Man....what the fuck was that jamboree of bullshit?
15-16 years ago, in the AOL days, I had moved to Staten Island. There was a Shred 'forum' on the AOL music boards where Ron posted. He sent me a nice e-mail inviting me to jam at his studio. I had no clue who he was and never took him up on the offer. I was only 15 that time, so it would have been a huge waste of time for Ron, but still cool of him any way.
I've got a couple friends from Staten Island who played in different versions of his band, I'll have to hit one of them up to see if they got any inside info on Ron/GnR.
He'd been doing music for film/TV for years (That Metal Show's music is all Thal), so no doubt the GnR gig is bringing in a lot more money than that stuff was. Also, I've heard from a couple closer sources that Axl has to pay his crew/musicians BEFORE the tour as a form of security, in case he decides to cancel a show/tour out of the blue.