“Flashback Friday” is supposed to evoke a fond memory from our past, typically during our formative years. If a Guns N’ Roses music video from 1987–in front of and behind the camera footage–doesn’t qualify, then I don’t know what does.
Sweet memory of mine indeed, both musically and the time period that’s long gone. The era, the unrestrained rock n’ roll lifestyle on-and-off the stage, the city and the musicians all lined up for Guns N’ Roses for several years for something that was uniquely epic before, well, you know.
But now it’s better again. It’s a flashback that came full circle for a flash forward.
Happy Flashback Friday.
Randomness is a wonderful thing.
Occasionally, the gift of randomly stumbling onto something completely out of the blue can pay enormous dividends. Perhaps “stumbling” isn’t the best word…”slashing” sounds better.
Today is one of those days.
Slash (birth name is Saul Hudson) is a living legend and icon, famous for his trademark curly black hair, black top hat and black aviator shades.
Oh, and he riffs on the guitar from time-to-time.
Slash’s talent is visionary and his wisdom is equally enlightening. Watching a documentary (Slash: Raised on the Sunset Strip) about his life growing up on the Strip is a must-see for anybody even mildly interested in the rock scene in LA. Some of music’s biggest names during the past 30 years explained their experiences and personal connections with this crazy good musician dedicated to his craft.
His musical portfolio, and persona, will survive the test of time. Slash is among a special collection of rock stars that will inspire future musicians to pick up an instrument in a music shop as opposed to a laptop (or enter a nationally televised singing competition) to make music that connects with people on a deeply personal level.
On that note…
Randomness: The gift that keeps on giving.
Guns N’ Roses + Dave Grohl’s throne + Angus Young + an AC/DC classic =
Performing at Coachella this past Saturday night, Gun N’ Roses called up rock n’ roll buddy Angus Young from AC/DC to provide a little electricity (and Duck Walk) on-stage alongside Slash and Duff as Axl Rose was forced to sit with a broken foot. However, despite his limitation, it was recently announced that Axl will tour with AC/DC (lead singer has to rest with hearing problems) starting May 7th in Portugal. Once his crossover with his Australian friends concludes, the Rose of Guns N’ Roses will return for a U.S. stadium tour beginning mid-June.
Injury or not, rock n’ roll should always have a stage available with Fender amps ready to be blown out by a Les Paul.
Welcome to the New Week!