I often cite Slash* as the reason for getting a guitar when I was 16 years old. I’ve sadly never been able to learn how to play quite as well as the Guns N’ Roses axe-slinger. His recent collaborations with Myles Kennedy are very good, but nothing stands as tall as his work with Axl Rose and the boys.
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What I’m Reading Right Now: The Message of Psalms 73-150 by Michael Wilcock.
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.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a big fan of the 1980s hard rock scene. Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, and Poison were some of the biggest bands back then. When it comes to solo artists, there was none bigger than Ozzy Osbourne. He always picked great guitarists to play on his records: Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde. If anyone is deserving of the JT’s Ultimate Mixtape treatment, it is Ozzy Osbourne.
The rules are simple:
- Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
- That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the artist to promote said album.
- Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixes of songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
- Live albums are a waste of time. This is a general rule that applies to most, but Ozzy’s Tribute album is obviously exempt.
JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Ozzy Osbourne edition…
- “Crazy Train” (Blizzard Of Ozz, 1980)
- “Over The Mountain” (Diary Of A Madman, 1981)
- “War Pigs” (Speak of the Devil, 1982)
- “Bark At The Moon” (Bark at the Moon, 1983)
- “Shot In The Dark” (The Ultimate Sin, 1986)
- “Suicide Solution” (Tribute, 1987)
- “Crazy Babies” (No Rest for the Wicked, 1988)
- “No More Tears” (No More Tears, 1991)
- “Mama, I’m Coming Home” (Live & Loud, 1993)
- “I Just Want You” (Ozzmosis, 1995)
- “Back On Earth” (The Ozzman Cometh, 1997)
- “Dreamer” (Down to Earth, 2001)
- “Sunshine Of Your Love” (Under Cover, 2005)
- “I Don’t Wanna Stop” (Black Rain, 2007)
- “Let Me Hear You Scream” (Scream, 2010)
Ten very solid studio albums, three live albums, a compilation and a covers album are all represented on JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Ozzy Osbourne edition. But, as always, we’ve got to have some bonus tracks. It was hard to whittle this list down, and I didn’t even include any Black Sabbath material (that will come later…oooh, foreshadowing).
- Was (Not Was) “Shake Your Head (Let’s Go To Bed)” (Born to Laugh at Tornadoes, 1983)
- Lita Ford “Close My Eyes Forever” (Lita, 1988)
- Gary Moore “Led Clones” (After the War, 1989)
- Ozzy Osbourne “Purple Haze” (Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell, 1989)
- Bill Ward “Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays)” (Ward One: Along the Way, 1990)
- Alice Cooper “Hey Stoopid” (Hey Stoopid, 1991)
- Infectious Grooves “Therapy” (The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move…It’s The Infectious Grooves, 1991)
- Motörhead “I Ain’t No Nice Guy” (March Or Die, 1992)
- Ozzy Osbourne with Miss Piggy “Born To Be Wild” (Kermit Unpigged, 1994)
- Ozzy Osbourne “Walk On Water” (Beavis And Butt-Head Do America, 1996)
- Ringo Starr “Vertical Man” (Vertical Man, 1998)
- Rick Wakeman “Buried Alive” (Return To The Centre Of The Earth, 1999)
- Coal Chamber “Shock The Monkey” (Chamber Music, 1999)
- Tony Iommi “Who’s Fooling Who” (Iommi, 2000)
- Rob Zombie “Iron Head” (The Sinister Urge, 2001)
- Black Label Society “Stillborn” (The Blessed Hellride, 2003)
- Mountain “Masters Of War” (Masters of War, 2007)
- Slash “Crucify The Dead” (Slash, 2010)
- Eminem “Going Through Changes” (Recovery, 2010)
Man, this guy gets around! And I didn’t even include everything that I could have! Of course, the duet with Lita is a no-brainer, but Ozzy has really contributed a lot of great material to other bands.
What’s on your Ultimate Mixtape for Ozzy? Try to stick to the rules laid out above!
Say what you will, Fergie has got an awesome voice for rock music. I love the Black Eyed Peas, and I like her solo album, but her work with Slash on “Beautiful Dangerous” (above) and their cover of the Guns N’ Roses classic “Paradise City” (below) is the best singing she has ever done.
How awesome would a Fergie-fronted Velvet Revolver sound? Can you imagine her pipes on “Fall To Pieces” and “Slither”?
OK, I know I said I wouldn’t be posting much this week, and I won’t, but I wanted to post this and get some thoughts on it. After a few of you weigh in with your opinions, I’ll post what I think. It’s Slash (former GNR guitarist) with Cypress Hill and Fergie doing a new version of the GNR classic “Paradise City.”
Say what you want, but be careful how you say it. I will delete/unapprove any comments that are racist or contain obscenities. And don’t hate on another commenter. I want to hear what you think of the song, not what you think about what someone else thinks of the song. And be sure to actually listen to the song before posting.
What do you think?
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!
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How much does Dr. Pepper love Guns ‘N’ Roses? How much does Axl Rose love Dr. Pepper fans? Those are the questions on everyone’s mind as the soda has announced its intention to give everyone in America (with the exception of Slash and Buckethead) a free can of Dr. Pepper if Chinese Democracy is released in 2008. Anytime in 2008. Axl, will you step up to the plate and give America the long-awaited alleged GNR “masterpiece” along with a free soda?
I’m not sure about you, but I doubt Chinese Democracy can top (or come anywhere near) Appetite for Destruction. That album has more hooks than a Bass Pro Shop. AFD is the definitive hard rock album for a generation, perhaps for all-time. AFD is to GNR what Back in Black is to AC/DC, what Zoso is to Led Zeppelin, what Dr. Feelgood is to Motley Crue, what Hysteria is to Def Leppard. Not one bad song; not one forgettable riff. You start playing it, and everyone knows what it is. I’ve heard some of the demo tracks for Chinese Democracy, and I don’t care how much production goes into it, they just aren’t that great. Some are good, but far from great.
At 17 years (and counting), Axl has a lot to live up to. There has been so much hype surrounding Chinese Democracy, that unless Axl is able to pull off another AFD, it will be a failure. That means he will have to scrap most of the songs that have been leaked on the internet over the past 4-5 years and select other tracks that we haven’t heard yet, that we need to hear. Of those that have been leaked which are potential minor hits are “There Was A Time” and “Better.” The others (“I.R.S.,” “The Blues,” even the title track) need to be either revamped or put to the side for a later release without all the hype.
So the question is, how badly do you want a free Dr. Pepper?
And why are Slash and Buckethead excluded from the free soda?