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  1. GnR fans are so desperate they're actually contemplating being ok with re-recorded versions of already released songs ... God this is such a pathetic state of affairs ...
    10 points
  2. Nope. Jagger still sounds like Jagger, every night. The RS had a weak live period but they recalibrated. Gnr are consistently inconsistent now. In the 90s the band was always on fire. Axls voice was an issue, no doubt but it was way more on the mark than it is now. You can't compare the 2 eras.
    5 points
  3. This one? Slash: [...] The other side of it was figuring out what my version of The Chinese Democracy stuff would be like, because that was a whole different Guns N’ Roses animal in terms of the musicians involved. A lot of it I thought was really cool, like Buckethead did some cool shit so I would stick to that but do it in my own way so it didn’t feel too foreign or like I was squeezing a round peg into a square hole. That was interesting and fun… more fun than it was intimidating. Q: On the song Better, instead of trying to play like Robin Finck trying to play like you - as per the recorded version - you chose to do your own thing… Slash: Some of the stuff I won’t do note-for-note because it doesn’t have a serious melodic significance to the song. It sounded like they were making it up... https://www.a-4-d.com/t3169-2018-09-29-musicradar-com-interview-with-slash * More Slash quotes about playing CD songs: Slash: It was cool, you know, it was like, there were songs, there is great songs on that record, right? So, I just sort of adapted my own way of playing them and just made them, you know, more my own, as I felt them comfortable, and they just kick ass. So, it’s a pretty cool set. It’s got a lot of hits and of a lot of points of interest in the band’s career, you know. https://www.a-4-d.com/t3061-2018-08-03-siriusxm-eddie-trunk-interview-with-slash-at-the-rainbow-l-a Slash: Um, I mean, it’s fun playing them. There’s nothing weird about it. It’s not like I’m playing something out of my comfort zone. I’m very conscious of maintaining the integrity of the recording, but still doing it the way that I would approach it. https://www.a-4-d.com/t3102-2018-08-14-rolling-stone-slash-speaks Slash: You know, it’s very different… it’s really cool stuff, but it was played by guitar players that are very different from me style-wise. I’ve sort of adapted my own way of playing those songs to where I feel comfortable with them, but without losing the integrity of how the guitar parts go. So it’s been a lot of fun to do, like, the song “Chinese Democracy,” which I love playing. And there’s a song we’ve been playing lately called “Madagascar,” which, I don’t even know exactly what the guitar parts are on the original at this point because I’ve changed it so much. [laughs] That said, I also want to give credit where credit’s due — the guitar players that played on Chinese Democracy, Buckethead being one of the main ones — are fucking amazing guitar players. I have to give those guys a shout-out because that stuff was cool. Very different from what I normally do. So it’s been interesting learning some of the stuff that was on that record. I definitely had to figure out ways to adapt to it. https://www.a-4-d.com/t3168-2018-09-29-guitar-world-dream-sequence-slash Slash: Any of the 'Chinese Democracy' stuff, the way that that stuff evolved was really Duff and I sort of learning the songs and the integrity of the songs and playing it the way that we would play them. They're such different musicians that actually recorded, so they ended up sounding the way that they ended up sounding, but the arrangements are more or less the same. We did change the intro [of Better]... that was actually just some idea, something that came actually from another piece of material, and it just somehow morphed into the intro for that song because it was so cool. https://www.a-4-d.com/t3173-2018-09-dd-slash-interview-with-clay-marshall-excerpts
    4 points
  4. YEP. There's always been a massive double standard where Robin vs Slash is concerned. Robin's (far superior) take on the Patience solo is another example
    4 points
  5. I always laugh when I read shit like "Slash just plays the solos his own way". When Robin and Bucket played the old solos "their way", they got nothing but shit from most fans. But Slash gets away with it because he's Slash.
    4 points
  6. Calling people who care about their favorite band "suckers" is just as pathetic as calling Axl "Ax", like you're his buddy.
    4 points
  7. Ha... Izzy has always been concerned about money... he went back to do those shows in 1993 just for the money. He didn't join the reunion because of money issues. He never toured as a solo artist much (partly) because of financial reasons.
    4 points
  8. Get rid of this bunch of cash grabbing whores and go back to Nu era. There was at least some excitement and unknown with them. This current lineup is so predictable and unfortunately it’s the same unenthused performance each time overall. Same song and dance. I desperately miss Tommy and Robin.
