Ultimate Classic Rock — Axl Rose isn’t signing stuff anymore, and fans can blame those who sell Rose-penned merchandise on auction sites like eBay. The singer, now on tour with AC/DC, made his intentions known, if not exactly clear, in a new tweet.
“Can’t take da ebayers so un42nutzly I’s won’tz b signing things 4 awhile,” he wrote, before adding: “Much Love 2 the real.”
The decision comes after a period of uncommon interaction between the usually shy Guns N’ Roses co-founder and AC/DC fans during the group’s summer tour of Europe. Rose took over for Brian Johnson, after the longtime AC/DC singer was sidelined with a serious hearing issue. Rose has since been filmed having a series of lighthearted interactions with AC/DC’s faithful, in stark contrast to his sometimes cantankerous dealings with crowds of autograph seekers from past years.
In the meantime, selling autographs has become a big business. Dealer Steve Woolf, in a talk with ABC News, estimated that it’s now a “$50 million a year industry,” with some collectors earning “six-figure salaries.” Mick Jagger, for instance, can net a seller as much as $2,500 – because he rarely signs, “unless you’re a female and have good looks,” Autograph Pros founder Michael Kasmar noted last year.
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