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  1. I loved X Japan, but grew out of them quickly. Blue Blood and Jealousy are great albums, but I was never very happy with the direction Yoshiki was taking the band. If it wasn't for hide's input, Dahlia would be a very boring and flat album. No disrespect to him though, he's a great musician and composer, but I need more variety, otherwise I get bored. I saw them in Toronto in 2010 (I think) and it was an amazing show. Too bad I never got to see the hide/Pata duo perform, but Sugizo is a great player and some of his guitars are worthy of a boner. True, I've been waiting for a new release for a very long time. IV wasn't bad, but Jade and Scarlett didn't do it for me.
  2. Quite a few... hide (incredible musician all around, extremely versatile and great guitar player), Kuroyume, Sads, Kiyoharu, Tomoyasu Hotei, Kyosuke Himuro, Boøwy, YMO, Pizzicato 5, Kazuma Endo, Daita, Siam Shade, Susumu Hirasawa, Akira Yamaoka, L'arc en ciel. Those come to mind right now. To less extent X Japan and Luna Sea.
  3. Estranged, Don't Cry, Civil War and Yesterdays were released as singles and they even had promotional music videos! (except for Civil War). I wouldn't consider them deep cuts at all. Deep Cuts? Locomotive, Coma, DTJ, Breakdown, Pretty Tied Up, RNDTH, Dust N Bones, etc... The Garden has to be my favourite song by GNR, and I would consider it a deep cut despite it having a video.
  4. Funny enough, GNR are the band that have influenced me the least musically despite being one of my favourites. I don't know why. I have learned some of their songs, and I have certainly enjoyed listening to their albums, but they never inspired me to create anything. I guess their influence on me was more about attitude and not giving a fuck, but anyone can get that from almost any rock band. Robin Finck has been an immense influence in style and stage presence, but to me he will always be NIN's guitarist. Dave Navarro has been a source of inspiration and influence as well, but that's as far as it goes when it comes to GNR-related musicians. Other bands have had a way bigger musical impact in me: Trent Reznor/NIN (synths), Kevin Shields/My Bloody Valentine (mostly tone and melody), Placebo (melody), Kurt Cobain/Nirvana (guitar, melody), Jane's Addiction/Dave Navarro/Eric Avery (bass, guitar, licks, solos), Flaco Spinetta (guitar, chords), Charly Garcia (piano, piano, piano, piano), Bowie, and a bunch of japanese bands and musicians.
  5. I don't know, I just feel that Prostitute doesn't quite fill that slot. An album needs a good closer. Rocket Queen, for example is such a perfect way to close AFD, the outro of that songs is so intense, it lifts you and ends the song and the album on a high note. Hurt is a great closer for The Downward Spiral (NIN), very emotional and dramatic. Soon is a masterpiece and it closes Loveless (My Bloody Valentine) in a beautiful way, that beautiful distorted guitar and the lead on the keyboard keeps looping in your head endlessly after the song is over. Classic Girl is a beautiful way to close Ritual de lo Habitual (Jane's Addiction). It's almost a lullaby to put you to a peaceful sleep after making love for the full length of the album. There are so many examples of this that prove that a great ALBUM is not just a collection of good songs. The sequencing is just as important, and CD closes miserably with Prostitute... it's like you're having sex and your dick goes flaccid halfway through the song, even if it has great melodies and the solos are amazing, the song fails to give the album a proper closure. As much as I like the songs on CD, I don't think the album flows properly, and that is probably because it was never conceived as a unit, and ended up coming out as bits and pieces put together for over 15 years as some kind of experiment/Frankenstein.
  6. My least favourite song of the album. The song is not bad, but the bridge feels anti-climatic and the end of the song is just MEH (with capital letters). I liked Chinese Democracy, but I find that Prostitute was a poor choice as a closer. It feels like a shitty orgasm, or a lousy shag that never really gets there.
  7. Anyone can sing, but having control of your voice is a completely different story, and that's where Axl fails miserably, and thats nothing bit lack of practice. It's not learning the songs, it's knowing how to breathe and basically knowing how to control your vocal chords.
  8. You clearly missed the point. He doesn't need to rehearse specific songs, he needs to practice singing, period.
  9. I think the posts in this thread focus on what's not THAT important: rasp and tone. Those have changed and will continue to change over time, they come and go... and for that there is no right or wrong, just a matter of preference. What IS important is PITCH: hitting the right notes, and that's where Axl's sloppiness cannot be justified by medical conditions or any shit like that. That is plain lack of control of his voice. Of course as we age, the pitch of our voice gets lower and it becomes harder to hit the same high notes, but as a musician, Axl knows exactly that instead of failing miserably at hitting the right high note, he could choose a lower note that does the trick (let's say the 5th or major/minor 3rd an octave below). But sometimes it is not even that, it's notes that pose no challenge because they Re not on either end of his register, but he still misses them... that's just lack of control, and the only reason for that is lack of practice. Thats what pisses me off about his live performances, it's nothing but disrespect to every single person in the crowd who payed BIG BUCKS to attend a show performed by PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS, not a garage band of 17-year olds.
  10. I don't know if those videos reflect Slash's best takes on those 2 songs, but based on them, I'll stick to the studio versions. It seems like Slash listened to the songs a couple times and just mprovised. Too much noodling going on, and not properly crafted solos/licks. I'm sure that if he put enough effort, he could do something beautiful with CIR, which of the 2, might be the one that is more up his alley. Sorry is great as it is and I doubt Slash could come up with something that tops the studio version.
  11. I have a lot of respect for Izzy. He had it all to become eaten up by his own ego, but he managed to stay cool and do his thing (music) without the whole rockstar bs. I am glad he got clean when he did, even if that was the beginning of the end for GNR. He chose life and kept his sanity, and that didn't stop him from making kick-ass music. He is incredibly prolific too, and his humble attitude makes me think that of all the musicians I admire, he would be the coolest and least intimidating to jam with. My love and biggest respect go to Mr. Stradlin.
  12. It just shows how hard they are (not) trying. It shows a lack of passion and a lack of drive other than that for their paychecks.
  13. It only means that whoever made that video beside being tacky as shit, doesn't know roman numerals.
  14. Why would we be less critical? If he can't give it his best (for whatever reason, including health) he shouldn't charge his fans as if he was giving them the most powerful and incredible performance ever. I can understand the change in tone and the clean voice and all that, but he is not even pitch-accurate... what the fuck, it's just like Ashba fucking up on guitar (that SCOM intro comes to mind... cringe-worthy!), and that is unacceptable and I see it as plain disrespect for his fans. ... You be rippin' off the fuckin' kids While they be payin' their hard earned money...