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AIDS Benefit Drops Metal Band


Associated Press (03/14/89)

New York--The Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) has asked Guns 'n Roses not to headline an AIDS benefit concert because of anti-gay lyrics on their current album. GMHC, which is organizing the June 8 "Rock and a Hard Place" benefit at Radio City Music Hall, is now looking for another big act to save the concert. "We acknowledge that Guns 'n Roses was the first act to step forward for 'Rock and a Hard Place' and we thank them for their offer," says a GMHC statement. "However, after accepting their offer, the lyrics of several of the cuts on their current album came to our attention." The songs, which GMHC says contain "misinformation about AIDS," include "One in a Million," which uses a degrading slang term for gay men and implies gays spread disease. Guns 'n Roses' record company, Geffen records, said the band "still wish GMHC every success with the event."


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