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  1. From listening to the guy's podcast I got the impression that he's not even exactly aware of what kind of material he sold and he thinks it's from the 80s, because he doesn't know much about the band and has heard only about Zutaut's involvement back then.
  2. This individual has gone public and told his version of the story and that he got contacted by lawyers when the leaks happened (look for Storage Diaries podcast). His name was mentioned publicly before he went public himself, though.
  3. The "New Album" Thread

    What is the story of that supposed fax sheet page with a list of song titles? What was that document about?
  4. The "New Album" Thread

    This was about a year before the leaks, it's not related. Probably Duff (or someone from his crew/techs) had forgotten these tapes.
  5. The "New Album" Thread

    Machine Gun and Tooth Puller are among the Duff/Izzy 1995 tracks (it says it on the label in the picture: GnR demos April 1995). Dizzy had mentioned Tooth Puller as one of the demos Izzy had written. This seems to be the only GnR related tape. Most of the stuff in this storage space seems to have been Duff's vault, like the West Arkeen stuff, demos with Marc Lanegan etc. Actually it was mentioned in an interview Duff did with Susan when they were promoting her book. They said that Duff was informed about the tapes, he collected them and moved them somewhere safe.
  6. COVID-19 Outbreak

    The Czech Republic and Slovakia had already made wearing face masks mandatory https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/30/czechs-get-to-work-making-masks-after-government-decree-coronavirus
  7. COVID-19 Outbreak

    "A choir decided to go ahead with rehearsal. Now dozens of members have COVID-19 and two are dead" https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-29/coronavirus-choir-outbreak
  8. The "New Album" Thread

    Some more examples in context from the little research I had done here:
  9. I listened to it again and I hear "s", too. It sounds like "they're sayin'" to me.
  10. COVID-19 Outbreak

    I watched an interview with a Greek doctor who lives and works in a hospital in Bergamo, Italy. Needless to say that things are still tragic there, the doctors actually have to make a choice for who lives and who dies, and they give priority to younger patients... He's not a doctor specialised in the field (he's otolaryngologist) but everyone, from doctors in other fields to retired doctors to medical students have been recruited or volunteered to help. They've been also having Chinese doctors there for help and advise. The Chinese experts are saying that even now the measures in Italy are not as strict as they should, as people are still circulating to go to work etc. China had shut everything down.
  11. When did Axl lose his musical and performing drive?

    ^^^ A big part of it also was because Appetite era was the best for him, too. It was the GnR period he had the fondest memories of, whereas the Illusions era was when the band was falling apart. Rose: For me, when I hear certain things on the "Use Your Illusion" tour, I... on that record, it's... since I'm in it, I can hear a band dying. I can hear when Izzy was unconsciously over it. I can hear where the band was leaning away from what Guns N' Roses [had] originally been about. People may have their favorite songs, and it may be on "Use Your Illusion," but most people do tend to lean towards "Appetite" as being the defining Guns N' Roses record, and I can hear how, in the sound, it was moving away from that there. There's just so much I was able to do in keeping that aspect together. https://www.a-4-d.com/t3074-1999-11-08-mtv-axl-rose-a-conversation-with-kurt-loder
  12. When did Axl lose his musical and performing drive?

    He "needed" to play as many Appetite songs as were played in the UYI tour, i.e. 4-5, the biggest hits, and the rest (besides the Nu songs he played) could have been from the Illusions. But since 2001 the Illusions were under-represented in the setlist (for years he played only YCBM, NR and the two covers) as opposed to 7-8 songs off Appetite. This is what I meant: there was no balance in the set as far as the catalog went.
  13. When did Axl lose his musical and performing drive?

    I agree that this is true about the fans and Axl is not defined only by Appetite to me either. I wasn't referring to the fans, though, but to the "collective consciousness" that includes the public opinion, the press etc, for a big part of which GnR is an "one album band". Like, while you see Appetite making best of lists, you rarely see the Illusions - you may see November Rain in respective song lists, but not the albums. It seems to me this is more important to Axl than what the hardcore fans think. I think this perception of the Illusions has a lot to do with the fact that they coincided with releases that defined the years that followed, combined with the fact that GnR didn't release a follow-up of original material, so the albums were linked with the band's downfall - and that combination led to a kind of "UYI revisionism" although they were generally well received upon their release. There is a book addressing this issue that I found very interesting:
  14. When did Axl lose his musical and performing drive?

    Similar thing with the Illusions: When they started recording them, Axl said that even if the albums wouldn't be successful right away because they were different than Appetite, he was confident that they would be discovered and acknowledged later; and when they were released, he seemed satisfied with the result and said they came out exactly as he had wanted them. But later he found flaws in them and said Appetite will always be the definite GnR album - I guess because he saw that as time passed the Illusions weren't as highly regarded as Appetite. I guess we'll never know what exactly happened between late '99 and mid '01. We have solid proof now that there was a lot of progress during that period, although there were problems (Finck leaving - returning, Freese leaving, Sean Beavan going - RTB coming etc.) and in the interviews of that period Axl seemed to really intend to release something "soon". Then, by mid 2001, things were suddenly in limbo, in 2002 soon was not the word, then three years where nothing seemed to happen, and in all it took seven more years for the album to finally come out. After CD was released, Axl gave it time to be widely accepted and acknowledged, like he had said he would have done with the Illusions: he told Trunk in 2011 that he believed CD had just started being discovered by more people. Axl had stated that he didn't want to be defined by only one album, Appetite (the meaning of the famous quote about "burying Appetite" that has been often misunderstood) but that's exactly what happened, at least as far the "general public" goes. I think that, although he accepted it (hence the Appetite-heavy setlists since 2001), he has never made peace with it. Then I guess he wanted the "Nu" era to make its mark so that GnR wouldn't be defined only by the "old lineups" and that didn't happen either, again as far as the general public and the majority of the fans go. Many other musicians either come to terms that they had a peak they won't be able to reach again, and they just continue to make and release music doing the best they can, or they continue using the belief that they can exceed themselves as motivation (Nick Cave, for example, said that he always has to believe that his new music could exceed everything he's ever done before so that he can be motivated to make and release music). But neither seems to work for Axl and I think this a big part of why he has been so difficult in releasing music. But at the same time I think that the chances of new music being released now are a lot bigger compared to 2009-14.
  15. COVID-19 Outbreak

    23 deaths in Greece as of today, two of which people in their early 40s. A woman with asthma and a German professor who was doing research here and, according to the information available so far, didn't have any other health issues. The doctors said he was in two-week home quarantine with mild symptoms, but his condition worsened abruptly towards the end of the quarantine period.
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