Just woke up from an amazing night in Quebec city.
Guns N’ Roses were in top form, and delivered the goods like they usually do.
But this not what I want to talk about this morning! While I was driving back from Quebec city, I was reading the critics of the show in local newspapers on my phone. Cause you know, all journalists wants to be the first in line to tell what they think about the show they just went to see. So I read 2….and that was it for me. I was literally fuming!
First of all. Let me say that I hate festival goers. They usually pay basically nothing to see great bands, and, even though it’s almost free, still whine! If it was only that, it would be ok. But city festivals around the world gathers people from various musical horizons, so basically, they are not “fans”. They just know “some songs”. Basically, just the hits. So when the band in front of them doesn’t play the hit they know….well they whine!
Last night, 75 000 people gathered in Quebec city. And a fast look around, makes you realize that people around you, don’t know the songs….and think that a top hat man will come up on stage, only to realize that the top hat man left the band 18 years ago! Not couple of years ago….18 years ago!
I would tell them to wake up, and smell some coffee. 1992 is far gone!
Problem is in Montreal and in the province of Quebec, a lot of people are still mad at what happened 21 years ago. And still thinks Axl left the stage in Montreal while having a finger in the air, and saying “Fuck You Montreal”. There’s no bigger urban legend than this. It’s Axl’s own “Jim Morrisson’s cock showing” that never occured! People like to believe he did it…but never did. So Axl, whatever he does, will have 2 strikes against him! Having 2 strikes against you, doesn’t put you far from being struck out…1 false move, and he’s out! That is exactly what happened last night. Because don’t get fooled, so called experts are music fans, and they probably are like other random music fans. They believe what they read years ago, without doing any research. And just without knowing!
Last night was a great night. Hits, after hits, after hits. But that wasn’t enough. They wanted more hits….More hits?
Welcome To The Jungle
It’s So Easy
Live And Let Die
This I Love
Catcher In The Rye
You Could Be Mine
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Another Brick In The Wall
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
How can someone possibly say that the beginning of the show was “hitless”. “It’s so easy” is a well known song. “Mr. Brownstone” too, “Estranged” was a MAJOR hit, probably one of the biggest hit they ever had, “Rocket Queen” is a fan favorite…..So I don’t know how can you possibly say that without showing to the world how biased your opinion is!
Another reproach that I usually hear is that the show looses his pace when guitar solos are played. First of all, those are NOT guitar solos. They are songs played by each individual members. Again, Axl has 2 strikes against him. If the band members are not put up front, whiners will say right away that this band is a cover band. If he does put them up front, wankers will say that the solos are long and unnecessary. In both ways, they loose. I remember the days when people weren’t complaining while a Godfather theme was played…..time changes hey?
And should I really comment on people saying that Guns N’ Roses members are “hired guns” ? Oh well…I’ll do it anyways. Tommy Stinson is the bass player that was in the band the longest now….Same thing with Richard Fortus. As for Dizzy Reed, he was there since the begining of the nineties.
To finish, let me say this: Would you like Axl Rose not happy with a band that was once great, or happy with a band that is still great?
And to those whiners, wankers and elitist pricks, let me say you this, by taking Axl’s own word:
You talk to much, you say I do….difference is nobody cares about you!