What did Bob Dylan think of the Guns N’ Roses’s version of Knocking on Heaven’s Door?
Interview from 1991:
Guns N’ Roses is OK, Slash is OK, but there’s something about their version of that song that reminds me of the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I always wonder who’s been transformed into some sort of clone, and who’s stayed true to himself. And I never seem to have an answer.
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Did Bob give you any direction?
Actually, he did. When I went to play the lead, Bob came up and asked me to play like … [incredulously] Django Reinhardt! l couldn’t figure out where he was coming from. I didn’t hear that at all! So basically, I just laid down the part I thought should be there. Everybody seemed to be happy with it. It was just a funny day, but the song got done and hopefully it will make it on the album [laughs].
“Wiggle Wiggle,” the opening cut from Bob Dylan’s 1990 album Under the Red Sky, is a slight little goof, certainly nothing to compare with his best work. You can only wonder what might have been, however, had Dylan decided to use the guitar parts Slash left him.
Yes, that’s Guns N’ Roses former guitarist playing the acoustic rhythm on this Don Was-produced session, but there was something more to his original collaboration with Bob Dylan, and it got left on the cutting room floor, Slash says.
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Slash – Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
The album was largely greeted as a strange and disappointing follow-up to 1989’s critically acclaimed Oh Mercy. Most of the criticism was directed at the slick sound of pop producer Don Was, as well as a handful of tracks that seem rooted in children’s nursery rhymes. It is a rarity in Dylan’s catalog for its inclusion of celebrity cameos by Jimmie Vaughan, Slash, Elton John, George Harrison, David Crosby, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bruce Hornsby.
Guns N’ Roses – Knocking on Heaven’s Door
George Harrison Wasn’t a Fan of Guns N’ Roses Version of Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
According to an interview that George Harrison did in 1993, he was asked about his thoughts regarding Guns N’ Roses cover of the Bob Dylan classic Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. Interviewer Paul Cashmere brought up Guns N’ Roses in the exchange below.
Paul Cashmere: Have you heard Guns ‘n’ Roses “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”?
George Harrison: Yeah, didn’t even get the chords right, did they?
Paul Cashmere: So I take it you’re not a big fan of that one, then?
George Harrison: There’s only three chords in it, but they managed to get one of them wrong. (Laughs)