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3 minutes ago, RussTCB said:

I just compared it to OMG just a few minutes ago when I was talking to friends. OMG is one of my favorite GN'R songs, so maybe that's why this absurdity is growing on me? 

This comment surprised me, so I checked out OMG again. Honestly, I probably hadn't listened to it in over 15 years.  I'm actually surprised at how well it aged. I remember liking it as it was the first original GNR song in 8 years. But the glow wore off for me pretty quickly. 

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2 minutes ago, fantomas said:

This comment surprised me, so I checked out OMG again. Honestly, I probably hadn't listened to it in over 15 years.  I'm actually surprised at how well it aged. I remember liking it as it was the first original GNR song in 8 years. But the glow wore off for me pretty quickly. 

I absolutely hated OMG for years. Somewhere along the line it clicked and became one of my favorite GN'R songs. 

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It's one of, it not THE heaviest gnr song, that's gotta account for something? 

Ifeel like this song was released first for the Metallica, Tool, etc rock fans out there. They tend to look at gnr as not being as "heavy" as their traditional "metal" bands, as such, they dismiss them. It's almost like a reminder that they ARE Guns n' Fucking Roses imo. They can be as heavy as ANYONE, but they can also be a lot more melodic than the other "heavy" bands.

So it might appeal to "heavy" fans, but it didn't do any favors with the Patience fans out there. But we know Axl will have a ballad or two on this album. Speaking of an album, I'm a believer now. I don't feel that they would play this song now (and possibly Hard School), if the album wasn't finished. It's not like the NUgnr days when they HAD to play some new music, because it wasn't gnr of old anymore. With Slash and Duff back, they don't HAVE to play new songs, they wanted to play it. It reminds me of the start of the Illusions tours, when they started mixing in all those new songs. They started that tour what 4-5 months before the albums came out?

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2 minutes ago, ZoSoRose said:

Also it's nice to have Slash on something edgy and unconventional. I like his solo stuff and all that but it's pretty safe and commercial. When was the last time he was on something raunchy with some balls? Velvet Revolver?

GET OUT OF MY HEAD! That exact thought crossed my mind too! I was thinking "well....this sure ain't your usual Slash blues rock" 

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8 minutes ago, D.. said:

Absurd is a very fitting title. Is there any other example of a song being officially released 20 years after it's been performed live?

Of all songs they could've picked, they choose Silkworms to start the (maybe?) next album promotion.

Almost everything is reworked, save Axl vocals that were done 20 years ago.

It's absurd indeed, but what surprises me the most is Axl may still believe in this material.

My only interest at this point is hearing The General.

I have zero faith in this line-up doing justice to the vault, they just can't cover anything from Chinese properly (even Axl apparently since he doesn't even

re-works his vocals for this studio version and I doubt Hard School will have a different treatment, I guess it's an admission he knows he lost part of his voice),

but at least we may hear something "new" that we don't already have.

I'm semi-curious of hearing the studio version of Hard School with Slash & Duff, but I already know it won't be as good as the original version.

 

I think part of the problem is that Slash & Duff rework stuff, but Axl doesn't, and it's a very, very weird mix of old Guns & nuGuns. Axl's CD voice fitted the sound of the CD line-up,

but with Slash & Duff, I expected Axl to rework his vocals and go for a more raspy approach (like the 2010 This I Love remix).

 

Anyway, I don't care about Absurd, but it's encouraging in the sense a new album could be released soon. I just hope The General will be in there, with State of Grace, Zodiac

and Soul Monster.

And I hope we will get an alternate album with the original versions of those songs, I'd be much more interested in this than the cover version.

If he’s not redoing vocals, it’s not because he isn’t capable. Just look at Rock the Rock, Back in the Saddle, etc…He can get a take off need be. There have certainly been moments where he could have done so over the years. Singing that way for hours each night on tour is something different 

There just isn’t much proof he’s done anything with these songs since the original sessions. Whether it’s because of artistic choice, recording budgets and label issues, or valuing his own personal time. Who knows the reason 

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24 minutes ago, Lies They Tell said:

The more I think about it, the more I actually love the fact that they released this track as their first "new" song.

