|SANTA MONICA, Calif., January 19, 2000 -- KNAC.COM (http://www.knac.com), the loudest dot com on the planet, announced today that its exclusive Guns Ní Roses track, "Coma," has been downloaded more than 75,000 times since the song became available on the site December 22, 1999. The announcement prompted a rare comment from the bandís elusive front man Axl Rose.
"KNAC was the only station in the country playing us back when we were in the clubs in Los Angeles, and the fact that they have gone online with the same people working who were around before is amazing," Rose said on why the band chose to give this very special track to the fans through KNAC.COM. "Giving rock fans a technology-based alternative to some of the crap radio...and doing it internationally, I feel very strongly about supporting their efforts. It was also a way to give the fans a cool live version of "Coma," and I felt this was the best way to get it to the fans."
KNAC.COMís exclusive "Coma" download is a 10-minute plus live version (mixed by Andy "Nirvana" Wallace) of the song that originally appeared on the seminal hard rock bandís 1991 opus Use Your Illusion I. One of the bandís favorite tracks, it simply leveled the audience with pure theatrical intensity when Guns Ní Roses performed it live.
"Coma" does not appear on the U.S. version of the recently released Guns N' Roses Live Era '87 to '93 CD on Geffen Records. Fans will find the song only on the Japanese version of the record or through KNAC.COMís exclusive download. The track is available on the site in Microsoftís Windows Media format.
"The popularity of this download proves that the appetite for Guns Ní Roses is still strong," said KNAC.COMís founder and general manager Rob Jones. "It demonstrates how KNAC.COM is fast becoming the Internet's official home for hard, pure rock around the world."
KNAC.COM is hard rock's home on the ĎNet, featuring a 24-hour live audio stream, hard rockiní DJs that fans can watch on the studio cam; an e-zine with breaking news, features and artist interviews; a fan chat area; plus celebrity features and appearances by some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal from AC/DC, Anthrax, Danzig, Guns Ní Roses, Korn and Megadeth, to Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, and Rob Zombie.