Guns N’ Roses Unveils Emotionally Charged and Epic New Version of “The General”

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“The General” serves as the B-side to Guns N’ Roses’ latest single, “Perhaps,” and was recorded, mixed, and mastered during the course of this summer.

Last month, Guns N’ Roses pleasantly surprised their Los Angeles fans by spontaneously introducing a previously unreleased song, “The General,” into their set. Originally stemming from the band’s Chinese Democracy sessions, the track has now been officially released on streaming platforms as a new studio recording, following its recording, mixing, and mastering this summer.

Notably, “The General” is also featured as a physical release, serving as the B-side of the limited edition Guns N’ Roses single, “Perhaps,” released on the same day. This pairing is additionally set to be available as a Japan-only SHM-CD, scheduled for release next month.

The chorus of “The General,” a poignant slow-burner showcasing one of Axl Rose’s more emotive vocal performances, begins with the lines, “My only regret is that I never took the time to forgive all those unspoken feelings.” In the pre-chorus, he questions, “Can anybody tell me why the pain, it just won’t stop?”

Axl Rose and Caram Costanzo, who also contributes keyboards, collaborated in the production of The General. The song features a lineup comprising Rose, original members Duff McKagan (bass), and Slash (guitar), as well as current touring members Richard Fortus (guitar) and Dizzy Reed (keyboards). Additionally, guitarist Marc Haggard, keyboardist Chris Pitman, and drummer Bryan Mantia complete the ensemble, with strings provided by Marco Beltrami.

It’s important to note that the availability of The General on streaming platforms is subject to timezone variations, and as a result, it may not be accessible in all regions at the time of this writing.

As per Sebastian Bach, the ex-frontman of Skid Row, The General has its origins dating back to 2007. Bach, in an interview with Metal Edge magazine, described it as the heaviest metal song he’s heard from Axl Rose, featuring a slow, grinding riff and intense, high-pitched vocals. According to Bach, Rose mentioned that the song would be released in 2012. In a subsequent interview with Rolling Stone the following year, Bach disclosed that Rose had composed The General as a sequel to the classic from the Use Your Illusion era, “Estranged.”