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  1. Sansa will probably be the last surviving Stark.
  2. Here in NY, they're removing century old tiles on the NYC subway that vaguely look like the Confederate Flag. They are, honestly and truly, not depictions of the Confederate Flag, but they are geometric patterns which happen to (from a distance) resemble it, and as such, have been deemed worthy of removal.
  3. Everyone else can die as long as Jon, Arya, and The Hound live.
  4. I only like CD, Better, TWAT, Riad, and CITR.
  5. I mean, I worry it'll get even worse. Acts of domestic terrorism, blowing up churches for example, or blowing up stuff along the lines of war memorials and things.
  6. I really worry where this will end. Are they going to just become totally like ISIS and just begin smashing statues, and art pieces, of figures they don't like? Are they gonna go all out to destroy our history?
  7. So while statues of Confederates are torn down, a statue of Vladimir Lenin stands proudly in Seattle:
  8. Didn't you get the memo, John? White lives don't matter.
  9. We all know who the true kings of rock n' roll are anyway:
  10. Believe me or not, but after 1991 he became the dolphin video guy.
  11. Axl was always pretty shit. He had a brief period from 1988-1991 where he was interesting. Mick Jagger even at 70 can still capture a crowd, and more importantly, can still sing. Plant disbanded his band at the right time, for the right reason, and didn't whore the legacy out. Mercury was in love with music and was making songs until he literally couldn't. All of these men (with their bands) produced several albums that are universally considered classics, which either helped to reshape rock music or were at least heavily imitated. Axl with his band produced one album that is considered a classic, but has nothing of the impact or influence that Zeppelin, Queen, or the Stones' albums had. Furthermore, all of those guys are/were not only expert showmen, but also artists. They made music on a regular basis for decades. Axl has been consistent in not making music for decades. Lastly, all of these guys' bands had careers whose relevance, popularity, and consistency in quality lasted across several decades. GN'R was unpopular by 1994 and was a joke due to Axl by 2002, and was playing in bowling alleys by 2012. Only this semi-reunion has saved them from utter irrelevancy. Say what you will about Freddie, but Queen never played in bowling alleys.
  12. Led Zeppelin > Queen > The Rolling Stones > GN'R > Aerosmith Freddie > Plant > Tyler > Axl > Jagger
  13. This paper has as aim to demystify something that afflicts many fans of Guns N 'Roses. After all, what would have happened to the vocalist Axl Rose? While Axl has a good tone (2nd baritone), it can be stated that most of the time he sang out of his vocal range, often accompanied by the use of a very dangerous vocal technique for those who do not have total control of it, the rasp. Perhaps the biggest mistake of his career was to have used excessive rasp without first studying the technique. Many singing teachers refuse to teach rasp, because the probability of the student doing incorrectly is very large. The truth is, of course, singing tends to use the rasp through the canyon, when in fact it should be carried through the soft palate - sing with the rasp through the canyon is suicide - but it is very difficult to do it properly, it is difficult to perform the technique by means of the soft palate, so much that most of the singers who used to rasp impaired voice long term. You can name a few rock singers who have total mastery of this technique, singers like Ronnie James Dio, for example, dominated masterfully. At first, the rasp train is through audiology exercise called fry, which besides correcting the posture of the vocal fold, allows the practitioner gradually bring the rasp to get the soft palate, taking it out of the throat and preventing damage future ace vocal cords. Besides the fry, there are other important for those who want to learn to sing rasp sustainably exercises. Just look for a competent singing teacher and he will demystify the technique to the student. The fact is that, to use the rasp without prior study of technique, Axl severely damaged his vocal chords. Even in 1993 shows, we could already see Axl with a much weaker than in previous years' voice. The rasp resulted in nodules (calluses) on the vocal chords of Axl. Possibly, this was the main reason for having so many years without Axl sing live, between 1994 and 2001. Between 1997 and 1999, he recorded most of the vocals on the live album Live Era in the studio and it was a noticeable change in his voice, but was still recognizable and the rasp was still there, overdosed, it is true, but it was there. In 2000, he played Dead Flowers with Gilby Clarke and his voice was still recognizable, he was still enjoying the rasp. Anyway, after this presentation with Gilby, Axl decided to undergo a surgery for the removal of these nodules. This type of surgery have as a repair, and calluses of the vocal chords leave the cleaner voice, and the rasp (strident, hoarseness) voice is dissipated briefly. Exactly for this reason that in 2001, just one year after singing with Gilby and after the infamous surgical procedure, Axl showed up at the House of Blues and Rock in Rio, as well as throughout 2002 tour, singing with a cleaner voice, having been forbidden by doctors to use rasp, otherwise you could incur irreparable damage to your voice. As no longer had the power the rasp gave him, Axl is forced to enhance other features such as the head voice, which has never been as consistent as the chest voice, moreover, also enhanced the use of belting. Technically, Axl had improved, but the rasp was and is very much needed for several Guns songs since Axl dwelt fans of Guns N 'Roses to hear him sing with him. About that time followed closely resembles that Axl was bombarded by criticism by the new way of singing, and perhaps this was the main reason for the cancellation of the 2002 tour. Tired from criticism of his voice on tour 2001/2002, in 2004, he did another surgery, this time to give greater depth to his voice, after this procedure, its got a little more treble and deep bass, giving the false impression that his voice would have recovered the stridency of previous years. Contrary to medical advice, Axl went back to using rasp in 2006, but his voice did not externava more natural stridency as in the past. Many times, he sounded hoarse, stressed, superficial and without the scope of yore. Many people define as Axl sang well or not because he has used rasp or not, but singing is not only used rasp. Several factors have to be analyzed, extent, projection, depth, vibrato, head voice, chest voice, belting, etc.. Returning to use rasp, it was clearly noticeable that he suffered at the shows, you could see his veins pop out and some feared for his health, but adored the sound that his voice was producing, recalling again, vaguely true, the past. But it was not healthy, Axl never sang in a sustainable manner. In 2010, he sang many sets well because he started to abuse the rasp, using it on every song, but I repeat, singing is not only rasp. Even with the rasp, Axl found himself out of tune even more than in 2002, when he did not use the rasp, but it remained tuned in good part, as can be seen in songs such as The Blues and Madagascar. But truth be told, although not healthy for him, it was spectacular for the fans, the voice that echoed Axl in 2010, because maybe it was the year in which his voice was closer to the heydays. This does not mean that it was very good as such. Importantly, even in its heyday, Axl's voice has never been characterized by technology, but by the power the rasp gave him, it was by that feeling that Axl conquered fans. Yes, it is true that many songs from Guns are, say, different and strange without rasp. But this is because Axl fans have accustomed to it, while he did not think long term. He worked hard in 2010 to keep up the entire tour using the rasp, but as stated earlier, did not sing in a sustainable way, and it was noticeable that he used the rasp through the canyon and not the soft palate, which proves that perhaps he has not found a teacher who had the courage to teach him the rasp properly after their surgeries, for which he was subjected. There is also evidence that, in addition to vocal chord nodules, throughout his career, Axl has also had laryngopharyngeal reflux, same problem which affected numerous vocalists such as Edu Falaschi, for example. It is possible that with every effort made between 2006 and 2010, Axl has acquired new nodules on his vocal chords, and that because of this, it has drastically reduced the use of the rasp since 2011, having its apex in 2014, where his voice is clean most of the time during shows.
  14. Dude just accept the fact I'm not into you already.