Few bands in rock historical past have music movies as epic as Weapons N’ Roses, particularly their trilogy of “Do not Cry,” “November Rain” and “Estranged.” The storyline behind “November Rain” is extremely complicated, however one in all its largest mysteries has been solved.
Sorry, it isn’t how Stephanie Seymour’s character died. That, we could by no means know the reply to. It is concerning the cake scene — and even nonetheless, what the f–k was up with that?
For context, the therapy for the “November Rain” video was primarily based on Del James’ brief story “With out You,” which is a part of his e book The Language of Concern. James is a longtime good friend of Axl Rose’s, and is now truly GN’R’s street supervisor. James was impressed to put in writing “With out You” by Rose’s tumultuous relationship with mannequin Erin Everly, whom the singer dated for a number of years within the late Nineteen Eighties and married in 1990.
By the point Weapons began engaged on the video for “Do not Cry,” Everly and Rose have been divorced, and the frontman began relationship Seymour, who was solid within the music video. Due to this fact, she additionally starred alongside Rose and co. within the “November Rain” video, the place she marries the singer after which… dies.
However, between these two huge occasions, we get to see a little bit of the marriage reception, which takes place in an out of doors courtyard someplace. Everybody appears to be having a grand time celebrating the newlyweds, till it begins, ahem, raining, and we see somebody leap by the marriage cake.
Not solely did we not know who the man that jumped by the cake is, however why that scene was even added to the video in any respect. The courageous souls over at Vice did a little bit of digging, and located some solutions.
Firstly, it isn’t former MTV character Riki Rachtman, who was good pals with the band and truly did make an look within the video.
“We had been up all night time taking pictures on the Rainbow,” Rachtman informed Vice. “After which we went straight to the marriage reception scene the following morning. Axl wished it to really feel like an actual wedding ceremony, so all his pals have been there. It’s why I used to be there. Once I see the video now, it’s plenty of faces from the outdated scene. However the largest false impression of the entire video is that I used to be the man getting thrown by the cake. That wasn’t me. Everyone appears to assume it was, nevertheless it wasn’t.”
Daniel Pearl, a cinematographer who labored with Weapons on the trilogy of movies, admitted that he wasn’t truly a fan of the scene.
“I do know we shot it in a short time. I’ve to say that your selection of verb, that we obtained the [actor] ‘leaping’ by the cake — it’s leaping. It isn’t like he simply falls by it or something. After we shot it, I went, ‘Properly, that is no good, man.’ It appears to be like just like the man jumps into the cake, and we had just one cake. So there it’s, that is it. That is what it’s. My response on the time was that it seemed unsuitable.”
Andy Morahan directed the movies, and he defined the idea of “November Rain” as being a foul dream. Which, if you happen to watch the video, you may discover that there are scenes of Rose going to sleep, affected by a nightmare and, lastly, waking up in an entire state of gasping panic.
“It’s like a foul dream. It was intentionally excessive. It is an allegory. When Daniel [Pearl] goes, ‘Oh, I did not actually just like the man going by the cake,’ I am not saying it is a joke, however it’s purported to be a tongue-in-cheek dangerous dream, the place the whole lot simply goes to shit. For me, that scene was like pissing on the marriage reception in ‘The Godfather.’ It’s an upside-down nightmare model of that wedding ceremony,” Morahan described.
So far as the cake scene goes, the director remembered that they’d already dumped the entire rain that they had for the scene, so they only let it occur and shot the footage. Seems, we nonetheless do not know precisely who jumped by the cake.
Morahan initially edited the snippet of the cake leap out of the ultimate video, although. So why did it find yourself within the completed product?
As a result of Axl Rose wished it there, that is why.
“I agree with Daniel. It seemed a bit bit too jokey to me,” Morahan confessed. “However then I confirmed the minimize to Axl, and he mentioned, ‘The place’s the cake? I like the cake.’ So we put it again in.”
And guess what? It was the primary music video from the Nineteen Nineties to succeed in 1 billion views on YouTube, so clearly the entire group did one thing proper. We nonetheless have plenty of questions on it — like how the chapel was in the midst of a desert for Slash’s solo however not when Rose and Seymour got here out the entrance doorways after the ceremony — however generally thriller is what retains issues attention-grabbing.