Axl Rose: Pre-GN'R Record To Be Released

Rare Axl Rose recordings made while he was a member of the early '80s band Rapidfire are still reportedly being mixed in Los Angeles.

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Rare Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) recordings made while he was a member of the early '80s band Rapidfire are still reportedly being mixed in Los Angeles and the CD covers are being designed in preparation for their release.

The tapes, which were purportedly recorded in May 1983, have been in storage in the original eight-track format for more than 20 years. The songs featured on the tape are as follows, according to Blabbermouth.net:

01. Ready To Rumble 02. All Night Long 03. The Prowler 04. On The Run 05. Closure

Rapidfire's lineup was as follows:

  • Axl Rose - Vocals
  • Kevin Lawrence - Guitar
  • Mike Hammernik - Bass
  • Chuck Gordon ? Drums

    According to Lawrence, Axl's voice on the Rapidfire recording sounds a bit "more Rob Halford"-ish compared to his vocals on "Appetite for Destruction". In addition, the CD's packaging will reportedly include "plenty of pre-tattoo Axl pictures." More information is available at Rapidfire1983.com.

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      gnr_fan_17
      I never heard of Axl in Rapidfire before GNR. And Slash is a kick-ass guitarist. His riffs and solos are all melodic and filled with emotion. He was self-taught and his riffs fit the songs so well. This is what sets him apart from other guitarists. (most, not all) LIVING LEGEND BABY!!!
      LamB_OF_goD
      [quotescubaSteve17]: cla ssicslash888 wrote: T he_Offspring 99 wrote: k.... buckethead is sooooo much better than slash... no hes definately not and anyone who wears a ****in bucket over their head is gay. he probably picked it up from KFC ****in bastard yes actually it is a KFC helmet...if you knew the story of Buckethead you may have been able to save yourself from looking stupid...Buckethead > Slash in every respect, if you people would listen to Bucket heads songs instead of just watching his videos you would realize this. Big Sur Moon, amazing, Watching The Boats With My Dad, amazing, Nun Chuka Kata, amazing, Hog Stomp Bitch amazing, Jump Man, amazing. Not one of those songs is the same style. Now lets do Slash, All His Songs, mediocre average classic rock. No imagination. no invention. 8 finger tapping, Buckethead. One finger tapping, Slash. Extreme knowledge of guitar, taught by Paul Gilbert, amazing. Slash's knowledge of the guitar, average. Henceforth, let it be know, Buckethead is better then Slash, facts prove it, there is no denying it...noobs. [/quote] i agreee with scubasteve if any one of u fools out there even heard buckethead u would shut up he is the most amazing guitarist out there and slash sucks if hes so amazing then why does he suck and as for buckethead WANTING to play slashes songs he didnt he thot axl understood him and he was his friend so he joined the band for a while but slash suckz period. Buckethead is wicked end of story
      slash1321
      wen will that guns n roses cd come out...not that i care...guns n roses isnt GNR with the other members...as much as i want 2 see the cd do have decent...i dont because of what axl did to the band
      MLDeanFlyingV
      The day Axl Rose actually releases something else, I'll shoot my self in the foot personally. I'd rather have GNR though. And good job in screwing up in the 2002 Grammy's, Axl!
      Tulkas
      China will actually be a democracy before that album comes out. I'm sure these recordings are being released because the record company is trying to squeeze something out of axle, so they don't lose all the money they've put into it. It's pretty clear he's incapable of putting an album out. Zeppelin recorded their first album in what 36 hours? Axle can't do one in 10 years? That's not called making an album, it's called being a bum.
      hatez
      so can someone tell me the story of buckethead and what band he was in please
      pearlJam_31490
      What the Fuck i got all excited over this shit. I thought Chinese Democracy whats going to be realesed not this shit
      Blood_Covered
      info2new wrote: ^ BucketHead Learnt more "theory" as slash only learnt by listening to songs and jamming with people; Buckethead has more speed and Accuracy, but he won't make Solos as heart felt as Slash Does Beleive me.. Let's Face it Guns n Roses won't be the same without Slash, Axl tried to Replace Slash with Buckethead, but he knows that he can't be replaced, so he will need to change his style of music again. it's better if he comes out with a better name for a Band than GnR, then maybe we'll appreciate it more, Because we all know GnR are over.
      however you learn how to play guitar doesnt determine how heartfelt your solos are you clutter****. as for buckethead, hes freakin amazing, end of story. and nobody cares about the pre axl crap. thats what it is, is crap.
      MetallicAhead
      buckethead is amazimg but its just to hard to take him seriously as a gutarist with that k.f.c bucket on his head. so origional though . . . . .
      Nirvana_RATM2
      Let's just make it simple Slash is a ****ing joke and has never made a descent riff. Buckethead is an amazing guitar player, even though am not a huge fan of just instrumentals. His riffs can be outdone by only a few, with Rich Ward being at the top of that list because he could be the best guitar player ever. Chech it out Bitches
