Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Guns N Roses To Reform

Take my hand and let's take a trip back to 1991 and look, who is that young lady standing outside HMV at midnight on a chilly September night wearing a pair of jeans with rips in the knees and a green flight jacket.
That would be me then, along with 20 others waiting for the doors to open at midnight and to swap a ten pound note and a few pound coins for the Guns 'N' Roses epic double album, Use Your Illusions 1 & 2.
The vinyl may have been upgraded to CD over the years but you would be hard pushed to come up with a set of albums that top arguably these last great epics in music history. Every song on the first album a real belter, the second not quite so much but two albums that legitimately lifted Guns N’ Roses from being a great rock band into probably the greatest ever.
Unfortunately they imploded in acrimony not long after and although Axel Rose continued to plow his own furrow and finally put out 'Chinese Democracy' a few years ago, it wasn't the same.
Slash also did his own thing with other lead singers but it was like having a bottle of Mo√ęt & Chandon and drinking it from a mug.
Now it seems that someone has banged Axel's and Slash's heads together and they have come to their senses because the news is that Guns N’ Roses are set to reform with all the original members.
Initially i was as excited as a puppy with shares in a tail factory but then i thought about it and wondered should they come back?
At the moment they are remembered for being the pinnacle of rock music, they are the band everyone in the genre aspires to be so what if they come back and they are not very good? What if the time that has passed has dulled them into becoming just another Nickleback or heaven forbid, Bon Jovi.
What if they just go down the road of many from that era and just do the hits and don't bring out any new material and just become an older, fatter, slower version of their former selves?
Music is littered with acts that should have known when to stop and maybe Guns 'N' Roses should have stayed split and let us fans remember them as they were in their pomp when they were always drunk, mostly high but always brilliant and i could get away with wearing jeans with holes in them.

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