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Monday, October 22, 2012

Photo of the Moment: Axl Rose and Neil Young @ Bridge School Benefit Concert

Axl Rose and Neil Young
"Don't Let It Bring You Down"
Bridge School Benefit Concert - Oct. 21, 2012
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Another Photo of the Moment from this weekend's Bridge School Benefit Concert 2012.

In the stranger than fiction category, Guns n Roses' Axl Rose and Neil Young performed "Don't Let It Bring You Down" together at the Sunday Bridge School Benefit Concert (Oct. 21, 2012). After completing the song, Axl said: “This is a song that always gave me some hope through the years and we asked Neil if we could do it.”

The pairing of Axl and Neil, marks another chapter in the varied musical intersections of Neil Young over the years. Or as we like to call it: "Six degrees of separation from Neil."

More on this past weekend's Bridge School Benefit Concerts.

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At 10/22/2012 06:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't let it bring you down it's only axl singing...

At 10/22/2012 08:12:00 PM, Blogger Matthew L. said...

A couple things I take away from this:

Does Axl even know the lyrics?

Axl's vocal style is Neil-inspired. Somehow I never noticed this until now.

It's cool to see Axl and Neil together, because it's just such a ridiculous pairing.

Neil's voice is much stronger than Axl's. When Neil starts singing, into the same mic, he completely blows Axl's whimpy delivery away.

But at least Axl managed to stay on key. So that's something.

At 10/22/2012 08:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Neil's voice is much stronger than Axl's. When Neil starts singing, into the same mic, he completely blows Axl's whimpy delivery away. " He had some major troubles with his throat.As far as how strong his voice is/was, I read many accounts (Brian May and few others) that he had some of the loudest voice among rock singers, even Don Henley commented that Axl's voice is as loud as a chainsaw (he was reffering to the time they were together in a recording studio), so I'm pretty sure Axl would completely overpower (as far as a volume goes) Neil's voice if he was ok ( watch axl and tom petty singing Free falling, especially the look on Tom's face when they sing in the same mic )

At 10/22/2012 08:32:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

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At 10/22/2012 09:57:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

despite needing some axl grease, the band played on. That's a rock and roll delivery, very even and on.

At 10/23/2012 12:03:00 AM, Blogger Peacock108 said...

Hey, people from my parent's generation: Axl had strep, but he still got to Shoreline at 4p.m. to support those kids, so let's please support him. I am so happy that I got to see my dad's favorite (Neil) with my favorite (Axl). Maybe next year, my daughter's favorite (Pink) will be there, too. <3

At 10/23/2012 12:49:00 AM, Anonymous SD said...

I didn't hear Axl screw up any of the lyrics.

I think from listening to the 2 nights that Axl was probably sick - he sounds like he's trying to avoid pushing his voice too hard, so he ends up singing softly.

Cool thing of Axl to say at the end of the song about how it's a song he's always loved that's given him hope, and that they asked Neil if they could play it.

At 10/23/2012 02:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More pics:

At 10/23/2012 03:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Axl and Neil. A match made in heaven. I hope they make an album and tour together. Beats Pearl Jam anytime!

At 10/23/2012 07:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha. Was just about to say: can someone make sure Neil doesn't go and make an album with them...

At 10/23/2012 08:39:00 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Review from Blu Ray High Def Digest (good source for Blu Ray reviews) for Journeys.

At 10/23/2012 09:17:00 AM, Blogger Matthew L. said...

I had no idea Axl had problems with his throat - well then, that answers that question.

Axl has always had a powerful enough voice, I was just surprised that Neil sounded so much stronger.

I wondered whether Axl knew the lyrics, because it sounded like he was mumbling them purposefully and hesitantly.

Hey, Axl's a great performer, people, don't get me wrong. I grew up with Guns'n'Roses, and they were awesome - yes, it's easy to make fun of Axl because he's such a little brat sometimes, but, well... to dial back my apparent initial criticism of Axl, let me just say that I'm actually happy to see him there, and I'm also happy that he's such a fan of Neil Young, and came out to the Bridge School (and showed up! Ha ha) to support a good cause.

He's also got a lot of similarities to Neil, vocally, that I never really thought about before.

At 10/23/2012 11:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Axl was very gracious which I liked. this version was far from a train wreck. Axl doesnt need to know the song, just be able to read and have some sense of the melody(teleprompters are provided). I believe we will see GnR again at Bridge. Thank you for posting.

At 10/23/2012 01:47:00 PM, Blogger Matthew L. said...

Omg, Neil Young and Guns 'n Roses album!!!

I will buy two copies of that one.

At 10/23/2012 01:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matthew L has now officially overtaken MNOTR as the most annoying commentator on here...

At 10/23/2012 01:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was Jack White such a dick to not come out at the end?

At 10/23/2012 01:56:00 PM, Anonymous Sultan said...

I would probably pay money to avoid hearing GNR

At 10/23/2012 03:06:00 PM, Blogger Dominic Holdem said...

yeah, jack white didn't come out for the all star jam either night. he managed to out-asshole axl rose.

At 10/23/2012 03:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey man, Axl did come out for the all star jam the second night. Respect to all the people who support the Bridge School. Peace and Love.

At 10/23/2012 05:46:00 PM, Blogger Matthew L. said...

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At 10/23/2012 05:47:00 PM, Blogger Matthew L. said...

Anon 1:53 - It's my pleasure to annoy you! Thank you!

At 10/23/2012 07:30:00 PM, Anonymous SD said...

It sounded ragged like they probably only ran through it once or twice backstage. I like it.

At 10/24/2012 01:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he has BBQ at the ranch every Friday Night before Bridge for all performers. I believe they sometimes run through and practice what they may play together

At 10/25/2012 12:35:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

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At 10/25/2012 12:45:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Cool little clip here, apparently Axl did his first live interview in over a decade with Kimmel the other night and the subject of BSB and Neil came up, see the following url at 2:00 on the third video (part 3). Axl was quite deferential to Neil:


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