A sad, yet perversely entertaining story. The New York Post is saying Axl Rose got his ass handed to him by Tommy Hilfiger. I know Axl's fallen far, but damn!
May 20, 2006 -- Tommy Hilfiger really showed his "Appetite for Destruction" yesterday when he pummeled Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose in a dispute over a VIP table at Rosario Dawson's birthday party, sources said.
The midnight turf battle erupted when Axl moved Hilfiger's girlfriend's drink in the banquette area of The Plumm nightclub on West 14th Street - where the "Rent" actress was celebrating her 27th birthday.
A densely packed crowd of celebs - including Lenny Kravitz and Kid Rock - had ringside seats to the battle.
It's a sample snippet, so get yourself Bugmenot before reading the rest, but really, this says it all anyway.
Actually, all that says is that Johnson and Page Six still know sensationalism.
Here the AP version - tame, and probably closer to the truth:
Axl: Hilfiger 'Just Kept Smacking Me'
NEW YORK - It was a one-two encounter between Axl Rose and Tommy Hilfiger. The rocker and designer capped a Thursday evening out at a new club called The Plumm in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood with midnight fisticuffs.
"There was an issue between the two of them," Plumm owner Noel Ashman told The Associated Press.
The scuffle reportedly started after the Guns N' Roses front man moved the drink of Hilfiger's girlfriend, Dee Ocleppo.
"I moved his girlfriend's drink so it wouldn't spill," Rose told the Los Angeles radio station KROQ on Friday. "It was the most surreal thing, I think, that's ever happened to me in my life."
According to the 44-year-old singer, Hilfiger, 55, smacked him in the arm and told him to put the drink back.
"He just kept smacking me," Rose said.
Attempts to reach Hilfiger or a representative were not immediately successful.
Rose was there to play a surprise set for "Rent" actress Rosario Dawson for her 27th birthday party.
At the time of the dustup, The Plumm was packed with a celebrity crowd including Lenny Kravitz, Mickey Rourke, Kid Rock, Peter Beard, Molly Simms, Wentworth Miller, Ann Dexter Jones, Lydia Hearst and Damon Dash.
Rose did perform, and dedicated the song "You're Crazy" to "my good friend Tommy Hilfiger."
This was destined to be bittersweet. The last time I saw Spirit of the West, lead singer John Mann had recently been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. We went, in part, expecting it to be our last chance to see the band.