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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.

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.

Cat Stevens

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

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Heidi White, R(S)

July 28, 2012

Wow, what a life style switch up (down)! I know your going to love the extreme difference of Big Island life!! Thanks Doug, for giving me a glimps of your exciting past! You have what it takes to do well at what ever you do! Warm aloha, Heidi

Doug Goldstein, R(S)

July 29, 2012

Heidi,
I take that as quite a compliment coming from the “Queen of the Coastline”!!

Heidi White, R(S)

July 28, 2012

Wow, what a life style switch up (down)! I know your going to love the extreme difference of Big Island life!! Thanks Doug, for giving me a glimps of your exciting past! You have what it takes to do well at what ever you do! Warm aloha, Heidi

Doug Goldstein, R(S)

July 29, 2012

Heidi,
I take that as quite a compliment coming from the “Queen of the Coastline”!!

David Buck

July 29, 2012

Welcome aboard Doug! We’re big GNR fans 🙂

David Buck

July 29, 2012

Welcome aboard Doug! We’re big GNR fans 🙂

Doug Goldstein, R(S)

July 29, 2012

Thank you Very much David!!

Doug Goldstein, R(S)

July 29, 2012

Thank you Very much David!!

Heidi White

July 29, 2012

Your the bomb Doug, and thanks for the complement too!

Heidi White

July 29, 2012

Your the bomb Doug, and thanks for the complement too!

Sharon Brown

July 30, 2012

I have always been a big fan of Mick Jagger. However meeting Cat Stevens would be the icing on the cake! Thanks for sharing Doug.

Sharon Brown

July 30, 2012

I have always been a big fan of Mick Jagger. However meeting Cat Stevens would be the icing on the cake! Thanks for sharing Doug.

Kristina Shugars

July 30, 2012

“Welcome to the Jungle”

Kristina Shugars

July 30, 2012

“Welcome to the Jungle”

Cindy Barnett, R(S)

July 31, 2012

Doug, “we’re not worthy”, but very happy you are part of the team!
Next time Jimmy Buffett is in town – let’s go fishing. 🙂

Cindy Barnett, R(S)

July 31, 2012

Doug, “we’re not worthy”, but very happy you are part of the team!
Next time Jimmy Buffett is in town – let’s go fishing. 🙂

Julie Keller

August 6, 2012

I love the way the world goes round…..Gee, I feel like I know you from somewhere :). So happy you joined HL, we’ve got “fun and games” for ya! Look forward to more Rock-n-Roll blogs. Rock on Doug!

Julie Keller

August 6, 2012

I love the way the world goes round…..Gee, I feel like I know you from somewhere :). So happy you joined HL, we’ve got “fun and games” for ya! Look forward to more Rock-n-Roll blogs. Rock on Doug!

Danny

August 17, 2012

I just read the “I Want My MTV” book, the stories about the videos were interesting, but was amused by how you first met Stephanie.

How did you wind up working with Guns N’ Roses, and did you get to the point where you felt it was just time to move on to greener (and more beautiful) pastures? Hope you still keep in touch with them, it seems like there’s such mystery about why Axl took years to work on new music, and kind of sad he didn’t go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Love the Freddie Mercury Tribute. It was Elton’s starting point for his AIDS foundation, wasn’t it?

Danny

August 17, 2012

I just read the “I Want My MTV” book, the stories about the videos were interesting, but was amused by how you first met Stephanie.

How did you wind up working with Guns N’ Roses, and did you get to the point where you felt it was just time to move on to greener (and more beautiful) pastures? Hope you still keep in touch with them, it seems like there’s such mystery about why Axl took years to work on new music, and kind of sad he didn’t go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Love the Freddie Mercury Tribute. It was Elton’s starting point for his AIDS foundation, wasn’t it?

Leilani from Portland

August 31, 2012

It’s great to read that you are doing something that’s local and not having to travel away from your paradise. I hope someday to end up on the big island and when I do, I know who to call.

Leilani from Portland

August 31, 2012

It’s great to read that you are doing something that’s local and not having to travel away from your paradise. I hope someday to end up on the big island and when I do, I know who to call.

Alex Guerrero

October 23, 2012

Hi Doug. On Maui with my family for a vacation and thought of looking you up. Happy for your new career. I wish you success

Alex Guerrero

Alex Guerrero

October 23, 2012

Hi Doug. On Maui with my family for a vacation and thought of looking you up. Happy for your new career. I wish you success

Alex Guerrero

Ron

January 25, 2013

Hey Doug,

Just wondering if you still are on good terms with Axl? Have you been to any of the shows?

Cheers.

Ron

January 25, 2013

Hey Doug,

Just wondering if you still are on good terms with Axl? Have you been to any of the shows?

Cheers.

Ted Samuelsen

April 10, 2013

Doug,
Great ready about your past…got a bit of it in Greece while we met, both on our honeymoon, in Santorini Greece in June of 1990. Jane and I still talk about those great memories of hangin out with you floating in the pool listening to “Volare” on the motel radio every five minutes. If we come to Hawaii…I’m looking you up!

Ted Samuelsen

Ted Samuelsen

April 10, 2013

Doug,
Great ready about your past…got a bit of it in Greece while we met, both on our honeymoon, in Santorini Greece in June of 1990. Jane and I still talk about those great memories of hangin out with you floating in the pool listening to “Volare” on the motel radio every five minutes. If we come to Hawaii…I’m looking you up!

Ted Samuelsen

Rhonda Keith Klimt

April 11, 2013

Hey Doug. I’ve often wondered what you were up to since the last time Jill and I talked to you. Good luck with the new gig. PS – I’m living on the Big Island.

Rhonda Keith Klimt

April 11, 2013

Hey Doug. I’ve often wondered what you were up to since the last time Jill and I talked to you. Good luck with the new gig. PS – I’m living on the Big Island.

Dano Sayles

April 27, 2013

Aloha Doug… Welcome on board ! Live Rock-n-Roll is one of my BIGGEST passions . Just saw Mick and the boys @ 121212 concert in NYC. Looking forward to meeting you and sharing more stories. Long live ROCK !!!

Dano Sayles

April 27, 2013

Aloha Doug… Welcome on board ! Live Rock-n-Roll is one of my BIGGEST passions . Just saw Mick and the boys @ 121212 concert in NYC. Looking forward to meeting you and sharing more stories. Long live ROCK !!!

Marvin Cook

October 4, 2013

Hello Doug it’s Marvin from CSW in California. I’m glad to see that you are still doing well and operating at a high level like only you can. Keep up the good work Brother and God Bless

Marvin Cook

October 4, 2013

Hello Doug it’s Marvin from CSW in California. I’m glad to see that you are still doing well and operating at a high level like only you can. Keep up the good work Brother and God Bless

Steve

December 4, 2013

Hi Doug,

I am a ‘news reporter’ at a Guns N’ Roses fan forum. Would you be willing to answer some GNR related questions? If so, please let me know my email is smd3131@yahoo.com.

Thanks,
Steve

Steve

December 4, 2013

Hi Doug,

I am a ‘news reporter’ at a Guns N’ Roses fan forum. Would you be willing to answer some GNR related questions? If so, please let me know my email is smd3131@yahoo.com.

Thanks,
Steve

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