    4 points
  9. This has gotta be the best SCOM proshot ive heard by modern axl and fuck its awful 😂
    4 points
  10. I recently listened to two pretty good bootlegs of the band and I wanted to post my amateurish reviews here, it's not like there's anything interesting going with GNR right now. CINCINNATI 2016 (Steven Adler returns!) Saying "Axl gets better as the tour progresses" has become a meme now but back in 2016 it's definitely true. Here Axl was vocally much better than in the april shows when he was sitting on the throne. Jungle is full rasp but Axl nailing that song in the early legs of the NITIL wasn't uncommon. To my surprise he even rasped the epic outro of Rocket Queen. YCBM was mostly Mickey as usual but he sneaked a bit of rasp at the ending of it. This I Love surprised me a lot because he did the first two choruses with full rasp, I din't remember he was able of doing that in 2016! He nailed that song. I remember people back in april of that year being afraid that once he became able to walk again his singing would be less good but the opposite happened. The first chorus of Civil War is done with almost full rasp and for the rest of the song he alternates rasp with Mickey. Coma is pretty good too, the ending verses are done very efficiently. There's not much I can say about Slash because he's great as usual. Adler returning to guest on 2 songs was something amazing. Nobody saw it coming, there were 0 rumours and out of the blue BOOM he's there. The guy went to hell and back and after almost 30 years he finally gets to play with his original band again for two songs, somethin he dreamed about maybe every day. The performance of these two songs is great, the band sounds great and Axl does a good job especially on My Michelle. The rest of the show is business as usual, a pretty good Nightrain from Axl. Wish Steven had come back for Nightrain and/or PC. This particular bootleg consists of a lot of different videos by fans in the audience pieced together so the quality changes according to the songs but overall it's pretty good. This is one of the essential NITL shows and an historic one, Axl is great and even better than in some AXL/DC shows. LOS ANGELES COLISEUM 1989 (Opening for the Rolling Stones) This is the infamous show where Axl says that unless some people stop dancing with Mr Brownstone this will be the last concerts. Most GNR fans know this story but perhaps not all have seen this show. The video is terrible but the audio is very decent. Before they start playing we hear a very angry Axl telling the crowd to calm the fuck down and proceeding to do a rant about the One in a Million controversy, which includes him saying the offensive words again a couple times. He talks a lot of shit and his reasoning is bullshit, if he wanted to come up as a non-racist and non-homophobic person with this rant he failed miserably. And his angry tone full of swearing didn't help his case at all. It seems he then wanted to play One in a Million but changed his mind at last minute and introduces It's So Easy. Shortly after the song ends Axl says: "I hate to do this on stage but I tried every other fucking way. Unless certain people in this band get their shit together, these are going to be the last Guns N' Roses shows you'll fucking ever see. Cause I'm tired of too many people in this organization dancing with Mr. goddamn Brownstone." It's a good performance of the song even though in hindsight we know the other guys were shocked, upset and kinda humiliated that Axl said that. The rest of the concert goes relatively smoothly and Axl doesn't talk much until the last song. Despite their drug use the band sounds tight and play without a problem. The charm of the classic lineup is intact. I was surprised at how good Axl sounded. Obviously Axl sounded great in the AFD era but in the last shows of the AFD tour (Japan and Australia) he sounded rough in comparison, with too much rasp and not as in control of his voice as he used to be (understandable considering his constant touring). I thought that that change in his voice would be there to stay and would evolve into the extremely raspy early UYI shows. However the months of rest between the end of 88 and these october 89 shows did wonders to his voice and here he sounds as good as he did in the earlier AFD shows. A highlight for me is Rocket Queen, Axl nails the outro, nails the high notes and it sounds very close to the studio version, it's very satisfying to hear and one of his best performances of this song. Instead of an Adler drum solo in this song like in late '88 the band jams for around 4 minutes in the middle of RQ. SCOM (which the ginger dedicated to Erin) and WTTJ go smoothly, in the KOHD call and response Axl asks the crowd to think of someone they miss and wish were there. After a brief pause, Axl says: "We're gonna do one more song, before that I'd like to announce that this is my last gig with Guns N' Roses and this is called Paradise City which there ain't no such fucking place anywhere". The other guys feel shocked and pissed off again but play a very good PC, Axl bings back the "Oh won't you Please take me home" on the chorus which he often didn't do live. He ends the concert saying "Have a nice life" instead of good night. This turned out not to be the last GNR concert and the following night they opened for the Stones again, Axl apologized for his Mr Brownstone comments and Slash said that GNR would not be a band that falls apart because of drugs. "How we managed to get through those gigs, I'll never know. There was so much shit down on us. Axl's mood to quit, the drug problems, the Steven problem, the whole 'One In A Million' controversy - plus I had a court date the morning after the last Stones date, at eight in the morning, for pissing in a trash can on an airplane, and I was facing six months in jail because I had a prior arrest for drug possession. So that was a fuckin' major psycho-time." Izzy This a great and historic show for the band, this bootleg is a must-see. The band sounds great and the banter/rants/controversies are surely of interest for the fans, it's a crucial point in their careers and this is maybe the last great bootleg of the classic lineup. I might post a review of the next GNR boot I watch. Obviously I'm not posting any links to the bootlegs so I don't piss off those overweight, virgin, kiddie diddling, pathetic "fans" who take down for copyright everything GNR related.
