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  1. Oh I would never debate that. But still, hang out with strippers, give them your singles for those sketchy lapdances, fuck them if they are up for it, take them to Disneyland and buy them shit... just-don’t-marry-one. Ever.
  2. Moral of the story? Never EVER marry a stripper. And don’t ever dare call a spade a spade. That’s a no-no.
  3. Nowadays, with the deplorable QC in Gibson, you would have to be insane to pay more than $1000 for one of their guitars. I don’t know if their Custom Shop is. A bit more strict with their QC, but I wouldn’t hold my breath considering how bad it has been for their regular lines of guitars.
  4. Blind Melon, and Soup are 2 flawless albums. So sad about Shannon though, he was a great artist and it seems he was a happy fun guy to be around... until coke happened.
  5. I don’t think at this point Izzy is afraid of relapsing, but it doesn’t take a genius to know that with all the red flags things would get messy pretty fast.
  6. Hey, I’m not defending Axl or saying he didn’t do it. That was never my point. My point was that not one of the things you mentioned (or all of them piled together) constitutes solid proof of anything. And that one of the arguments you used could be easily flipped the other way around. For proof and circumstances to be valid, they must leave no room for doubt, and this is not the case. That’s all.
  7. You don’t know they are facts unless you have undeniable proof to those claims. We could say the same about the other side: she received the money and didn’t insist to continue the trial because she just wanted money and she knew that if she kept the ball rollin in court she would lose. People settle cases out of court the whole time just to stop once and for all with the mess involved. The fact that it happened doesn’t mean anything.
  8. One of my points is that if it had been a project at a smaller scale with a non-narcissistic leader (or at least one who was somewhat normal), maybe he would have stayed there. But the guys didn’t want that, they wanted to make it big again, and decided to go at it with a troubled mess of a leader –again. Another point is that some users try to make it look as if Izzy was a total unreliable flake, unable to commit to anything, as if the whole VR thing seemed perfectly normal from day one and that it was going to be all good and healthy fun and rock & roll. When we are in the position when we have to make a decision, we evaluate the circumstances, weigh the pros and cons and determine if it’s worth it or not. And those measures are different for everyone. I guess in Izzy’s case, his own personal stability was more important than making it big again, and why would he choose anything else when he made that same decision before and turned out for the best? Slash and Duff have different parameters and priorities. The rest is history. And I wouldn’t take Axl’s word for shit when it comes to commitments, reliability or anything in that domain.
  9. I don’t think that Izzy walked out because he didn’t want to commit to a big band. I think that it was mostly because he didn’t have to deal with the same bullshit that drove him away from GNR. I think everyone in the room knew how big VR would become with Scott involved as a frontman. I think the main problem wasn’t how big the band would become, but the price they would have to pay to get there, and Izzy didn’t think it was worth it. Duff and Slash went through that same crap as Izzy did, but they to put up with it cause they were fucked up on drugs and alcohol the whole time. Izzy didn’t have that coping mechanism cause he was sober. And look at what happened: both Duff and Slash had to resort to the same self-destructive coping mechanisms to put up with what happened (again). It’s not different than an abusive relationship. The battered wife going from one abusive asshole to another... this time it will bw different... I think that the mental and emotional price to pay for making it big again was clear for all of them when Scott walked into the room. Duff and Slash thought it was worth it. Izzy didn’t. Duff and Slash were willing to put their own health and sobriety on the line to make it big. Izzy wasn’t
  10. Izzy stuck around with 4 of those personalities without a problem, in fact he was very active and prolific while that lasted. Then Scott came around and Izzy wasn’t willing to put up with that bullshit. And I don’t really want Izzynin GNR. I mean, if it happens, it’s alright I guess, it wouldn’t bother me, but considering what this band has become –and for my own egotistical wishes– I’d rather have him away from the band as a regular or official member. I guess showing up really late (or not showing up at all) at the bery beginning are no signs of anything going wrong, it’s standard r&r spirit.
