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  1. 2 minutes ago, Gordon Comstock said:


    I think the only time I've heard him criticize the drums was when talking about AFD - and he was talking about the "80s drum sound", not Steven's playing. He might've said something similar about UYI, though. @Blackstar? :ph34r:

    I also thought he was proud of the UYI records but didn't look back on that era as fondly because of all the personal shit that was going on. :shrugs:

    But yea, when he said he wanted to "bury Appetite", he was saying he wanted to be known for more than that... and he accomplished that with November Rain.

    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.


    He was generally very bitter in that interview, though :lol:

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  2. 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:


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  3. 55 minutes ago, WhazUp said:

    Since Bucket is known for his killswitch playing, chances are it is him.  He wouldn't get namechecked as a songwriter, and on the ASCAP official registered page it just shows "Guns N' Roses" as the performer of the track as opposed to individual players of all the tracks.  Maybe Bucket's contract with GNR allows for GNR's usage of audio Bucket recorded for the band, and he gets a certain percentage via mechanical royalties of the song under the blanket of the GNR name?

    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.

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  4. 1 hour ago, DTV88 said:

    So wait, BH is not on Absurd? I mean, I would hope not but why the mystery?

    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.

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  5. 7 minutes ago, tommyrai said:

    Where did he say that? Just interested and think it’s great if he’s on both :)

    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.


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  6. 1 hour ago, GoForJMark said:

    That's what I think too. He recently spoke about his involvement in both absurd and hardskool. It's just a killswitch guitar intro I'm sure it ain't hard to do emulate it. 

    Yes, he said he's on both Absurd and Hard Skool and that he rerecorded his parts.

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  7. 9 hours ago, Sweersa said:

    Intro guitar, it repeats but gets lower in the mix when the lead guitar(s) kick in, and towards the end you can hear it. Both were heard in the leaked demo (the one with Bumble's guitar in its own channel) but in the channel that doesn't contain Bumble's guitar, so it is presumably Buckethead, and sounds like it is too, unless it's Robin.

    It will be really interesting to read the credits for the next album on all of the tracks. 

    Or maybe it's Fortus?

  8. 16 minutes ago, Legendador said:

    I really think the band lost its momentum and then Fernando says there's a new record, Beta says there's a new record, Fortus says there's tons of material, Slash says nothing was recorded. Feels like they don't know what else to say to keep fans interested, but I tend to believe in Slash, which is sad.

    Slash didn't say nothing has been recorded. He said they haven't sat down to write new music from scratch, but have reworked a lot of already existing songs.

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  9. 16 minutes ago, DurhamGirl said:

    Gosh there is so much wishful thinking in this thread, building of narratives around non existent evidence.  Sorry to sound negative but the last straw for me was when Slash said they had not even got together, after five years, but has been saying the opposite.  They have done what they set out to do, another tour then its retirement for Axl which I think he will be rather relieved about.  I dont think music is his passion anymore.

    Slash said they haven't sat down as a band with the specific purpose of writing brand new music. He didn't say they haven't got together at all.

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  10. 3 hours ago, El Guapo said:

    I think it's exactly what they have done. Like what they did with HS and Silkworms. What makes you think otherwise?

    I mean keeping Finck's, Buckethead's, etc. parts and Slash adding layers over them. That's not what happened with HS (especially) and Absurd.

  11. To me, the songs should either be completely redone by Slash and Duff or be left to be released by Axl at a later time as they were originally (although "originally" is relative here).

    What I wouldn't want is Slash adding layers - but I don't think that's a possibility anyway.

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  12. DJ Ashba says he and Axl haven't kept in touch and he misses him:

    In a new interview with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio, DJ Ashba was asked what his favorite memory is from his time with GUNS N' ROSES. The guitarist responded: "There are so many memories from that six, seven years. I think the biggest memory, when I think back on those days, it's just how probably misunderstood Axl [Rose, GUNS N' ROSES singer] is. He's just — to me; I can't speak for other people — but he's just one of the fucking coolest guys to hang out with. When he's your friend — he has a very tight circle, but when you kind of gain his trust and are in that circle — you couldn't find a better fucking dude. He's just a cool fucking dude. And we had a ton of fun — on stage and even more fun off stage."

