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old friend just sent me this, recorded '93! One of a million songs that never got completed.

http://kiwi6.com/file/0oi7m08vvq

not too impressive vocal-technically, although some good attitude going on. The chick doing the background vocals was a mystery. She had this huge blues voice which sounded great - sometimes. Strangely, and this was always a complete mystery to us, she was tone deaf. By this, I mean that she'd do a take and it sounded fantastic - then when we asked her to do it again, she'd do it in a completely different key that made us cringe. Seemingly, even when she listened to it played back, she didnt seem to hear this. Weird...

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old friend just sent me this, recorded '93! One of a million songs that never got completed.

http://kiwi6.com/file/0oi7m08vvq

not too impressive vocal-technically, although some good attitude going on. The chick doing the background vocals was a mystery. She had this huge blues voice which sounded great - sometimes. Strangely, and this was always a complete mystery to us, she was tone deaf. By this, I mean that she'd do a take and it sounded fantastic - then when we asked her to do it again, she'd do it in a completely different key that made us cringe. Seemingly, even when she listened to it played back, she didnt seem to hear this. Weird...

matt, the good old days buddy...

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growing old is the saddest thing...

Tell me about it. Next year is my 30 year high school reunion. In other words, since I graduated high school (in Richardson, Texas) in 1982, people have been born, gone to college, got a degree, got married and are now having kids.

Sometimes, I go to a Guns and Roses fan forum and most of the members were born at or after the time that Appetite for Destruction was released. What was I doing when that album was released? Getting married to my first wife.

That's what happens when you keep breathing in and out. You get old.

Thanks for the groovy memories, Matt.

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here's how you know you're growing old...when i give my niece a honeymooners collection for christmas, telling her how funny this is going to be, and she turns around and gives it back to me saying....."not funny at all uncle bob...the fat bus driver all he does is yell at the stupid sewer worker. but i did like that the wife didn't put up with his shit."

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No love for "The Honeymooners", eh? That's just blasphemous. :D

As for getting older, when I was 30, I thought turning 40 would be the end of life as I knew it, but now that I've reached it, I'm actually having the time of my life.

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Sometimes, I go to a Guns and Roses fan forum and most of the members were born at or after the time that Appetite for Destruction was released. What was I doing when that album was released? Getting married to my first wife.

I've noticed there are a lot of younger GNR fans these days, as well. Their music has aged exceptionally well, and I'm guessing Guitar Hero's success has had a part in it, too.

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Hey, Validar, the funny thing is, people my age accept the current line-up of GnR. The only remaining long running members being Axl Rose and keyboardist Dizzy Reed. The younger set, however, yearn for the line-up from Appetite for Destruction which was Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, and Steven Adler.

During the Spaghetti Incident?, they had to fire Adler for drug use so bad he couldn't perform or record. He had two heroin-induced strokes and the second one left him with a speach impediment. He was replaced by Matt Sorum, formerly of Nine Inch Nails. Anyway, years later, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, and Slash formed the ill-fated Velvet Revolver.

Anyway, I have Chinese Democracy and love it and consider it as important and innovative as Appetite for Destruction. I am awestruck by Axl's clean, high note in "IRS."

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I would love to see a reuniting of the original lineup just as much as anyone else if only for a single tour, but I accepted the new lineup fairly easily.

As bad a reputation as he has, Axl has always been my favorite member of the band. I won't deny the significance of the contributions from the other guys, but honestly, I think they would have been perfectly content with putting out 10 albums that all sounded like "Appetite for Destruction". Axl, on the other hand, is a bit more of a visionary, and never wanted to stick with one safe formula for their entire career.

Yeah, I like Chinese Democracy, too. It's rather diverse, and has something that I just didn't detect with a lot of Velvet Revolver's music.....attitude.

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True, and I think Velvet Revolver was totally wrong for hiring Scott Weiland for several reasons. First, Scott cannot get the monkey off his back. Second, he is the wrong voice type for their music. Scott Weiland is kind of a grunge-version of David Bowie, which is fine and a good fit for Stone Temple Pilots, to whom he returned. For me, Velvet Revolver was about re-united the core rhythm of GnR which is fast-driving blues and you need a high-toned tenor for that, and Scott Weiland has never been that, though "I Fall To Pieces" was a really good song, in spite of the wrong fit of singer and band.

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And yes, Axl is the visionary. The rest of the band preferred to stay in the blues which is well and good.

Velvet Revolver is band in name only, with only Matt Sorum actively wishing for it to continue. Duff has his band, Loaded. Slash is playing with everyone under the sun and is currently working with Myles Kennedy. And maybe that is the way it should be. Velvet Revolver might only be destined to stand in the shadow of Guns and Roses.

And there has been talk that Axl might put out an instrumental album, too, featuring more of himself on the keyboards. He is actually an accomplished piano player. He plays some guitar, as well, but not like he plays piano.

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