Against the Grain, Ep. 8

Against the Grain, Ep. 8

Hey everyone! Its episode 8, and it’s November 20th, almost a month till Christmas. Everyone excited?

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Today we’re going to focus on purely cover songs! I have a few repeats from other shows, but otherwise we have a bunch of classics that we played today.

This Week In Music…

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young passed away due to dementia at the age of 64. Young was the rhythm guitarist and the backbone of AC/DC, writing many of the guitar riffs and lyrics. He left the band 3 years ago due to his illness. Many bands have paid tribute to him, including Foo Fighters opening their show this week with a performance of Let There Be Rock.

Linkin Park won the AMA for Best Alternative Rock Artist last night, which was very exciting for me.

Charles Manson has died at the age of 83, after spending 46 years in prison.

At the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards, Lzzy Hale accepted Chester Bennington’s Best Vocalist award, saying;

“Everyone needs to realize that they’re not in this fight alone,” Hale says to those affected by mental illness. “Just to think about what Chester must have been going through in order to make that decision is disheartening. It shouldn’t happen when all of us are in this together.” (

In the same interview alongside Hale, Lita Ford says her next record will be a concept album inspired by her life’s struggles with depression and anxiety.

19 years ago, the Offspring’s Americana was released, as well as Metallica‘s ReLoad.

Warped Tour announced they will be finished after a tour in 2018, after almost 25 years on the road.

Music History

Guns n Roses are an American rock band from Los Angeles, California who formed in 1985 from members of Hollywood Rose and LA Guns. The original lineup consisted of Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin, and Steven Adler on drums. In 1987, after extensive touring making a name for themselves, the band released their massive breakout album called Appetite for Destruction. The album featured songs such as Sweet Child o Mine, Paradise City, and Welcome to the Jungle.

Subsequently came the album G’n’R Lies in 1988, which was fairly toned down, and is an amazing album. In 1990, the band fired Steven Adler for his heroin addiction, welcoming the Cult’s Matt Sorum to the band on drums, and in 1991 welcomed keyboardist Dizzy Reed as a 6th member. 1991 saw the release of two albums; Use Your Illusion I and II, which were massive charting albums and sellers in their first year, featuring November Rain, Dont Cry, Estranged, and many others. 1991 also saw Stradlin quit the band due to being sober, and everyone else being drunks. He was replaced by Gilby Clarke.

1992 saw the tour with Metallica all across North America, and the famous pyro incident in Montreal where James Hetfield suffered two degree burns. Guns ‘n’ Roses took the stage and subsequently left because of Axl complaining about their playback systems, and the famous Montreal Riots of 1992 came from the incident. Metallica would then make fun of the band for being reckless.

The members began to clash following the release of the Spaghetti Incident? in 1993, and by 1997, the original lineup was gone. In 1996, Clarke was fired by Rose as he was only a hired hand, Slash quit, and Rose also fired drummer Matt Sorum. In 1997, McKagan left due to wanting to spend time with his family. By the end of 1997, Rose was the only original member, and for the next 18 years, the lineup consisted of multiple changes, which frankly all sucked compared to the original.

In 2012, the group were inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame, with Rose declining his invite, and Myles Kennedy filling in on vocals. The band reformed with Slash and McKagan in 2016, launching on the Appetite for Destruction world tour, which still continues to go on, amassing roughly 430 million dollars in profits so far.

The current lineup consists of Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, and Melissa Reese.

The band has 6 studio albums, and is one of the greatest rock acts in history.

Heavy Hitter

This week, we had three songs which fit into the category; Metallica with Whiskey in the JarFaith No More and a cover of Sabbath’s War Pigs, and Halestorm with a cover of Temple of the Dog’s Hunger Strike.

Band of the Week

This week’s Band of the Week goes to the Johnny Cash, with a cover of the Eagles’ Desperado, and of Tom Petty’s Wont Back Down.

Double Shot

John Mayer is this weeks feature on the Double Shot, with covers of Petty’s Free Fallin’and Cream’s Crossroads.

Thanks for listening and/or reading. Always a good time! Cheers.

Music for Relief

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  1. AC/DC –Let There Be Rock (Original)
  2. Jimi Hendrix –All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan)
  3. Shinedown –Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  4. blink-182 – Another Girl, Another Planet (The Only Ones)
  5. Oasis – Cum On Feel the Noize (Quiet Riot)
  6. Iron & Wine – Such Great Heights (Postal Service)
  7. John Mayer – Free Fallin’ (Petty)
  8. John Mayer – Crossroads (Cream)
  9. City and Colour – Boiled Frogs (Alexisonfire)
  10. Jackson C. Frank – Blues Run the Game (Original)
  11. Nirvana – The Man Who Sold the World (David Bowie)
  12. Guns ‘n’ Roses – Live and Let Die (Wings)
  13. Guns ‘n’ Roses – Knockin’ on Heavens Door (Dylan)
  14. Guns ‘n’ Roses – Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones)
  15. The Sundays – Wild Horses (Rolling Stones)
  16. Ozzy Osbourne – Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh)
  17. Chris Cornell – Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
  18. Johnny Cash – Desperado(Eagles)
  19. Johnny Cash – I Wont Back Down (Petty)
  20. Metallica – Whiskey in the Jar (Irish folk song)
  21. Faith No More – War Pigs (Sabbath)
  22. Halestorm – Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog)
  23. Bob Dylan – House of the Risin’ Sun (Animals)


And here is the best cover ever.

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