Guns N’ Roses have finally shared the full studio version of the new track ‘Absurd’. They left fans mouths watering after they debuted the song live at a show earlier this week. The newly released rocker was previously known as ‘Silkworms’.
‘Absurd’ was written back in 2001 during sessions for the band’s sixth outing ‘Chinese Democracy’ – which arrived seven years later in 2008, after a well-documented string of problems and delays. ‘Absurd’ has subsequently been given a new overhaul, and in its new format was debuted at the triumphant show at Boston’s Fenway Park this Tuesday (August 3rd).
The Boston set was Guns N’ Roses first in 16 months. They promptly celebrated their return by smashing through a cover of The Stooges’ 1969 classic ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’.
Later in the set, frontman Axl Rose announced in reference to the new song’s former title: “Some of you might have heard this under another name, but this is really kind of absurd to try this,” the frontman joked. “Wasn’t that funny?” he added. “And they don’t even know the joke yet. Okay, this is called ‘Absurd’.” The band then sped through the brilliantly updated version of the song formerly known as ‘Silkworms’.
The 21 song setlist included other covers such as Velvet Revolver’s ‘Slither’ and GNR staples ‘Live And Let Die’ and ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’. The rock legends also gave brilliant performances of their biggest hits that included ‘Welcome To The Jungle’, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, ‘November Rain’ and ‘Paradise City’.
Listen to the studio version of ‘Absurd’, below.