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  1. Had Had a feeling Axl just didn't want Steven there. Duff and Slash won't stand up for Steven, probably cause they can't do that without risking their own position in the band and a very lucrative partnership. Bottom line is if Axl doesn't want to, it's not going to happen in the capacity Steven deserves. Maybe Axl is just happy with the current line up for now and it's perfect to him. Technically it's his band, he controls it with junior partners. But Steven is being fucked here, if all of what he's saying is true here. If it's not about the money it's either cause Axl doesn't want him there because he doesn't like him or doesn't think his presence is sending the right message when Frank is still the drummer. What Steven said about Axl in this interview sure doesn't help shit either. But I threw a little in my mouth reading what happened in Argentina allegedly. If true it's sad and pathetic. Reunions are always ugly one way or another.
  2. Zutaut saying Atlas was pretty good and Axl having May play on it with other tunes getting Beltrami treatment and Robin saying his favorite guitar moments still unreleased makes it seem it's possible it's like Josh and Dizzy said and there's more good stuff/AAA tunes. So I think it really was probably more of a pragmatic choice of just what they could do with some of material that would still work as an album but will have a chance to do well. The leaks and the label probably changed things. What Tommy said makes it seem like it was a mess and it was supposed to be a double album or at least more time to finish some tunes that could have replaced some material on Chinese at least. Chinese was always supposed to be more than just one album. It goes against the nature of it as an album it seems. Should have been presented as a multi album release. Sprawling, with half of it more classic rock, and another with more electronic sounds and If The World, Oh My God, and Silkworms type of stuff.
  3. This is just speculation, but I believe they tried a lot of things. I don't want to say everything, but what Robin said after he first left Gn'R about how they had tunes that were completed and had orchestration and more basic stuff that originated from a more classic set up of bass, drums, and guitars. He also said there were songs that saw the finish line and others that were still incomplete. Even what is considered finished was altered by whoever came along to produce it again or play different guitar solos. I believe what Fortus is saying about Axl having 2 to 3 albums worth of material. Some of it must have been way more electronic simply cause that's what Axl said years ago about having a distinct difference in sound between the first record and the second one. He wanted to ease the fans into it. Then abandoned it and completed a double album, released Chinese, probably a far more conventional album in sound compared to the original concept and we had samples from tunes that had more classic rock and others that features alternative influences to Guns. Songs like Better, Shackler's, and Sorry are such good melting pots, I'd imagine Axl must have completed many tunes that incorporated many influences.
  4. Even if this report was real this doesn't mean Axl won't try to make a Gn'R album. I think he will. It's just the process of doing that is very different to working on music that doesn't have the Gn'R name attached to it. It's a longer and more demanding process to record a Gn'R album. It would be fuckin' stupid of Axl to not go do an album with Angus whenever he wants to do it. You make time if it means you'll get to make an album with your idol and it's a shorter process compared to doing a Guns album. (but not during an ongoing tour)
  5. They were planning on bringing the joker back to the third movie even before they finished the script for The Dark Knight.
  6. Part of Chinese features some of the CD ll material. Shackler's, Scraped, Sorry, Prostitute. There was an alternate tracklisting and in concept it was supposed to be a double album. So we got some more new things and old style tunes on one album. The other completed album with the unreleased 16 tunes could be more of the same in that it's got more industrial influenced tunes maybe, next to classic sounding tracks like Street Of Dreams for example. Only meaner, darker like Axl said. The differences could be "accidental" like Use Your Illusions l and ll, or just 2 groups of songs that functioned well as 2 parts of one album. The label/Axl chose to go with the 14 tracks that got released out of about 30 that were completed.
  7. And old influences like The Beatles and Queen in Catcher plus it sounds like Yesterdays like Chuck Klosterman said. Zeppelin in I.R.S and Riad. Riad also sounds like Hey Bulldog by The Beatles like Axl said in places. That's one of the things I really like about Chinese: it's a lot of Guns elements working so well with newer influences that I've never heard in a Guns context. So you get proper guitar solos with the advantages of some of the newer elements Axl liked. Maybe if there's another Guns album, Axl will combine a strong Hard Rock foundation with Slash and Duff, but will still incorporate newer influences that were never there in old Guns albums like in Chinese.
  8. Wrong wording on my part. I said he never had the message, but I meant that if you take all his catalog and compare it to 2pac's, for me it's not as powerful. The element that draws me to Rakim's music is more his delivery and flow, just the sheer talent when it comes to flow. I go back for more because how he says it just as much or more than what he's saying. With 2pac even if I don't want to listen, you kinda do.
  9. Eminem - Rap God
  10. About Rakim, not that it proves anything, but I see evidence for it all the time, people that share my opinion that his lyrics weren't like the main thing about Rakim. Yeah, he talked about some issues but it didn't feel as varied or with the weight 2pac delivered it with if that makes sense. Like somehow his style didn't lend itself very well for what I consider the ideal in the genre. This fella said it better and I've read other reviews by him (Steve Huey) "It isn't necessarily the substance of what he says that's helped him win numerous polls among rap fans in the know; the majority of his lyrics concern his own skills and his Islamic faith. But in terms of how he says it, Rakim is virtually unparalleled. His flow is smooth and liquid, inflected with jazz rhythms and carried off with an effortless cool that makes it sound as though he's not even breaking a sweat."
  11. I thought long and hard, I'm not really in the minority there either. I wasn't talking about sales, nor was I denying his importance to the genre or it's evolution, it's just to me he never had as much to say as 2pac did. 2pac's flow is nothing special, that never bothered me at all though. Just not one of his gifts. It's good enough but he never really had a great flow if we're honest and not deaf.
  12. You can write about whatever you want as a solo artist and in some bands, it's just that in Gn'R each album reflected the personality of whoever wrote the lyrics really well at the time, and the music always was a perfect match to the lyrics. But you can't really do those themes forever or for a full album. A repeat of UYI and Appetite. (albums that used old material as well and songs that were written by other writers) Also, it's less about individual tunes, or not just about that. The wheel doesn't need to be reinvented, but Slash is sober and in Guns. Can't be 12 cock rock tunes like some of his solo albums. An album that consists of material from all eras, old and new could work, you don't have to know what the album is gonna be about in order to start working on it. So they can write new tunes and work on updating old ones and go from there.
  13. Rakim is truly one of the best, but he never had the message. Not as much to say as 2pac. But he is supremely talented. The Beatles and Jimi had it all, Rakim is not comparable to me if we're talking importance. I guess he was still super important for rap, just not quite reached the heights of The Beatles or Jimi. Eminem and Nas are on a comparable level I feel on paper but Eminem is just a more exciting personality and had an appeal that Nas never had. Eminem is also just a better mc. Nas brought his own special thing but Eminem is the one sitting on the throne. Eminem never had the message 2pac had. That goes beyond his talents, 2pac never had a great flow as an mc but that is less important as Rakim's career proved.
  14. Maybe he is and has something more to say artistically. But even if he has no issues in that department, it still needs to work as a Guns album with Slash, not as a solo project. For example, in the China Exchange interview you can clearly tell Axl still doesn't accept what Slash said about him in his book. Live you can clearly see he loves Slash and is willing to work with him. Old Guns was a band consisting of young band members. Chinese made sense, the "I can do Guns without Slash" attempt. But now what? Axl doesn't repeat himself like AC/DC, personally I recognize this as a tough challenge for Gn'R. To make another musical statement that will feel like Guns and will have a genuine theme to it is not going to be a walk in the park. I guess it's like in the song "Jump" by Van Halen, you've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real.