GNREvolution has pointed out that a very familiar riff was played by Slash at Guns N’ Roses’ concert in Japan on December 10, 1988. Slash can be heard playing a riff that sounds strikingly familiar to the opening riff to the title track off of Chinese Democracy, which was released 20 years later in November 2008. Is it just a coincidence? Listen below, and judge for yourself!
Chinese Democracy in 1988?! What sounds like a @slash guitar intro from one of the recent shows, is actually the introduction solo to Welcome to the Jungle from the Tokyo December 10th, 1988 show! Discovered it recently, but this really sounds like the opening riff of Chinese Democracy to me. 🙂 please take a listen. In the second pic/video you see it's from my copy of the Japanese bootleg "Grapes of Wrath" #gnr2017 #gnfnr #welcometothejungle #chinesedemocracy #slash #gunsnroses #remcognr @gunsnroses @flebeis @deljamesgang @betalebeis
“The day after Rock In Rio 2001 Axl and I were at the pool and he mentioned that there was a possibility that Slash could have played on a few tracks for Chinese Democracy if he were willing to apologize in the press for the things that he said about Axl publicly. Axl was cracking the door open and saying to me, ‘If Slash apologizes publicly for the things he said about me in the press I have three songs that he could play on the new album’.” (Marc Canter, Legendary Rock Interviews, 04/22/12)