Morning Show Insider: Why Brandon Roux is excited for the Guns N’ Roses show


DETROITBrandon Roux: If you know me, you know I love music. I like a lot of genres, but I am spiritually moved by and drawn to heavier rock and roll. What are we talking about here? Here are some examples of my tastes: I took my 16-year-old son to the Slipknot/Volbeat show last Summer. I brought my brother-in-law (Phil Collins – seriously, that’s his name) to an incredible Sevedust show at the Machine Shop in Flint last Spring, and my Sirius/XM stations of choice are primarily channels 37 to 41. From Octane to Turbo with Ozzy’s Boneyard and Hair Nation mixed in.

Brandon Roux (Rock)
Brandon Roux (Rock)

Friday morning on Local 4 News Today, we announced that the band Guns N’ Roses is coming to Comerica Park this summer. This band has a place in my heart unlike any other. It was that band that saved rock n’ roll for me in high school. I was into all those crazy hairspray bands like The Bullet Boys, Tesla, White Lion, and Cinderella. There were some great ones, but there were 10 bad bands for every good one. Radio stations and concert venues in the 1980s, saturating airwaves everywhere and you couldn’t get away from it. It was too much of all the same old song and dance. Then, came the day the music didn’t die. ‘Appetite for Destruction’ was G n’ Rs first album with ‘Welcome To The Jungle,’ ‘Sweet Child Of Mine,’ and ‘Paradise City.’ If I’m being honest, my go to karaoke is ‘Mr. Brownstone’ from that same album.

Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses

Next, the band released a part live, part acoustic EP called ‘G n’ R Lies’ and it was a solid quick follow to the first album. The only album(s) I’ve ever waited in line for was for Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion I & II. I then saw the first official show of that tour from the 10th row at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin May 24, 1991. Axl Rose threw his bandanna toward me and I think we made eye contact. I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right about my stalker, schoolgirl crush ways back in the day.

Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses

I swear, when I get going with some good, hard rock n’ roll, I feel like a high schooler again. I feel the music move me to a young, energetic state and I can’t get enough. That is, until you hear bands like Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, U2, and The Cure on Classic Rock stations. What? How did I age to the stage where my youthful music is now Classic Rock? I refuse to believe it. To me, Classic Rock belongs to Led Zeppelin, The Stones, The Beatles, and Bob Seger. So if you’re guessing… am I more likely to attend The Rolling Stones concert at Ford Field in June, or Guns N’ Roses at Comerica Park in July? Don’t Cry, no need for a Civil War, use just a little Patience. I’m going to Get In The Ring because it’s been 14 Years since I’ve seen the one and only Guns! Tickets are on sale as we mentioned on Local 4 News Today Friday morning.

Here’s what we’re working on for Monday, February 10th on Local 4 News Today --

All Morning – Weather & Traffic on the 4s

Paul Gross: It appears that we’ll stay dry Monday through Wednesday of next week, before the next storm system we need to talk about approaches for the Thursday/Friday time period.

  • Get the full forecast here
  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

All Morning – Rhonda’s Brag Book Surprise

Rhonda is surprising another deserving standout student with her Brag Book award! See where she’ll turn up on Monday morning.

Do you know a young person who is really making a difference in our community? A standout student, volunteer, star athlete - or all around incredible person? We want you to submit their information on ClickOnDetroit and they could land in Rhonda Walker’s brag book!

6:10 a.m. - Money Monday

For Money Monday, Local 4 Business Editor Rod Meloni will focus on The Secure Act. It was signed into law in January. See how it come impact your retirement.

6:40 a.m. – Black History Month Profile

All month long, we’ll be reflecting on Black History Month. We’ll be highlighting incredible local people and amazing places in Metro Detroit that are making their mark in history. On Monday, Evrod Cassimy talks with an former Detroit Lion who is making his mark in the food industry and mentoring.


National Days: February 10th

  • National Clean Out Your Computer Day
  • National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
  • National Home Warranty Day
  • National Umbrella Day

History Highlights: February 10th

  • In 1967, the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ratified as Minnesota and Nevada adopted it.
  • In 1968, U.S. figure skater Peggy Fleming, 19, won America’s only gold medal of the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, in the ladies’ singles event. (Gabriele Seyfert of East Germany earned the silver medal, Hana Maskova of Czechoslovakia, the bronze.)
  • In 1992, boxer Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant. (Tyson served three years in prison.) Author Alex Haley died in Seattle at age 70.

Celebrity Birthdays: February 10th

Celebrating a birthday Monday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.

Here’s who you’re sharing a birthday with –

  • Actor Robert Wagner is 90.
  • Singer Roberta Flack is 83.
  • Actress Laura Dern is 53.
  • Actress Elizabeth Banks is 46.
  • Actor Max Brown (“Beauty and the Beast,” ”The Tudors”) is 39.
  • Actress Emma Roberts is 29.

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