Whiners, wankers & other elitist pricks….


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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?

Chinese Democracy
Welcome To The Jungle
It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Estranged
Better
Rocket Queen
4tus Solo
Live And Let Die
This I Love
Dizzy Solo
Catcher In The Rye
You Could Be Mine
Dj Solo
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Another Brick In The Wall
November Rain
Bumble Solo
Don’t Cry
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Nightrain

The Seeker
Patience
Paradise City

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!

Truly yours!

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Happy birthday “Appetite for destruction”


 

On this day today, 25 years ago, one of the greatest Rock N’ Roll album of all time was released!  

The first time I listened to it I was hooked like millions!

Congrats to all people that was involved in that amazing album, and happy 25th birthday “Appetite for destruction”!

Axl open letter to HOF


All questions are answered today!  And I can only congratulate Axl for sticking to his guns!  

I always taught he wouldn’t go, and I am glad he won’t.

It was a damn if you do, damn if you don’t kinda thing.  But in my opinion, he had more to loose than to win by going!

I am glad today to be a Guns N’ Roses fan….and even more glad to have believed in Axl for 25 years.  Again today…..he does not disapoint me!

Here is the open letter:

To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,

When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.

 

Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.

 

Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.

For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.

 

That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

 

I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”.

 

This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.

 

In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.

 

The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba. 

Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.

 

There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.

 

Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.

 

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense.

But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.

In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.

 

I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!

 

Sincerely,

Axl Rose

 

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III

My Rock in Rio dream set list…..


I was talking with a lot of gunners these days, and the Rock in Rio set list is always appearing in the conversation.  Well I tried to do a set list that I think would blow my mind.  Actually, I think it would be a great set list…but of course, since all the GnR songs are amazing (well for me anyways), you have to let go some and to put some inside the set list!.  The set lst of past tours were amazing, don’t get me wrong, but a little change would do something special.  No?  I think Rock in Rio should have a set list of his own.  Ure okay with that?  😉

So here’s my set list.  28 songs.  28 amazing songs.  What do you think about it?

Chinese Democracy

Locomotive

You could be mine

Welcome to the jungle

Ain’t it fun?

This is love

Scraped

Coma

Double talkin’ jive

Live and let die

Think about you

November rain

Don’t damn me

Rocket queen

Sweet child o’ mine

Out ta get me

Street of dreams

Pretty tied up

Back off bitch

Patience

You’re crazy

Nightrain

Catcher in the rye

Prostitute

Madagascar

Better

Estranged

Paradise city

I found the pic on top of my blog here:

http://www.behance.net/gallery/Rock-in-Rio-2011/1388777

AMAZING WORK!  Congrats

US tour….who should be opening for Guns N’ Roses!? (suite)


Couple of months ago, I posted a post about who should for Guns N’ Roses on a future US tour!

http://gnrworld.net/2011/01/29/us-tour-who-should-be-opening-for-guns-n-roses/

Well  I taught of somebody else.  Steve Hill.  You probably don’t know him, but this guy is a GREAT guitarist.  He’s probably the best guitarist here in Quebec, and every cd he’s releasing is better than the one before.  He is great onstage, and I am sure people would like him a lot!

Here’s all the infos youcan have on Steve and his music here:

http://www.stevehillmusic.com/en/

And here are some videos of his work.  What do you think?  would it be a good fit for Guns N’ Roses?

Chinese Democracy re-enters Bilboard


Chinese Democracy re-enters Billboard 200 this week.  The CD that came out in 2008 re-enters the top 200 in position #198.  GREAT news.  That CD deserves more than it got, and that re-entry can help promote the CD even more.  Congrats to Guns N’ Roses for that!

Talking about the CD, you can buy in the States Chinese Democracy at Best Buy for 1.99$  Buy it while it lasts.  And buy some for friends and family.  Get Guns N’ Roses more and more popular!  That is how we can do it.  BRING GUNS N’ ROSES BACK ON TOP OF THE ROCK WORLD!

 

Billboard top 200

http://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200?begin=181&order=position#/charts/billboard-200?begin=181&order=position