Female G N' R Cover Band Guns N' Hoses Have Guns N' Roses Governors Ball Set Predictions
Erin Marsz once met Guns N' Roses in an elevator. During a family stay in a hotel when she was a kid, a fire alarm pulled by perturbed Guns N' Roses fans after a cancelled show led to a brief evacuation. "We come back into the building, and we get into the elevator. As the door is closing, these guys had walked out of the bar in the main lobby of the hotel. This one guy sticks his arm into the elevator, and he turns to his friend and says "welcoooome to my offiiiice." It was Slash, and Axl stumbled in with him. He tapped into me." It was a moment of awe for a girl who had been secretly listening to the band at her friend's house and felt nothing but shock and fascination with how many dirty words and devilish phrases the band could utter in a song. All grown up, Marsz has found a way to utilize her musical training and admiration of the legendary band and Governors Ball headliners--she started an all-female Guns N' Roses tribute band.
From a party joke to reality, Guns N' Hoses brought together a group of friends and frontwomen who love "making out, brown liquor, short skirts, and dirty jokes," as their Facebook page proudly declares. The band is comprised of Marsz (Axl Hose), Charlene Kaye (Gash), Mia Swier (Muff McKagan), Emmy Wildwood (Lizzy Stradlin), and Gina Ilasi (Stephanie Adler) who tote the tagline "Welcome to the Vajungle" and consistently promise to turn every show into a veritable '80s hair metal party. They also take the art of rock 'n' roll as seriously as possible--Kaye locked herself in her room during Hurricane Irene in 2011 to master Slash's intricate solos, and Marsz has seen her range broaden dramatically while preparing her voice even though she's an operatically trained singer. "I think metal is hard to play. I don't think it's easy," says Marsz. "I feel sometimes people don't realize that. We work really hard for the musicianship to be there. That's number one. Number two is definitely good showmanship. It's a show. We want to have fun."
On and off stage, the Hoses have become true experts on what it takes and what it means to perform as Guns N' Roses. Having been the surprise final announcement for Governors Ball, G N' R--more specifically Axl, who is the last standing of the original line-up--have a lot of pressure from fans and haters alike. We let Marsz (Axl Hose) and Kaye (Gash) serve as the leading predictors of how to prepare and what to expect from Axl Rose & Co. this weekend on Randall's Island.
Axl Hose: I watched a lot of [Guns N' Roses performances]. I danced in mirrors a lot. I put on the bandana. I put on my whole outfit. I walk around like I have fucking three million dollars in the bank, and I don't fucking give a shit about anything. I just like own the place. That's how I prepare. The music part is I'm actually backstage warming up and stuff, BUT that is not what Axl Hose does. Axl Hose is in the back drinking Jack Daniels, sexting, posing in the mirror, putting on more eyeliner, doing some push-ups, making sure I'm looking hot, get out there and fucking kick ass!
Gash: I usually rat and curl my hair and have it in my face. I wear a top hat. We all wear leather and chains. Sometimes I have a cigarette hanging out of my mouth.