I hear the sirens calling
As the rain is gently falling

A bit of Guns N’ Roses for your wall

Guns N' Roses at The Marquee in London (1987) by Richard Bellia

My old buddy Richard Bellia has a small selection of his photographs available as prints at Yellow Korner, a website specialising in affordable art imagery. The prints include Joe Strummer (The Clash), Robert Smith (The Cure), reggae idol Lee “Scratch” Perry, two different photos of Nirvana, and the above shot of Guns N’ Roses, which was taken at The Marquee in the summer of 1987, on the band’s first trip to London. Each print is numbered, comes with a certificate of authenticity, and costs €69 – a bargain at twice the price.

I worked with Richard on loads of jobs for Melody Maker in the late Eighties and early Nineties. One of my most vivid memories was when we covered the 1988 Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington, an event marred by the tragic death of two fans in the crush of the crowd during Guns N’ Roses’ set. You can read my review of the festival here and a Guns N’ Roses piece based on a couple of interviews I did with Slash (one of them backstage at Donington) here. And if you’ve not had enough of clicking, you can read more about Richard Bellia here. This last link is an extract from my book Rat Scabies And The Holy Grail, in which Richard plays a leading part (although I’m sure Scabies and I would have found the bloody thing quicker without him).

3 Comments on “A bit of Guns N’ Roses for your wall”

  1. Push – you and Richard both ROCK! And your book is one of the most entertaining and informative adventures I’ve ever had the pleasure of embarking on, at least from a literary standpoint. It was written such that I, the mere reader who has never so much as stepped foot in France, let alone went on a Grail Hunting adventure (in a cheese wagon no less, “sniff, sniff, formage?” I know I spelled that wrong, I opted for Latin, German, Sumerian and Akkadian in school. Never had time for French.) was magically transported through the vehicle of prose to the South of France. I felt as if I were hiking and hunting right along with you. I could virtually smell the cheese and feel the bumps of the road underneath my imaginary wheels with the turn of every page. Thank you so much for such a wonderful adventure, and many thanks to Richard for his photographic chronicles of virtually everything that I love.

    All the best,


  2. One of the best books i’ve ever read and no mistake. Excitedly unwrapped it on Christmas morning and finished it on Boxing day, i couldn’t put the bugger down. I do vaguely remember my Daughter walking into the living room and saying ”er, any chance of some Christmas dinner?” but i could’ve been imagining things.

    One of the funniest parts for me was Richards’ comment on French marketing, being mistaken for Pierre Plantards long lost Son, and being accompanied by the warblings of Jonny Halliday throughout. In short it was bloody good, and if you’ve never heard of RLC, this will bring you up to speed.

    I do keep begging for a sequel, but as the French don’t do scrumpy, Push is unlikely to leave Blighty anytime soon. Another miserable Christmas beckons, guess i’ll have to make do with a repeat of Superman III.

    Christine Moloney

  3. Push says:

    Goodness me. Thank you for such fantastic comments.

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