By Andrew Hunter
Guns N Roses
Live At The Hard Rock Casino
Axl’s hat budget, Dizzy Reed’s pearly whites…No wait there’s more that disturbed me, I wanted to like this DVD and I kinda did I’m not going to lie. But what mostly spoiled it was DJ Ashba, I won’t miss that guy murdering Appetite for Destruction songs and Chinese Democracy indiscriminately- has he even listened to “Don’t Cry” & “This Is Love”? It just all used to be so natural for Guns N Roses when I’d see old live DVD’s like Live at the Ritz 1988 and it was all effortless, the look, the sound, the whole vibe. But fast forward to 2014 when this was made and it all just seems so laboured, so contrived, and I’m not just talking about DJ Ashba’s wardrobe, the guy clearly has his own account at Urban Outfitters, the ridiculous amounts of pyro, the flying piano, the dancing girls, I mean I can kinda forgive the dancing girls on a song like “Rocket Queen” but I’m pretty sure all those years ago Guns N Roses never had to pay attractive girls in fishnets to dance on stage, they just did of their own accord.
I’m not saying it was all bad, I even liked the drumming, mostly cause it wasn’t Matt Sorum. I liked that Axl sang “Estranged” broke out the big guns. His voice still has it. But then there was still DJ Ashba, who’s just trying to be a half assed Slash, the flying Piano, (which I might of enjoyed if it fell anywhere near Ashba) the Cirque du Soleil dancer swinging from the ceiling and it all gets a bit much again. But if you think you can handle the good and the bad, yeah why not buy this it’s 3D!! get Axl in your living room. But I might just stick to Live at The Ritz.
I’m not saying nothing good comes out at all if it’s not the four or five original guys. Axl can write good stuff outside of the classic lineup, I like some of Chinese Democracy, as crazy as it is in places, but then thtas why I like it. Slash still has it (solo stuff, Velvet Revolver) Duff does too (Loaded, VR) and Izzy’s just the coolest. It’s not that they need each other, but they are so much better when they are together. The chemistry, the look, the attitude, the music was all there on Appetite, Lies, and Illusion’s here and there so why change all that. I still don’t know, nothing that good is ever easy, but lets hope they pick up a phone. So with the gossip flying around faster than spaghetti at the spaghetti incident that there could be a new album in 2016, with some familiar faces. I just hope that Slash, Duff, Izzy and maybe even Popcorn might be those faces. It might not be the same, as 1987 but would still be more watchable than a hired band- or at least I like to tell myself that a band of 50 year plus dudes playing old songs will still cut it (they’d still be Guns N Fucking Roses). When 2016 is still hinted at as a big year for Guns N Roses, whether it’s a reunion or just new material, mostly I just hope that something we havn’t heard gets released either way because a new Guns N Roses album would definitely be one of the most interesting things in 2016.