It’s been almost 20 years since the original Guns N’ Roses lineup have been together and making music, and even longer since most of the members have seen eye-to-eye. Specifically, the bad blood between Axl Rose and Slash has reached a critical mass, where, not only do the artists not want to speak to eachother, they don’t even want to speak ABOUT each other anymore. It’s quite a sad thing when two friends, and two great artists at that, stop speaking to each other for so long. This feud is not only hard to watch for fans, but for Marc Canter especially, it’s impossible to not get involved and try to remedy.
Now, you’re probably wondering, who the hell is this Marc Canter guy?? Well, Canter is the childhood friend of Slash and Axl Rose, who helped to document the band’s rise to power in the rock scene. Of course, Canter had no idea just how successful Guns N’ Roses would be, in his mind, he was just photographing his friends as they were just starting out. He made an entire biography on band’s touring efforts from 1985-1987, titled Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction. With all this, Canter has now come forward with a mini-documentary via Uproxx, that talks about his relationship with the band, and how he would plan to reunite the original lineup.
You can watch the mini-doc here:
It definitely seems like a nice sentiment to bring friends back together, but unfortunately, it seems pretty unrealistic. This idea of reigniting a relationship using a creative medium like music is something that’s glorified in fiction and Disney movies, but doesn’t actually happen in real life. Usually, when there’s bad blood between people, or a group of people, it’s the result of a cascade of different arguments and negative feelings, instead of just a single ‘big’ incident that can be easily forgotten.
Nonetheless, maybe getting back in the studio that started it all could bring the two artists back together again. Maybe movie moments can really happen nowadays, but the way it’s looking right now, it seems a bit optimistic.