Guns N’ Roses recently performed a new song called ‘Absurd‘ during the second show of their ‘We’re F’N Back!’ tour at Boston’s Fenway Park. Some fans instantly recognized the track as it was a new version of ‘Silkworms‘ which was a song originally intended to be released with ‘Chinese Democracy.’
As many of you know, ‘Chinese Democracy‘ is the sixth studio album by Guns N’ Roses, released on November 23, 2008. The notoriously delayed record took almost ten years to make but still gained success as it debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and was certified platinum. It also received generally favorable reviews both from music critics and fans as well as achieving international chart success.
Due to the fact that the album was delayed because of personnel and legal problems, the band recorded dozens of songs during the making of the album and members suggested they could be featured in the following records. However, by the time the album was released, only 3 out of the 14 songs had not been leaked or played live, and therefore, nearly all of the songs were recognizable for the fans.
One of those songs was ‘Silkworms‘ which was written by keyboardists Chris Pitman and Dizzy Reed. The track was first performed by the band in 2001 during a New Year show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, and a couple of weeks later at the Rock In Rio festival.
Now that Guns N’ Roses is back on the road with their ‘We’re F’N Back!’ tour, they apparently decided to re-make ‘Silkworms’ and perform it with a brand new name and altered lyrics as ‘Absurd.’ Although lead singer Axl Rose introduced the track as new during their recent concert at Boston’s Fenway Parkas, the devoted fans instantly recognized it from the GN’R’s previous performances.
According to many fans in the comments section, this new version of the song is much better than the first time they performed it back in 2001. While many praised the track itself, there were also numerous fans who appreciated Axl Rose’s performance and his way of using his vocals differently than usual.
A fan commented on the track:
“I didn’t like ‘Silkworms’ when they played at Rio 2001, they worked on it, sounds better.”
Another fan praised Axl Rose:
“This is the way Axl should sing. It sounded amazing considering is their first time playing this song since 2001.”
You can watch the new version of ‘Silkworms’ down below.