Infinite Sadness

I happened to catch the Guns n’ Roses tribute band on Letterman last night–he’s having cover bands all week–and it was godawful. They did “Welcome to the Jungle”–or should I say, butchered it–and it made me appreciate Axl Rose’s singing more than I ever have. As for Chinese Democracy, I could not care one bit. If there ever was an album that was sure to suck, this one is it. Yeah, I said it.

In Axl-related news, I read this column by ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and it brought me back to better (musical) times. Or was it? Who knows, but I have that MTV show somewhere on a videotape and I’ll go out on a limb and say that there’s been nothing of that worth since on that entire station. Is it a station still? Or a reality-show like the rest?

Axl Rose had walked by and Courtney started teasing him. She yelled, “Axl, Axl—you’re the godfather!� Upon hearing this, Axl apparently got very annoyed, walked over to Kurt, and demanded that he keep his woman in line. Kurt turned to Courtney and sarcastically asked his woman to keep in line and left it at that.

I wonder what lucky woman Axl is keeping in line these days. Anyway, speaking of rock and roll buffoons, what the hell happened to Billy Corgan? I’m so glad I saw him/them in 1992-3 when they were awesome because I have almost as little interest in new Smashing Pumpkins music as I do Guns n’ Roses. I won’t lie: the Gish and Siamese Dream shows that I saw were amongst the best I have ever seen. The standout was the pre-Siamese Dream Metro show (almost all were Metro shows) in which they billed themselves as The Turnips and we waited in line in the hot August sun trying to get in. Once we got inside the place was steaming and my lasting memory will be hanging on the outskirts of the mosh pit wearing nothing but shorts and a vest (somehow I had lost my t-shirt), sweating madly and slamming against the bodies that would circle around my way.

One other lasting memory: the anticipation right before the Pumpkins came out, knowing that we were all about to watch a band get huge. “Cherub Rock” kicked in and they were off. Where did you go, Billy Corgan? What a knucklehead. These recent shows sound embarrassing to everyone, band and fans alike.


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