Seems like W. Axl Rose, who went A.W.O.L. after stomping out of the most recent Guns N’ Roses tour, has returned to civilization–and is guaranteeing that this, finally, will be the year that his long-delayed opus Chinese Democracy finally hits record shelves. According to W. Axl, he and his band–which at this point cannot be un-ironically referred to as Guns N’ Roses–have twenty-six songs completed. Twenty-six! I wonder if Chinese Democracy will end up being another Use Your Illusion.
At any rate, I’ve been on a major Guns N’ Roses kick as of late–and it’s gotta be said: for all of Axl’s well-documented idiosyncracies, his band was still boss when they were in their prime. Appetite for Destruction is still one of the first albums I remember hearing; actually, I vividly remember sitting in Mme. Peloquin’s Grade Four class, possibly during an indoor recess, and crowding around a ghetto blaster to listen to “It’s So Easy” (when the infamous line, “You think you’re so cool? Why don’t you just…fuck off!” came, my friend Yannick Charland made a facial expression I’ll take to the grave with me). Almost twenty years later, the album has lost none of its original power. Sure, the band got swept under the rug by the grunge revolution four years later–but if it hadn’t have been for that and for the fact that Axl got bigger than Jesus (at least in his own mind), GN’R could have been “it”. Y’know?
And speaking of GN’R, can anyone imagine how ridiculous an actual revival would be? Like, if Slash and Axl ever started talking again, and all of a sudden the original line-up was touring North America…I mean, we’d be talking U2-style frenzy here, wouldn’t we? Also, what can we make of the fact that Axl made his grand re-entry into civilization wearing a Maple Leafs jersey? Anything? Nothing? I guess we’ll see.