Further adventures of The Rolling Stove......
August 13, '92...The Helsinki Ice Halle and G n R's are about to take the stage on the 1st date of the Use Your Illusion European tour and drummer Mat Sorum has a terrified Axl Rose slammed up against a wall, two foot of the ground kicking and screaming,
August 13, '92...The Helsinki Ice Halle and G n R's are about to take the stage on the 1st date of the Use Your Illusion European tour and drummer Mat Sorum has a terrified Axl Rose slammed up against a wall, two foot of the ground kicking and screaming, Mat is a big, big guy and he is very, very angry! Eventually we manage to peel him of the quivering Axel who is shaken but unharmed, they burst on to the stage and smashed into a thunderous Welcome to the Jungle! This was regularly the scenario on what was a tour blighted by cancellations, late starts, riots and Axles outspoken ranting's. On that night he kept everyone waiting two hours before taking the stage hence Mats rage. However when they rocked it was a sight to behold, elemental even. As chef on this momentous tour I saw things that would make your clotted cream curdle, off and on stage. Izzy Stradlin was generally the only one sober enough to eat and regularly requested apple crumble and custard which he would eat in his side stage bothy during Slash's solo! Each member of the band had one of these side stage hideaways which they used for various leisure pastimes, Slash and Duffs was basically a bar- Jack n coke, vodka n cranberry-which their roadies tended, Mats was a gym/brothel, Izzy's was a new age headshop/tearoom, Dizzy Reed didn't get one and Axl's ... well along with a selection of adult magazines and 6 cans of pressurised cream? there was a bowl of ham chunks - which he chewed and apparently spat on the crowd yeuch! and a flask of freshly made beef broth which was made daily with roasted beef bones...he said it was good for his voice? But bizarlly he had a roadie who we christened the 'dry my balls roadie'. Axl would leap of stage during a solo, collapse on a beaten old Chesterfield and demand 'DRY MY BALLS'!!! at which point his faithful roadie would plunge a hairdryer -element removed - down his Calvin Kleinies, switch on and thoroughly air the great mans balls? Other than this they did not eat a single thing in three weeks of touring, although on one occasion Slash, after rising from his crypt around 5 in the day announced 'Where am I'?... 'Stockholm' I replied, 'Shit! let's BBQ some fucking reindeer man'! That night I had half a dozen reindeer spinning round on spits in the car park of the Stockholm Globen - they of course fell asleep after the show, woke up around 4 and the crew ate all the BBQ. TBC....
Izzy Stradlins Apple Crumble;
For the crumble
300g/10½oz plain flour, sieved pinch of salt
175g/6oz unrefined brown sugar
200g/7oz unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature
Knob of butter for greasing
For the filling
450g/1lb apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm/½in pieces
50g/2oz unrefined brown sugar
1 tbsp plain flour
1 pinch of ground cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
2. Place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Taking a few
cubes of butter at a time rub into the flour mixture. Keep rubbing until
the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Place the fruit in a large bowl and sprinkle over the sugar, flour and
cinnamon. Stir well being careful not to break up the fruit.
4. Butter a 24cm/9in ovenproof dish. Spoon the fruit mixture into the
bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
5. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the crumble is browned and
the fruit mixture bubbling.
6. Serve with thick cream or custard.
less than 30 mins
30 mins to 1 hour
"Yo chef can I have custard with my crumble"?