|The charts editor for Billboard magazine has spoken to Newsday about the impressive chart debut of GUNS N' ROSES' "Greatest Hits" — a collection of previously released songs from a band whose last studio collection, "The Spaghetti Incident?", came out more than a decade ago.
As previously reported, singer Axl Rose and fellow original members Slash and Duff McKagan argued in a lawsuit that the company was putting out the album without their input. Geffen officials countered that they wouldn't have released the album if Rose had delivered the long-promised album "Chinese Democracy", which has been in the works for seven years.
"Patching up their differences only long enough to try to stop this album from coming out may just have served to draw more attention to it and may have helped market it," the editor, Geoff Mayfield, told Newsday.
"To a degree, they'll have to start over with the group," Mayfield added of prospects for a comeback. "There would be some people — Axl faithful — who would buy (a new studio album) on faith, but I think it's been a long time. Older fans of the band may have moved on to other stuff." [Read more]
Tricia Romano of the Village Voice has included the following tidbit in the April 5 installment of her "Fly Life" regular column:
"Still in recovery mode the next night, I went to my weekly moonlighting DJ gig at the Soho Grand. The four hours are usually passed with mellow house music and downtempo. Imagine, then, how wussy I felt when Slash from GUNS N' ROSES walked in, wearing his trademark leather pants and a leather jacket emblazoned with the logo of his new band, VELVET REVOLVER, his curly hair back in a ponytail, and pulled up a chair next to the bar filled with straitlaced dorks. He was in town mixing the record — 'I'm the workhorse of the band,' he explained later. Slash approached the DJ booth and asked if we could play some VELVET REVOLVER. I soon became his personal DJ, taking some of his requests (AC/DC, ZEP, and um, BEYONCÉ and MISSY). Slash was surprisingly sweet and hung out behind the DJ booth, selecting records. When he chose HOLE's 'Live Through This', we bonded over our love for Miss Love. He talked about GN'R's demise and Axl's descent. 'If I hadn't left the band in 1995, I'd be a dead junkie,' he confessed. 'You have to move on with your life.'
"In between giving 'Walk Like an Egyptian' dance lessons to a lady at the bar ('You put your hands over your head like this and move your neck'), the rocker almost got in a bar fight because a drunk guy didn't believe Slash was really Slash. If you ask me, that guy deserved to get sucker punched. Pow!"