Former Guns-N-Roses Manager Now Rock-N-Roll Realtor at Hawaii Life Shares Stories of Legendary Musicians (Part One)
My name is Doug Goldstein. I’ve been with Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers for 5 months. Before I became involved in real estate, I managed Guns-N-Roses. Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing stories about W. Axl Rose, Slash, and the rest of the guys.
Meeting Music Legends
One of the most surreal events happened in London at the Freddie Mercury tribute at the famous Wembley Stadium. It seemed like every entertainer was in attendance. I walked into the catering area (which was put on by the Hard Rock) and saw Elton John standing in one corner – I had met him a number of times as he and Axl were friends. He motioned me over and as I approached, I noticed he was talking to Mick Jagger.
Now, I had worked close to 30 Rolling Stones concerts, I had never actually met the MAN!!! Elton said, “Mick, I’d love to introduce you to Guns-N-Roses manager, Doug Goldstein.” My heart was pounding in my throat.
He was VERY pleasant and shook my hand. I told him that I was impressed with his business acumen, the way he handled his bands business. He laughed and said that he, “just sings with a couple other guys”, obviously down playing his bands merits.
All of a sudden, there was this silence in the tent, as thousands of us watched Cat Stevens walk into the tent. You see, all the musicians envy Cat for walking away when he was at the height of his career.
He had 3 back to back to back successful albums in Tea For The Tillerman, Teaser And The Firecat, and Buddha and the Chocolate Box. He followed his religion and left the music industry, and all of his riches went to the needs of others.
No one had seen this behavior before, and they (the musicians) asked themselves why they weren’t doing the same thing. No one spoke for about 5 minutes. It was an awesome experience and I was very humbled by this day.
I had quite a day…meeting Mick Jagger, seeing Cat Stevens, and watching my band play in front of 120,000 people. I loved my job and got to travel all over the world. Thank you to Axl Rose, Slash, Duff, and the rest of the members for allowing me the opportunity to handle your business affairs.
Your Rock-N-Roll Realtor