    3 points
  11. So glad I refunded my tickets for this upcoming tour and didn’t buy new ones after covid. Straight up Axl hasn’t sounded good in almost a decade, an embarrassing shell of himself and personally the band just isn’t gritty anymore. It’s over polished.
    3 points
  12. I've always wondered how you maintain such a positive outlook. Your regular posts are like a ray of sunshine in my life.
    3 points
  13. I just want to be absolutely clear about something, and I apologize if I gave anyone any misconceptions. They never reached out about advice for the set. They reached out to me about the box, saying it's being worked on, wanted me to give them a list of things from my collection that I feel would go well with everything. But solicited or not, because I am able to contact them and they actually reply and all, I thought it would be cool to survey all of you for ideas regarding content. Simply because I knew that they were conducting research now, always more helpful what you know what to look for. I cannot guarantee in any way that they will heed any of the suggestions at all. Point in fact I have not received feedback on it yet, to answer your question.
    3 points
  14. No it's not, he could've played all the AFD songs and YCBM easily with them. The best performance imo with him was the first one in Cincinnati. That's when we saw a glimpse of the past. He's sober now and was then also. There's absolutely nothing wrong with him that would prevent him from playing a few songs with them.
    3 points
  15. Skip to the 5:44 mark if you're just interested in the Chinese Democracy 7". Watch the whole video if you're interested in other rare 7" records. Drop a like on the video and subscribe if you wanna help out the channel
    2 points
  16. that's the one. It's logical to me what Slash said here and is in accordance to what I expect of him when it comes to finding the balance between respecting the material and making sure it doesn't sound off. I think it's why Fortus plays some Bucket solos. It's not because or not just about the lack of technical ability. Slash is right: some Chinese solos as they are on the album/techniques won't feel genuine coming from Slash like tapping or using some guitar effects he never used before. in a recent interview Richard said Bumble had no pallet of his own and that he can play anything. Slash is basically the opposite of that. Side note: Richard doesn't seem to really respect Bumble as a guitar player or at least he doesn't sound impressed. Seems to have much more respect for Slash, Bucket, and Robin. (especially Slash) my guess is that Robin's style of playing doesn't always registers as particularly good from Slash's perspective because of the choppy/staccato nature of his lines so something like the Better solo could be considered as random to him cause he's a very fluid player.
    2 points
  17. Well, that's how these things go. I guess there were fans who were raving over Buckethead's or Robin Finck's takes while many others didn't like it, and now it's the reverse. Maybe it's a quantity issue, too. Since the NuGnR setlists were, for the most part, heavy on classic era material, and so a lot of people went to the shows expecting to hear that material, they wouldn't like it if all those songs were played differently. It also has to do with how "iconic" a solo is in the public consciousness; being "creative" with SCOM or NR, for example, is generally less "acceptable."
    2 points
  18. Wish he would do some more of those covers, enjoyed seeing him make an appearence.
    2 points
  19. Slash just doesn't like to play solos (especially other people's solos) note for note. It's just how he is. He said he had played the Sympathy For The Devil solo his own way and got pissed off when Axl asked him to play the note for note to the Keith Richards solo.
    2 points
  20. 2006 was way better. There was a real hype around the band, Axl looked and sounded phenomenal (he didn't look great in 2010). By 2010 the album was already out almost 2 years, ashba was a joke. The hype was gone.
