Axl Rose Reacts After Indonesian President Ignores Pleas to Stop Executions
Guns N' Roses leader Axl Rose recently joined a growing number of musicians that had reached out to Indonesian president Joko Widodo in hopes of getting the politician to halt the executions of two Australian men who had been sentenced to death for smuggling heroin into the country. However, the pleas of Rose, Napalm Death's Barney Greenway and Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, among others, did not lead to change and the two men were executed along with six others. Among the group known as the Bali Nine, only one woman, Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, was spared from execution.
Rose offered a last-minute plea, not only asking Widodo to spare the two men, but also Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, who was also facing a death sentence following a drug smuggling conviction. The GN'R frontman was not exactly happy with the actions of Widodo and fired off several tweets about it on his Twitter account.
Rose's comments read as follows:
Widodo is widely known to be a metal fan and has expressed his love for the bands and the genre over the years, which is why the metal and hard rock community got involved, in hopes that the words of Rose, Greenway and Iommi might dissuade him from following through on the executions.
Things have been rather quiet in the Guns N' Roses camp of late, though a pair of early GN'R concerts have been paired up for a new "Live Radio Broadcasts" release. However, after taking a break during the latter portion of 2014, guitarist DJ Ashba revealed earlier this year that the band was planning to do another huge tour and turn their focus to a new album in 2015.
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