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  1. Yes, the "Illusions way" (i.e. three -two, in that case - solo albums in one, as Axl had put it) could have been the way out in the mid-90s, if musical differences was the sole or main issue. But the fact that they weren't able to do it suggests that the issues and differences between them were much deeper and complicated than that.
  2. And this: https://www.a-4-d.com/t1821-2007-07-dd-classic-rock-20-years-of-appetite#21847 This one includes some quotes from Mike Clink: https://www.a-4-d.com/t4955-2003-11-dd-q-magazine-guns-n-roses-the-scum-also-rises There is also this video interview (talks about AFD after the 29:00 min. mark):
  3. Yes, I think Axl's recollection may be inaccurate here - probably affected by bias - because it was mainly Slash and Duff who had dealt with Steven's issues at rehearsals, as stated by them and even Steven himself.
  4. He has said some things: Slash: There was definitely some new ground to cover as to some of the catalysts who were causing… And a lot of it was not really between he and I — it had to do with outside parties that were part of the entourage, so to speak — and that explained a lot. But then there was different things between he and I that we needed to talk about because of how we handled those outside influences. So it was just good that we finally did talk, because, shit, man — it was 20 fucking years that we did not say one word to each other… You're talking about two of the stubbornest people you could ever come across. https://www.a-4-d.com/t3184-2018-10-12-talk-is-jericho-living-the-dream-with-slash-audio Slash: We talked about everything, the reasons I left in 1996, the people who had put us against each other. It was good to realise that there weren’t problems anymore as complicated and huge as what the press was saying. https://www.a-4-d.com/t3702-2019-01-17-le-parisien-interview-with-slash Slash: There was a lot of surreal stuff about the Guns thing. For me, the biggest thing was me and Axl sitting together and talking. And we were right back to us as normal friends. That was, in and of itself, a surreal moment and it was really cathartic and I felt really relieved. All that negative black s**t that had been collecting over years and years, being perpetuated. https://www.a-4-d.com/t3103-2018-08-14-forbes-interview-with-slash-slash
  5. Well, at least we're now sure about the lyrics - the "storm is lifting" line in particular. That's something
  6. Talks about SMKC's album and the GnR tour (nothing new): Slash on his new album, his relationship with Axl Rose and being a Halloween costume https://edition.cnn.com/2021/12/01/entertainment/slash-new-album/
  7. Yes, he said that the drums on AFD were "dated" - I agree though that the criticism wasn't directed at Steven. He did mainly criticize the drumming on UYI in that same interview: Axl: With 'Appetite,' for me the parts, playing, etc., timing flaws, whatever, are perfect, and as a moment in time for me, the whole record is. That said, the sound of the drums, which at the time in our niche of the woods was a bit of a bold statement and a somewhat successful effort to change things from the current flow at the time, and so may have been necessary but for me sound the most dated of anything there sound-wise. With 'Illusions' several years ago, something came on the radio and I realized how the energy in the drums, though solid and consistent, brought me down in a way I feel damaged the material in the long run, if not from the get-go. Maybe it's there with some, most or all of us in ways, but I specifically notice it more with the drums. And when listening in that sense of analyzing how something feels to me in regards to its involvement or inclusion in the song, whether anyone disagrees I'm somewhat capable of removing myself and events from the picture. https://www.a-4-d.com/t6-2009-02-27-axl-rose-interview-with-spinner-magazine He was generally very bitter in that interview, though
  8. He didn't say he wanted to bury the early years. He said in 1989 that he wanted "to bury Appetite," meaning that he wanted to record more albums that would be successful so that he wouldn't have to be defined by that one record.
  9. And Glastonbury wants GnR: https://www.loudersound.com/news/guns-n-roses-need-to-play-glastonbury-says-festival-booker-emily-eavis
  10. Another Fortus interview (nothing noteworthy, just about his new guitars): https://guitar.com/features/interviews/richard-fortus-on-gretsches-gnr-slash/
  11. From a recent Fortus interview (talking about his new signature guitars): The controls are also stripped back by your standards – no piezo, no kill switch… “The controls are stripped back and simplified – the volume is on the lower cutaway, I’ve always loved that about Gretsch. There’s a master tone down in the lower bout along with the selector switch. And that’s it!” “You know I have broken my thumb on more than one occasion on selector switches so I like to keep it out of the way! I have actually fitted one with a kill switch – I had to have one for some of the GN’R songs – and I blame Buckethead for that!” https://guitar.com/features/interviews/richard-fortus-on-gretsches-gnr-slash/
  12. Slashing ‘Chinese Democracy’ to 45 Minutes: Roundtable Axl Rose ended one of the most agonizing waiting periods in rock history when his handpicked Guns N' Roses lineup released Chinese Democracy on Nov. 23, 2008. Commercial and critical reception were mixed upon its release. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, below Kanye West and Taylor Swift, selling 261,000 copies its first week. Publications such as Rolling Stone and the A.V. Club issued rave reviews, but many longtime (and long-suffering) GNR fans lamented the band's dramatic stylistic shift from its Slash-assisted glory days. Regardless of one's opinion of Chinese Democracy's musical merits, one thing is indisputable: The album is long. Rose indulges every musical whim on the 71-minute LP, from arena rock to industrial metal to weepy balladry, resulting in some inevitable bloat. The bombastic ballads and hard-rock epics are the sonic equivalent of chocolate cake: rich and decadent but stupefying in large quantities. In the interest of brevity and a balanced musical diet, we've enlisted UCR's 45-Minute Police to, um, slash 26 minutes from Chinese Democracy. Read on to see how six writers would restructure Rose's tortured opus. Full article: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/guns-n-roses-chinese-democracy-45-minutes/
  13. The performer is "Guns N' Roses" on all GnR songs on ASCAP, similarly with other bands. ASCAP doesn't list the individual players as performers, because it's an organization that collects royalties for songwriters only from radio play etc. Mechanical royalties are songwriter royalties also (it's the royalties songwriters get from song/album sales). But it's highly possible that Axl/Geffen own the copyright of all the sound recordings from the NuGnR era, so they can be used. However, Brain is credited as an outside/"associated" player on the streaming platforms.
  14. I don't know if there's a mystery. Fans have assumed that Buckethead is on Absurd (mainly because of the bit in the intro). But I would think that if that was the case there would be a credit like there was for Brain.
  15. You’ve been in Guns N’ Roses for like 20 years now. What did it feel like to put out new music again? I played on recordings [of ‘ABSURD’ and ‘Hard Skool’], but then we redid everything. Did it feel like those songs came full circle this year? Yeah, when Slash and Duff got on ‘em, it felt like a GNR track, you know? I recut my guitars as well. You performed “ABSURD” for the first time at Fenway Park in Boston. Did people even know what was happening? No! [Laughs] People were pretty taken aback by that. But with “Hard Skool,” it was more what people were expecting or wanted. It must be fun to shock people a bit. Yes, and I love playing ‘ABSURD’ live. It’s fun to play live. https://q1043.iheart.com/featured/qna/content/2021-11-11-guns-n-roses-richard-fortus-on-how-gretsch-solved-his-slash-problem/
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