Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Let's spend the nights together

So the worst-kept secret in music is out: Guns 'N' Roses and LCD Soundsystem will both be reforming to headline Coachella. How it all pans out will be fascinating.

There's a part of me that's excited by Axl Rose and Slash reuniting twenty years after going their separate ways (especially given that European dates in the summer must be on the cards), but the reunion remains a car crash waiting to happen - mainly due to Axl's legendary volatility and flakiness, exemplified most recently by the cancellation of a scheduled appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's show.

As for LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy's motivation for the comeback is unclear (it leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth, given the fuss he made over their farewell show, which was filmed and released as Shut Up And Play The Hits). However, it did feel a bit of a shame that their third and final album This Is Happening was (personally speaking, if apparently for no one else) a dud, so if he can make amends for that, then the reformation is welcome. In the meantime, here's their bleak attempt at a festive song, 'Christmas Will Break Your Heart', shared with the world on Christmas Eve, which has a similar feel to 'New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down'.

Update: On the Guardian site, Tshepo Mokoena and Nosheen Iqbal have proposed the cases for and against LCD Soundsystem's return in greater detail. As I suggest above, there is substance to both arguments but on balance I'm probably erring more on Mokoena's side.

Meanwhile, fellow Guardian scribe Mark Beaumont has given his reaction to the Axl/Slash reunion, suggesting the frenzied excitement is "mass delirium" but not without foundation, given that they were "magnificent in the 80s, the rock’n’roll riot club the world needed".

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