Alan Niven

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Alan Niven
Born Alan Niven
Wellington, New Zealand[1]
Occupation Band manager for Guns N' Roses and Great White
Spouse(s) Heather Vincent Niven

Alan Niven is a New Zealand-born band manager best known for his tenure as manager of Guns N' Roses and Great White.[2]


Niven became the first manager of Guns N' Roses, serving from 1986 to 1991.[3] He was fired from his post just prior to the release of Use Your Illusion.[4] According to a 1991 cover story by Rolling Stone magazine, frontman Axl Rose forced the dismissal of Niven (against the wishes of some of his band-mates) by refusing to complete the albums until he was replaced.[5]

Niven has also been a manager of Buck & Evans, Great White, and associated with Virgin Records, Enigma Records, Mötley Crüe, Berlin, Dokken,[6] Clarence Clemons, The Angels [from Angel City], Havana Black, The Michael Thompson Band [MTB], Izzy Stradlin and The JuJu Hounds, Razer and Storm of Perception.


  1. ^ "Alan Niven on Musical Chairs". Radio New Zealand National. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  2. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon It’s Not So Easy: Beleaguered Ex-Guns N’ Roses Manager Recalls Concert Riot, Stones Scandal, Bribing Axl With Donuts Yahoo Music. April 5, 2016
  3. ^ Hartmann, Graham. "Axl Fires Manager Alan Niven – 25 Most Destructive Guns N' Roses Moments". Loudwire. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  4. ^ Sciarretto, Amy (13 February 2012). "Former Guns N' Roses Manager Alan Niven: 'Axl Rose Had Stage Fright'". Noisecreep. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  5. ^ Neely, Kim (2007-08-07). "Guns N' Roses Outta Control: The Rolling Stone Cover Story". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
  6. ^ Brandvold, Michael (2013-03-27). "Tru-B-Dor, formed by Alan Niven former manager of Great White and Guns N' Roses to work with Michael Brandvold Marketing". Michael Brandvold. Retrieved 9 May 2014.