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  1. What's your unpopular GN'R opinion?

    We'll call this my unpopular Guns N' Roses opinion. I have never, ever, understood any love "One in a Million" gets. Outside of the infamous offensive lyrics (which sound like a teenager trying to be edgy), I would call it, at best, a "C-tier" Guns N' Roses song. Honestly, if not for the attention it got, I doubt any of us would be talking about it.
  2. First off my apologies. That came out blunter/snarkier than I meant it to. I love your podcast, listen to every episode, and think you do the GN'R community proud. I totally understand wanting to bring your personal feelings and experiences into the mix, but I felt that - given the current circumstances - Roberta really wanted to talk about the black experience unhindered. It felt like, on occasion, you were too quick to jump in with comparing things to being handicapped and/or Jewish (and I get that you qualified this by saying you understood those are different than the black experience), when Roberta really just wanted to talk uninterrupted. I get it man. My dad was Jewish (proud "half-Jew") so I can understand that easiness to lapse into self-deprecating "I'm a jew" humor, but there are times and places for it.
  3. Glad to hear from Roberta again. She seems so sweet. The interview got really good when she was able to take control back from Brando talking about himself nonstop.
  4. Matt Sorum's Autobiography

    To Matt's credit, Izzy told a very similar story in an interview from 2001. "He says his last face-to-face contact with Axl was six years ago. “I’d moved back out to LA. I bought this old Norton Commando 850. and was riding around one day and I thought, ‘Fuck it, I’ll go by his house. Bastard, he lives up in the hills, he’s got a big house, I’ll go and see what he’s doing’, you know? “And I go up and he’s got security gates, cameras, walls, all this shit, you know. So I’m ringing the buzzer, and eventually somebody comes and takes me up and there he is. He’s like, ‘Hey, man! Glad to see you!’ Gives me a big hug and shows me round his house. It was great. “Then, I don’t know, probably a month later, one night he calls me [and] we got into the issue of me leaving Guns N’ Roses. I told him how it was on my side. Told him exactly how I felt about it and why I left. And man, that’s the last time I’ve talked to the guy! “But, I mean, he had a fucking notepad. I could hear him [turning the pages] going, ‘Well, ah, you said in 1982. blah blah blah…’ And I’m like, what the fuck - 1982. He was bringing up a lot of really weird old shit. I’m like, ‘Whatever, man’. But that’s the last time I talked to him."
  5. Matt Sorum's Autobiography

