For my 50th post on MHB, I’d like to discuss something really personal and close to my heart. I think there are some moments in life that truly define you as a person. Whether it’s winning an award for a fantastic accomplishment or having a baby or receiving your first paycheck, they all mark points of your life you’re happiest or proudest and you never forget. To me, one of these moments was attending Guns ‘N’ Roses’ first ever concert in Bangalore. Now I mentioned in my last post that Bangalore is the city to be in if you want to see international artists perform, and boy am I thanking my stars I live here. I would call Bangalore my ultimate ‘Paradise City’.
I’ve been a fan of Guns ‘N’ Roses since I was very little. In fact I don’t even remember when exactly I fell in love with them because they’ve always been present in my life. The person I have to thank for that is my gorgeous, kick-ass and totally awesome aunt who is a fan herself and introduced the band’s music to me. In fact my aunt and my mom are the two people who I thank first and foremost for the development of my interest in music, especially the soft spot I have for 80’s Rock. Going for the concert with them, especially my aunt, was truly something I will never forget as long as I live. Guns ‘N’ Roses are something my aunt and I have always bonded over and seeing Axl Rose perform on stage the songs we used to sing along to all through my childhood brought tears to my eyes. I know it sounds cheesy, but hey I was extremely emotional and working my way through a massive glass of beer.
Axl Rose is the only original member of Guns ‘N’ Roses left in the band and most of my friends didn’t attend the concert because they felt Slash’s absence had changed the band’s dynamics completely and he was the only one worth watching anyway. Being an Axl fangirl, I couldn’t disagree more because even though I admit I would have liked to see Slash, I didn’t feel the music had changed in any way. Guns ‘N’ Roses sounded as raw and powerful as ever and I didn’t think they needed Slash at all to sound brilliant. Axl Rose started off a little shaky, but as he warmed up he brought out a whole lot of energy. They performed Sweet Child O’ Mine, November Rain, Better, Paradise City and a lot more. His voice still sounds the same and he is truly a God of Rock.
We think our favourite musicians are invincible. We perceive them as forever young, having had a drink from the Fountain of Youth to make them beautiful, sexy, and dynamic but seeing Axl Rose that night was a bit of a wake-up call.
Axl Rose then:
Axl Rose now:
I was reminded that musicians are also only human and age, illness and death all affect them the same way as they do us. Having to live up to our expectations in fact adds more burden to their shoulders and it’s unfair for us to expect them to remain the same as time passes. Axl Rose may look very different, but I’m proud to be able to tell you that his voice and energy remain the same and so does his talent for song-writing. He even performed some of his famous dance moves along with Sweet Child O’ Mine and my aunt was screaming like the crazy fangirl she is. I was screaming away too even though I had a bad throat. To say it was epic would be an understatement.
As you all know my favourite band is Tokio Hotel and when my aunt told me that Guns ‘N’ Roses are her Tokio Hotel, it got me thinking; What will they look like in 20 years? Will they still be as sexy as they are now? Will they still be alive, making music? Where will I be? All I know for sure is that I will forever remain a fan of Bill and Tokio Hotel, just like my aunt stayed in love with Axl Rose and Guns ‘N’ Roses.
[Sorry, couldn’t help but add a photo of Bill!]