This track is so uncommercial and so unexpected and the fact that they could release this as their first new song speaks volumes of how big this band is. They don't need to make music that professional critics enjoy. They are above that. They can release anything that they want and this song can be seen as a big fuck you the whole hit music culture.

Back in the Chinese Democracy days, there's no way they could have released this as the first song of CD, because everyone and their mother would have ridiculed it.

But now that Slash and Duff are back in the band, GNR is basically invincible. They can do anything that they want. They are so big that they don't even have to worry about their reputation.

When was the last time a big rock band released a song with outrageous lyrics like this?  When was the last time a big rock band released a song that's as punk rock as this one?

This was a ballsy move by GNR and I love it!

Yes. It's all so boring in the Rock world with the Foo Fighters and Nickelbags. For that alone I love the fact they put out the pussy full of maggots at this point. It's a great move. They became a boring classic rock band, now everythings possible again. Clashes a bit with Duff's woke bullshit but Slash was always a pervy lol. I love it and am excited for the next move, never thought that would happen again.

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I might be of the opinion that no matter what the album ends up b into/sounding like I will love it. The mainstream audience might not, but I don't care about that. But one more guns n roses album is the perfect ending of the band for me. Whether it's good or not is secondary, honestly. I'd LOVE it to be great and the whole world love it, but I don't need that. 

Besides, just having Slash and Duff back, I'm bound to like it more than CD (which I also like). But this album will feel more like guns, even if the songs are mostly CD leftovers. But I'm hopeful Slash and Duff will get a couple of new compositions in there as well. 

Its interesting the song as credit as written by Guns n' roses. That ensures Slash and Duff writing credits, because correct me if I'm wrong, but legally Guns n' Roses are Slash, Duff, and Axl?

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2 minutes ago, LandOla said:

I absolutely love how this happened. First the absolute shock of Slash and Duff performing this live. Then on the next gig the announcement by Axl and boom, the single was out. No whispers from the insiders, no rumours, nothing. To me that's a pretty fucking awesome thing to pull off these days. Hats off to Gn'R.

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12 minutes ago, ZoSoRose said:

Also it's nice to have Slash on something edgy and unconventional. I like his solo stuff and all that but it's pretty safe and commercial. When was the last time he was on something raunchy with some balls? Velvet Revolver?

I thought Beneath The Savage Sun on WOF was a bit heavier and different from Slash. But apart from that I’d say VR 

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1 hour ago, fantomas said:

If this is a love letter, they can keep it. I'm too old to be getting trolled by this band. It's stale and boring. I guess the blame is mine for thinking that after 25+ years something would change.

Stale? Stale is not the word to describe this song, even if it is 20yrs old!

I mean are you looking for AFD rockers? This is 30+ years on if you are, if somethings been out that long and the band is trying to recreate it that's stale, that's "we have nothing left to say, so we'll just do what we know works" This is at least attempting something different. We've been complaining about the monotony and how take gnr, this at least shows some teeth and that old gnr attitude. 

I appreciate a band this far in saying fuck it! And going for broke. I'm not in love with the song, it's growing on me a bit but it just isn't my cup of tea... I can listen to Chinese or AFD/UYI if I don't like whatever direction they go next. More than happy for them to make the records they want to hear rather than try and please an audience like 90% of other major acts. 

Like it, don't like it, who cares! The take away is that there's life in the old dog yet. Before you go writing them off, you really need to know what the rest of the songs sound like, it could be very varied again.

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5 minutes ago, rosesandguns said:

I just wonder how many of that people who were "demanding" new material from Guns N' Roses before embarking another tour are whining now how the song didn't match their requirements :)

Have a look through the thread, the answer is: next to zero. 

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I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned this (thread is 39 pages) but this is very similar to them releasing Shacklers first via rock band in 2008. It got some buzz going with a pretty weird GNR song and then they followed with more traditional type singles with CD and Better. May be a similar strategy going on here. Plus Axl has that weird sense of humor and I think releasing a song called Absurd first appeals to that. 

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