It was with a hint sadness that I saw and heard about Guns ‘n’ Roses’ live shows in Leeds/Reading where they got cut off due to council laws after coming on stage over 1 hr late. Then, only yesterday in Dublin, it appears that Axl was none too happy at the reception he received from the fans (again after going on stage late). But, honestly, what does he expect when he treats the paying public with disdain? People have paid their money and if they’re not getting what they expect then they’ll let you know (it’s the same in any walk of life).
Here is the video from last night – some of the background commentary (and the first excuse from the promoters) is quite amusing.
GnR were one of my favourite bands in the 90s, the Use Your Illusion albums were an amazing audio feast when they came out.
But to look at what they’ve done since, you get the feeling that they’ve lost touch with reality and what the world is now and how it operates – there is no longer the angst movement that there was then to break away from the norm.
They simply appear to be old men trying to rekindle a dying career (and doing a piss poor job of it).
Still, reading the stuff they got up to in their heyday makes for an ‘interesting’ read as Slash’s and Motley Crue’s books will attest. Those were different times indeed.
So, in memory of glory days, here are my 5 favourite GnR songs:
- November Rain
- Sweet Child o’ Mine
- Used to Love Her
- Paradise City