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  1. GNR Women's Discussion - Part 2

    The "famous" Ole Beich (the blond one) lasted two rehearsals. Then Duff came in and they played 7 shows, then Tracii Guns left/was kicked out followed by Rob Gardner, and then Slash and Steven came in.
  2. GNR Women's Discussion - Part 2

    It's the first GnR lineup (that lasted two rehearsals, lol) from March 1985. Another one (better view of Izzy's t-shirt ) More from the same photoshoot: https://www.razcue.com/fullscreen-page/comp-jh9jygev/42c6735d-2798-41b7-b0bc-2c2f842083db/24/%3Fi%3D24%26p%3Dgueco%26s%3Dstyle-jhfgm1ez
  3. I think it was much more complicated than that. Two weeks in the studio with Paul giving that "vibe" and even the SFTD story were far from enough to break up a band. Zakk Wylde was just a "let's see if it works" thing, a jam for 1-2 weeks. Duff didn't have a problem with him and Axl admitted it didn't work. Their problems were much deeper and had their roots to the UYI era (recordings and tour). They were hardly communicating directly and everything went back and forth via Doug Goldstein. The miscommunication became worse after the tour. Slash didn't want to do another UYI, not only in regards to the direction, but also in regards to the whole process and the time it took. In other words, he wasn't willing to do another album "Axl's way", he wanted to make a quick, simple album and go on tour (his drug habit had also to do with that, because the time off the road would sink him deeper into heroin). So, the only way he would have done an album was his way, i.e. if Axl had just sang on his Snakepit material and maybe he would've accepted one Axl ballad, like he had said. He had been thinking about doing a solo project since 1991, so, when Axl didn't like most of his Snakepit stuff and Gilby was out, he took it and made a solo album. Axl wanted something else. Most likely he didn't have it clear in his head what he wanted exactly, he wanted a new element and to him Gilby wasn't good enough for that. He was also dealing with personal issues, lawsuits etc. Paul Tobias and, to an extent, the musical differences (which they had managed to work out in the past) were just symptoms (unless there was something more with Paul we don't know about, as Slash kept emphasising that it was "personal"). The power games (Izzy's phasing out and eventual departure was a factor there, as his presence balanced things) and the miscommunication were the cause.
  4. Come on Most of the set consists of songs Izzy has a credit for. Two more songs wouldn't make a difference. And Axl has played AFD based shows for years (for which all five members get royalties). Also, if that was the case, why prefer covers over GnR songs Izzy doesn't have songwriting credits for, like Dead Horse, The Garden, Breakdown etc.
  5. I think they play the hits+a couple of deep cuts for the fans and the covers for themselves. For Axl in particular, the covers are like AC/DC: he enjoys singing them because they are something "new" to him. The 2 hours of the set are the "job" they have to do and the additional hour is for them to have some fun, hoping that the audience will enjoy it too. Why do they prefer the covers over deep cuts that haven't been played since 1993 (including NuGnR) so they would be in a way "new" to them? Maybe for some of the reasons listed above (difficult to sing, disconnection with the lyrics). It seems that, apart from the obligatory hits, the songs in the set are songs Axl feels like singing. For exampe, it seems he prefers singing Yesterdays and TIL because they still mean something to him, although he doesn't sing them very well, over a song like Bad Obsession which would be much easier for him to sing.
  6. According to Slash, he and Paul Tobias "interacted" in the studio for no more than two weeks in 1994: Axl’s been wanting to make a record this whole time. But when we finally got together and I’d written some material, he didn’t want to do that type of music, cos the scene had changed. I’m not going to keep up with trends, so we had a conflict of interests. That’s when Paul Huge came in. After two weeks I said I wouldn’t work with him. Axl got really pissed off about it, and I took off in March ’94 to do my own thing with Snakepit. So now, I’ve come back and Paul is still there. Now, I’m dealing with this. [...] I’m going to confront it. Either Paul goes, or he… Well, this is personal. I don’t want to get into this. But during this whole period, Axl’s been geared to get up and do it. [Kerrang, November 1996] It's not clear if Axl tried to force Paul as a band member or as a co-writer as well as his "trusted guy" in the studio who would report back to him. From the Zakk Wylde sessions and from interviews of the time (including Slash's) it looks like the second guitarist spot was open. And Tobias, from the little known about him, didn't come across as someone liking the spotlight and having ambition to be a rockstar, but as a behind the scenes person. Regardless, the fact alone that Axl brought him there and he was an "Axl guy" was enough for Slash to not like him at that point, given the -growing, since the tour- dysfanctionality of the band. Axl, on his part, saw it as Slash not giving the guy a chance and was pissed. But, considering that Duff didn't like him either (and even Tommy and Robin Finck had problems with him in the beginning), it seems that Paul did have an attitude (unlike Dizzy, who was also an Axl guy, but always knew his place and kept his mouth shut); maybe because it's his character and thought he was entitled to by the position Axl had put him to or because he really thought he was helping and defending his friend that way - the incident with Matt is indicative of the latter.
  7. Yeah, obviously so, considering the divorce.
  8. Source for the bolded? Never read it anywhere (interview, book etc.)
  9. He registered a new company/record label in 2015, Snakepit Records. Probably because Dik Hayd is co-owned by Perla.
  10. Slash releases his albums independently (he has his own label and gets distribution from a major label), so he doesn't have contract obligations.
  11. L7 covering GnR with Dave Grohl on drums, 1991.
  12. Should keyboards and piano be excluded from rock?

    In addition to what @soon said about the piano, organ/keyboards were very common in 60s rock (garage rock/proto-punk, blues rock, psychedelia...), even essential to some of the most iconic and influential songs. I don't think the keys take away any of the rawness here:
  13. Shadow of Your Love, Izzy and Paul

    They most likely are not friends now though (supposing he meant Josh Richman, they haven't been for years)
  14. Shadow of Your Love, Izzy and Paul

    Besides the 1991 Axl quote already posted, this guy says he saw Axl and Paul Tobias perform it in a garage in 1982 (it's at about 36 min. mark): Maybe Axl was referring to that when he said they wrote it in 7 minutes.
  15. Shadow of Your Love, Izzy and Paul

    Slash said in his book though that SOYL was the song he had liked the most the first time he had seen Hollywood Rose, which means that he at least liked it more than Anything Goes, Reckless Life and Back Off Bitch. Unless in the meantime he met Paul, didn't like him and as a consequence disliked the song too; or he didn't like it originally, but he had changed his mind by the time he wrote his book.
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