I heard that Axl Rose used to hang out with Depeche Mode. True?
Yes–but only for one night. In 1989, at the Hollywood premiere of Depeche Mode’s concert film 101, the Guns N’ Roses singer introduced himself to the band as a huge fan–proving it by reciting the lyrics to their mournful song “Somebody.” He then brought them to the Cat House, a favorite heavy-metal club. But when Rose left the Mode, he continued his evening at a friend’s barbecue in Beverly Hills, where he reportedly shot a pig. A band spokesman soon announced that “as strict vegetarians, the band were appalled by [Rose’s] behavior and do not wish to associate themselves with anyone who goes round shooting pigs for fun.”
(Excerpted from the 2006 book Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton’s Little John?: Music’s Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed, published by Three Rivers Press, written by Gavin Edwards.)