[pullquote quote="I've played a lot of shows in front of a lot of people, but this is probably the most awesome thing that's ever happened to me."]“I’m losing my mind. I don’t know. I’m so nervous right now. I’m like shaking,” admits Ronnie Radke from Falling in Reverse. “I’ve played a lot of shows in front of a lot of people, but this is probably the most awesome thing that’s ever happened to me, pretty much, when it comes to playing shows.”
Radke, the lead singer of the Las Vegas-based band that tore up the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ in early November of last year, has just found out that the band is opening for one of their musical heroes, Guns N’ Roses, at the iconic Hollywood Palladium tomorrow night.
[pullquote quote="My dad played Appetite For Destruction on loop when I was a kid. That's all I heard. They were the kings of '80s rock 'n roll and Sunset Strip bands. Classics. "]When asked about the role Guns N’ Roses played in his life, Radke said, “My dad played Appetite For Destruction on loop when I was a kid. That’s all I heard. They were the kings of ’80s rock ‘n roll and Sunset Strip bands. Classics.”
In part of their three-show L.A. Takeover, Axl Rose is playing with his band Guns N’ Roses which includes musicians like Richard Fortus, Tommy Stinson, and Bumblefoot.
Rose might be the only original member on the line-up, but his presence is enough to make the show an intense night of rock ‘n roll.
“It’s Axl. It’s Axl Rose. It’s Axl Rose, man,” Radke repeated ecstatically. “I’m ecstatic. That’s all I can say. I’m very happy right now.”
[pullquote quote="I'm like nervous to even think about meeting him. I don't know what to really say to him."]Radke confessed that he’s never played (or been) to the Hollywood Palladium and that he’s not sure how the show came about other than he has “really good managers” who have “proven themselves of the last six months to be a really great management team.”
We speculated that Rose himself had listened to Falling in Reverse and pegged the band as their openers.
“I hope that’s what happened,” Radke exclaimed. “That would be amazing if Axl Rose just listened to one of our songs and said, ‘Yeah, put him on.’ It’s f**knig amazing. I’m like nervous to even think about meeting him. I don’t know what to really say to him, you know. I think I’m gonna be kind of starstruck and not really say much of anything if I meet him.”
Radke is also worried that the show is almost sold-out and the hardcore Guns N’ Roses fans won’t dig Falling in Reverse’s sound.
[pullquote quote="I think I'm gonna be kind of starstruck and not really say much of anything if I meet him."]I think I’m gonna be kind of starstruck and not really say much of anything if I meet him.”I’m nervous,” confided Radke. “I played a radio show with a band called Chevelle and the crowd hated us. I’m just nervous because I guess it’s sold out? Just about? It’s almost sold out. I don’t know. Maybe some of our fans are there? I’m going into this blind. I have no idea. I’m just completely baffled right now.”
Back home from their tour, the Guns N’ Roses opening slot is a perfect way to kick-off the next exciting chapter in Falling in Reverse’s trajectory–including the main stage at Warped Tour , which was leaked via a magazine ad a few days ago.
“We’re headlining Nokia Theatre for the Warped Tour kick-off party on March 29th,” divulged Radke. “We just got off tour about a week or two ago, lining up other tours right now and then this came about.”
If you want to go check out Falling in Reverse and Guns ‘N Roses at the Hollywood Palladium, get your tickets here before they sell out!