Originally Posted by anak
Yeah I'm not wild about the lack of the band. However Slash was never a great guitarist. Izzy is one to be missed for sure but the sound of GNR was all Axl. He knew it and had an arrogance about it that destroyed the band. I disagree that any other frontman could have pulled it off. Axl's voice was unique and grabbed people much like Ozzy did in the 70's and Vedder in the 90s (and no Scott Stapp DOES not sound like Eddie Vedder). Axl had a distinct rhythm and cadence that made GNR. Without him? Slash's Snakepit did almost as well as Garfunkel without Simon. Even with a more gifted vocalist (Weiland) Slash still couldn't produce anything close to what GNR was. Read above for one of many similar comments regarding VR. And Izzy's band sunk too. Duff also I think had his own thing going for a bit. Never heard of it? Yup. The rest of Axl's new cronies aren't unknowns though and are proven musicians so maybe something good will come of this. The song on their website is discouraging though.
Slash was never a good guitarist??? As a musician and an avid classic rock junky I could not disagree more. The guitar on Appetitie for Destruction was amazing. Those riffs got everyone caught up in GnR. Slash made everyone of those riffs that not only changed music but brought GnR to the top of the charts. How do I know this? Try reading "Slash" which is Slash's 800 page biography tracing the history of GnR. To say that Slash was never great is a really weird statement to make; it just does not make any sense whatsoever. Those guitar riffs revitalized rock n roll when bands like Poison, etc... killed it. If you listen to Appetitie or Illusions you will easily see that the guitar parts are highly techincal. In fact, great guitarist such as Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, have praised Slash's style of guitar.
I can agree that maybe you dislike Slash's style, etc..., but to say he is a bad guitarist is nothing more than you not understanding the intrictae nature of guitar, as well as music in general.
What made GnR so special was the vibe of all the members together, each individually can not recreate that vibe. BTW, Snakepit went platinim, as well as Velvert Revolver's album.