The cynical part of me is thinking, "It's the same old puppy-like optimism of Axl's band members trotting out the usual quotes, but it's refreshing to hear it from Slash and Duff instead of DJ Ashba and Bumblefoot."
The optimistic part is thinking, "Well, at least a reunited Axl, Duff and Slash coming off the back of one of the biggest tours of all time will have a bit more clout and ability to get it past the record company suits than Axl And His Funny Friends circa 2010."
Heck, albums are just an excuse to go on tour these days for the bigger acts. Would think the record company is very much in favor of releasing something. Gives them a valid excuse to go on another big tour with large audiences, even if the setlist is 80-90% classic material. Merch sales and whatnot are a lot more lucrative than record sales at this point.
The "industrial" thing ended up being a bit overstated, though. After all that hoo-ha, Chinese Democracy ended up being a hard rock record with some industrial touches on individual songs – and most of the songs ended up cleaving so close to the hard rock template of the old band that Slash and Duff have no qualms playing them on stage (hell, Duff played Shackler's Revenge on stage with the Chinese Democracy-era band).
Axl planned to evolve the band's sound, as musicians tend to do – does The White Album sound like the work of the same band that produced Please Please Me? 90s!Slash wanted to trap the band in a rut of regressive, bog-standard hard-rock riffs at exactly the moment that new musical movements like grunge, industrial and nu-metal were shaking up the rock landscape – and if GN'R had released Slash's preferred album after TSI? it would've sunk without trace. I don't think Axl is always right by any means, but I think he had a better handle on what the band needed to do back then than the other members (I also think it's telling that Duff, probably the most level-headed member of the band, stuck around longest and was the first classic-era member to put out feelers to Axl during the Chinese Democracy era).
AC/DC never chased trends and it worked out very well for them over time. The biggest songwriting problem for GN'R was they ran out of stuff to say once they got rich. They built a lot of great songs based on their gutter rat lifestyle in the 1980's.
Compare Snakepit mk 1 with the Constipators.
Back then, setting up a sideproject caused a rift in Guns.
Today, Slash has an established band on his own. Axl owns Guns. No conflict in that.
I think it was less "setting up a side project" (hadn't Duff already put out a solo record?) than "Axl thought he should get first dibs on all the riffs".
I dunno if Axl should have dibs, but GN'R itself should be more important to all the guys than their solo projects.
I think the biggest rift in GN'R was caused by Axl showing up late for concerts and his decision to change GN'R from a hard rock band to an industrial band. That's a pretty radical shift and I can see how the other guys would be turned off by it.
Agree. Just release an album. Everything doesn’t have to be about legacies and ruling the world in your mid 50’s.
I would certainly like to hear Axl's voice in the studio before it's completely gone. We are getting closer and closer to that point based on the live performances we have seen in recent years.
Would be nice if we could get some Blu-ray releases of older shows, especially from the club days in 1986 and 1987.