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  1. 38 points
    https://imgur.com/a/EtWY5zK This has been an amazing journey for me. And I thought I'd share my story here because maybe it'll worth someone's while. I was born and raised in Beijing, China. I started listening to GN'R when I was 14, and practically learned English through all things related to this band ever since. In 2008 I, along with two guys on the internet, collaborated online to translate Slash's autobiography into Chinese. The project did well, though as I grew and as my English level got better, there was this gnawing feeling that I could've done better. But I didn’t do anything about it for six years. 2008 was also the year Chinese Democracy was released, which sealed the fate for GN'R because they were officially banned from performing in mainland China. I knew I had to go abroad to see them live, something I had never done before. During college I realized that the goal of seeing them live would be perfectly fulfilled by going to a grad school in the US. So I studied hard for the GRE, got admitted to USC's PR program in 2012. During those two years I saw more than a dozen GN'R and ex-members’ gigs combined, including the 2012 SMKC's show at Wiltern Theater where I met Slash in person. Then came 2014, which was the year my grad school program would come to an end. I thought before I graduate I should deal with the gnawing feeling while I still have relatively more free time. So, in January 2014, I decided to re-translate the whole book. My goal was a thousand or so Chinese characters a day, and I never missed a single day. The translation process halted during summer and resumed in September, and then finally concluded on December 31 2014, with a total duration of about 9 months. I had no idea what the "proper process" for publishing a translation work was. Turns out you should almost never translate a book first and then look for publishing companies willing to undertake the project. But that's what I did. The next year saw two failed attempts at finding the right publishing company; then slowly but surely, I found the right one, which was a well-intentioned but unbelievably inefficient organization. About three years after my translation was done, in July 2017, the book came out. The Chinese version was surprisingly both commercially and critically well received. And I began to hatch the idea of giving the book to Slash himself as a gift. Would it be an awkward gift since Slash can't read Chinese at all? Maybe, but it's worth trying. I waited patiently for the right opportunity. As I had no personal connections that would allow me to inform Slash of my intention, I had to improvise. After the book was published, I went to two GN'R reunion shows (2018 Taiwan and Hong Kong) to see if there was a chance to find leaked information as to his whereabouts. But it didn't pan out. Then I learned that SMKC would perform in Beijing and Shanghai in January 2019. This sounds like my best shot. I arrived early at the venue of the Beijing show, lurked around the entrance to the backstage, talked to one of the roadies who said he'd talk to the guy handling VIP arrangement. While waiting for the other roadie who would hopefully get me inside the backstage, something magical happened: A nondescript Chinese middle-aged man who looked like a scalper walked up to me (I was with some other fans), and dropped Slash's hotel name and flight info in thick, almost unintelligible, dialect. And then he disappeared. My jaw dropped. I looked up on my phone to try to make sense of what he said. Turns out the only flight whose first class tickets almost sold out was the one he told us about. That was a promising sign. I hesitated but decided to try my luck and bought a first class ticket. Fans verified the validity of the hotel info later that night as well as the next morning. Seems like the flight info was legit indeed. I arrived at the airport, passed security check, and was advised to relax at the VIP lounge. I stepped inside, looked to my right, and there was Slash, having his lunch with his bodyguard. I waited for him to finish lunch. When he sat down with his band, I approached him, telling him that I was the translator of his book, and that I wanted to give him a copy as a gift. He seemed amused, and said: "My book? In Chinese?” And gladly accepted my request. That's how I took the photo, which was, in a sense, four years in the making. Thanks for your time for reading my story. I just got back from SMKC's Shanghai concert, and decided to share my excitement while it's fresh. P.S. I also translated and published Duff’s autobiography. Look forward to the day I present the book to him in person. Chris Liu
  2. 31 points
    The truth is that I got tired of this band. The latest developments coincide with my intuition. From the first moment I said that one or two people could not delete videos and channels on YouTube, without the consent of, at least, Team Brazil. Now, it turns out that while the stupid people who did all this fights in public at social networks, they expose their participation and responsibilities. But above all, with those who work. Yes, TB. At least, that's what some "W" guy said to several people. And that is already public known. For that reason, and because if the band is aware and approves the witch hunt on bootlegs (as if they were gold recordings), or is only management responsability and the musicians live in a parallel dimension ... well, the result is that I want to vomit in all of them. But especially in those who authorize this kind of things. I do not write this just for my channel, "Noise Pollution", but for the channels of many friends who also died thanks to the lack of brains of egocentric fools. Do you know how many times I saw comments that talked about attending shows of the band after watching my videos? That was free advertising, Team Brazil. It was part of the most powerful thing you can find in marketing: the organic recommendation, word of mouth, that the tour was good. But you decided to shit in our selfless work, in the love of the fans. A band that does not record new music. A band that does not respect its fans. A band that is allied with crazy people to pursue their fans, is not worth being even heard. I am leaving this horrible band thinking about the gesture of Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, congratulating the boy who has formed the largest file of bootlegs on the web. They even took some pictures and console recordings were promised. That's the leader of a band that proposes new and challenging music all the time. The same that Axl admired to the point of "stealing" a guitarist and trying to clone his sound. These days I feel sorry for Guns N 'Roses. If admins want to delete this post, or remove me from the forum, I will understand. But I had to say it. Axl, you let a bunch of wakos and Team Brazil separate you more from the fans than you've ever been. Shame on you Axl Rose, shame on you! Mod edit per user request- The post above refers to an on going issue that was detailed a few months ago in this thread: http://www.mygnrforum.com/topic/221064-an-open-letter-to-gnr-team-brazil-umg-and-those-who-are-ruining-the-community/?tab=comments#comment-4610699 This issue has nothing whatsoever to do with wanting free music and/or GN'R not releasing new albums.
