Saturday, October 31, 2009

2 for 1? (Eddie Vedder - Pearl Jam)

Drinking wine all night while busting out 30+ song setlists almost in every concert is something that Eddie Vedder has been doing for nearly 2 decades. Arguably the best frontman and vocalist of our era, one has to forgive him when he practically reuses the same guitar progression from both "Just Breathe" off of the Pearl Jam's new album 'Backspacer' and then forhis solo album for 'Into the Wild' with the song "Tuolomne". Nonetheless, both amazing songs, but I'd give the edge to "Just Breathe"


Friday, October 30, 2009

Lets get started where it "ended".... (Guns N' Roses)

Guns N' Roses. What a band. So many lineups, so much potential, so much talent. I became fixed on the Gunners at a tender age of 7 in 1988 when I snuck into my older brothers hockey locker room and heard 'Welcome to the Jungle' blasting on some old school beat box. So aggressive and so powerful and man, did that shit pump me up. The first video I saw from them was Paradise City and I became hooked. I didnt know what the hell I was doing at 7 years old absolutely obsessing over a bunch of fucking junkies, but I thought they were the most badass mofo's and still feel the same way 20 years later. Granted the band has changed alot and Axl has gone and made some wonderful songs without the old lineup, but I will discuss here the last song ever played live by the "old" lineup. When I say the old lineup in this context, I don't mean the original lineup, but close to it. Close to what non obsessed GNR fans, unlike myself, would think of as a GNR lineup would be Axl, the crazy top hat wearing guy Slash, and maybe they might remember there was some guy named Izzzy or Dizzy or something like that. The real sharp ones might even know Duff or Steven Adler or Matt Sorum. Anyways, back in 1993 GNR was ending a 2.5 year tour supporting their Use Your Illusion albums and their last show was in Argentina. The last song of the night, an Appetite for Destruction hit called Paradise City was played. Little did the crowd know that this was it for this classic lineup. A lineup with the potential of making megahits every year if they wanted, up to the quality that many would compare to Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, or now in modern day era, Pearl Jam. Anyways, now we all get to witness this performance. You could never tell thru this video that Axl hated every other bandmates guys by this point. Enjoy!!