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Everything posted by themadcaplaughs

  1. It's Dizzy Reed. You do not stay in Guns N' Roses for 29 years by revealing anything of interest. EDIT: Also, damn. I always read (and know in my head) that Dizzy has been the longest tenured member after Axl, but the implications don't strike you until you see that number. Think of how much longer he's been in there compared to some of the most beloved members of the band (Slash, Steven, Izzy, Matt, etc.).
  2. Having heard "classic era" boots so many times, Boston 2002 and Osaka/Tokyo 2009 are some of my main listens these days; both periods were it seemed Axl had something to "prove".
  3. Won't even bother listening to this, but you know Dizzy has to be a wealth of information and ridiculous stories by the sheer length of time he's been in the band. If I were to choose two people to have an in-depth interview with regarding the band, I would probably say Dizzy Reed and Paul Tobias.
  4. Pittman suing Axl always astounded me. That, in and of itself, should show the lack of professionalism in managing this band. The lead singer and band leader of a multi-platinum, world famous band had to resort to borrowing money from one of his band mates who was not even an equity partner in the business, but a hired hand. Then, he did not even begin to pay it in the four or so years it took before Pittman filed the suit. There have been other rumblings about how hard it was to get paid in GN'R during the "Nu" years. That woman who wrote the book about getting plowed by Dizzy an
  5. I remember feeling a bit of that as well. Honest to God, the critical/commercial reaction to Chinese Democracy was of no importance to me. We had the album, and that was all that mattered. As a matter of fact, I remember being pleasantly surprised that, despite the running joke it had become, the album scored some really good reviews and debuted at #3. On the trip to Best Buy (only two miles from where I lived at the time), I told myself there probably wouldn't be a lot of people there; it was 11:00 on a Sunday morning, but it did definitely sting when I was literally the ONLY person in the st
  6. My only complaint was that you did not go into his bongo technique on "Welcome to the Jungle." In all seriousness, however, great interview. I was not the biggest fan of his solo album, but I'll give that cover a listen!
  7. As a Floyd fanatic of almost 20 years, I would suggest (and I mean this in complete sincerity; not being a smart ass) starting with their "best of" collection called Echoes. Unlike a lot of bands, you can tell a lot of thought went into the compilation. All the songs are mixed so that they segue into each other, and it showcases both the catchy and experimental sides of Pink Floyd without delving too deep into some of the more esoteric (but still amazing) material that may seem off-putting for people just getting into the band. If you were to choose an album that represents each "era" of
  8. I do not think people necessarily care about the band's performance/musical choices. No matter how well Axl did at the rehearsal, we know how he sounded at the final event. Instead, I think most people see it as a look at: (a) what Axl acts like when he decides to rehearse, (b) how he interacts with band mates, and (c) seeing how the weird collection of guys that was the 2002 band acted and interacted with each other when they weren't playing a show. If I remember correctly, Axl has the whole band do some sort of "huddle" at the end.
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