  3. 30 points
    inb4 all the comments saying “Frank has been playing in a Guns cover band for years already!!!1!1!1”
  4. 27 points
    a forum member said a few months ago that GNR are the only band that can trip over a dollar while picking up a dime. i believe this to be true.
  5. 25 points
    I heard DJ Ashba offered to be their guitar player and they said no thanks
  6. 23 points
  7. 23 points
    "we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring." Richard Fortus 2009 "we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring." Richard Fortus 2010 "we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring." Richard Fortus 2011 "we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring." Richard Fortus 2012 "we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring." Richard Fortus 2013 "we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring." Richard Fortus 2014 "we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring." Richard Fortus 2015 "we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring." Richard Fortus 2016 "we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring." Richard Fortus 2017 "we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring." Richard Fortus 2018 "we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring." Richard Fortus 2019 "we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon. And then we’ll get back to touring." Richard Fortus 2020
  8. 23 points
    Shut the fuck up Fernando
  9. 20 points
  10. 19 points
    So here's the english translation for you: "It's just, with AXL, you don't go, 'Oh, there is a plan, and it's gonna be like this,' because that's not how it works. So, basically, the only real answer to give is we're hoping to put a new record out, and we'll just see what happens when AXL decides it happens."
  11. 19 points
    You mean this? ^^ It seems like the equivalent of a director reacting to someone in his film getting an oscar by saying: Yes, but I hired him! He was only part of what made this film a success! Jesus Christ, he sounds like a little kid. Duff's reaction is the only one that is appropriate. Nice for Angie too, whoever she is. Winning an award and then having your boss belittling it and saying you're only a part of the success. Duh. I'm sure she realized that not all the fans were there for her. Might be time Fermanager realized they're not there for him either.
  12. 17 points
    If someone can't see that Axl Rose is the one and only reason why new GNR material is never released, I honestly don't know what to tell you.
  13. 17 points
    All of that would be nice, but as a fan first and fore most what I want is to be treated with some respect
  14. 17 points
    Del James: Tour Manager in charge of hiring Axl some local 'talent' Fernando: Tour Manager in charge of Halloween swag, toy trucks and asking to sit in the cockpit Angie Warner: Tour Manger in charge of managing the tour
  15. 16 points
    The more important question is. Why Estranged is played very early in the set. It is absolutely out of place. The first songs are there to fire up the crowd. I saw the NITL... tour three times and so far this song has brought down the mood after the audience was so hyped up. In my opinion, this belongs in the category "Epic". And I think epic songs should be played towards the end. I also ask myself why the trilogy is played backwards. First Estranged, then November Rain and finally Don't Cry. Estranged does not feel right at the beginning of the concert, especially in summer on a bright day. The song screams for epic proportions. It needs lighting effects
  16. 15 points
    Slash recently spoke to Japanese music critic and radio personality Masa Ito of TVK's "Rock City" about the possibility of a new studio LP from GUNS N' ROSES in the not-too-distant future. "Axl, Duff, myself and Richard have all talked about… there's material and stuff going on already for a new record," he confirmed (see video below). "It's just, with GUNS N' ROSES, you don't go, 'Oh, there is a plan, and it's gonna be like this,' because that's not how it works. So, basically, the only real answer to give is we're hoping to put a new record out, and we'll just see what happens when it happens." FULL TRANSLATE
  17. 15 points
  18. 15 points
    Well I wanted to give everyone an update: They never responded to paypal's claim email within the 10 day time frame. Because of that, Paypal issued me a FULL refund! While I didn't ever get the turntable, I got the box set and a phono pre-amp for free!!! I sold my un-opened Super deluxe edition from the box set (I kept the opened one I bought in June and put it back in the box set) for $90. I found someone selling a new un-opened GNR turntable on ebay for $290 shipped and bought it. With my $90 credit from selling the SDE, I ended up paying $200 for the Turntable, Box set, and pre-amp by the time was all said and done!
