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Did Axl ever sing the outro of "The Blues" like this again?


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I remember when the '06 tour was going on, I'd download every bootleg just to hear various performances of The Blues. It was, and still is, my favourite ChiDem song, and I think the studio version actually doesn't do it justice (the production, especially removing the guitar riff intro they used to do in 2002, renders it inferior, imo).

Anyway, I remember when Rock Am Ring happened, Axl sang the outro like this:

It was weird, because I don't recall him ever singing it like that before or after. Does anyone know if that was just a one-time thing? It's a question I always have when I play the RAR bootleg but then I inevitably forget to ask. :lol: I mean, there's not much else to talk about these days... Sometimes I wonder if Axl overdubbed some of that concert, I know they did post-production on it and his vocals are just lightyears ahead of most other gigs in '06. His Jungle scream for example was insane.

Also, while we're at it: what are your Top 5 PERFORMANCES EVER of this song?

Here are mine, give or take:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrBndJEGev8

...and probably the HOB '01 version which I can't find on YouTube. Whenever he sang the studio version of the outro with the high vocals (which he only did a handful of times, ever, live, I think) I'd get pretty happy.

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At Detroit in 2002, he did the last "only memories" as high as it is on the record. It was the first time I'd ever heard the song so I thought that's how he did it every time. As I heard more boots and stuff, I found that he always did that line much lower. I was super happy to hear that he did it on the album though.

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Detroit 2002 is one i've never heard.

The Rock Am Ring one is just a case of him not feeling comfortable going for the high screams. From Jungle he absolutely sang his ass off, 100% rasp at times. I imagine by SoD his voice was getting tired.

Philly 2012 is cool for the full ending vocals and proper high notes. Wish he'd gone for it in 2010.

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not all the videos showed up as embedded for some reason, but the philly gig was one of the ones i chose. :)

i also listed Rock in Rio '01, Boston 2002 (I'd also say pittsburgh '02 but they're quite similar).

Cos you can see only 2 per post here.

Boston 2002 is awesome, and also awesome bootleg. Too bad Paradise City is not complete.

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not all the videos showed up as embedded for some reason, but the philly gig was one of the ones i chose. :)

i also listed Rock in Rio '01, Boston 2002 (I'd also say pittsburgh '02 but they're quite similar).

Cos you can see only 2 per post here.

Boston 2002 is awesome, and also awesome bootleg. Too bad Paradise City is not complete.

Boston 2002 soundboard exists with a complete paradise city. PM me.

I really wish the recording of The Blues from the HOB show in 2001 didn't cut out. It was a great performance.

what do you mean? the recording I have is complete

It doesn't skip during the second chorus after the solo?
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I quite like that outro, not heard it before. Not a fan of the song in general, though, most boring part of any GNR show for me and the track I skip most on the album.

I wasn't a fan of the way he sang "I only wanted you to see things for yourself" on Better during 2010, glad he sang it like on the album from 2012 on.

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He did it in Tokyo 09 I'm pretty sure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct0xJgwIKc0

he does the high-pitched "only memories" part (which i love) but i was referring to the unusual way he sang the "ahhhh ahhh ahhh" part right afterward at Rock Am Ring. He sang it at a lower pitch but i've never heard him do it ever again. it sounds so much different.

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Rock in Rio II version is by far the best IMO.

It was the first time I heard the song (back in the day). Had a slightly quicker pace, which suited the basslines and the feel of the song. The outro is great (the first outro scream is lower pitch, then he nails you with a higher pitch second scream). Even the 'Ok Nevermind' is still etched in my brain.

Then when later versions (and the studio version) came out, the slower pace just made it seem more sterile and subdued.

LA

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I remember when the '06 tour was going on, I'd download every bootleg just to hear various performances of The Blues. It was, and still is, my favourite ChiDem song, and I think the studio version actually doesn't do it justice (the production, especially removing the guitar riff intro they used to do in 2002, renders it inferior, imo).

Anyway, I remember when Rock Am Ring happened, Axl sang the outro like this:

It was weird, because I don't recall him ever singing it like that before or after. Does anyone know if that was just a one-time thing? It's a question I always have when I play the RAR bootleg but then I inevitably forget to ask. :lol: I mean, there's not much else to talk about these days... Sometimes I wonder if Axl overdubbed some of that concert, I know they did post-production on it and his vocals are just lightyears ahead of most other gigs in '06. His Jungle scream for example was insane.

Also, while we're at it: what are your Top 5 PERFORMANCES EVER of this song?

