Posts Tagged ‘Welcome To The Jungle’

Monsters Of Rock BitEarlier in the year, I was blown away by the presentation of The Big Four in 8-Bit Nintendo style music that I posted it in the What If section (you can see that one here). Now I have another amazing video to show all of you for What If… Part 8: Monsters Of Rock in 8-Bit. Loudwire and Filthy Frackers created the last 8-Bit video that we all enjoyed and they teamed up once again to create another awesome 8-Bit video that features the likes of Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Quiet Riot, and Twisted Sister. The video is so awesome because it blends elements that are so iconic with the song and the band plus with Nintendo/video game characters. You’ll hear the Guns N Roses classic Welcome To The Jungle in 8-bit, Motley Crue’s Girls, Girls, Girls in 8-Bit, Twisted Sisters iconic video and song for We’re Not Gonna Take It in 8-bit, as well as Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard), and Metal Health (Bang Your Head) (Quiet Riot) all in 8-bit. You have to check it out below and let’s hope for more 8-bit awesomeness from Loudwire and Filthy Frackers cause this is the video game that never happened.

aaEveryone was looking forward to performances from A Day To Remember, Guns N Roses, and even Zakk Wylde’s, but nobody saw this coming at the 2014 Revolver Golden God Awards which was Slayer opening the show as the surprise performer. One of the things people expect at this particular awards show is to see who the surprise guest performer will be, but Slayer didn’t need it as the bulldozed their way through classics South Of Heaven, War Ensemble, and the premiere of a brand new track Implode. It was especially cool to see Marilyn Manson intro the band in. Right after Slayer was done with their set, it was time to meet this year’s hosts of the show since Chris Jericho wasn’t doing it this year. Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine of VH1 Classics That Metal Show were the hosts and their intro was horrible. Then it was off to the first presenters of the show as Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park came out to present The Best Vocalist Award (see below for complete list of winners), then that was followed by Dave Navarro and Jill Janus of Huntress presenting the Best Live Band Award.

a dayFrankie Palmeri of Emmure came out next to present the next live band of the night which was A Day To Remember who brought something completely different than Slayer, but they pleased the crowd as the band performed hit songs such as Right Back At It Again, End Of Me, and their closer All I Want. They were the second band to perform and still no surprise guest on stage with which is unusual at this point in the show. Then there was some technical difficulties as we waited for the cameras to show us Tony Hawk and Carmen Electra who were presenting the best live band award which was won by Avenged Sevenfold. They weren’t at The Nokia Theater, but they were brought in via satellite from a gig in Minneapolis where they gave the award away to a fan from the crowd. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and a couple of members from Memphis May Fire came out next to present the best new band award.

maxThen the legendary Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein along with the sexy brand new lead singer of Arch Enemy Alissa White-Gluz to intro The Pretty Reckless who were the next band to perform that night. Taylor Momsen is beautiful and very sexual on stage as most of you may know, but she has an amazing band that backs her up as they had one heck of a performance. The band performed their tracks Fucked Up World, Heaven Knows, and Going To Hell. Zakk Wylde would eventually come out to do a special Piano performance of In This River to pay tribute to all that have fallen over the years, but who was working the special video screwed up saying that Jani Lane was the singer for Motorhead. Then more technical difficulties plagued the show as we waited for Suicide Silence to take the stage to perform for the first time with their brand new singer Eddie Hermida. The band would play the tracks You Only Live Once and No Pity For A Coward, but it was their last song that was amazing. The band brought out Max Cavalera of Soulfly/Sepultura fame and they performed Roots on stage together that had me saying thank God someone finally had a guest on stage.

joan jettAlice Cooper presented The Golden God Award to Joan Jett who mentioned The Runaways. After her speech, she wanted to perform, but they nixed it so that Alice could introduce the performance. She opened up her performance with a rocking version of Bad Reputation which was tearing up the house. The next track she performed was a track that she had written with Dave Grohl called Any Weather which captured the spirit of the Blackhearts. Then Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were on fire with the next song I Hate Myself For Loving You for which she was joined onstage by Taylor Momsen. What I didn’t understand is that after the performance was done they performed it again to which Billy Gibbons would join them on stage to be the cheerleader. It was one heck of a performance anyways, but I believe they may have been shooting a version for television.

gnrAndrew Dice Clay came out to present the video montage for Axl Rose while Nicolas Cage presented Axl Rose of  Guns N Rose with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Of course from that point on, we were wondering how long it was going to take for the band to actual perform. The crowd was definitely anxiously awaiting the band to hit the stage as we also knew that Duff McKagan would be performing with the band. The band eventually came out and started rocking right away with It’s So Easy. The band would blaze through one of my all time favorite tracks Welcome To The Jungle with a killer intro by DJ Ashba. One thing I will admit is that Axl’s vocals were a little off tonight when it came to his high notes. Then for the third track of the night they would dig into their latest album Chinese Democracy with the Better. The band would then perform This I Love from Chinese Democracy. Then the band kicked into the kickass Use Your Illusion II track You Could Be Mine. The band would continue with Sweet Child Of Mine and a Babe I’m Gonna Leave You/November Rain medley after Axl introduced the whole band to the crowd. My final thoughts on the show is that I thought it could have been executed a little bit better than it had been in the past. I certainly miss having Chris Jericho hosting the show, but after a while the boys from That Metal Show did fine.

