Guns N’ Roses Unveils ‘New’ Song ‘Absurd’ At Fenway Park

Watch the band perform what Axl Rose dubbed "a new Guns N' Roses" song.

By Scott Bernstein Aug 4, 2021 8:33 am PDT

Guns N’ Roses debuted a song entitled “Absurd” on Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston. “Absurd” isn’t completely new as it’s based on “Silkworms,” an unreleased tune which dates back to the Chinese Democracy sessions as per Ultimate Classic Rock.

“Some of you might have heard this under another name,” frontman Axl Rose exclaimed ahead of the premiere. “But this is really kind of absurd for us to try this,” Axl added. “Wasn’t that funny? And they don’t even know the joke yet. Ok, this is called ‘Absurd.’”

“Silkworms” was first performed by GN’R on January 1, 2001 and made three additional appearances that year according to Setlist.FM. The song features powerful vocals from Rose that are more yelled than sung. “See? We never run out of love songs,” Axl said following “Absurd” which he dubbed “a new Guns N’ Roses song.”

Watch fan-shot footage of “Absurd” from last night’s concert below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcDZ8MUUt5o

Setlist

Guns N’ Roses at Fenway Park

  • It's So Easy
  • Mr. Brownstone
  • Chinese Democracy
  • Welcome to the Jungle  
  • Slither  
  • Double Talkin' Jive
  • Estranged
  • Live and Let Die  
  • You're Crazy  
  • Better
  • Rocket Queen
  • You Could Be Mine
  • I Wanna Be Your Dog  
  • Absurd  
  • Civil War  
  • Dead Horse  
  • Slash Guitar Solo  
  • Sweet Child o' Mine
  • November Rain
  • Knockin' on Heaven's Door  
  • Nightrain
Encore
  • Paradise City
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