  19. 15 points
  20. 15 points
    Hopefully Izzy pissed on that one too
  21. 14 points
    Shotgun Blue-cheese? It's So Cheesy? Feta? Out Ta Get Brie? Roquefort Queen? Sweet Babybel'O Mine? Street of Cream? Jumpin' Pepper Jack Flash? My Worcester? Parrano City? Use Your Ilchester? Appetite For Cheese? Swiss I Love? Oldest Goat Cheese? Can't think of anymore and gotta go now lol
  22. 14 points
    I'm really glad that I'm not a moderator, this stuff gives me a headache. 😄
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  26. 13 points
    My favorite GNR story is one told by Matt Sorum in a magazine article. I read this a long time ago (in a galaxy far far away) so I might be a little off on the details, but here it is: It's the UYI tour, another night where the band's been sitting around for a long time drinking and waiting for Axl, so they could go on stage. So finally Matt's had enough, and says "I'm going to find out what the hell is taking him so long" (to the horror of the rest of the band). He heads out to look, and eventually enters a room where Axl is sitting on a chair in the middle of the room, holding a shotgun. Axl says, "You can leave now". So Matt turned around and got the hell out of there as fast as he could.
  27. 12 points
    Wow! So many keyboard warriors tonight. This is coming from Slash. I can understand the cynicism if it was Fortus, but Slash! Just wow! This forum is always complaining about something.
  28. 12 points
    Kind of interesting to me he mentioned Richard among the big 3.
  29. 12 points
    1. Go back to 1988 2. Drink Pepsi Crystal 3. Turn Jason Newsteds bass up on ...And Justice for All 4. Show Steven a picture of modern GN'R without him, slap him silly until he stops doing drugs 5. Wow him with smart phone 6. Go to the Ritz show 7. Give my dad $10,000 to invest in google
  30. 12 points
    It just isn't the same without Slash...
  31. 11 points
    "Axl, Duff, myself and Richard have all talked about… there's material and stuff going on already for a new record," he confirmed (see video below). "It's just, with GUNS N' ROSES, you don't go, 'Oh, there is a plan, and it's gonna be like this,' because that's not how it works. So, basically, the only real answer to give is we're hoping to put a new record out, and we'll just see what happens when it happens." I just put Slash words on this new beta version of Google translator and it came out like this: "I have so much ideas and I am salivating so hard -- you can say I am desperate -- to record an album. I mean, I have zillions of riffs and guitar parts and even full songs. You know, I am sick of doing songs with Myles about elephants. Duff and Richard have some ideas as well but yeah, Duff can have another So Fine and we can give a co-write to Richard in one song so... yeah... You know, this is GNR, it's me and Axl, right? Right? Thing is, I have sent files and more files -- and then more files -- to Axl and he said he liked most of the stuff but he never really talked about any of it again. I am not sure he actually gave it a listen. I got a song called "Snake Love", it's like Jungle meets Locomotive, and I asked Axl about this one song and he answered back something about Donald Trump so... yeah... I got really lost. I actually kept teasing and playing the ideas to Axl whenever he showed up for the soundchecks during the money tour but he never sang a line over the songs. I am not sure he liked it. Oh, and Axl has two piano ballads that he's been working on since 1993 about the model he was dating back then, you know, the Warren Beatty chick? Axl said he wanted to record that song right or else he would quit the entertainment business and the brand. Richard told me that Axl has hundreds of versions of this song since the nineties and he keeps adding synth parts to it and spoken parts, there is a sample of... of... let me remember... oh, yeah, it's a sample of a Barack Obama speech. Rick told me that before the Chinese album Axl hired a full orchestra for two weeks and the Elton John guy to arrange the song on studio but he never really showed up for the sessions. Yeah. It's just, with AXL, you don't go, 'Oh, there is a plan, and it's gonna be like this,' because that's not how it works. Actually not very much works with Axl. So, basically, I am gonna keep on saying that we're hoping to put a new record out, Richard is gonna say the same. Duff is about to join us, he is gonna start saying the same thing during the promo tour for his history album, and you guys will keep on asking, yeah. You know, all things considered, we have another tour already being booked 2021-2023, we are going to Alasca and Tahiti this time. So maybe on this next tour we add some old Hollywood Rose songs to the setlist? And some covers? And maybe we play Locomotive instead of Coma? Yeah, all things considered, yeah..." This new beta version of Google Translator is not for free, you need to pay 2 US dollars (they accept paypal) for every 100 words translated. You can check it here
  32. 11 points
    NITL lineup rerecording of CD paired with the NuGuns rerecording of Appetite would be so awesome! And call it Beating The Dead Horse!!
