Axl obviously pushed a lot of shit uphill to make a new GNR-and I personally think that the 2000-2004 lineup was the defining vision of what the new Guns was going to be, it was/still is very exciting to think what those guys cooked up during their time together.
Yes, we all know I cant stand Ashbas appearance-in saying that I never had a problem with Robins early 2000s look or Buckethead-I was well familiar with Robin from his NIN work (friends at the time were/still are huge NIN fiends) and to a lesser degree Bucket from his Primus association.
Marilyn Manson were/was big around that time,and his foil/bassist Twiggy Ramirez stole his look from Robin in the 90s(who in turn,I think owes a lot of that look to Brian Eno in his Roxy Music/early solo era) and things like Shacklers Revenge,Silkworms and Oh My God are very reminiscent of NIN/Manson of that time (hey lets not forget Sean Beavan worked on CD too) I honestly didnt give a fuck Robin Finck and the guy with the Bucket on his head were in GNR-I was pumped for what would result from this strange brew.
My beef lies in the fact that for whatever reason, the album got sat on and Bucket,Brain,Robin left...and for what? Can you honestly say after listening to the antiquiet or 2006 or even in some ways the 99 demos that some amazing additions were added to the songs we finally got? I dont. In my opinion, the album sat in the oven for five years too long and by that time most of the key ingredients had left the band.
Ron Thal is a lovely guy and an amazing guitarist-but when I listen to the studio leak of CD(the song) and then the final version I can honestly say what he "added" to that song for me just took away from it.
God knows what songs like Shacklers Revenge orSorry sounded like pre Ron but Im willing to bet that nothing was "improved"
If the line of thought was to improve the credibility of the GNR name by having the guys currently in the band appear on the album I dont get it because I for one and I think mosrt fans would have accepted them anyway.
So on to DJ-okay Axl has fought so hard,wont be told anymore etc etc and after a decade and more without Slash and trying to make GNR into a different beast he ends up getting for all intents and purposes, a Slash lite.
All of this is just my opinion, but as far as Im concerned this is scraping the barrel, its back to square one and I reckon Axl may as well just eat a fuckload of humble pie and get Slash back, because having DJ onstage with GNR just reeks of Slash wannabee and sorry, Ashba isnt the real deal. Yes, he plays nice etc-but I cant believe this poser is a member of the band Guns N Roses.