    Asked if he still keeps in touch with Rose, Ashba said: "Not too much, but the minute we see each other, I'm sure there's gonna be big hugs thrown. We have so much respect for each other, I believe. I miss him. I miss him to death as my buddy. But they've been on tour. They've been nonstop busy, and I've been slammed busy, and that's kind of how this industry is. Your paths will cross one day, and it's just how it is. It's like a traveling circus. [Laughs]"


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  13. 34 minutes ago, Tom2112 said:

    I think he would have loved to get Bucket back, so that probably was a factor in 1. keeping his guitar tracks largely 2. Keeping songs Bucket had a large part in writing.... but I don't think Axl released anything on Chinese that he didn't consider a great song and the right fit and feel for the record, so Bucket considerations would come after that. We're definitely overanalysing, but I feel like Axl is the kind of guy who would have stayed up over multiple nights looking at the complete finished tracklist (whatever that was at the time 20 songs?) thinking what is the best group of songs, what's the sequencing etc.

    Brain said there were 20-something finished songs with him on drums and reckons they finished some more with Frank.

    So, at the very least, there were 10 more completed songs at the time CD was released.

  14. 9 minutes ago, Tom2112 said:

    I think the leaks influenced what songs were in play, but I don't think he included Rhiad, Scraped etc. for any other reason than he thought they were great songs that counter balanced his record of fairly ballady non-hardrocking songs.

    Yes, there might have been various reasons why some songs made CD. For example, Axl chose to finish Sorry, Shackler's Revenge and Scraped in 2005-07 although he had other songs ready with vocals (Hardschool, Atlas, etc.), some of which were arguably better, imo. He probably did that as a gesture to Buckethead, to "make up" for that press release and maybe as an effort to lure him back in.

  15. 40 minutes ago, SoulMonster said:

    I genuinely believe we will get to hear more then 2 new songs, yes. (And again, still talking about reworked old material as "new"). As for which songs I expect the band to release next - I have no public opinion. How many unreleased songs do we have from the Village sessions? 20? How many songs might the band have worked on in addition to these (similar to The General, Scraped, This I Love, etc) - I have no idea. There are numerous quotes from people talking to the amount of music that has been made so there's obviously lots to choose from. Then I also think @Blackstarmade a good point when she said that Axl might choose songs where he's got most of the writing credits, to avoid royalties, and this would of course mean a lot of the Village material won't be released (songs that obviously came from Bucket or Robin). But to answer your question: No idea.

    Yes, I think there might have been an agreement between Axl, Slash and Duff to choose songs that were mainly written by Axl (and or Dizzy). Not so much because of the royalties (as in that Axl doesn't want former members to get royalties), but because there couldn't be an album with Slash/Duff and the songwriting credits on ASCAP and the other public dabatases being all Finck, Buckethead, Stinson, etc. I don't think Slash and Duff would have agreed to work on Axl's songs otherwise.

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  16. I don't get why this CD/supposed EP is used as evidence or indication against an album (or release of more material in any form). It's not its own thing. It's simply the songs that have been out there and it's only aimed at those who want to have them in physical format. Making such a big deal out of it reminds me of similar overreactions when Greatest Hits was released in vinyl format ("so this is the album" etc.)

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  17. 30 minutes ago, RussTCB said:

    As always, I would love to be wrong. 

    Personally, I always mean "album" whenever I say "CD" or "record". I just pointing out that it would be very easy for them to say "she said it'll be on the CD and it's on a CD" 

    Yes, we've got lost in semantics between languages here :lol:

    In my country, for example, we don't say "CD" to refer to an album (we use it only in reference to the format). We either say "album" or the Greek word for "record."

    But I've seen a few articles in Portuguese (including interviews with Beta) and they refer to albums as "CD's" or "discs". For example, Beta had called Chinese Democracy "the new CD".

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