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He's either totally fucked his voice or he just isn't bothered about trying anymore. I think  it's the latter. 

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12 hours ago, Gordon Comstock said:

 

His voice in '02 had power, but that style hasn't aged well. Listening to songs like The Blues, Madagascar and some others, he could bring the 'classic' voice when he wanted.

I completely agree with the 02 voice having alot of power and range. I recently popped in my Albany 2002 CD, which I hadn't listened to in years and wow. Even in the clean style of singing back then, his voice had so much power and range, where on certain parts he'd be out of breath but still have range. Listening to the most recent recordings now, its kinda getting me down to see him struggle, like his voice is a deflating balloon. I would actually prefer him to sing in his 02 voice now than see him struggle between rasp and clean. I seriously hope by the time the Boston show comes around, he'll have more motivation to sing better or at least try to put more effort into the US leg of the tour like he did the first time around. 

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A quote from the stream with Trunk and his mate, think it was Keith "That's the best I've ever heard him sing"..... I mean, really??

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33 minutes ago, Joolsy said:

A quote from the stream with Trunk and his mate, think it was Keith "That's the best I've ever heard him sing"..... I mean, really??

LOL

It's like that comment Duff made when the played in Bolivia about how Axl was sounding better than ever. Then you watch any Axl/DC concert and realize how full of shit those people are just to make Axl happy.

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can we please just  bury the myth that he sounds better in person than on recordings? he sounds the same!

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Just now, Gem Archer said:

can we please just  bury the myth that he sounds better in person than on recordings? he sounds the same!

Impossible. This is like the main fan myth right now. I understand when someone says the experience is different. That you don't pay attention to the vocals because of the energy, because of it being buried in the mix or by the crowd singing along. That is reasonable and understandable, something I can not disagree with.

But if we're talking about his vocals, no, it won't sound different from YouTube, it won't magically be powerful or raspy or good.

To some people, that doesn't affect their experience. I'm sure I would have fun at a GNR concert too but Axl's weak, thin, helium voice is too bad for me to ignore and would certainly bother me a bit. Wouldn't stop me from having fun, of course.

A NITL bluray is not something I'd play for my friends.

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1 hour ago, Joolsy said:

A quote from the stream with Trunk and his mate, think it was Keith "That's the best I've ever heard him sing"..... I mean, really??

Smoking the crack outta Axl's ass to win that interview he's NEVER getting ;)
I laughed so hard when them saying that, as I enjoyed the show last night but saying

that is just WTF !

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Going to be really interesting if he tours with AC/DC again and sounds as he did the last time.

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9 minutes ago, IncitingChaos said:

Sucks we got that Apollo show for soundboard. I'd pay for the Houston one. 

This!   I'm working my way through Apollo show now and the lack of rasp is clear.  Civil War is awful and he was slaying that song last summer.  

 

54 minutes ago, Gem Archer said:

can we please just  bury the myth that he sounds better in person than on recordings? he sounds the same!

I've been advocating thus since day one.

1 hour ago, Gordon Comstock said:

He sounds like shit, I turned the Apollo show off around Coma. Full on 2002-Mickey voice. :no:

Well no, not full on Mickey.  But definitely not good.

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I doubt he will perform at that level with AC/Dc again. I truly believe he is losing his voice. GNR songs where he uses the AC/DC voice, such as the ending of NR are cracking all over the place. His voice is getting shot. 

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Voice sounds a bit worn and tired. Some songs are good, those in his ballpark, Jungle, Patience, Civil War etc. Some are ok, Easy. He totally cops out on Brownstone. Some are bad, YCBM, PC, NR. My Michelle is unlistenable right now.

 

 

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55 minutes ago, AFGnR said:

Voice sounds a bit worn and tired. Some songs are good, those in his ballpark, Jungle, Patience, Civil War etc. Some are ok, Easy. He totally cops out on Brownstone. Some are bad, YCBM, PC, NR. My Michelle is unlistenable right now.

 

 

It's the consistent high notes in those songs. How many f'ing shows has the dude performed? 

Do anyone here research or understand the bilogical restraints of one's voice? 

The amount of "i think he just doesn't care anymore" conjecture is astounding

If you all care so much why don't you seek out an established, professional vocal coach and ask them 

 

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On 7/19/2017 at 3:44 PM, Jw224 said:

He's either totally fucked his voice or he just isn't bothered about trying anymore. I think  it's the latter. 

