How cool that you saw the original Guns n' Roses!!! I was six or seven years old at the time, so it was to early for me. But very, very cool!!! I think it is cooler to see bands when they are not really famous yet, so I envy you a bit!
When Adler got replaced by Sorum, for me it was still GnR. I think Sorum is a better drummer anyway. When Stradlin got replaced by Clarke, it was already harder for me to take. Clarke is a great guitar-player, this is not the problem. However, Stradlin was a very important song-writer. Maybe even more important than Axl! So to get rid of him, was the beginning of the end for the band. The tour was great, but new material was a problem. Spaghetti Incident was not that good, and of course they were all covers. But yesterday I have listened to Chinese Democracy again. Some songs are ok, but for me none of them are GnR. One song even had like a pop-drumbeat, what the hell??So I am still one of the biggest fans of GnR. Why? Because GnR doesn't exist any more. Cool that Axl is still doing his thing, and I enjoy watching that because of the memories, and because he is still quite good of course. However, it is not Guns n' Roses. I do not understand why he would even still want to name the band GnR. Without Slash, Duff, Stradlin and Sorum, it really isn't. So I appreciate all the people who like the music of this band, because it is not bad. However, it is not Guns n' Roses either. It's is the Axl-band.