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    • What went wrong with NUGNR?
      This. It's really kind of ridiculous when people of my generation (X) disqualify the opinions of millennials because they weren't 'around', and that's true for anything, not just GN'R. But as far as GN'R goes, it's not just snobbish and small minded, but in fact, pretty much blinkered and even stupid to be calling yourself a 'fan' when you look down at those who weren't 'fans from the beginning', or weren't 'privileged' to see GN'R in the days of all of its grimy, early glory. It's downright delusional to assume any special rights and feel entitled for having been a fan for 'longer', 'waited' for music, 'carried the torch' when everyone else had forgotten about GN'R, etc. etc. etc. For a genuine fan, it should only be heartening to see new fans of whatever age, coming to appreciate the band, in whatever form. That's because they've been given a chance to love all of its music from every era, as well as the opportunity to do so without any biases. it doesn't matter if they've discovered the music on their own, or because someone who was around and witnessed GN'R at its prime,  led them to it. Their legitimacy as fans, and therefore, their opinions are certainly no less than anyone else's. More power to them. One of the reasons why I loved the CD era was that many people who had been listening to other things, could now appreciate how great GN'R was in person, but more than that, they could also come to appreciate Ancient GN'R and Middle Ages GN'R, and even Dark Ages GN'R (sorry, couldn't help myself - just having some fun here, instead of throwing around words like 'classic' and 'original' ), the things that got older fans hooked, in the first place. If anything, I cannot understand how someone who's lived through the implosion that Rock ( and even GN'R for that matter) endured, can be anything but thrilled that younger fans are appreciating GN'R now, and even rallying around it. If anything, more credit to them, because they've been brought up in different times and still have great taste in music. Newer generations may have never experienced GN'R at its prime, or been directly aware through personal witness, of how awesome or massive a phenomenon it once was. But all the same, they can still appreciate its history and its greatness on their own terms, and appreciate its music in the here and now, while joining in with the older fans in waiting for newer and better things. With as much entitlement to do so as anyone else.
    • GNR Social Media Update Discussion
      The funniest thing that ever happened was once I was pushing her to the front of a line and this really frail Mexican guy made a rude comment about us cheating the system.  About an hour later, purely by chance, I was pushing her through a food area place and the Guy was sitting down facing the walkway.  This was about 15 years  ago when wheelchairs weighed about 75 pounds. She must have weighed about 175 as well. And the wheels are really hard plastic.  So of course as we went by I ran over his foot.  It was hilarious. It took about five seconds but then he let out the most  loud and pitiful scream you've ever heard. Like his entire leg had just been cut off or like he had just turned around and noticed a grizzly bear chasing him.  It still makes me laugh. 
    • 05/29/16 - Berne, Switzerland - Stade De Suisse
      Axl's voice cracks seem to be related to pushing his vocals into a range he rarely uses. When he's hitting that range consistently the muscles that power his vocals need time to recover so they can rebuild, when the muscles recover that range and those vocals have a fuller sound in them due to the muscles being stronger and better equipped to take on that range. So while we think Axl is destroying his voice he may in fact be strengthening it and soon we should hear a more complete vocal performance.    Just a theory but we'll see I guess.
    • 05/29/16 - Berne, Switzerland - Stade De Suisse
      His voice cracked every three seconds at Rock In Rio 1991 and he recovered time and time again so let's hope this is a repeat.
    • GNR Social Media Update Discussion
      Would you be offended if they blew you off? "Thanks for being a fan. But for f*ck's sakes, can't you see I'm with my family on vacation?" Would that make you mad and less of a fan or would you understand.  I coached a baseball team that won the state championship. We traveled to California for the regional tournament. At the LA airport the midget from jackass was sitting there waiting for his plane. By himself. Listening to music.  I told my boys they could go talk to him but they had to be quiet and respectful. Don't go overwhelm him.  A group of 5-6 boys went over and politely said hello and asked if they could have an autograph or take his picture. He was pretty rude to them, acted like he was a huge star. He signed a few things but said no pictures.  This guy was a D level celebrity.  That led to an interesting debate. Initial thought was "dude, you are barely famous. Get over yourself." But then the second thought is why do we care what celebs are like in real life? They aren't our friends. Our only connection to them is the entertainment value they offer (on tv or on the music stage or wherever).  So if the celeb is an arrogant jerk - why do we care?  I had a delicious shrimp dinner for lunch. Finding out the chef is a prick shouldn't change whether or not I like how his food tastes.  So if you met Axl and he basically told you to get lost - would it effect your love of him as a singer?
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