  11. Bailed like a bitch? Show some respect. The guy knew what it was like to have a narcissistic egomaniac as a singer/leader. Why would he put himself through that AGAIN? He saw the red flags and acted accordingly based on his own experience. On the other hand, Duff and Slash wanted to be big at all costs... and look at what happened, drama from the get go, turned a blind eye to it, Duff got addicted to painkillers and Slash was hitting the bottle... They were too dumb to see the red flags, or too blinded by the idea of making it big again that they decided to ignore the coming shitstorm. Very smart move from Izzy.
  12. And I just told you why I couldn’t care less about those points (including popularity, which AGAIN isn’t an indicator of what matters to me) in my previous post. You are confusing being creative and actually releasing that to the public. And I don’t consider the size of the output (as in number of songs) relevant. I doubt everyone agreed to lie about the amount of material that Axl recorded and worked on for 15 years. It’s sad that we haven’t got to listen to it, and that’s why I wish he decides to release those songs in some shape or form. So, yes, the numbers are facts, nobody i denying that. But, again, that means nothing to me when I’m experiencing someone’s creative work. Also, the work involved in the AFD-UYI era is by no means the same that went into CD. Which is a departure and explores new territory. Although UYI are great albums, a lot of it is derivative of AFD, and I don’t mean it in a bad way, but at a composition and production level CD is a beast of its own, and to a music nerd like me that is very valuable and requires a more demanding creative process.
  13. I won’t talk about the quality of the production because it doesn’t matter how technical i get and what i say, in the end you will say “but i don’t like it, it’s a personal preference, it’s an opinion and i’m entitled to one”, and you are totally right, but your opinion doesn’t mean the production is poor. I don’t care about that “legacy”, to me it is an absurd idea. I love artists, period, because their art gets me on a deeper level than mere entertainment or pleasure. I dig that connection, it’s magical, and i just follow the artists creations as representations of his inner self, his life journey expressed to the world in the form of art. Axl was prolific until his ghosts started to get at him. During the Illusions recording he was already “unstable”, not showing up, etc... we all know the story, but he had a band. From then on it just got worse, he started going crazy(er), and it all went to shit. I don’t mean this in a mean way, I have much sympathy for his pain and suffering and going through that kind of emotional and mental rollercoaster. Anyway, he had something to prove, and that became his drive, but he was so insecure about it that the fear of failure froze him and pushed him into overperfectionist mode, and that’s an endless trip, it’s never good enough. But still, something came out of it, and that’s what it is, a snap of Axl’s interests at the time, his focus, his pain, his views, etc. And it also happens that I love the sound on CD. I couldn’t care less that “it doesn’t sound like guns” or that it isn’t straight rock & roll, or hard rock. I get bored when bands get stuck in a style or formula. That stagnant state starts to stink quickly. And most of the artists I admire have that characteristic: their art changes according to what they are going through and their influences at the time. And I like being surprised, and I also love layered music and that kind of production, the instrument separation, discovering new layers... it makes for very entertaining listens. And there is hidden stuff there that “gets lost in the mix”, and maybe that’s how it was intended to be and it was done like that for a reason, it’s not like professional producers and mixers didn’t know what they were doing and fucked up. So, based on that, and considering the bulk of material recorded, I’m very interested to listen more because of technicalities, preference for the style and what it means as an expression of the Axl of those years.
  14. Great points, and the way you put it makes perfect sense. i just hope that we’ll get to listen to the rest of CD sometime. I consider that era to be Axl at his most creative and fearless (if that makes sense). I find it exciting when an artist steps outside of his own boundaries and dares to explore new territory and for me, being exposed to the outcome of that process (whatever it is) is a way more enriching experience than getting a 2.0 version of previous work. Given the circumstances, I fear that an album of new material will be a derivative collection of songs that will be made to please the crowds. I’d rather not get a single new song from GNR ever again.
  15. I gave up on robin’s album, but i think it would be an unusual mix of soundscapes, synths and electric guitar, not straight rock, no standard structures. He clearly is a very creative guy, but in a non-stadard way if that makes any sense. I love his stage presence, it is magnetic and authentic, it’s not a pose or a fabricated persona, the guy is “weird” in a cool unique way. In contrast, Ashba seemed like he was trying too hard to be liked and look cool. The make up, the way he dressed, the way he behaved on stage seemed fabricated and not authentic at all. To his favour, the guy was always super nice, friendly and approachable to fans.