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NOD TO THE GODS: Guns N’ Roses, ‘Patience’
March 31, 2013
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Right around the time Guns N' Roses was carving out its position as one of rock's hardest bands, the guys delivered 'Patience': a lovelorn ballad about the life of loneliness on the road and trying to set the mind at ease about the distance.

And that's where we start things tonight on The Strombo Show, with a Nod to the Gods in the form of this single from their second studio album, 'G N' R Lies'.

As a follow-up to the massively successful debut album 'Appetite for Destruction', G N' R put together this EP that was written and recorded over a few days. With its cover parodying tabloid newspaper design, it bore a striking resemblance to John Lennon's 'Sometime in New York City' album art.

Both coincidentally featured "live" material that was recorded two years prior to each release and Lennon's contained his controversial anthem, 'Woman is the N----- of the World'.

Whenever Axl was challenged for his use of the n-word on 'One in a Million', a track from 'G N' R Lies', he'd reference Lennon's controversial tune in his defense.

In the music video, Axl Rose's whistling and trademark sways are met with acoustic strums from the band. Slash, Steven Adler and Duff McKagen are the only constant images as the people around them fade away.

It was directed by Nigel Dick at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, made famous because of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, where Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. The video can also be seen playing in the background of Martin Scorsese's film 'Cape Fear'.

And for a slightly different take on 'Patience', here's a performance from the 1989 American Music Awards. On the drums... Don Henley:

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