I missed Guns n’ Roses during the first go-round of their reunion tour but I’m happy to say I’ll be catching them in November at the Garden. They’ve been working in tributes and covers over the last year – notably playing ‘Black Hole Sun’ ever since the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. Last night in Canada they added this beauty, the recently departed Glen Campbell’s big hit, ‘Wichita Lineman’.
I’ve always said that they were one of the best cover bands of all time. In the early 90’s, they charted with The Spaghetti Incident, a full album of covers. They’ve also had huge hits on their hands with the Stones’ ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ and Dylan’s ‘Knockin On Heaven’s Door’ – which were recorded for the soundtracks of Days Of Thunder and Interview With The Vampire respectively. Well executed covers are in the band’s DNA – look no further than their early live recording of Aerosmith’s ‘Mama Kin’ from the “demo” side of the G N’ R Lies album. Their version of Paul McCartney’s ‘Live And Let Die’, a Bond theme song, is actually better than the original.