If ever there was a singer Axl Rose emulated more than others, it was Dan McCafferty of Nazaeth, who died on November 8th at the age of 76.
Rose has broken his silence on his passing, saying, “[It’s] been a tough pill to swallow. Very, very sad... I learned a day or so after, right before a show. Was in a bit of a surreal headspace on stage for several songs. Went on a Nazareth binge for a few days. Thanks Dan n' all of Nazareth for all the music over the years. Their music n' Dan's voice will always have a special place in my heart. Rest in peace Dan."
Guns n’ Roses covered Nazareth’s "Hair of the Dog" on their 1993 album, The Spaghetti Incident? Rose asked McCafferty to sing Nazareth’s cover of "Love Hurts" at his 1990 wedding to Don Everly's daughter, Erin, but was turned him down since Nazareth was on tour.
In 1988, Axl said onstage, "If it wasn't for Dan McCafferty and Nazareth, I wouldn't be singing. I used to lock myself in the bathroom and try to hit those notes in 'Love Hurts', ya know?"
Axl and Guns n' Roses perform in Brisbane, Australia on Tuesday.
Source: Blabbermouth and Premiere