Axl Rose is Good with Finance
Last week, Steve Fishman wrote an article for Vulture entitled “What Happened When Axl Rose Rented My Apartment.” Unsurprisingly, it’s a very funny piece, but not for the reasons you might expect. Although the Rose of yesteryear had a reputation for being destructive (he once famously tried to push a grand piano out of the window of his Los Angeles mansion), the Rose of 2013 was a considerably better tenant.
Fishman reveals that Rose rented his 5,300 square foot Tribeca apartment for “an extraordinary rent,” including “six months’ rent as a security deposit.” Now, for those of you not familiar with New York real estate market, allow me to provide some perspective: this 3,000 square foot loft in the same neighborhood is going for $25,000/month, while this 6,000 square foot home in the ‘hood is going for $42,000/month. And, again — Rose was paying “an extraordinary rent.” Meaning that Rose was paying MORE than whatever ridiculous rental price was already being listed.
Now here’s the kicker — Rose paid all that money for the apartment, BUT HE NEVER ACTUALLY MOVED IN:
“My family and I followed Axl’s travels via Google alerts — he was touring in Abu Dhabi and playing a birthday party in Russia. We were repeatedly told by his very nice assistants, a mother and son team, that he was definitely planning a move to New York, which we were informed he’d fallen in love with. (He might even want to buy our place.) This attachment was good news, since as the one-year mark approached, it was time to renew his lease. He still hadn’t set foot in the apartment. We learned that he had been to New York, though, renting a roomy suite at a fancy hotel with a balcony… Still, he renewed — this time at an increased rent.”
So, in other words, Rose most likely paid somewhere between $600,000 and a million dollars (and possibly more!) for an apartment he opted to ignore completely in favor of a hotel suite which, we can assume, was also very pricey. And keep in mind that, again, this didn’t happen during Guns N’ Roses early-90s Use Your Illusion megastar heyday; this happened recently.
Y’know, we can give the dude shit about being fat and crazy and hiring a Slash wannabe and releasing an incredibly expensive record which is now valued at about the same amount of money as a roll of toilet paper, but the guy is obviously doing SOMETHING right. Fuck me naked with a spoon.
Thanks: Metal GF