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Posted: 12 Dec 08, 13:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Taken From BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

Q: "Catcher N' The Rye" is one of the best songs on the ["Chinese Democracy"] album. Why no Brian? [QUEEN guitarist Brian May recorded a guest appearance on the track back in 1999, but his contributions were removed from the final album version of the song.]

Axl: "There's a few reasons, and none of them all that big and definitely not in spite or to slight anyone.

"First off, obviously I knew people liked the song, but the Brian appreciation really only showed up in force publicly after we had moved on in GUNS. In fact, not many seemed to care and most comments were aimed at why Slash, in their opinions, should be here.

"Brian's solo itself is a personal fave of mine and I really couldn't understand, as he's such a rock legend, why it wasn't openly appreciated more at the time.

"In actuality, all that feel and emotion referred to now had a lot to do with Sean [Beavan, one of the producers who worked on 'Chinese Democracy'] and I and the parts I chose out of Brian's different runs, versions, practice runs, etc., to make sure we had those elements in one version. It's entirely constructed from edits based around one specific note Brian hit in a throwaway take. And though Brian seems to have warmed a bit to it, at least publicly, he was unfortunately none too pleased at the time with our handiwork. I remember looking at Brian standing to my left and him staring at the big studio speakers a bit aghast saying, 'But that's not what I played.'

"Sean Beavan and I were not in any way tring to mess with Brian, we just did what we do and then try and do our best to stand up for our decisions."


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Posted: 12 Dec 08, 14:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Why does this not surprise me.
We all know what a control freak "Bri" is.
Oh well.



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Posted: 12 Dec 08, 21:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OH MAN..... I know that feeling.  Wasn't done to me on such a grand scale, but it hurt all the same.  I did a solo for a crappy CD that was produced by my music college last year (I'm embarrased to even be on it, I'd like to blowtorch every copy....)  and for some bizarre reason they saw fit to slightly re-edit my faux-pedal steel playing in the background.  And the very last note in my guitar solo?  I have no idea where it came from but it's not what I played.

When I first heard it I sort of bellowed "YOU FUCKING ARSEHOLES" directly at my stereo.  Now I just laugh because I realise that the CD never went to anybody important and it doesn't matter.  Hahaha.

Poor Brian. 



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Posted: 13 Dec 08, 00:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Axl's been drinking [img=/images/smiley/msn/whatchutalkingabout_smile.gif][/img]


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Posted: 13 Dec 08, 00:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One doesn't  tug on Supermans cape or trifle with a Brian May guitar performance.

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Posted: 13 Dec 08, 03:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just don't like Axl and GnR guys in general (also if they were really awesome in the 90s): I think they're untrustable. Listening Catcher in the Rhye I guess Bri contribution would have been great if carefully taken (and not in a one shot improvisation attempt).
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Posted: 13 Dec 08, 03:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Zebonka12 wrote:

OH MAN..... I know that feeling.  Wasn't done to me on such a grand scale, but it hurt all the same.  I did a solo for a crappy CD that was produced by my music college last year (I'm embarrased to even be on it, I'd like to blowtorch every copy....)  and for some bizarre reason they saw fit to slightly re-edit my faux-pedal steel playing in the background.  And the very last note in my guitar solo?  I have no idea where it came from but it's not what I played.

When I first heard it I sort of bellowed "YOU FUCKING ARSEHOLES" directly at my stereo.  Now I just laugh because I realise that the CD never went to anybody important and it doesn't matter.  Hahaha.

Poor Brian. 

Any chance I can hear it? :-P (in FLAC of course! ;-)

Question though: Don't suppose they let you take home a copy of the original unedited solo, did they?


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Posted: 13 Dec 08, 09:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Poor Axl! Can you believe all the dicks he worked with... Slash, Buckethead, Brian May. The trouble he went through to make their work amount to something half-decent - and were they grateful? No! Arrogant bastards, the lot. I don't know how Axl copes with them...


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Posted: 13 Dec 08, 09:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian didn't care much in the end I guess. He was busy with his own fiasco, TCR.