Finally, we get to the man who caused this blizzard of music “fun cards” today, the birthday boy Axl Rose. He was born William Bruce Rose Jr. and raised as William Bruce “Bill” Bailey in 1962 in Lafayette, Indiana…a long way from Hollywood. He has appeared on non-Guns N’ Roses songs with Don Henley, Gilby Clarke, and Sebastian Bach, and fronted AC/DC in 2016 when Brian Johnson faced health issues. Perhaps the coolest thing that Axl Rose has ever done, though, happened just a few years ago when he was animated and appeared on New Looney Tunes, performing a new song called “Rock the Rock” with Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig in the episode “Armageddon Outta Here.”
Happy birthday Axl!
One of the greatest American rock bands of all time, Aerosmith raised the bar for hard rockers in the 1970s and shocked the music world with a massive comeback in the late 1980s. More than three years ago, I gave the band the “Ultimate Mixtape” treatment, picking my favorite song from each album released by the group.
Countless artists have offered up their renditions of the Bad Boys of Boston’s greatest hits. In this Ultimate Mixtape, I will attempt to collate some of the greatest and most interesting Aerosmith songs covered by other bands. I’m sticking only to officially released songs, and my personal preference is to avoid live versions. While tribute albums are fair game, only one song per tribute is allowed on this compilation. Further, no artists will be duplicated, and each song will only be represented once. So hit play on the YouTube videos below, click the links to buy some records, and rock out like you’ve never rocked out before!
JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Aerosmith covered edition
- “Walk This Way” (Run DMC, Raising)
- “Sweet Emotion” (Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon, Sixty Six Steps)
- “Dream On” (Ronnie James Dio and Yngwie Malmsteen, Not The Same Old Song & Dance)
- “Toys in the Attic” (R.E.M., Dead Letter Office)
- “Same Ol’ Song and Dance” (Black ‘n Blue, Without Love)
- “Seasons of Wither” (Tesla, Real to Reel, Vol. 2)
- “Draw the Line” (Testament, Signs of Chaos: The Best of Testament)
- “Back in the Saddle” (Sebastian Bach featuring Axl Rose, Angel Down)
- “Rock in a Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)” (Puny Human, Revenge is Easy)
- “SOS (Too Bad)” (Eric Singer Project, ESP)
- “Fever” (Garth Brooks, Fresh Horses)
- “Cryin'” (Otis Clay, Sweet Emotion: Songs of Aerosmith – Blues on Fire)
- “Living in the Fridge” (Weird Al Yankovic, Alapalooza)
- When the Jedi Return: Make sure your troops are ready [Plaid Stallions]
- Topps Re-hash [Red Cardboard]
- Exclusive Photos: Van Halen Plays Houston in 1978 [Van Halen News Desk]
- Reds pitcher Jon Moscot once gave up seven home runs to, um, Rob Schneider [Cut4]
- AC/DC Auditioned Singer From Tribute Band Back In Black Before Deciding On Axl Rose [Blabbermouth]
- The San Diego Chicken: A Baseball Card History [Beckett]
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens syncs up to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon [Consequence of Sound]
Axl Rose and Slash, on stage together, playing music. Who would have thought such a thing would ever happen again? Last night at the Troubadour club in Los Angeles, the two feuding men buried their respective hatchets for a few hours and entertained fans along with original bassist Duff McKagan. Izzy Stradlin was replaced by Richard Fortus, and Steven Adler by Frank Ferrer, but there can be no denying the magic that was created by 3/5 of the original band last night.
I wish I had been there.
The fortunate rock fans who saw Guns N’ Roses last night did so for only $10. A limited number of tickets were made available to fans on a cash-only basis yesterday at noon. Cameras (including those that are sometimes used as cell phones) were not allowed in the venue, and there were reports of audience members being escorted out because they tried to snap a few shots or take video. A handful of photographs were posted on Twitter (like the one above, and I have no idea who originally posted it), and there are some twelve-second videos floating around Instagram.
Several questions were answered at last night’s show. First, as already mentioned, Adler and Izzy are not taking part in this reunion tour. It was already confirmed that Izzy would be a no-show, but rumors persisted that Adler would at least sit in for a few songs. That never materialized.
Second, songs from Chinese Democracy were a part of the setlist. The title track and “Better” were both performed by the band last night, and I would assume they will be a part of the set this summer since Slash and Duff took the time to learn them.
Third, Axl smiled. You can see it in the photo posted above. Whatever bad blood existed may still be there, but it is not boiling as hotly as before.
Will this lead to new music from Axl and Slash? I certainly hope so. While I plan to go to a show this summer, what I really want is new studio music from the bad boys of rock and roll. I love new music, and I can’t wait to hear what 3/5 of the original Guns N’ Roses has to offer fans after a 23-year hiatus.
Several weeks ago, I checked out a book called Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey In Rural North Dakota by Chuck Klosterman. I laughed throughout the entire book because of its self-deprecating look at hard rock (specifically hair metal) and its fans. Klosterman is himself a hard rock junkie like me, so I knew exactly where he was coming from.
When I heard Chuck had written a review of Axl Rose’s new album, Chinese Democracy, I knew I had to read it. And link to it. And I really hope you click on that link, and afterwords go to your local library and check out Fargo Rock City. Both are well worth the read.
(Doesn’t “afterwords” look funny? I thought it was spelled “afterwards,” but I get a red line under that word, so I guess it has to be “afterwords.”)
And don’t forget that tonight (Saturday, November 22), Hard Rock Nights (hosted by yours truly) will be blasting through some of the greatest Guns N’ Roses songs ever recorded, along with some Izzy solo stuff, Slash’s Snakepit, Duff McKagan, Velvet Revolver and more. And yes, we’re going to play a couple of new tracks off the new CD as well. So tune in at classxradio.com starting at 9 pm eastern!
Rock on, my most excellent hard-rocking brothers and sisters.
With Chinese Democracy set to hit the store shelves on Sunday, we’ll be celebrating with a special two-hour GNR-themed show this Saturday on Hard Rock Nights! Be sure to tune in to catch some of the best Gunner tracks ever recorded, as well as some of the bad boys’ side project material and other related songs and artists. It’s Saturday night, November 22, 9-11 pm eastern on classxradio.com!