  33. 11 points
    Back on topic please guys...no eggcuses
  34. 11 points
    “I don’t love being in the studio, I like playing live.” ]
  35. 11 points
    Lol, what? That's kinda rich coming from a fan of a band with $1000 boxed sets and GNRair merchandise.
  36. 11 points
    Based on the info available I'm guessing the person who does most of the tour managing without needing a boatload of attention for doing her job. Given the award I'm assuming she's good at what she does.
  37. 11 points
    Duff's story about how he was hanging out with mountain bikers and they were hungover and told Duff that they ''partied like rockstars'' the night before because they drank a six-pack by themselves. Then Duff told them some of his rockstar stories, like drinking throw-up because there was alcohol in it, and so the mountain bikers had to admit that they ''partied like mountain bikers''.
  38. 11 points
    there are actually three alternate versions the alternate version with "god" verses are Churches and Priests They're always lying to me They give me so many rules I can not comply to all this! They say God is above watching me And God is making me pay They should just get in a boat and float yeah Straight back to the hell where they came hey hey hey yeah the other two alternate versions are about people who create new accounts in forums to share true informations
  39. 10 points
  40. 10 points
    For all the shit Axl gets he’s still IMO one of the only genuine people in music. Everything he’s done since the inception of the band has always reaked of true punk. There’s a certain legitimate “go fuck yourself I’m doing this my way regardless of the outcome” attitude that he’s always possessed which is the true heart and soul of rock n’ roll.
  41. 10 points
    Axl with a fanny pack And this one is pretty well know, but I don't think I ever seen it in so high quality (open it in a new tab). Look at those eyes
  42. 10 points
    Remember when we were discussing here if Fernando was photoshopped or not on one of Melissa’s pics? Well, it seems like they remember and now they are joking about it
  43. 10 points
    Oh, I hadn't noticed Izzy reflected on the mirror. THAT is the kind of picture I was hoping to see when they announced the books of 'unreleased photos from Axl's personal archive' that was included in the Loaded box. How cool would it be if it had been done properly? The Axl & Erin picture was probably taken from the website of John A. Mozzer, a photographer. His website reads: 'welcome to my wild times during the 1980's-90's'. He has thousands of pictures there so no surprise that it might have taken time to someone spot it. https://jamworks.smugmug.com/Gallery-Openings-1980s-90s/Axel-Ko-Mo-Da-Bill-Barminski/ The guy Axl was close to, had this... claws? well, whatever it's on his hands. Case closed?
  44. 10 points
  45. 10 points
    You know what goes great with cheese? Eggs. Just sayin.
  46. 10 points
    I agree 100% with every word @fernomenoyde has written here. This band is utter shit right now. They are fucking dinosaurs with a school drop out for management and a bunch of hangers-on unable to tell right from wrong. I also got tired of their bullshit, their overpriced LAME merch, their pathetic release of recycled old crap from the 80's and their whole dinosaur message. There are tons of new artists out there. Guns N' Roses is not on the top of the hill anymore. Yes, they had a successful tour ONLY because SLASH is back and because it was like something way overdue, for a lot of fans who couldn't see them in the 90's, when they disappeared at the top of their career. But now they are fucking old and when they return they will be worse, especially Axl, fatter than ever and who knows if he can sing anymore (because during NITL tour his voice was really bad for most part of the tour). So let them keep resting in their laurels, let's see what happens when they wake up. They are not worth of any fandom effort..... I pretty much understand the rage about how much energy and MONEY the fandom wasted in this shit band. I have also cut all expenses regarding GN'R. No more merch, no AFD overpriced full-o-shit BOX, ZERO $$$ for the pockets of TB.
  47. 10 points
    "Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Gilby Clarke!" *Band plays Shackler's Revenge*
  48. 10 points
    this is what i think of the situation right now.
  49. 10 points
    Hey, remember when this thread was about Estranged being dropped from the setlist and not one man's crusade against the band that was Guns N Roses after Izzy left? I sure do.
  50. 10 points
    What??? she doesn't even IG her food and drinks!!! I thought that was the TM job
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