Guns N’ Roses finally unveils “The General” after 16 years of waiting

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The song of the time Chinese Democracy ” first surfaced in 2007, and Guns N’ Roses eventually performed it live at the Hollywood Bowl.

Guns N’ Roses played the penultimate concert of their 2023 tour at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Thursday evening, and took the opportunity to present ” The General “.

The General ” is one of many songs from the era Chinese Democracy which fans heard about long before the album’s release. Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach praised it in a series of interviews. “ This is by far the heaviest piece of metal I’ve ever heard Axl playSebastian Bach told Metal Edge in 2007, this slow, grinding riff with these high, piercing vocals, screaming vocals. I asked, “When is this coming out?” And he said “2012. It comes out on the third album. It’s related to this song. It’s a trilogy. This goes with that lyrically.” He planned everything. He’s just different from other people. He does things at his own pace, in his own way, but you know… the world is not prepared for what I heard. »

The following year, Bach told WECB that Rose had told him that “ The General » was the continuation of “ Estranged “. “ He’s like the George Lucas of rockBach said. I know for a fact that it wasn’t him who said, “Let’s wait and work on (Chinese Democracy). He has a whole new sales team. Irving Azoff is in charge, as is Andy Gould. They’re trying to figure out the best way to get the music out there. »

When Chinese Democracy was released that year, “ The General » was not included on the album. Over the years, she has acquired legendary status in the Guns N’ Roses fan community. Some fans have even created fake versions that can be found on YouTube. But this is the first time the public has heard the song in its entirety.

There hasn’t been a new Guns N’ Roses album since Chinese Democracybut the reformed version of the group has released new recordings of “ Absurd “, ” Hard Skool ” And ” Perhaps » over the past two years. These three songs date from the sessions of Chinese Democracy. A single from “ Perhaps » is scheduled to be released on December 8 with “ The General » on side B.

Guns N’ Roses will conclude their 2023 tour at the Hell and Heaven Fest in Toluca, Mexico on November 5. They will headline a festival that also includes Muse, Slipknot and Billy Idol.


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