After surprising fans with a reunion gig post 23 years at Troubadour club, Guns N’ Roses sets off on a official tour. Mumbai musicians share their excitement with Dipanjan Sinha
The singer has had a chance to see footage from the recent gig at the Troubadour club and he finds the band hot as ever.
Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses during a concert in Bangalore on December 7, 2012. The band, which has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, was touring India for the first time. Pic/AFP
He says that he had loved their music while growing up and that Guns N' Roses were one of the best Rock n' Roll bands around then. "I would love to see them live and more importantly, I am happy that there's a chance for another kick-ass Rock n' Roll album," he says.
The guitarist and music composer is excited about the reunion and considers it to be the biggest news in the music industry. "It is also sad that it now takes a classic rock band reunion to be big news and the new musicians are not encouraged to experiment and do something different," he rues.
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Indian Ocean's lead guitarist is hopeful about the reunion. "It is very good news," he says, and adds that the band was one of the important ones after the heady '60s and '70s with an explosion of talent. "In the English speaking world, GNR was certainly one of the biggest of their time," he believes.
The acclaimed musician and Indus Creed member remembers how iconic GNR was and the impact of the landmark album, Appetite for Destruction. "But that was many years ago and people, along with musical tastes, change. Sometimes it is very difficult for a band to regroup and continue from where they left off." The pianist is, however, hoping that GNR can set aside their personal differences and come back as the cohesive energy packed hard-hitting rock band they once were.
The Indus Creed singer and writer is realistic with his expectations. "A lot has changed over the years and whether they would be able to recreate the earlier magic is anybody's guess," he says. He, however, adds that he is happy that the band is back and is looking forward to some great music.