New Guns N' Roses record leads to new dog for local musician
by Dan Gross, Posted: December 4, 2008
West Philly's Ben Morgan, who books bands at the Mill Creek Tavern (42nd & Chester), didn't want a dog, but his live-in girlfriend, Allison Paul, did. In March, Morgan, who also plays in the Rare Birds and occasionally performs as a German rapper, MC Digga, told Paul they could get a dog when "Chinese Democracy" came out. Morgan assumed the long-awaited Guns N' Roses record, 17 years in the making, would never come out. He was wrong. The record, which can be listened to here, was released Nov. 23, days after he agreed to take care of his mother's 3-year-old Chihuahua, Rizza. "I like the dog a lot more than the record," says Morgan, who's still getting used to the new project by Axl Rose and an army of musicians he brought in over the lengthy recording. If you ask us, out of 14 songs, five or six are pretty good, and the rest are so-so. "Shackler's Revenge" is the best track, but it's still not Guns N' Roses without Slash, Duff, and Izzy.