Del James

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Adalberto James Miranda (born February 5, 1964 in New Rochelle, New York), known professionally as Del James, is an American musician, writer, journalist and artist best known for writing the short story that reportedly inspired the "November Rain" video by hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a close friend to Axl Rose and is the road manager for Guns N' Roses.


Del James was raised in Mamaroneck, New York.

He moved to Hollywood, California, in 1985. During his first weekend in Hollywood, Del met West Arkeen and the members of an unsigned group called Guns N' Roses. Del still works with Axl Rose and the current lineup of Guns N' Roses,[1] serving as road manager.

Journalist and writer[edit]

As a journalist, he was a Senior Editor for RIP, a heavy metal magazine and his work has appeared in many publications including Rolling Stone. Nominated for a "Maggy Award", Del has interviewed Keith Richards, Alice Cooper, Ronnie Wood, Kiss, The Cult, Guns N' Roses, and countless others.

Del also released a collection of short horror stories entitled The Language of Fear [2] in 1995 on Dell/Abyss Books and reissued a decade later. The collection features an introduction by Axl Rose and the short story "Without You", said to be the inspiration for the Guns N' Roses video "November Rain".

Work in the music industry[edit]

Del has directed music videos for bands like Guns N' Roses and Soul. He has co-written songs with groups such as Testament, ("So Many Lies", "Return to Serenity", "The Ritual", "Dog Faced Gods", "Eyes of Wrath", "3 Days in Darkness", "Careful What You Wish For", "Sewn Shut Eyes", and "Dark Roots of Earth"), TNT, Ricky Warwick, Stan Lynch, Rhett Forrester, Dizzy Reed, The Almighty and Guns N' Roses, including "The Garden" and "Yesterdays", from the band's Grammy-nominated Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II albums.[2] Del James is credited as the project coordinator for Live Era '87–'93, the Guns N' Roses live album.

Work in the television and movie industry[edit]

Del James worked for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (Severn v Coleman, UFC 12, on February 7, 1997) as a writer for the live event. The event was supposed to take place in Buffalo, New York, but was moved to Dothan, Alabama less than 48 hours before the event started.


  1. ^ "Del James page at".
  2. ^ a b James, Del (1995). The Language of Fear. New York, New York: Dell Publishing. ISBN 0-440-21712-1.