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  1. GNR Interview on June 11

    Actually we're not proven right because even though we expect the worst, our minds can't even comprehend the bottomless depths they go to. GnR somehow manages to shock and awe with disappointment every single time. They always find a way to defy even the most bottom of the barrel expectations. It's a rare skill. Bravo to the redhead and Team Brazil I say. Well done.
  2. I think they should bring back Izzy Stradlin'
  3. Ego. Is Axl motivated by any other muse? Cake or ribs perhaps. Chinese songs being on the setlist is his attempt to save face for 23 years of failure.
  4. A simple fix is to sing the songs differently and adjust them to his current vocal range. But he can't be arsed to do it.
  5. Best Version of KOHD.

    House of Blues 2000/RIR 3
  6. Are you a nostalgic person?

    Doesn't it follow that if people have a prime, then the art they're producing also follows that same trajectory? I wonder if your approach is more the exception than the rule. The general premise is that humans are creatures of habit. We're wired to fear the unknown (new stimuli). And there's nothing more comfortable than the same old thing I assume. To take this back to the original discussion of nostalgia - given the immense popularity right now of mining the past in pop culture currently (old franchises being resurrected with reboots/sequels, old bands coming back to tour the "classics", old painters/authors, etc being venerated, etc.) - I feel like there's a collective sense of reliving the past even in art. Having said that, I've always figured that as a society we'd be heading towards a youth culture and establishment that has no interest or regard for the past because their world will move so fast there is no time to look backwards.
  7. Are you a nostalgic person?

    Very good point, I hadn't considered that. I was thinking more along the lines of films and what the oeuvre of my favorite directors looked like (most of which grew increasingly disappointing with age). Talking general trends, would you say that artists like Wagner, Beethoven and Shakespeare are more of the exception rather than the rule if we're plotting artists as data points on a grid? Or is your position that there isn't necessarily justification that the high watermarks in artistic achievement run parallel with youth? I'm not necessarily suggesting that the first release is going to be a masterpiece compared to the third release but rather that the artist on average is turning out much of their most vital and career defining pieces during the first 1/3-ish of the run. If I were to loosely group artists: A. "The Supernova." Artists that peak early. The initial output seems to be created in a burst of inspiration - with diminishing returns subsequently as the muse is exhausted. B. "The Craftsman" - These artists tend to steadily build with each new release, iterating and streamlining their craft - until they peak during a period where they deliver career defining works. At a certain point, as the group above, the inspiration fades and the quality declines. e.g. The progression in Michael Mann's Manhunter to Heat /The Insider to something like Blackhat or Public Enemies. C. "The Late Bloomer" - I don't have the data necessarily to support this, but my gut feeling is that this particular artistic scenario is less common than either A or B. You could say an artist towards the final 1/3 of their career enters the "auteur" period where they've achieved mastery over their craft. Regardless, I'm not entirely convinced more skill or experience plays a decisive factor in art. Going back to film, I don't think directors like Terrence Malick or Kubrick were necessarily "better" towards the end even if they were 10x the craftsman by their last film.
  8. Are you a nostalgic person?

    Does the new stuff resonate as deeply with you as the things you experienced when you were younger? On a slightly tangential note, why do you suspect "art" seems to decline more often than not as the artist gets older? Any guesses? They're more experienced, more skillful, more nuanced - and yet in music and film at least, youthful verve drives those industries artistically.
  9. Are you a nostalgic person?

    Setting food/music aside, what specifically are you engaging with in your past during your "nostalgic" moments? I have one parent who is completely focused on the present and does not enjoy revisiting anything from the past. The other parent revels in the past and reliving their youth. It's really quite fascinating to see how differently they view the world.
  10. Thinking about it further, you're right. Maddy, The Blues, and CD (to a lesser extent) do feel the closest to the GnR feel. Let me rephrase: Sorry, CITR, and This I Love feel like a natural progression from UYI 2. Like what we might have heard from the gang if they put out UYI 3 in the mid 90's. This I Love was even written and demoed? with the old band in '92.
  11. Are you a nostalgic person?

    See the thing is, the science is saying that after 22, we connect with less new things. Meaning we don't search out new things because it doesn't make us feel as good as the old stuff. So the late teens/early 20's becomes a holding pattern for a lot of adults. We're literally stuck in the past and missing the present. Some people here are saying - well the new music and films out there right now are largely shit. Perhaps. But are you sure it's not you simply not opening your mind to what's out there now? The thing is, even if you are - the music (art/experience/whatever) probably won't resonate as deeply as the songs you heard when you were 19. That older stuff releases more seratonin in your brain which makes you feel good. Being rooted in the past is like being a drug addict. We're addicted to the high we feel each and every time we go down memory lane. It's a different high from doing something enjoyable in the present. Going back gives a sense of comfort and certainty in an increasingly uncertain world. Think about it, how many of us are actually searching out new stimuli in our life? We eat the same types of food, listen to the same music we liked when we were younger, go about the same mundane routine day after day. As you said earlier, I'm starting to think nostalgia has its roots in our innate desire to be forever youthful. Reliving the time in your life where you were young and optimistic - a respite from the present-day cynicism that comes along with aging.
  12. US Politics/Elections Thread

    As an Independent, I'm done with the republican and democratic parties. Corrupt to the core. We deserve better.
  13. Is there a consensus here on what are the most classic era sounding songs on Chinese Democracy? Sorry, Catcher in The Rye and This I Love imho actually sound like Illusion era tracks. I feel like they've largely gone with the most "GnR"-ish CD songs for the setlist. Not that this makes their inclusion more legitimate, but there may be some actual thought going into how they're choosing these tracks. You're not going to see Riad or Shacklers on that setlist.
  14. Why is anyone surprised by the setlist? They're a legacy act wrapping up their final run on the reunion tour. 2018 = same show with weaker Axl vocals. Or as Slash would say: "All things considered, this is par for the course."
  15. Kaneda, where have you been hiding mate?