What do you mean totally fucked? Listening to last nights show today he sounds pretty decent on a lot of it

 

Axl has a very demanding vocal delivery and gives a demanding physical performance under the pressure of performing in front of countless amounts of people.  Sometimes things won't be perfect

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4 hours ago, tsinindy said:

Well no, not full on Mickey.  But definitely not good.

 

He uses rasp on certain lines of certain songs, and I'm not counting his lower voice obviously, so you're right, it's more like 90% mickey.

The Euro leg and the Sirius broadcast has kinda knocked the wind outta my sails as far as the shows I'm seeing in September... I'm still stoked to hear Slash and Duff rip through the songs but, Axl gonna Axl. :shrugs:

I think he could still bring the 2016 voice, but chooses not to for whatever reason (probably longevity). He sounds great on songs like Easy, DTJ, CD, usually Brownstone, and it seems like he can transition to a raspy voice easier that way too, but that clean falsetto voice is just not good.

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He sounds ok when he goes all out but the majority of the show he doesn't sound good anymore.. Songs Like Jungle, ISO, Out Ta Get Me, Don't Cry and Brownstone are usually really good... Axl is still a really good front man but if Slash wasn't in the band I wouldn't be following him..

 
 
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1 hour ago, Tom-Ass said:

He sounds ok when he goes all out but the majority of the show he doesn't sound good anymore.. Songs Like Jungle, ISO, Out Ta Get Me, Don't Cry and Brownstone are usually really good... Axl is still a really good front man but if Slash wasn't in the band I wouldn't be following him..

 
 

It will get to the point where Slash will not be enough to keep interest.  The frontman is very important to a band. Especially GNR.  Without Axl's vocals, it is not GNR

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A responsible singer (of whom is getting paid an insane amount of money to be one) takes care of their vocal chords/body

A responsible singer performs necessary practices to keep their voice in shape

A responsible singer consults specialists to keep their voice in best form

Axl is not a responsible singer.

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6 hours ago, Gordon Comstock said:

 

He uses rasp on certain lines of certain songs, and I'm not counting his lower voice obviously, so you're right, it's more like 90% mickey.

The Euro leg and the Sirius broadcast has kinda knocked the wind outta my sails as far as the shows I'm seeing in September... I'm still stoked to hear Slash and Duff rip through the songs but, Axl gonna Axl. :shrugs:

I think he could still bring the 2016 voice, but chooses not to for whatever reason (probably longevity). He sounds great on songs like Easy, DTJ, CD, usually Brownstone, and it seems like he can transition to a raspy voice easier that way too, but that clean falsetto voice is just not good.

I think he's just exhausted vocally after the grueling Euro leg. Dude needs to rest. 

Also, the very real fact is that his voice is slowly but surely losing its power. He barely has any at the Apollo show. 

Perhaps it's time to sing more of the lower tone/register songs like ISE, Brownstone, Don't Cry, etc and either retire certain songs like YCBM or sing them in a different tone (lower register). It will still kick ass and he'll sound good. win/win situation.

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11 hours ago, Pedrolg said:

I doubt he will perform at that level with AC/Dc again. I truly believe he is losing his voice. GNR songs where he uses the AC/DC voice, such as the ending of NR are cracking all over the place. His voice is getting shot. 

Seems fucking suicidal to take that on again given how he sounds right now. Cutting an album with ac/dc is one thing, touring those songs is something else entirely. 

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53 minutes ago, IncitingChaos said:

WTF happened to my michelle 

 

 

just a year a part and the whole song has gone to the hell of Mickey 

I hope whatever has happened it is temporary, I don't believe he isn't trying which is more worrying than if I thought he couldn't care less :unsure:

I don't know why they have to play for three and a half hours when Axl's throat is in this state. Two hours would be enough imo and drop Yesterday's and My Michelle, they sound horrible and they sounded horrible in person when I saw him, not just on scopes and YouTube. 

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1 hour ago, Fanboy said:


Axl, we have to talk about this, I want the truth, I wont get mad I promise

The truth Is, It Is an Insult to hear Axl sing like that. This cover artist sounds 100% better.

 

 

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