CULT – “November Rain” is one of Guns N’ Roses’ biggest hits… A shame for a band that didn’t really like slow songs…
Guns N’ Roses were said to be the most dangerous band in the world. A dangerous group who have become experts in the field of slow music and endless guitar solos. The band is wrapping up a reunion tour that has been going on for…too long. And it is rumored that they are working on a title for the soundtrack of the next one terminator. The Guns are still in the news but since we’re from the old school, we’re going to talk about what they’ve done in the past and their most cult song: “November Rain”.
November Rain and work in progress
It took almost ten years for Axl Rose to complete this title. The band was working on the EP L.A. Guns in 1983 and Axl was already playing this title on the piano… 1983… so it’s before the official debut of Guns N’ Roses. When asked when he was going to finish it, he replied “II don’t know what to do with it “. The rest of the group didn’t know what to do with it either. The slows, the ballads… it was not really their cup of tea. Finally, “November Rain” was released in 1991.
The very select club of billionaires
When you look at the top of the most watched clips on Youtube, there is enough to bleed from the eyes and ears. But you know, there are some nice surprises. For example, “November Rain” is the first song in the rock repertoire to reach one billion views. It is also the first title of the 90s to enter this very closed club.
“November Rain” is also the longest song in history to rank on the Billboard 10. It’s almost nine minutes, but originally it’s a song of… 20 minutes! In his autobiography, Slash revealed that an 18-minute version was recorded with Manny Charlton (Nazareth) in 1986, this was before the Guns debut album sessions.
If you don’t know what the song is about, explanation: it’s inspired by the short story Without Youof Del James. It’s about a fallen rock star reminiscing about her love affair. And in love stories that involve a rock star, it ends badly: the young lady commits suicide.
Slash never understood what the music video for “November Rain” was really about. In a Q&A from HuffPostthe guitarist declares: Well, it was a concept. The song itself is pretty self-explanatory, but the video is so complex. It was so epic, it was like a movie. And me, not being a fan of huge videos or making videos in particular, I just made my scenes. I never paid attention to the whole production. I knew there was a wedding somewhere and I was not into the concept of the wedding “. He finally discovered the clip when finished.
Delusions of grandeur
Nothing is too good or too expensive for the Guns. The music video for “November Rain” cost $1.5 million. So ok, we are far from the 7 million spent by Janet and Michael Jackson for the song “Scream”or some 4 million “Estranged” Guns too. But still. Directed by Andy Moharan and filmed by Mike Southon, it includes this incredible scene filmed from a helicopter… Slash plays his guitar solo (electric not plugged in) in the desert and the camera rolls around him.
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Five things to know about Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain”
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