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Wake up! It’s time to play!

I guess you already know one of my favorite topics of discussion has to do with the Guns N’ Roses universe. It’s been long time since I don’t write about this band, but events and confirmations need to be commented. At least I need to talk about them.

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Three years ago GN’R were inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Many fans thought this would be the right opportunity for the band to leave all the arguments and bad blood behind, and perhaps, to have a fresh start and start considering a reunion. However Mighty Axl, Mr One in a million, decided not to get involved in that circus, thus he didn’t attend the celebration, and rejected it, becoming a weird event with former members of a band they weren’t part of anymore, while the singer and his new line up continued performing as Guns N’ Roses supporting Chinese Democracy. Personally speaking, my feelings were very contradictory, as on one hand I stood by Axl’s decision, cheering up the fact that he was stubborn yet honest to his beliefs, and not yielding to the pressure of this title, but on the other hand assuming that after his rejection, a reunion would never take place. And to be honest, I didn’t feel the need to encourage such reunion anymore, as it would be just a matter of money, a business, but not a true one. You can call me romantic, ‘cause I am.

In 2015 rumors started to spread on social networks, and the gossip was alive again. A reunion seemed to become a reality, with Slash and Duff willing to go ahead, but as usual, you couldn’t take anything for granted until Axl would open his mouth.

What’s been fascinating during these months it’s the fact that established music magazines were taking these rumors as actual news, and lots of information was decontextualized and twisted as to sell this comeback. For instance, some musicians just expressed their excitement on the possibility of this reunion, but their statements were manipulated as to confirm it was going real.

2016 arrived with the scheduled interview to Axl Rose by Jimmy Kimmel on TV. Expectations had risen to the moon, and everybody was super enthusiastic about him confirming this reunion through a camera. But again, 24h before the show, Axl Rose name was removed from the site, getting thousands of fans disappointed.

All of a sudden, Coachella festival confirmed Guns N’ Roses headlining the festival to take place in April, Slash and Duff were posting a terrible Photoshop poster with the band classic logo with the festival background, and eventually, after making jokes confirming his love for Taco Bell, Axl spoke through this tweet.

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Holy shit! It’s showtime!

Being aware of Axl’s tricked mind, how much time did it take him to post that tweet? What can be inferred from it? Tell me it’s not wonderful, like a modern cypher. Any single emoticon can have different readings, and his patronizing tone is absolutely nasty, as if he was doing us all a favor joining the reunion. Wonderful!

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At this point many of you might think I’m as nuts as Axl is, the truth is that I’m still skeptical. Too much time till Coachella becomes a reality, too much tension in the air, I reckon this reunion is on the verge, and it can explode at any time, no matter the strict and multimillionaire contracts signed up. Axl is unpredictable, still keeps part of his current band colleagues on the payroll, Adler, Sorum and Stradlin are not officially part of the team, and Slash’s IG posts are simply brilliant, as if trying to break Axl’s balls a bit in a subtle manner.

Like I said, I don’t need this reunion, and I’m not the only one on this. When I raised the subject on an interview to Michael Monroe, he was clear: “that’s not a real reunion, it’s not honest, the band members are incapable of putting all the shit behind, and most likely it would not have a happy ending”.

Truth is that if there was a chance, I’d move mountains to attend a show. Too attractive to be missed.

Rumors are spread on a daily basis, the craziest fans, me included, are looking for plots and new theories, with every picture, every tweet, every statement pronounced by someone close, or close enough to be a reliable source, is analyzed and commented.

Which band can create this halo of excitement? Who can turn the world upside down and get all the attention from fans and media just clapping their hands? Guns N’ Fuckin’ Roses, the ultimate rock band.

Whatever happens in the next months is worth following. So friends, get the popcorn into the microwave, because the show has just started. Have fun!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR STRADLIN!

It was sad to remember death anniversaries on my last post, but somehow necessary. Today it’s completely the opposite.

I find appropriate quoting my favorite band’s song One in a Million, to confess something I’ve been doing for years

Some say I’m crazy, I guess I’ll always be.

I write down my personal heroes’ birthdays, especially rock artists. Guns n’ Roses, Elvis, Ryan Adams, Ginger, Glenn Danzig, Johnny Thunders

It’s midnight right now, but the 8th has been a celebration day. It’s been 50 years (OMFG!) since Jeffrey Dean Isbell, better known as Izzy Stradlin, came to this world.

When you think of Guns n’ Roses, Axl and Slash come first, but many fans think beyond these two charismatic characters, the real talent was in Stradlin. He co-wrote most songs of Appetite for Destruction, and despite his departure during the Illusions era, his legacy was simply stunning.

Stradlin left Guns n’ Roses after passing through a successful  detox procedure. Once clean, the guitarist didn’t feel strong enough as to hang out in a band surrounded by drugs and alcohol, nor didn’t feel like enduring any sort of tension usually started by Axl Rose. Thinking of his departure, you soon realize it basically meant the point at which Guns n’ Roses started collapsing. Stradlin is the only Gunner who gets on well with everyone, including Axl, avoids polemic, lawsuits, and gossip in general. Moreover, he hasn’t published any autobiography yet, which I’m positive it’d be the most interesting and objective.

He’s never been a stunning character, in the sense that he’s never been seeking for attention. Quite the opposite, although his solo career has never stopped, and he’s delivered 11 solo albums, his success has been humble and quiet. I have to insist his two first albums are absolutely a MUST, and the rest contain very enjoyable tunes too.

Stuck to his philosophy, apparently he’s recently confirmed he’s not attending the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction on the 14th. This is sad news as many of us were dreaming of the moment the original Guns n’ Roses lineup would be together for some minutes, allowing us a second dream of the possibility of a reunion. Heard the news, we stop dreaming, and again, we realize any reunion thoughts have to be under Stradlin’s approval at the end of the day.

I still remember how much I cried, with my friends Jaume and Sofia, when he jumped onto the stage of Razzmatazz to join Velvet Revolver for a couple of songs …an evening to remember.

Considering it’s still the 8th of April in the US, I take the opportunity to wish my favorite Gunner a happy 50 birthday, and pay him tribute by listening some of his songs. Stradlin, you fuckin’ rock!