Awards:

Best Vocalist- Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Live Band- Rob Zombie

Most Dedicated Fans- Avenged Sevenfold

Best New Talent- Twelve Foot Ninja

Paul Gray Best Bassist- Chris Kael

Best Drummer- Arin Ilejay

Comeback Of The Year- Deep Purple

Best Film & Video- This Is A Wasteland by Pierce The Veil

Song Of The Year- Lift Me Up by Five Finger Death Punch

Most Metal Athlete- Josh Barnett

Golden God Award- Joan Jett

Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist- Zacky Vengeance & Synyster Gates

Album Of The Year- 13 by Black Sabbath

Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award- Axl Rose of Guns N Roses

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The original banned cover

For this week’s album of the week, I wanted to pick an album that had changed the landscape and sort of brought some legitimacy back to the sunset strip scene. The scene had become too over-saturated with bands that cared about the way they looked rather than the music they played. That is where Guns N Roses comes into the picture,a band that was staring the LA scene down and saying that they weren’t going to follow those rules. Guns N Roses were the biggest badasses in LA at a time where a band like Poison ruled the scene. The band was made up of five guys who were different in their looks and personalities, but man were they a force to be reckon with. Axl Rose (Vocals) and Izzy Stradlin (Rhythm Guitar) left their homes in Indiana to pursue rock and roll stardom where they would join forces with a punk rocker in Duff McKagan (Bass), wild child Steven Adler (Drums), and the cool and collective man who went by just one name, Slash (Guitar). One of the coolest stories about the band coming together was the fact that Slash was supposed to audition for their eventual rivals Poison, but when he heard he had to wear make up, Slash said no way and he left. The album is one of the highest selling debut albums of all time and has been certified platinum 18 times with an overall worldwide sales equally 30.5 million copies.

File:Welcometothejungle.jpgThe iconic Welcome To The Jungle, a tale about a person who visits a big city for the first time and the things he learns opens up the album. The breakdown or main riff originated from a song Duff had written when he was in a punk band called The Vains. The high energy It’s So Easy follows as the next track in a song about a time in where the band was broke, but they had plenty of girls to live off of. Nightrain an anthem that serves as a tribute to a cheap, but infamous bottle of California wine with Izzy Stradlin playing the lead intro and the first half of the guitar solo. Out Ta Get Me is a track about all the trouble that Axl went through while living in Indiana. It’s also one of the fastest songs written by the band which means it was written in under three minutes. Mr. Brownstone is the first song the band wrote after they were signed by Geffen Records. The song explores a day in the life of Heroin addicts with Brownstone being slang for the drug. It’s one of the most iconic songs GNR wrote besides the aforementioned Welcome To The Jungle and the next track. Paradise City is an a true rock and roll anthem that as a fan of the genre you cannot ignore it’s awesomeness. The song was written in the back of a van when the band was making a return trip home from a gig in San Francisco. The style of the song has the ascending chromatic riff style while it’s the only song on the album to feature a synthesizer.

gnr 3The next track on the record is a dark tale about a friend named Michelle. Of course, you knew I was talking about My Michelle which was written after Axl and this friend had heard the song Your Song by Elton John. She had apparently said she wished someone would write a song about her and sure enough Axl did. Surprisingly to the dismay of Slash, she loved the song. Think About You isn’t a ballad, but it’s a rock and roll anthem begging for lovin from someone special. You’re Crazy is one of the fastest songs in GNR’s repertoire that was originally recorded as a slower acoustic track.  Sweet Child Of Mine might be the most overplayed GNR song that has ever existed and it’s their only US number one single. The song is played according to wikipedia in “D (D-Flat)/C (C-sharp) mixolydian, which is a mode of G♭/F♯ major.” In a issue of Hit Parader Duff told them, “The thing about ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine,’ it was written in five minutes. It was one of those songs, only three chords. You know that guitar lick Slash does at the beginning? It was kinda like a joke because we thought, ‘What is this song? It’s gonna be nothing, it’ll be filler on the record.’ And except that vocal-wise, it’s very sweet and sincere, Slash was just fuckin’ around when he first wrote that lick.”

gnrAnything Goes is one of the earliest written GNR songs as it was written in 1981 and even played by Hollywood Rose. I call it a mix of dirty rock and roll and some punk rock attitude mixed in with it. Rocket Queen is the most legendary song on the record for what I am going to say. In an interview with Hit Parader Axl told them, “I wrote this song for this girl who was gonna have a band and she was gonna call it Rocket Queen. She kinda kept me alive for a while. The last part of the song is my message to this person, or anybody else who can get something out of it. It’s like there’s hope and a friendship note at the end of the song. For that song there was also something I tried to work out with various people—a recorded sex act. It was somewhat spontaneous but premeditated; something I wanted to put on the record.” During the recording of the song, Axl took Steven Adler’s girlfriend at the time, Adriana Smith, and had sex with her in the booth. Those are the moans that you hear in the track. It is definitely one of the greatest debut albums by any band, but unfortunately they could keep the act going. I believe that they would have been the biggest band ever, but you know how it goes in show business. I am going to give the album five stars out of five because it is that iconic.

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