    I pretty much agree with what everyone says about the book. Just a few GN'R tidbits I noticed that I haven't seen mentioned here: -The first day Matt rehearsed with the band, it started with him just hanging out with Duff and Slash. Izzy came in after a while, and played acoustic demos of a couple of songs (I cannot remember which ones he said, but they are both songs that made the album). He describes the demos as very "raw." After going over the chord changes with Izzy, Slash and Duff start playing over Izzy's song. Matt describes it as basically two different things going on: Izzy playing with the underlying song with his roots-y sound, and Slash and Duff doing their own thing over the song (he specifically mentions how Slash's guitar parts and Duff's bass lines play off each other perfectly). Matt says the second he heard this jamming, he realized this was the Guns N' Roses "sound" and what made them so distinctive. To Matt's credit, I think this may be the most detailed and accurate description of the GN'R dynamic. -Lars has been mentioned here a few times, and I think everyone knows Lars is a very competitive man, but it seems like Lars really felt a bit jealous/threatened of Guns N' Roses' success and the amount of their output during the Use Your Illusion era. At different times, Matt mentions Slash and management both getting mad at him for "talking shop" with Lars. -On the Metallica note, Matt does go out of his way to stick up for Axl in regards to the Montreal riot. As stated earlier on the thread, Metallica kept adding more and more pyro to the show to upstage Guns N' Roses (to the point that Matt believed they had broken their contract - which specifically addressed such matters). Matt says he was a little pissed off when Metallica said the band was just "chilling backstage." Apparently they were all together, and as soon as they got the word, Axl immediately got up and said "let's get out there as quickly as possible." Metallica had insisted on using their own lighting rig and sound equipment/PA, so during a normal show, it would usually take 55 minutes to an hour to get Guns N' Roses' rig ready. That night, the crew managed to do it in 45 minutes, but Matt says that Axl was not lying when he said the PA was malfunctioning. He could hear it from the drum set. -Dizzy knocked up three different women during the Use Your Illusion tour. Matt suggests child support may be the biggest reason Dizzy stayed with Guns N' Roses through the 1990s. -One day during the late 1993-1997 era, Axl came into the studio in a particularly good mood and exclaimed that "I think we may have a good verse and a good chorus." Matt asked Axl to clarify what he mean, and Axl said that he had one good verse for a song, and a good chorus for another song. This was after approximately four years of work. Matt states that this was when he really lost all hope that anything could come of the sessions. -During the same time period, Matt was the one who first explained the looping process to Axl. Axl apparently heard some loops in a song Matt produced for another artist. Matt explained the whole concept of Pro-Tools and looping to Axl (Axl had never worked on anything but tape before). After that, Axl became obsessed with looping. This was all at the same time Slash had all but officially left, and Axl was learning guitar. During the few times Axl came in and rehearsed with Matt and Duff, Axl would play some terrible guitar part, immediately scream for the engineer to "loop it," and make Slash and Duff jam on that riff for hours. -At one point in 1994/1995, the band finally decided to have the entire band at that point - Slash, Axl, Duff, Dizzy, and Matt meet in one room to have a meeting, air out any grievances, and genuinely try to pave a path forward for the band. Apparently, it mainly turned into Axl bringing up random issues he had with Slash and Duff from the early and mid 1980s; things that neither Slash or Duff actually remembered. When the band finally got to discussing music, Axl brought up "modernizing" the band with synthesizers. Slash went back and forth with Axl on this for a while, but eventually gave up and left the room. This was the last time Slash did anything with the band before officially leaving in 1996. -Matt actually likes the Libertad record a lot, and says he considers it even more impressive given how fractured the relationship in the band was at that point between Scott and everyone else. As had been stated before, Rubin was supposed to produce the record, but basically dismissed all the songs the band had brought to the table and told them "keep writing." Scott brought up the idea of Brendan O' Brien. Slash and Duff were against the idea because they thought it would just fuel the idea that Velvet Revolver was a Stone Temple Pilots/Guns N' Roses mash-up rather than a true band. Matt, however, was all for the idea just to keep the ball rolling, and Duff and Slash eventually gave in. Brendan apparently really liked all of the songs, and made some "solid" suggestions to improve them; at which point the band commenced recording. I thought this was particularly interesting given how Dave Kushner told this story on Appetite for Distortion a few years back, but saw it as a negative (he felt the band rushed into the second album way too quickly, and should have spent more time working on better material).
  6. Dizzy Reed continues to release more music than Axl

    This. I actually enjoyed the "Shakin'" cover, but this stripped every ounce of soul and charm out of the original Stones songs.
  7. Rick Beato

    I have met Rick quite a few times over the years; particularly when I worked in ticketing. His studio now is right down the street from where I work now, and he lives in Stone Mountain just a hop and skip from where I live. One of the sweetest and most knowledgeable people working the business. I know for a fact he LOVES the band, and particularly Slash's playing.
  8. Axl Rose Arrives 6 Hours Late to Home Livestream Concert - Parody Article

    You say that, but when they had that brief jaunt through North America earlier this year, the first show started a little late (for the very good reason of making sure everyone got in the venue) and the whole board had a meltdown. It meant Slash and Axl were done and this would be the last tour.
  9. Matt Sorum's Autobiography

    This: 100%. Take it for what you will, but MSL said that when Slash and Duff first came to the bargaining table, they brought up the possibility of Matt being the full time drummer for the NITL tour, and Axl laughed it off. I'm sure to them, that was the most they could do in terms of getting Matt back "in the band" instead of just guest spots. He also said Axl brought up the possibility of continuing with three guitarists, but Slash refused. Point being, there was give and take all around, and not a specific attempt to keep Matt out of the band. For what it's worth, I completely understand Matt wanting to get his side of the story to the public. That being said, it looks like he resorted to gossip in a way that Slash and Duff's books did not. To be fair, Slash and Duff's books have their fair criticisms of Axl, but they never resort to this type of whining. As a matter of fact, I think Slash actually apologizes for the times he did knock Axl in the press. Beyond Matt cutting off his ties to Axl, Slash, and Duff with this book, I imagine it will not sit well with Izzy either. Although he does not say anything bad about Izzy, we all know Izzy remains a quiet and guarded person who seems to have worked hard to avoid airing dirty laundry.
  10. Huh....I got the email and I have never bough anything from directly from the GN'R online store.
  11. Is it to a select group of fans? I just figured it was to anyone who was on the Guns N' Roses email list.
  12. The Boomtown Rats' new album isn't half bad for the typical new/wave - punk band releasing an album in the 2000s to stay relevant.
  13. Matt Sorum's Autobiography

    So is he saying the virus caused the delay in release? I thought we knew about it being delayed back toward the beginning of March.
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