We stopped by the Bowery Ballroom to check out the all-star female super group Guns N' Hoses as they celebrated the 30th anniversary of Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction (July 21, 1987). The group comprised of Erin Marsz (Axl Hose), Charlene Kaye (Gash), Julia Adamy (Muff McKagan), Emmy Wildwood (Lizzy Stradlin), and Gina Ilasi (Stephanie Adler) absoltuely rocked the term "Girl Power."
What is it that made you guys decided you wanted to cover Guns N' Roses in the first place? When did this obsession begin?
Erin Marsz (Axl): I wanted to create a music project to meet other awesome women and just have fun playing the music of one of my favorite bands, Guns N' Roses. I got into GNR when I was a kid and have been a huge fan ever since. I also had a surreal run-in when I was 10 on a family vacation with in Toronto. Short story: Axl and Slash got into the elevator in the middle of the night with my family after the fire alarm had been pulled at the hotel we were staying in by an angry GNR fan because they cancelled a show. I was completely spellbound. This project has been an incredible experience in so many ways because of all the incredible women who have been involved and how much it's made us all grow in our deep appreciation of the band.
Do you feel as though you relate with the member you play?
Erin (Axl): I think Axl Rose is the greatest rock singer of all time. I love his swagger and his attitude, and in these years of channeling him as a muse, it's definitely made me a bit more bold in parts of my personal life.
Emmy Wildwood (Izzy): I suppose I relate a bit because I am primarily a writer and rhythm player! Izzy was known for being a bit of an extroverted introvert, and I guess I am like that too.
Are you involved in any other projects? If so, do they fall in the the same realm?
Erin(Axl): Everyone is involved in their own solo projects and in other bands. It's kind of nuts how many bands some of the girls are in. But it's a testament to their deep love of music and taking every opportunity given to play.
Have you ever received any opposition, being this all female rock band?
If you could give any advice to young girls trying to make it in the industry, what would it be?
Beth (Slash): To all the young ladies trying to make it in music — learn all you can & become a master at your craft. Don't take rejection too personally — just keep honing your skills and getting out there. Having a network of other female musicians & artists can be really powerful, and can be a source of strength and inspiration.
Janeth Ann Gonda is currently the events and promotions manager at BUST Magazine, a singer, dancer, writer, and event planner living in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently the lead singer in the Gypsy Witch Rock Band Espejismo. After working in the Brooklyn music industry for several years she created her own event space Barranquilla Studios. Janeth has hosted hundreds of bands and fans alike and is an active member in the NYC music community.