Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts), Careful with that axe, Eugene, A saucerful of secrets, One of those days, ... See full summary »
A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.
Okay, the truth is that I hated a lot of GNR's videos, and watching them again hasn't altered my appraisal too much. Andy Morahan was such a hack and those sprawling, meaningless, pseudo-narratives really helped to make the band more of a joke than it should have been.
IMHO, they should have aligned themselves with more visionary people. Mark Romanek and David Fincher -- I would love to see what those guys would do with a GNR video. Spike Jonze, maybe. Any of those "Director's Label" DVD guys.
I guess it's all moot right now. I'm just thankful I got to see the last show of the New GNR's Chinese Democracy tour before the whole thing got pulled. Say what you will, and I know that they canceled a bunch of shows during that small, aborted tour: on December 5, 2002, at Madison Square Garden in NYC, Guns N' Roses lived. They sounded incredible. They looked incredible. (Though I miss Axl's more flamboyant styles -- he just wore sports jerseys throughout, no kilt/catcher's mask combos...)
I pray they/he gets their/his act together. As appreciated as they were, I've always felt they were underappreciated. Or rather, I've always felt they represented much more potential greatness than they ever fully realized. CHINESE DEMOCRACY will be something to behold...
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