      wow? I mean you could've said slash only made a couple good riffs but NONE! Welcome to the jungle Sweet Child o' Mine Rocket Queen Mr Brownstone PARADISE CITY! If he didnt make a decent riff how come bucket head comes along and wants to play all of his songs?
      Nirvana_RATM2
      GUN'S 'N' ROSES WERE A GOOD BAND BE4 THEY ALL LEFT 2 FORM VELVET REVOLVER ,NOW GNR SUCKS & THE ONLY ORIGANAL MEMBER LEFT IS THE BIGEST ASSHOLE IN THE HISTORY OF METAL I LIKED OLD GNR & I RESPECT WHAT AXL DID 4 MUSIC BUT THE DUDE IS A REAL HORSE FUCKER
      first off man steven got kicked out , izzy left ( formed the ju ju hounds ) , slash left to form slash's bluesball and slash's snakepit and duff left and made loaded. It was maybe like ten years before velvet revolver even came around man! But yea axl is an ass but what can we do.
      Lambfat
      Let's just make it simple Slash is a ****ing joke and has never made a descent riff. Buckethead is an amazing guitar player, even though am not a huge fan of just instrumentals. His riffs can be outdone by only a few, with Rich Ward being at the top of that list because he could be the best guitar player ever. Chech it out Bitches
      Panny180
      Buckethead. Greatest gimick ever. Why isn't he in Axl's G&R anymore? And it's hard for me to get excited over this. Just to please G&R fans.
      lead_guitar5
      sure Buckethead can outplay slash...but his music has no melody. the climax of his songs would be the guitar solo. slash is great and writing catchy melodies.
      Slackerton
      Music is music its bout music its bout expressing your self, and having a good time, not trying to outsolo someone else. So what if Buckethead can like play something better then Slash, Guess what? theres someone else out that can out play him. And theres someone who will out play that guy. And the last guy will probably have the most lamest songs cuz its just a flurry of guitar notes that gets redundant after about 2 songs.
      scubaSteve17
      This website is Ultimate-Guitar, not ultimate singer...therefore guitar players are discussed, I see nothing wrong with this.
      SlashNX
      I somewhow don't see this as Axl's doing. Hes seemed to havetoned down a bit, but im pretty sure the Old Axl would have sued the people who are releasing this and tried to have stopped it from being released.
      Slackerton
      Who ever says Slash Sucks is ****ing dumb grow up for gods sake I believe ya that buckethead is really good, but that doesn't mean slash sucks. He may not be as good but who cares hes ****in rocking and thats what matters. Man Half of the viewers on this website are so dumb and immature, freakin grow up
      scubaSteve17
      classicslash888 wrote: The_Offspring99 wrote: k.... buckethead is sooooo much better than slash... no hes definately not and anyone who wears a ****in bucket over their head is gay. he probably picked it up from KFC ****in bastard
      yes actually it is a KFC helmet...if you knew the story of Buckethead you may have been able to save yourself from looking stupid...Buckethead > Slash in every respect, if you people would listen to Bucket heads songs instead of just watching his videos you would realize this. Big Sur Moon, amazing, Watching The Boats With My Dad, amazing, Nun Chuka Kata, amazing, Hog Stomp Bitch amazing, Jump Man, amazing. Not one of those songs is the same style. Now lets do Slash, All His Songs, mediocre average classic rock. No imagination. no invention. 8 finger tapping, Buckethead. One finger tapping, Slash. Extreme knowledge of guitar, taught by Paul Gilbert, amazing. Slash's knowledge of the guitar, average. Henceforth, let it be know, Buckethead is better then Slash, facts prove it, there is no denying it...noobs.
      C_Blizzard
      I just hope when the new album comes out that it just blows everyone away who doubts it will be a great.
      Z.A.C.
      Ignore the last one GnR shitbags. But an hour later, and GnR still sucks and Slash is a douche bag.
      Z.A.C.
      People still give a shit about these ****s? That's amazing considering they haven't done shit in 10 years and they sucked before that anyways. I'm not really into all of these new bands, but certaintly there are dozens better than these old has been, pieces of shit. I could record a better record than Chinese Democracy inside of my Toilet studio, when I have diarrhea, with nothing but a microphone. When will you people wake up and see past this shit? Slash? Are you kidding me? Slash - As lambfat said, he's a ****ing joke who always has a cock in his mouth, with terrible riffs, nothing cool about them at all. Gizz from The More I See owns this dickhead. He or Rich Ward could without a doubt write and record a better record in 2 days than what Axl and GnR could do in 10 goddamn years, this is no joke. I'm serious, all you GnR B*otches. Shuvida-Ball-Wax should be taken out back and shot. Let me know when you have a damn idea what you are talking about Buckethead sucks, Slash rocks- you know what just SHUT THE FUCK UP, and let me know when you know some shit about real music Until then just shut up and lick my sack, jackass.
      KeepTheFlow