    2 points
  21. This would piss me off. We waited so long for new music and then we get a reworked version of a song that came out in 2008. It would be so on-brand for GNR to do something like that. Now, if they released a "Chinese Democracy Live Era" type of thing, or "Not in This Lifetime" live disc, I'd be fully on board. Edit: My favorite Chicago breweries are Half Acre and Hop Butcher for the World. Hop Butcher will open their first taproom this fall. They're actually taking over Half Acre's Lincoln Ave. location.
    2 points
  22. You can't go wrong with any of these albums: Captain EO's Voyage Population Override Hold Me Forever 3' Clearance Crime Slunk Scene The Dragons Of Eden Shadows Between The Sky
    2 points
  23. Mate - if it led to a kick-ass album I wouldn’t care a jot. 🤣
    2 points
  24. Manufacturers demanded, and got, indemnity from governments for this so-called vaccine. This alone should cause anyone to stop and think before blindly accepting the propaganda. Just one example for you, plenty more if you do the research. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-pfizer-vaccine-legal-indemnity-safety-ministers-b1765124.html
    2 points
  25. 2 points
  26. Just an audience shot video, but I mean that particular performance was good. Yeah it's always inconsistent with Axl. At least with Frank etc he does the weird stuff in the same places. I don't think they should've included that YCBM either.
    2 points
  27. Yeah, nobody here expects perfection, but it would be nice to go to the show & be able to close your eyes and be sure that you're listening to Axl Rose and not a drunk eunuch. I am all for GNR finishing their commitments and pissing off, because there's no room for these shitty legacy acts that won't put in the work to sound good. Look at Def Leppard, Joe can't hit the crazy notes anymore but he still sounds like Joe Elliot, because both Joe and the band put a lot of work in to make sure they sound good! they take pride in delivering and when they play a bad show they don't go "oh well" they say "Fuck, I'm not gonna let that happen on the next gig". It's a completely different ideology unfortunately. I wish I liked Def Leppard more TBH, unfortunately GNRs music just does a whole lot more for me... but as live bands Def leppard kicks GNRs ass even if it's an off night for them.
    2 points
  28. Not even close to any quality filter.. I am convinced that no one in the band watches these things before they are released.. How could they?? If they did, then they obviously don't give a fuck.. If they didn't, then they obviously don't give a fuck.. Shame on Slash and Duff for being a part of all this.. They never liked Axl dragging the GnR name through the mud all those years and now they are just as guilty.. They should just cancel the tour and Axl can pretend that it was booked without his knowledge.. He has done it in the past..
    2 points
  29. They can't even manage to mix footage that is 5 years old. Nevermind a few days!
    2 points
  30. Metallica post a riduclous ammount of great footage new and old for the fans.. Guns can't hold their jock in that department. Guns don't even have anyone that know how to mix the minimal amount of crap they put out.
    2 points
  31. They could have done an EP years ago with new versions of CD, Better and 2 or 3 covers, that would have been kinda cool. Now, it would be tragic.
    2 points
  32. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NiFuJV2GLkY&ab_channel=Netflix
    1 point
  33. this is just my opinion, but just because you want to get paid for your work doesn't mean it's meaningless to you on an emotional level or that it's just about the money. Izzy did more than enough for Gn'R. The entire machine that is Gn'R probably wouldn't even exist without him. That's gotta be worth something.
    1 point
  34. They must be aware of this I dont get it. This is not rock n roll anymore and I just dont understand why they are subjecting 'Guns n Roses the most dangerous band in the world' to the decline of what once was something really great, they really must not care. I am perplexed, I hope I dont go on to treat any of my achievements in this way.
    1 point
  35. Anybody know if the UYI boxset will contain one of those laundry bags? Would be a cool souvenir.
    1 point
  36. There's clearly no drive for anything new, so yeah, bring them back, do a tour then call it a day. Close the book if there's going to be no new chapters.
    1 point
  37. I dunno, England on paper have fantastic attacking players that have come to life at the business end of the tournament. I said previously that I think England could’ve beat the Spanish or Italian’s should they meet either of them. I hope to god I’m wrong 😂😂
    1 point
  38. MY POOR CHINESE DEMOCRACY! LOOK WHAT THEY’RE DOING TO YOU! 😒 I started listening to TWAT and the second that late bum note hit in the solo I was horrified. Absolutely atrocious. Minus 5 Stars to quote Dave Meltzer.
