Originally Posted by scott free
Yeah, you could kinda sense that trickery was at work at certain points.
I seriously couldnt agree more that a given players "feel" can totally change the dynamics of a song, Steven Adler? LOVED his style and no one has even come close to it yet in GNR, what he may have lacked in technical virtuosity he made up for with sheer instinct and muscle, i'd take him ANY day over Sorum, he was just too robotic or something in many ways... he was kinda the Bruce Kulick of GNR drummers. Whoever was playing in london was ok, i guess.
Gotta say though, that i REALLY enjoyed what the new lead guitarist brought to each song... nobody will ever replace Slash, but his style was more than enjoyable, to quickly try to categorize him i'd say he's more technical and futuristic... kinda Muse on steroids, if that makes any sense.
But yep, no replacement players will ever have quite the same magic as the original lineup in ANY band, its literally like chemistry imo, some people just belong together.
Yeah, Ron Blumenthal (Bumblefoot) is a MONSTER guitarist. Richard Fortus is cool but I'm not down with D.J. He's a decent player but I used to hang at the Rainbow when he thought he was the shit in Beautiful Creatures (which is strange because Joe Leste is the opposite of that) and he always came across as a poser, with all the obligatory tats and piercings.
Matt's a great drummer and he was very good on The Cult's Beyond Good & Evil record and good in VR. It's just that you have to create music with Matt for it to work because his timing is just so dead on. You can get the music to swing but you have to swing to him, not the other way around.
Adler was (and still is, somewhat) a wreck but there's no denying his groove and feel. That band was magic and it's too bad it didn't last.