Guns N’ Roses have finally performed the previously unreleased song “The General” on stage at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. The anticipated debut of “The General” dates back to recording sessions for Guns N’ Roses’ 2008 album Chinese Democracy, at which time Axl Rose was the only remaining founding member of the group,. In 2006, Axl stated that 32 songs were in development for what he envisioned to be a trilogy of albums, but only 14 were released on Chinese Democracy.
Five years after bassist Duff McKagan and guitarist Slash returned to the group in 2021, GN’R released a reworked version of the Democracy sessions song “Absurd” (previously known as “Silkworms”), followed shortly by another named “Hard Skool.” In August 2023 they released a third track, “Perhaps,” and announced that “The General” would be included on the B-Side of an upcoming vinyl release of that song.
You can watch video of the live debut of ‘The General’ – here.
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