Guns N’ Roses Release New Iconic Song “The General”

Guns N’ Roses Release New Iconic Song “The General” | Society Of Rock Videos

via Guns N' Roses / Youtube

Guns N’ Roses has recently unveiled a highly anticipated new track named “The General,” about a month after its live debut in Los Angeles.

With its blend of mellow trip-hop verses and powerful, sad choruses, this mid-tempo track departs from the band’s well-known hard rock sound. Axl Rose’s lyrics are straightforward as he sings, expressing regret for not taking the time to forget unspoken feelings.

“The General” is Guns N’ Roses’ fourth album since Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan came back together in 2016. Like the songs “Absurd” and “Hard Skool” from 2021 and “Perhaps” from this year, “The General” comes from the long and expensive Chinese Democracy sessions.

Initially planned as the vinyl B-side to “Perhaps” in October, the release was delayed, and the “Perhaps”/”The General” vinyl is now set to ship today.

The Status of “The General” in Guns N’ Roses Lore

Dedicated Guns N’ Roses enthusiasts have been familiar with “The General” for many years. In 2002, Axl Rose reportedly enlisted composer and pianist Marco Beltrami to incorporate orchestral arrangements into the song. It was envisioned to be part of the third segment of a proposed Chinese Democracy trilogy, a project yet to materialize.

Sebastian Bach, former Skid Row singer and a close friend of Rose, praised the song in a 2007 Metal Edge interview. Bach described “The General” as one of his favorite songs, highlighting its slow, grinding riff and high, piercing vocals. According to Bach, Rose indicated that it would be released in 2012 as part of the trilogy, emphasizing the thematic connection between the songs.

Stream the song below.

Don’t Miss Out! Sign up for the Latest Updates

Premium Partners

Society of Rock partner World War Wings
Society of Rock partner Daily Rock Box
Society of Rock partner Country Music Nation
Society of Rock partner Country Rebel
Society of Rock partner I Love Classic Rock
Society of Rock partner Rock Pasta

Interested in becoming a partner?

Contact us for more info.