Paradise City, a Guns 'N Roses tribute band gets the biggest press they'll ever experience in the The Pretenders, part of yesterday's delightful music-themed NY Times magazine. The writer is unafriad to reveal the dark conflicts within the band, as when he notices the group's Slash is a bit dumpy - Unfortunately, Young can't learn how to look like a mulatto former heroin addict, and he holds the only position in America for which that is a job requirement. He only vaguely resembles Slash, and his bandmates tell him he looks like an Oompa-Loompa from ''Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
My favorite quote comes when in describing the cheezeball bar in which Paradise City is gigging - This is the kind of place where you will see a college girl trying to buy a $2.25 glass of Natural Light on tap with her credit card -- and have her card denied.
My friends, this is rock and roll.