Not many people know about Sanjay Dutt’s passion for rock music. He has been a huge fan of the iconic American band, Gun N’ Roses ever since they rose to global.
fame in the late ’80s. And now, the actor plans to go all out to ensure that the musicians have a comfortable stay during their debut tour of India next month. He has offered the band’s celebrated frontman Axl Rose his vanity van for their concert in Mumbai, which will be held on December 9 at the MMRDA Grounds in Bandra.
“It’s an honour to have Axl use my van. He is a legendary artiste; no one can sing, behave or perform like him. I’ve grown up listening to Guns N’ Roses and I am extremely happy that they’re finally coming to India,” says Sanjay, who wants to get Axl to sign a guitar for him, which will then be added to the actor’s special collection comprising 12 guitars signed by musicians from around the globe (see box). “I can’t play the guitar, but I love maintaining my collection,” he says. As a token of his appreciation, Sanjay also plans on presenting the band with a memento. “The gift is a surprise that I won’t reveal anything about right now,” says Sanjay.
However, this won’t be the first time Sanjay will watch them perform live.
“I saw them in New York in 1991. It was a spectacular show,” he recalls. The band may have undergone several line-up changes since then, but the actor says he is still looking forward to watching their Mumbai gig.
“It’s going to be one big party. It’ll be great to watch them perform some of my favourite songs like ‘November rain’, ‘Paradise city’ and ‘Sweet child o’ mine’”, says Sanjay.
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A rock and blues aficionado, Sanjay Dutt owns a collection of 12 guitars that have been signed by renowned artistes, including bluesmen David Trout, Buddy Guy and Joe Bonamassa.
He also possesses the entire guitar series by Pink Floyd guitarist-singer David Gilmour as well as guitars signed by the English band’s drummer Nick Mason and late keyboardist Rick Wright. The collection also includes special pieces signed by members of INXS and Uriah Heep.