Ole Beich

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Ole Beich
Ole beich.jpg
Beich, circa 1982
Background information
Born January 1, 1955
Esbjerg, Denmark
Origin Los Angeles
Died October 16, 1991 (aged 36)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass, Guitar
Years active 1979–1985
Labels Deadline
Associated acts Guns N' Roses
L.A. Guns
Mercyful Fate

Ole Beich (January 1, 1955 – October 16, 1991) was a Danish musician best known as the bass guitarist for the original lineups of L.A. Guns and Guns N' Roses.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in the city of Esbjerg, Beich, in his youth, achieved a degree of fame amongst local musicians and fans.[1] He played guitar with several Danish bands, and recorded an album in 1979 with a band called Rock Nalle & The Flames. He was also a member of Mercyful Fate for a brief time,[2] before deciding to move to Los Angeles in pursuit of a career in music.[1]

Career[edit]

L.A. Guns (1983–1985)[edit]

L.A. Guns were first formed in 1983[3] by guitarist Tracii Guns and drummer Rob Gardner.[3][4] The first lineup included Guns, Beich, Gardner and singer Michael Jagosz[5]. The band recorded and EP Collector's Edition No. 1. Shortly after, Jagosz left and was replaced by Bill Bailey (who would later change his name to Axl Rose) after Jagosz was arrested following a bar fight.[6] Bailey had previously fronted Rapidfire with Kevin Lawrence and Hollywood Rose with Izzy Stradlin and Chris Weber.[7][8] Jagosz came back after Rose left playing with the band for 2 weeks and for 5 shows.[9][10]

When L.A. Guns was reformed in 1985, Beich was replaced by Mick Cripps.

Guns N' Roses (1985)[edit]

Holywood Rose reformed for a New Years Eve show on New Years Eve 1984, with Rose, Stradlin, Guns, Gardner and Steve Darrow.[11][8][12] In March 1985 L.A. Guns merged with Hollywood Rose, changing their name to Guns N' Roses (combining the names of L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose) with the lineup composed of Rose, Guns, Stradlin, Beich and Gardner.[13]

Beich played his only show with the band on March 26, 1985 before being fired.[14][1] He was replaced by Duff McKagan.[15] Tracii Guns left the group, he was replaced by Slash.[16] McKagan went on to book shows taking place between Sacramento and Seattle, which was dubbed “The Hell Tour“. During this time, Gardner quit the group and was replaced by Steven Adler.[8] This lineup becoming known as the "classic lineup" of Guns N' Roses.[8]

Death[edit]

Beich died on October 16, 1991, drowning in Sankt Jørgens Lake in the center of Copenhagen.[1] Not long before, on August 19, Guns N' Roses had performed in the city. His family believe that he became depressed after leaving Guns N' Roses in 1985 and was heavily abusing drugs before returning to Denmark in 1988. Heroin, and a blood alcohol content of .148, are thought to have contributed to his drowning, but his family still believes it was suicide.[17]

Beich is buried in Esbjerg next to his father Aksel, who died in 1995.

Discography[edit]

with Rock Nalle & The Flames
  • Rock 'N'alle Roll (1979)
with L.A. Guns

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lerch, Otto. "Historien om Ole fra Guns N' Roses" [The story of Ole from Guns N 'Roses]. Politiken (in Danish). Archived from the original on July 1, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ Orry, Jesper (January 2, 2016). "Esbjergs største rockstjerne havde en destruktiv djævel" [Esbjerg's biggest rock star had a destructive devil]. JydskeVestkysten (in Danish). Archived from the original on April 19, 2018. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine; Andrew Leahey. "L.A. Guns Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ Thore, Kim (June 17, 2010). "Tracii Guns Interview". Uberrock.co.uk. Archived from the original on August 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ Dr. Rock (June 16, 2010). "Giving It Both Barrels: Dr Rock Takes On Tracii Guns Of The LA Guns". TheQuietus.com. Archived from the original on January 13, 2018. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Original L.A. Guns Vocalist Michael Jagosz Passes Away". sleazeroxx.com. Archived from the original on May 10, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  7. ^ "What It's Like to Play With (and Be Sued By) Axl Rose". maxim.com. 
  8. ^ a b c d Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Hollywood Rose Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved September 16, 2004. 
  9. ^ Jym, Harris (August 24, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MIKE JAGOSZ, ORIGINAL FRONTMAN FOR LA GUNS! - by Jym Harris". Proud to Be Loud. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Appetite for Distortion". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2018-06-03. 
  11. ^ The Roots of Guns N' Roses (booklet). Hollywood Rose. Cleopatra Records. 2004. 
  12. ^ "Ex-HOLLYWOOD ROSE Guitarist: AXL ROSE Was 'Very Ego Motivated'". Blabbermouth.net. November 19, 2004. Archived from the original on September 21, 2005. 
  13. ^ Wall, Mick (January 20, 2009). W.A.R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose. Macmillan. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-312-54148-4. Retrieved September 16, 2004. 
  14. ^ Lerche, Otto (September 28, 2008). "Historien om Ole fra Guns N' Roses" [The story of Ole from Guns N 'Roses]. politiken.dk (in Danish). Archived from the original on June 3, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2015. According to Rob Gardner, Tracii and Axl set aside the Danish bassist, and when he subsequently did not change, they threw him out. Ole Beich himself has more explanations of the breach. To some of his friends, he explains that he was thrown out because he went to a concert instead of practicing Guns N 'Roses. The concert was canceled, but the others were unsure of Ole's lack of commitment and threw him out. 
  15. ^ Torreano, Bradley. "Duff McKagan Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved September 16, 2004. 
  16. ^ Slash; Anthony Bozza (2007). Slash. HarperCollins. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-00-725775-1. 
  17. ^ Bleeg, Maria Thuesen; Mathiasen, Marie Holm (April 8, 2016). "Ole var en del af Guns N' Roses: Musikerven fortæller om den vilde tid i L.A." [Ole was part of Guns N 'Roses: The music cell tells about the wild time in L.A.]. TV2.DK (in Danish). Archived from the original on April 12, 2016. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 

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