Posts Tagged ‘Axl Rose’

1991_GunsNRoses-UseYourIllusionsOn this date in history, Sept. 17, 1991, Guns N’ Roses released Use You Illusion I and Use You Illusion II, its last studio albums to this date featuring original members Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, Slash and Izzy Stradlin (drummer Matt Sorum already had replaced Steven Adler for the recordings). With media outlets recently reporting Slash and Axl are speaking once again, the nonstop chatter of a reunion has picked up yet again. Will it ever happen? It will take millions and millions of dollars and an office building full of attorneys, but, yes, I think it eventually will happen. But first, let’s look back at those classic albums from GNR. (more…)

Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold

Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold

Celebrating its eighth annual installment, the three-day Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, is a lot to endure, but endure we did. Whether you were there as one of the 105,000 diehard rock fans of the sold-out event or, like us, to interview bands and take up shop in the photo pit, you were part of it. If you were kneeling over in the concourse as a casualty of consuming too much alcohol, if you were experiencing your first rock festival or if you were making it your personal campaign for the legalization of marijuana, you were part of it, as well. This one is history. And yes, we’re still looking for some of us.

Now that you’ve had a chance to read my preview I posted days ago, accounting some of the highlights of the long weekend, let’s talk about the actual live performances from a few of the 60 bands on the bill. (more…)

Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses

Axl Rose of Guns N’ RosesLive photos

Live photos

Review by Greg Maki

I first saw Guns N’ Roses live in June 1991 at the old Capital Centre in Landover, Md. It was around this time that three-hour shows were not unusual for the band, but it was not to be on this night. At about what should have been the halfway point of the performance, Axl Rose dove headfirst into the crowd and got into some sort of scuffle with security or a fan. It appeared to have something to do with a hat he threw into the crowd, but I could be wrong. The show came to an abrupt end after only 90 minutes, and to make matters worse, most of what we saw were songs from the Use Your Illusion albums, which were released three months later.

Fast-forward to December 2002. I was at the First Union Center in Philadelphia to see the reactivated Guns, with Axl as the sole original member and keyboardist Dizzy Reed as the only other remaining member from the Illusion era. (more…)


Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

GNRchinesedemocracyReview by Greg Maki
Apparently, it’s been awfully noisy inside Axl Rose’s head during the past decade and a half. And he’s spent that time pouring all the sounds rattling around his brain into the 14 songs that make up Chinese Democracy, possibly the most anticipated album in rock history. Spending millions, employing a small army of musicians, producers and other collaborators, and recording in more than a dozen studios, the disc sounds like Axl spent every day of the past 15 years working on it. It’s almost too much to take in a single listen, with the entire recording threatening to explode into chaos at any given moment. There are layers upon layers of guitars (as many as six guitarists appear on a single song), bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, piano, strings, electronic loops, hip-hop beats, samples of Cool Hand Luke dialogue, even a few words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And, of course, there are Axl’s one-of-a-kind vocals. An inhuman shriek near the start of the album-opening title track lets us know his pipes are still intact. His familiar wail dominates most of the tracks, though he also throws in a meaner, edgier tone and an occasional falsetto. The vocals, too, are often layered, adding to the density of the recording. (more…)