As an unyielding advocate for the band's legacy (let's just say my son's middle name starts with an "A" and ends with an "L"), I am being sent into a reverie of unforgettable classic G N' R imagery by this potentially joyous news: Slash soloing on water, Slash soloing outside of churches, and Slash generally neglecting to plug in his guitar while fake playing-along with his own songs for videos. But those soloing Slash moments are all trumped by the most epic Saul Hudson solo of them all, which is arguably his most inspired moment with Axl and most certainly his most inspired moment with Elton John.
I speak, of course, of the riff-tastic synergy that occurred during their orchestra-accompanied live run-through of "November Rain" at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. Frequent sparring partners Slash and Axl recruited Sir Elton to mirror Rose's efforts on the keys and, as the song lifted toward its climactic (and umpteenth) six-string showcase, Slash mounted the opposing grand pianos, and articulated his unceasing love for shredding before peace-ing out for a smoke and a beer.
Ladies and gents: If the return of Guns 'N Roses in its most authentic state -- and the rumored reunion seems likely to involve the entire original lineup -- means more moments like that, then how could you ask for any less?
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Kenny Herzog is Thrillist’s Senior Entertainment Editor, and he really, really like Guns 'N Roses. Find out more about his weird preferences @kennyherzog.