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Hard Skool Officially Released at Midnight - Sept 24


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8 minutes ago, mystery said:

Atlas Shrugged is the leaked song I liked the most so I'd love to see an official release of it in some form. Can't deny that it would probably need a few more verses though, lyrically it seemed a bit unfinished. I also think Slash could work some magic on that song as well.

Yeah, definitely still needed work but has the potential for greatness. I like the positive/uplifted vibe it has, rare for GNR songs.

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48 minutes ago, HollyWoodRose84 said:

Yes, multiple tracks. I say multiple meaning more than at least 5 that were mentioned to me (no I don’t know names and I wouldn’t say if I did).  There are 100% new songs finished and waiting to be released. The album/EP was ready to go before COVID.  Regarding the songs heard, his overall consensus was “meh” and after hearing what they did with Absurd and this most recent one, I totally understand where he’s coming from. I’ll never be able to get the “yeah, but do you really?” line he used on me when I said I wanted to hear new music. No way in hell anything is going to come close to what was released 30 years ago. 
 

I’m starting to believe it will be 99% leftovers with the majority of the parts overworked by Slash and Duff but I’m hoping for something completely new with this lineup. I was originally told there were a few all new tracks, mostly Slash ideas, that were recorded but that remains to be seen.

This band never ceases to amaze me. I am still confident, as is my buddy that we will see a full release via EP or a full album (or both) by years end.  Everyone is getting along and that’s pretty obvious so let’s see what happens. Sorry to anyone if I’m repeating myself from previous posts. 

Whom are you referring to in this post?  Would love to hear some details without having to go through the entire thread.  Are you saying that an insider heard some post CD era new material and wasn't a big fan?  

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1 hour ago, ZoSoRose said:

Idk I can’t think of a lot of legacy bands that put out a single as good as this

It is a good single to release, for sure.  It is very AFD-esque, Slash heavy, and Axl sounding more like Axl as opposed to his vocals on Absurd

The legacy band I think that did the best with this was Rush, Clockwork Angels was such a great album and their first couple of preview singles were a masterclass in how to still rock out hard even when you are older

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It’s weird but because they’re releasing this on the anniversary of Nevermind, some of the lyrics make me think it’s Axl talking about Kurt Cobain and his rejection of Axl’s invitation to tour with GNR.
 

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I would not hesitate to extend myself and lend you my hand.

But you had to play it cool, had to do it your way, had to be a fool, had to throw it all away

 

I don’t think the song is about Kurt, ‘save what we had’ doesn’t make any sense in this context, but that’s who sprung to my mind when hearing those lyrics again today.

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Listening on headphones now, I am still fairly convinced it is Slash doing all the guitar-work just like Absurd.  His tone is all over each of the rhythm tracks - though that being said on these two tracks the right-panned rhythm track is definitely the more "active" one just like in the old days.  A few more random little licks and sounds coming from that one on both songs

It really is amazing how "GNR" is sounds when you add Slash's guitar work to it and add Duff's bass with an ISE-esque intro.  All it needs is a less-processed drum sound and a different mix and it would fit in with old school GNR

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Just listened to it using an Australian VPN (easy to find on Google play) through the gnr YouTube channel.. 

It's a bit different from the Village sessions (hearing that version hundreds of times in the past 2 years it'll take some getting used to the changes.. But) it's sounds great.. Maybe I'm biased beings I'm starved for new music but the  message of (semi) new material is extremely exciting.. Hope they play it tonight.. 

Also.. Just a theory.. Similar to the leaks prior to CD maybe they are releasing songs accordingly now with the village leaks and (if there is actually an album coming) we could hear some actual new songs or finished instrumentals.. (I hate this word...) soon.. 

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Cranked it on my studio monitors. It is absolutely glorious! The mix is phenomenal. I can hear everything loud and clear and the guitars and bass blow me away. If the album sounds like this and Absurd, I will be very happy.

I DO hear backing vocals in some of the choruses now! Wish they were a tad higher

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53 minutes ago, Ratam said:

Same question.

IMO Hard School in this song is basically Axl saying the person is too “hardcore” or “badass/cool” or at least the person in question thinks of themselves this way. They’re set in their ways.

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It's listenable on youtube now in Finland. Had my husband listen to it (non-gnr fan) and he said it's better than Absurd 😅 But he also said he only dislikes the yelling of absurd several times, but the song otherwise is alright. Hard School got 👍🏻👍🏻 from him. 

I love it! Can't wait to hear what it's like live! 🤩 Hope we have people at the show, cameras at the ready! 

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