Photo From the Early “Chinese Democracy” Recording Sessions Surfaces Online!

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Guns N’ Roses Former Drummer Josh Freese Shares Photo In the Studio With Guns N’ Roses

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Josh Freese spent two years (98-2000) with the band and co-wrote the title track “Chinese Democracy” using a $150 guitar. He recently posted a photo of him with the band in the studio. Check it out below!

Slash Gives Interview to Singapore Publication

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash gave an interview to CNA Lifestyle where he told some real life “Spinal Tap” moments on tour

Any recent Spinal Tap moments for him and the gang? “Spinal Tap is the movie that we never stop living,” he quipped. “Yeah, we had a real basic one where we left one of the band members back at the venue and we took off to go to the next city. That was one Spinal Tap moment – we left Frank behind somewhere. And then, of course, there was a recent event where we played at a venue we’ve never played at before, and we left the dressing room to go to the stage, and it was the wrong way. I don’t think there’s anything more Spinal Tap than that one.”

Boomerang Releases A High Quality Version of Axl Rose’s New Song “Rock the Rock!”

Thanks to Tim for this! Boomerang has released on YouTube a high quality version of Axl Rose’s new song “Rock the Rock” that the frontman sang during his appearance on the “New Looney Tunes.” Check it out below!

Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Says “Rock Music is Struggling”

Slash gave an email interview to the Strait Times, where he said the following about the state of rock music today

“I think rock music has been going through a lot of ebbs and flows. Since, say, the middle of the millennium, it’s been pretty quiet. You have a couple great artists that come out here and there, but there’s not, like, a big movement where you’ve got a ton of new music, all very inspiring.”

While he feels that there is too much focus on Top 40 music these days, the 53-year-old, whose real name is Saul Hudson, is optimistic that the style of music that he plays will make a comeback in a big way in the near future.

“I do definitely feel like there’s a renaissance coming, like a rock n roll revolution with all these kids that are doing it right now. There’s definitely an energy there so I’m excited to see where it’s going to be in the next few years.

And while Guns N’ Roses are currently riding high on its worldwide Not In This Lifetime tour, reported by Billboard as one of the top five grossing tours of all time, Slash has also been busy making new music with The Conspirators.

Former GUNS ‘N ROSES and current SONS OF APOLLO guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thalsays he left Shrapnel Records after his first two solo albums because “it just wasn’t what I signed up for.” The Mike Varney-created label is widely considered to be the preeminent home for experimental and shred guitar players and released Thal‘s 1995 debut solo album, “The Adventures Of Bumblefoot” and 1997 follow-up, “Hermit”Thal launched his own label, Hermit Inc., in late 1997 so he could license his albums on his own.

Asked why he split with Shrapnel, the label responsible for launching the careers of notable players such as Jason BeckerPaul GilbertVinnie Moore and Tony MacAlpineThal told Skyler Isaac of Shakat Journal (see video below): “It just wasn’t what I signed up for. It wasn’t what I thought we had agreed on what it would be. Artistically and everything. It just wasn’t. So I needed to get out of that contract and start doing things differently. So I started my own label and started licensing out. I had different distributors in Japan, in Europe, and things progressed.”

During the same chat, Thal spoke about how he first got into music, saying: “When I first started developing an interest in music, I was five years old and the KISS ‘Alive!’ album came out in the mid-’70s. As soon as I heard that, I just knew that’s what I wanted to do and I started working toward it. I put together a band [and] was writing songs. We would make demos using multiple cassette recorders and figuring out how to multi-track using them, just as kids using whatever was available to us in our imagination, our creativity. That was it, but I didn’t want to be a guitar player. I knew I wanted to make music. I just didn’t know how and what tool I would be using or tools to make that happen, so I originally wanted to be a drummer. My brother wanted to be a drummer, so he was older, [and] he got to be the drummer. I wanted to be a bass player. I went to a music store to start taking bass lessons, but I was this tall and the bass was this tall and there was no way I could handle it at that age. I was too little; they didn’t have kid-size stuff there. They lied to me and said in order to play bass, you have to play a kids-sized acoustic, nylon-string acoustic guitar for two years. After that, you graduate to bass. So, I did it and I stuck with guitar and eventually I figured out how to play bass on my own. Yeah, I got tricked into playing guitar.”

Although Thal has scored music for shows such as “Hogan Knows Best”“The Real World”and “The Osbournes”, mainstream recognition has largely eluded him. “You know, my music isn’t exactly on the radio every day,” he said. “It’s been on TV almost every day and people don’t know it, but it’s been on TV a lot and I think that’s the thing about my music is that it’s always been geared more for TV and film and it gets in a lot of that stuff, but it’s not radio-formatted, it’s not the usual thing.”

Thal joined GUNS N’ ROSES in 2006, replacing Buckethead. He played with the band for eight years and performed on “Chinese Democracy”. He has also released nine full-length solo albums over the past 23 years, most recently 2015’s “Little Brother Is Watching”, which was reissued on CD and vinyl in August 2017 by MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson‘s EMP Label Group.

SONS OF APOLLO will record its sophomore album in January, but due to the busy schedules of the group’s individual members, the record is not expected to be released until 2020.

SONS OF APOLLO‘s debut album, “Psychotic Symphony”, was released in October 2017 via InsideOut Music.