The "New Album" Thread - Susan McKagan says album is coming in GUNS N' ROSES - DISCUSSION & NEWS Posted April 25 4 hours ago, SoulMonster said: It is what "original" means I have never understood why this rubs so many fans the wrong way. It doesn't in any form or shame reduce the significance of the AFD lineup, it doesn't in any shape or form means that the original lineup was important or anything, it doesn't in any shape or form means that Steven. Slash and Duff weren't extremely important members of Guns N' Roses. It just means they weren't the first. I am a hardcore AFD lineup fan. To me, that was Guns N' Roses at its best. But I can still at the same time admit that Rob Gardner played drums in Guns N' Roses before Steven did, that Ole Beich played drums before Duff did, and that Tracii Guns played lead guitar before Slash did. Steven, Duff and Slash are still awesome, just not the original band members. They can be awesome and be second. 1 hour ago, Free Bird said: To me it's not about who's awesome snd who's not. It was a group of people who were trying to find the right lineup. They were playing around at this time, with the band's name and with the members who were coming and leaving again. It happened that the wrong lineup used the right name first. They still weren't the band we used to love. If Rob, Ole or Tracii were there when Guns got singed by Geffen, if it was their signature under that contract, or if their input had been on AFD, then I would say, ok, they deserved it. But that's not the case. But before it gets outta control again I think we should agree to disagree on this. Amen! Those chaps that took over after Slash/Duff were Also called GNR but we know who made it all possible to get those timeless songs on AFD and it was AFD only that mattered........ period!