      I'm going to have to agree here...Slash is a washed up piece of crap. When people start to realize that the stuff he's doing is garbage and sounds the same (ehm slither/come in, come out) it will be a miracle. Nobody these days has a real ear for music. Bands like sevendust/stuck mojo/dark new day are overlooked because idiots like everybody here do not know what real music is. This commercial bullshit is crowding up the music industry and all of you slash lovers should suck a dick. Nobdy honestly knows good music these days...maybe you should all take the time to find it.
      Z.A.C.
      People still give a shit about these ****s? That's amazing considering they haven't done shit in 10 years and they sucked before that anyways. I'm not really into all of these new bands, but certaintly there are dozens better than these old has been, pieces of shit. I could record a better record than Chinese Democracy inside of my Toilet studio, when I have diarrhea, with nothing but a microphone. When will you people wake up and see past this shit? Slash? Are you kidding me? Slash - As lambfat said, he's a ****ing joke who always has a cock in his mouth, with terrible riffs, nothing cool about them at all. Gizz from The More I See owns this dickhead. He or Rich Ward could without a doubt write and record a better record in 2 days than what Axl and GnR could do in 10 goddamn years, this is no joke. I'm serious, all you GnR B*otches. Shuvida-Ball-Wax should be taken out back and shot. Let me know when you have a damn idea what you are talking about Buckethead sucks, Slash rocks- you know what just SHUT THE FUCK UP, and let me know when you know some shit about real music Until then just shut up and come lick my sack, jackass.
      ngoma
      I love Slash, but we have to respect Buckethead! Slash is like a God for me...bur buckethead is good! Face it and move on!
      Shuviduwaax
      Dude, Buckethead sucks!, Slash Rocks, Axl Is Dead!, And is the bottom line, Cuase Stone Cold Said So.
      acadaca
      there is so much shiz sayin this is comin out he is making this i think there all rumours.
      tOoL
      This is pretty funny. You retards failed to realize that slash also wears something rediculous on his head. Buckethead is the greatest of all time.
      AimlessAmoeba
      Smokey Amp wrote: Izzy left GN'R a long time ago, they were still making good music after he left.
      The only thing they released after Izzy bailed was a Covers album. If anything that just proves further how important he was to their writing process.
      Smokey Amp
      HazeD wrote: in reference to Chinese Democracy, whats the point of a Guns N Roses album without Izzy and Slash. Without them its going to be mediocre at best.
      Izzy left GN'R a long time ago, they were still making good music after he left. The question should be asking is: "Why is he making medicore music and then sticking the GN'R label on it?". But, I dunno. I haven't heard the album, so, I really shouldn't comment.
      gunner_011
      Bucketheads a f***** joke. i dont really care bout chinese democracy anymore. if you dont like the old guns n roses why bother making a comment. isnt this wat this news is about. buckethead sucks period.end of story
      sphereagram
      For real though, Buckethead is way better than Slash. I listend to Bucketheads CD an it blew me the f away. He does look like a freakin retard be his is amazing at guitar.
      SethMegadefan
      Why does everyone think that Slash was the most important member of GnR? I mean, yeah, he was up there, but everyone thinks that GnR lost their soul without him. Keep in mind that Izzy wrote practically every GnR riff there was; Slash only came up with the solos. Granted he did them justice in many cases, but in my opinion, Izzy's rhythms conquer Slash's solos anyday. Although I'm not saying Slash wasn't good, because he was effing sweeeeet. It's just that I thought Izzy was more important.
      Zach Strife
      Why the hell are you guys arguing about Buckethead vs. Slash? I mean, who ****ing cares? Buckethead wasn't even mentioned in the article. Nor was Slash. I mean, god damn. Who cares if Buckethead is more technical than Slash? Does that take away the fact that Slash was one of the main operators of one of the world's biggest bands? NO. SO SHUT THE HELL UP. So, Buckethead replaced Slash. Yadda yadda yadda. Well, you know what? Buckethead left. So bitch about the new-new guitarist for Gn'r. For christ's sake.
      habebe girl
      Hes all talk and cornrows now ( see his picture in Rolling Stone magazine and see what i mean >_
      ngoma
      But hey!!!!! Axl Rose is 44 years old today! =) today = 6.feb.2006
      Nick-182
      POSTED: 02/03/2006 - 10:25 am / quote | A7X_hyperfan: im not mental wrote: of course it's not chinese democracy. it won't be out for another 23847902316423 years. Add another 187426524 to that and you've got it about right. But will it be worth it? i don't think so.
      nah it'll be anoher 171839 years, lol. Ha buckethead, what a load of shit, Spastic.
      Basso_insaneo
      The new GNR is never gonna come out! This is just another stalling time idea they've come up with, just face it ppl axl rose is a sell out
      MoshMaster101
      A7X_hyperfan wrote: But will it be worth it? i don't think so.
      Of course it won't. He's too far up his own ego to be good. It'll sell pretty well but only because of the name Guns n Roses. The music'll be extremely far from his best.