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Post  misery guts on Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:35 am

One of the fiercest American rock bands of the 1980s, Axl Rose, Slash, Steven Adler and Duff McKagan shook the system with their Appetite For Destruction LP, which set them on something of a collision course, including the spectacles of releasing twin albums on the same day, and then spending almost 2 decades between releases. As well as many fine songs of their own, they also often turned their hands to some spirited and surprising cover versions (indeed a whole album at one point). They recently reconvened in their original line-up for the first time in aeons, but Axl has also been busy guest-vocalling for Axl. One thing about GnR - rarely boring. Here are a few of their best moments:

Sweet Child o' Mine

Rocket Queen

Paradise City

You Could Be Mine

Yesterdays

Twisted Evil
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:28 am

Real To Reel: Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
A Making Of for Slash & co's new album, "World On Fire". The assorted Conspirators seem chuffed to be working with a world-class rock legend in Slash, the guitar hero himself is chilled with his work, and Myles Kennedy does his singing. Quite amiable, really.

World's Greatest Albums - Guns N Roses: Appetite For Destruction
Some predictable contributors here, with Mary Anne Hobbs presenting, and Malcolm Dome and others able to convincingly relate the shock impact of GNR, and how the volatility of Axl Rose ultimately spelt their end as a world-conquering rock force.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:35 am

Slash ft Myles Kennedy Live - Made In Stoke 24/7/11
A "hometown" gig for Slash, who despite his incredible rock pedigree with Guns N Roses and others, is always lightly linked to coming from the Midlands town of Stoke on Trent. This lengthy gig covered material from GNR, Slash's own solo stuff and Velvet Revolver. Some of them I even recognised. The rest were impressive, too. Kennedy was a pretty good singer, too. All in all, worth it.

Discovering: Guns N Roses
Rock maniacs from Indiana and beyond, who rose to prominence in LA, released a legendary debut and a half-decent follow-up, 2 huge double albums and some covers, and finally descended into acrimonious hiatus, whilst frontman Axl Rose decided he didn't like the band being full of people as talented as him, and took 14 years to produce a new album. Nobody much expects to ever hear another one from them, and a theoretical reunion seems unlikely.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:42 am

The Most Dangerous Band In The World - The Return of Guns N Roses
A lengthy but typically entertaining recounting of the legendary 80s rockers who blazed brightly but then started to suffer line-up troubles, and frontman-being-a-nutcase problems. Apparently, the original line-up with be at Coachella 2016, but time will tell, I guess. Some of them have not weathered the years as well as others.

Video Killed The Radio Star: Guns N Roses
Matt Sorum and director Andy Morahan were interviewed separately to relate the saga of the Estranged trilogy. Morahan was fondest of a video for a track called "Garden of Eden", which must be one of their littlest known tracks. The comedy of November Rain's overblown saga counterpointed with Slash's outdoors guitar solo shows this was a band which could play for laughs sometimes. The dolphin motif of Estranged was at least a surprise solution to the story.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:50 am

The Ronnie Wood Show: Slash
Slash met Ronnie before he was famous through a mutual friend who named him Slash. He saw the Stones live. He'd played at Muhammed Ali's 70th birthday party, I think. They played on each other's albums (Ron & Slash, that is). Happy stories of working with Michael Jackson - they played the Give In To Me track which Slash hadn't heard in years. Discussed the Corrs, and Jimi Hendrix. Slash apparently conceived one of his children whilst staying at Ron's house. There were future plans on the boil, too.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:48 am

The reformation is apparently going well, and they've announced European dates for 2017, including a massive ONE in the UK, in London of course:

Guns N’ Roses Announce UK Show
the reunited Guns N’ Roses have announced they’ll be bringing their Not In This Lifetime Tour to Europe, including a UK date. The band are set to play the London Olympic Park Stadium on Friday, June 16, 2017 – it will be the first time their classic line-up will have been on our shores since 1993! Even better, the show is part of a wider European tour that has also been announced
Fair play, hope it's as good as the fans will want it to be Cool
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Post  misery guts on Fri May 12, 2017 9:01 am

HARDtalk: Duff McKagan
This repeat from 2011 came after he'd written his book. He wanted to explain how drugs and drinking to excess led to his pancreas exploding. He at one point was in such pain he wanted to die. But he recovered. GnR's success was very rapid, from bumming along to sudden world domination. He doesn't worry about the band's misogynistic lyrics, his daughters will understand. Most feedback he gets from fans is positive. His journey to sobriety was mostly by mountain bike. He realised his financial knowledge was nil, so he went to Seattle University and got sorted. He felt some people will self-destruct regardless. Interesting bloke.
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Post  misery guts on Fri May 26, 2017 7:48 am

Slash - Raised on the Sunset Strip
The usual story, from growing up in Stoke, but then really growing up in Laurel Canyon. He met Steven Adler at school, and things snowballed. He learned the guitar, and became impressed that Motley Crue could get chicks. So he put a band together (Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum were here, Axl unsurprisingly was not), and they made their 1st record. He got his top hat image from Alice Cooper. Velvet Revolver was chaotic (and they knew Scott Weiland was doomed from the start). He got a pacemaker in the early 1990s. He seems really pleased with the band line-up with Myles Kennedy (this piece was clearly coinciding with the 2nd Conspirators record, c.2014). He's always playing guitar, even in downtime. Lemmy, Steve Lukather, Nikki Sixx, Joe Perry and Dave Grohl were among those singing his praises.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:01 am

It's Only Easy & Other Lies
The Duff McKagan story, pretty much, with him giving on-stage talks from his book, plus the usual footage of interviews and so on, with Slash, Matt Sorum, Nikki Sixx, several members of Duff's family, his doctor, his wife Susan Holmes and so on. His daughter Grace already has her own band, so the future looks rocking, too. Duff's character is maybe best summed up by the sensible attitude he took to getting an education after his pancreas exploded.
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