Night Flight to Rio (It Was Axl)
By: Beck Hansen
Written by: Beck Hansen

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  • Night Flight to Rio (It Was Axl)
From August 11, 2002 (Ann Arbor MI)

Yea, I went to Rio last year. It was a night flight to Rio. And there was nobody on the plane except me, Axl Rose and Axl Rose's bodyguard and Axl Rose's girlfriend. And I've always loved Brazilian music and it was the first time I was gonna go down there and see where it came from. But it was kind of eerie being on a plane alone with Axl Rose and his bodyguard. On the whole flight down, he was regaling them with stories and they were laughing at his jokes for about eleven hours....

Yea it was a Brazilian night flight
With Axl Rose's bodyguard
Lot of crazy shit goes down
On a night flight with Axl Rose
And his bodyguard who weighed
300 pounds of pure muscle
It was a testosterone ride
Down to the land of bossanova

We were in a hotel, a helicopter was landing on the top. It was Axl.
A tank rolled up to the front... the top popped up. It was Axl.
There was a parasailor going down the beach with 40 bodyguard parasailors. It was Axl.

Blame it on those hot Brazilian nights
Me and Axl getting wild in the helicopter

Played live 8 times:
Earliest known live version: August 9, 2002
Latest known live version: August 29, 2002