Let’s discuss some of my favorite lyrics from my favorite singer.

By Joshua Blake

So, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I haven’t posted anything since Dec. 17. But, I’ve been on a huge music kick recently – aside from the demands of being a journalism major – and I wanted to highlight some lyrics from the guy above.

“I’ve made excuses for a million lies/ But all I got was humble kidney pie, so what? So what?”

This little gem named “Tumble In The Rough,” comes off of Stone Temple Pilots’ third studio album Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop.

“I’m lookin’ for a new stimulation/ Quite bored of those inflatable ties/ I’m lookin’ for a new rock sensation/ Dead fish don’t swim around in jealous tides.”

It’s hard to know exactly what Scott was trying to convey with these lyrics, except the inflection in his vocals were a dead giveaway that he’s talking about his personal strife in ways I’ve never heard anyone do since.

“She turned away what was she lookin’ at?/ She was a sour girl the day that she met me/ Hey, what are you lookin’ at?/ She was a happy girl the day that she left me.”

“What would you do?/ What would you do if I followed you?”

“Sour Girl,”  off of STP’s fourth album No.4, is a great take on love and loss, and it’s phrasing is so personal, so far from cliché, you can’t help but be compelled to listen to this fairytale of supposed truth.

Scott Weiland is a name I hadn’t known until 2007 when he was the frontman of arguably the last rock band of the 2000’s, Velvet Revolver.

Then ex- Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland along with Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum of the 90’s incarnation of Guns N’ Roses formed a band born out of rebellion. Scott Weiland was kicked out of STP for his persistent issues with drug use and addiction in 2001. Slash and the other guys from Guns were seeking out a frontman for about a year until Scott joined in ’03.

Weiland proved he didn’t need his Stone Temple counterparts, while the former Gunners showed they could write great music without the vicseral Axl Rose as their bands voice.

“Hope I teach my son how to be a man/ Not before he hits 35/ Comic book lives don’t really happen in real life, do they now?”

“Big Machine” is a powerhouse of a rock song from Velvet Revolver.

“We’re all slaves to a big machine,” Weiland says. “I got houses, got cars, I got a wife, I got kids,  got money in the bank.” Sounds like the rock n’ roll life ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, huh?

“When you look, you see right through me,” Weiland opens on the 2003 hit single “Slither.” “Cut the rope I fell to my knees/ Born and broken every single time/ Always keep me under finger/ That’s the spot where you run to me/ Might see some type of pleasure in my mind.”

I’ve listened to this track for years, and it’s my personal favorite from Weiland or any other band. But since his death in December of 2015 after an accidental drug overdose, I think I’ve finally understood what this song is about: trying to fight your demons away.

Or maybe it’s just about fighting the one demon away – that side of you that says you’ll never be when you desperately search for a way to get free.

Scott couldn’t beat his demon, but his voice has helped me conquer mine for the last decade. That’s what makes his death so harrowing for me to deal with even after all this time.

However, there’s other artists that I wanna talk about – some amazing lyricists, both old and new, that have really amazed me.

So, until next time…enjoy some music.

Is Axl Rose Still A ‘Golden God?’

Axl Rose 2014

By Joshua Blake

Last night, Axl Rose received the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Golden Gods Awards. He thanked his crew, as well as past and current lineups of Guns N’ Roses. However when Axl hit the stage, everything was all but “Golden.”

For those who streamed the event through Amazon, or VH1’s website, you were no stranger to the extreme confusion at the start of Guns N’ Roses set. Essentially, you heard the crew performing sound check for roughly 10 minutes. The crowd seemed lost, and aloof to whether or not the band would play soon.

Eventually, Axl and company took the stage, opening with the classic “It’s So Easy” from Appetite For Destruction. Former bassist Duff McKagan was sharing the spotlight as well, since filling in for Tommy Stinson for five shows in South America.

The band was tight, but Axl wasn’t. He was off-pitch and sounded like he sucked the helium from a balloon during “Welcome To The Jungle,” “You Could Be Mine,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and every other song. It was painful to watch, needless to say.

Axl Rose seems like he doesn’t have any gas left in the tank – maybe he forgot how to work the nozzle – and that’s why he sounded bad. Oddly enough when Duff McKagan joined Axl onstage back in 2010 to perform a few tracks, he sounded incredible.

There’s no doubt that Axl Rose is a legend in Rock N’ Roll, but his performance last night was sad to watch. The only redeeming quality – arguably – was seeing Duff McKagan play those old songs.

Click the links below to watch the performance if you dare. Just remember that Axl is a cold heart-breaker fit to burn, and he’ll rip your heart in two. (Guns N’ Roses Golden Gods part 1) (Guns N’ Roses Golden Gods part 2)