    1 point
  39. I made the mistake of listening to YCBM - noting I've barely listened to anything in NITL other than the Adler appearances before. I've got to say the criticisms are fair - you can't even tell its Axl singing - it just sounds like air escaping out of a hole most of the time and him struggling to keep up. And the drumming is shocking - no feeling there at all. My favourite part of the song is the last part, breaking down my back etc, and that section is disgraceful. Adler's band at M3 did it infinitely better.
    1 point
  40. Bucket's Twat outro is really long and there are a ton of licks to remember. Slash is probably not going to sit down and study it like Bumble did, it's just not his approach so he does his best to capture the overall feel of it after probably listening to the studio version a few times and improvising most of it. I think it sounds messy cause he plays certain licks from a section of the solo, improvises some stuff and repeats this process until the song comes to its end. it does sound cool with his sound and way of playing. My guess is Slash could have come up with great solos of his own for Chinese given enough time with the material in a studio/not on a stage. My favorite Slash interpretation of the material is his playing on the title track and I've heard really cool performances of Sorry and Madagascar by him. Catcher fits his style well imo even if he never quite nailed it live. his solo spot from this selects clearly shows his tendency to overplay. He isn't inspired most of the time like he was 20 years ago but there are still big chunks of the show where he's on.
    1 point
  41. I watched the whole thing now. I'm sorry but it all sounds like shit to me because of the vocals. The only moments that are listenable are the "deep voice" sections (Brownstone, Don't cry), everything else sounds ridiculous. Slash's TWAT solo sounds ok at best, quite amateurish and a far cry from Bucketheads work on the album or any live version before Slash.
    1 point
  42. He dived, no matter if butterfly passed by him or even touched his shoulder - never a penalty... and about VAR, I won't say nothing... Also that Kane diva, he took a knee every time Danish player approached him... It is amusing how English pundits and fans always are 1st to judge other player cheqt, but are blind when their do... Hope Italy wins at all cost....
    1 point
  43. I'm very envious that your passion for music remains strong and vital for you. It hasn't been that way for me for quite some time. Ten years ago I worked with a guy who told me he lost most of his interest in music. I didn't think this was possible. But ten years later I'm in a similar situation with respect to listening to music. I'm just so burnt out on everything I've listened to before. Once in awhile a song will come on in the car that I haven't heard in awhile and I take a moment to enjoy it (Pearl Jam's "Off He Goes" played randomly from my phone during a drive the other day; first song I listened to in full in awhile). I just don't have the interest, time, or capacity to spend the time to find new stuff that I find holds up to what came before. I'm not going to listen to something just because it's new. I have friends recommend new music to me all the time and almost always I find it uninteresting, derivative, or just unpleasant. It really feels like few or no one can write songs the way they use to (i.e. melody - hook driven music that doesn't sound like everything else). I'd rather listen to podcasts and learn about something new than hear two hours of new music in which I find maybe one or two songs I'd listen to again. Interest in music for me is now limited to what I can play on the piano. I've found it far more worthwhile trying to knock out complicated and difficult arrangements to older songs by artists I haven't spent a lot of time with. This is why I don't think I'd be as jazzed about a new GNR album as I would have been ten years ago. I have serious doubts as to whether Axl, Slash and the rest can put out something that sounds fresh and interesting. Other than State of Grace from the leaks a few years ago, nothing really grabbed me. I don't really fault Axl, GNR or anyone connected to it for not being able to do what they use to. Bob Dylan acknowledges that he can no longer write like he use to and doesn't pretend to believe that people would or should care about his new stuff. Elton John is similar (the last time I saw him in concert he acknowledged he had a new album out but won't be playing anything from it because no one wants to hear it). GNR can get away with another album or two and hold people's interests since they, despite what they may think, don't really have the back catalogue to support endless touring.
    1 point
  44. In all honesty I don't understand. This so called cancel culture is nothing new! I mean we had a huge controversy in the late 80s with OIAM. And this is just one example. What it used to be called politically correct. Now it is called cancel culture. It is the same shit with the same smell. Why all of a sudden people are pulling their hair out?
    1 point
  45. There is a lady I follow on Ig that goes to a ton of GnR concerts all over the world. She seems to enjoy the heck out of her life. I say more power to her or anyone doing whatever makes them happy.
    1 point
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