Here are mine, give or take:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrBndJEGev8

...and probably the HOB '01 version which I can't find on YouTube. Whenever he sang the studio version of the outro with the high vocals (which he only did a handful of times, ever, live, I think) I'd get pretty happy.

The ending at Rock AM is my favorite.

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Top preformance was Boston 2002.

The song lost it's awesomeness when they got rid of the guitar intro. Easilly could of been a radio hit 2001/2002. It was upbeat and full of emotion. I liked the "wah wah" noise they had during the "I don't know just what I should do" part in Boston.

I don't know why they got rid of the guitar intro, but the song was boring since then. I hardly listen to the studio version as it's almost depressing when you think of how great that song could've been.

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The "What I tell ya!" is so, so, rare.

It would be fun to know the history of that line. Was it there originally? Was it then taken out (as 'The Blues' never had it, and the Anti-Quiet and MSL leaks didn't have it), put back in (As on Chinese Democracy), he's sang it that way a few times, but more often than not doesn't sing it that way.

Is it "What I tell ya... that's one more failure" (?)

Also, I guess the RIR3 tempo was a mistake, but CRAP that would have been awesome on the radio back then.
He would have gotten all that Maroon 5 and Train money.

And man... the synth... that Bucket guitar..... gah!
So good. So good.

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Yes he did.

Go to youtube and dig out the hammersmith show (i think this was the next show after RAR)

Most of the concert is uploaded so skip to 44mins.

edit i must have misunderstood which part you mean as axl sings "ahhh ah ah ahahhh" at all 'the blues' performances so far in 2006 that ive checked, inc LA, rds dublin etc..

edit 2 : i think i know what you mean now. I just think Axl was fucked and a bit breathless at RAR at that particular point.

i love how in the 06 version fink added that extra lick at the end of his solo that wasn't there in the 02 version.

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Yes he did.

Go to youtube and dig out the hammersmith show (i think this was the next show after RAR)

Most of the concert is uploaded so skip to 44mins.

edit i must have misunderstood which part you mean as axl sings "ahhh ah ah ahahhh" at all 'the blues' performances so far in 2006 that ive checked, inc LA, rds dublin etc..

edit 2 : i think i know what you mean now. I just think Axl was fucked and a bit breathless at RAR at that particular point.

i love how in the 06 version fink added that extra lick at the end of his solo that wasn't there in the 02 version.

yeah, the outro "ahhhh ahhh ahhh, ahhh ahhhh" part (right after the "only memories" line) has always been a regular part of the song. but it was just at rock am ring in particular that he sang them an octave or two lower, and while he may have just been out of breath, it seemed like a rehearsed part.

i've never heard him do it again. i just wondered if there were any boots i had missed. maybe you're right and he was just out of breath, but i wonder if there are other versions of the songs (old demos, etc.) where he sang it differently? maybe we'll never know. :(

in answer to a question earlier in the thread, he started adding in the "what'd i tell ya" stuff gradually. at first it didn't even sound like words. in '06 he started gradually mumbling something and a lot of us spent time trying to figure out what he was saying.

i remember making a thread about it -- not to toot my own horn or anything, but i was the first one to suggest he was saying "what'd i tell ya" and then after making that thread he started saying it way more clearly during the live shows. knowing axl reads the forum i've often wondered whether my topic (it was a pretty big topic -- keep in mind back then they were touring and a lot of interest surrounded the new material when it was played live) may have been an influence on his decision to start singing that part of the song with words. maybe not. :lol:

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Rock in Rio II version is by far the best IMO.

It was the first time I heard the song (back in the day). Had a slightly quicker pace, which suited the basslines and the feel of the song. The outro is great (the first outro scream is lower pitch, then he nails you with a higher pitch second scream). Even the 'Ok Nevermind' is still etched in my brain.

Then when later versions (and the studio version) came out, the slower pace just made it seem more sterile and subdued.

LA

When they first performed the song in Rio, i thought it was the best new Gn'R song. Somewhere between that moment and the album, they messed around with it to the point (including re naming the thing) i lost interest.

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I don't know why they got rid of the guitar intro, but the song was boring since then. I hardly listen to the studio version as it's almost depressing when you think of how great that song could've been.

They probably got rid of it because most of the time Robin couldn't bend to the right note and it sounded like a dying cat.

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I had never seen that video of The Blues from Rock Am Ring. IMO, Axl's voice sounds AWFUL there. Thats absolute "dying cat" voice if I ever heard one. The ONLY time he sounds remotely good there is that last minute, and either way its still nowhere near the best I've heard him do that ending. He doesn't hit any of the right hight notes.

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