You can use your illusion, let it take you where it may.
I can still tell you where I was the first time I heard “Appetite for Destruction” all the way through.
Matt bought it at the Acadiana Mall and we took it back to his frat house and put in on his turntable. That’s right, it was on vinyl. We dropped the needle and everything changed.
I maintain that GNR paved the way for the grunge revolution of the early 90s. They were the bridge from the LA glam scene to the NW flannel scene. Without Axl, Kurt Cobain would never have gotten radio airplay.
Flash forward 20+ years and I’m driving home from work listening to Eddie Trunk on XM. Eddie is talking about the long delayed, oft moved back release of “Chinese Democracy.” Then he plays the first single, the title track.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to recount that moment in as much detail in 20 years, but it was, at long last, new GNR.
And it didn’t suck.
It wasn’t “Appetite,” but nothing will be. That album is a watershed. It is the LA scene’s Sgt. Pepper.
No, Chinese Democracy, the single, sounded remarkably like a middle track from Use Your Illusion. I checked the track list and I’m pretty sure you could slot it between The Garden and Garden of Eden and it would fit fine.
You could definitely hear some Rage influence in the song. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
I need to hear it a couple more times before I make my final decision, but on first listen, its promising. The album is slated for release on November 24. I know I’ll be picking up a copy. I’ll let you know what I think of the whole thing then.
Now, whether Axl can perform this multi-tracked monster live is another thing altogether.
Now, for a brief rant…
GNR as currently constituted is not Guns n’ Roses. Its The Axl Rose Giant Ego Trip (TARGET). That’s exactly what’s on Axl’s back. I also think that’s why this album took so long (over a decade?) to see the light of day.
GNR ended the day Izzy Stradlin left the band. He may have been the rhythm guitarist, but he was the soul of the band.
It bears mentioning that Velvet Revolver is currently (as far as I know) without a lead singer. Is it so far out of the realm of possibility that all parties involved could put their differences aside and cash in on a huge tour? I mean, if Van Halen could do it why not GNR?
Think about it guys? I’d buy a ticket.