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Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses stormed back to the front of the music scene in 2016 with an earth shattering and hugely successful tour throughout the United States and elsewhere. The band already announced dates for the 2017 U.S. and European tour and there is speculation that more dates are forthcoming.
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As Axl, Slash, and Duff take to the road again to awesome crowds and reviews many fans are curious about any new music popping up from the legendary band. Rumors of songs titled “Atlas Shrugged” and “The General” among others have circulated for years so we will just have to wait and see what happens. Regardless the guys seem to be having a blast back together again and fans are rocking every show. The band continues to play the songs most popular to a wider audience along with deeper cuts like the masterpiece “Coma” and the brilliant “Estranged”. Check out our schedule for GnR below and grab your tickets to see what the band can do in this exciting 2017.
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“Coma” – One Fan’s Perspective on How It Changed His Entire Life
At first “Coma” was just a long but very cool song that showed off the amazing talents of Axl, Slash, Duff and the others and mixed in all sorts of creative elements most bands could never come up with. Oh, it sounded great as well and really “got you in the zone”. Over time though I became more and more curious about what the song means and what it is actually about.
I’m familiar with how Axl has stated that a drug overdose incident stimulated the creation of “Coma”, but that doesn’t mean the song is or has to only be about an overdose. Many say Slash had the most control over the song. Either way I view music as open to whatever interpretation one has on his or her own.
After so many years enjoying the song I’ve come to the conclusion that “Coma” is about oneself. It’s an introspective look at oneself and the hopefully successful transition a man or woman can make in his/her life. The transition from the older version of yourself to the newer and better version of yourself that can seek to reach maximum potential after absorbing all of the lessons and painful setbacks of earlier life.
The song itself can be seen as chopped in half in that way. In the first portion of the song we hear the author “crawling through the wreckage of all my twisted dreams and this cheap investigation just can’t stifle all my screams” followed by literally stating he is “waiting, at the crossroads, waiting for you, waiting for you . . . . where are you?” Over time I saw that line up with how I would ask myself what I was doing and if I was truly being the person I had the potential to be. Was I waiting for myself at the crossroads?
Later in the song (and for the record there are too many gems to cover them all) we hear things like being challenged by “and all this crass communication that has left you in the cold” and how “sometimes we get so tired of waiting for a way to spend our time”. One of the boldest and most memorable set of lyrics to me has become the following: “If home is where the heart is and there’s stories to be told, no you don’t a doctor, no one else can heal your soul”. After that “got your mind into submission and your life on the line” and it was like BOOM there it is.
Not to say that one can’t benefit by the help of others in life, but at the end of the day we can each grab ourselves and pull ourselves up and make the changes we need to make and want to make. There is no doctor or expert to tell you who you are or what to do. That is up to you.
In typical Axl fashion he has his own style while essentially mocking himself or an earlier version of himself when he flippantly barks out how “It’s So Easy to be social and it’s so easy to be cool, yeah it’s so easy to be hungry when you ain’t got shit to lose” as if to provide useful reminders to himself while also mocking a younger and less mature form of himself and his music via the reference to “It’s So Easy” from AFD.
I could go on and on and dissect every single lyric and musical twist but suffice to say the lyrics and the way Axl sings them along with Slash’ brilliant guitar work make “Coma” to me the most amazing masterpiece I’ve heard. No other piece of art has had more impact on my life.
“Locomotive” - One Fan’s Take On This Overlooked Gem
“Locomotive” is easily lost on the shuffle of the massive release of the UYIs to the point where many average fans are not even aware of it. I must admit. I was a huge Guns fan for over ten years before the track really hit me and things started clicking.
This piece of music is a masterpiece. Something about out really sticks to me and I’m convinced it has to do with how I feel that “Locomotive” is the track that best spotlights ALL members of the band. You have the tenacious and winding lyrics and vocals from Axl. Slash is well Slash and tears it up. Duff has a more prominent role than your typical GnR SONG. The drums are persistent and aggressive the entire time. And, of course, the ending blends in the keyboard wonderfully.
The tone, pace, aggression, and overall vibe of the song are simply brilliant. It really hit me after a long relationship ended, but I am not mentioning that in the sense of seeking pity or feeling sorrow. “Locomotive” literally helped me redefine who I am in relationships and what my expectations are of other human beings. Human beings are seriously flawed in some ways. Most people are NOT good matches for each other. “Locomotive” for whatever reason laid this out for me better than anything else ever in my life. After said relationship my old man said to me “hey just make sure you are getting back what you put in next time” and left it at that. “Locomotive” took his simple statement and completely turned my mind over a million times and gave me a refreshingly happy and enthusiastic new perspective.
“Sweetness is a virtue and you lost your virtue long ago,
You know I’d like to hurt you but my conscious always tells me no.”
“I opened up the door but it was cold outside,
Hoping that you’d find your own way in,
But how can I protect you,
Or try not to neglect you,
When you won’t take the love I have to give?
I bought me an illusion and I put in on the wall
I let it fill my head with dreams,
And I had to have them all,
But oh the taste is never so sweet,
As what you believe it is,
It’s these prejudiced illusions
That pump the blood to the heart of the biz.”
“You can use your illusion,
Let it take you where it may,
We live and learn,
And then sometimes it’s best to walk away,
Me I’ll just be hanging out,
In my only place to stay,
I’ve worked too hard for my illusions,
Just to throw them all away . . . . . . “
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