neighbor” features various images of Axl Rose look-a-likes and recreations of old Gn’R band photos, but seemingly this was the only image to spark a reaction in the singer. Matt Gleason and Laura London have gotten rid of the description accompanying the shot, but stated that they have no plans to remove the photo which is currently priced at $24,000.