Ever hear a song that reminds you of a very specific time and/or place in your life? I asked Torry Castellano of The Donnas if there was song from her past that brought back memories. Her answer?
“November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses.
In Torry’s own words:
“Every time I hear ‘November Rain’ I think about how I went and saw them on tour with Metallica. It was a really crazy time because I was super obsessed with Metallica. And I loved Guns N’ Roses. Faith No More was supposed to open but they didn’t, for whatever reason. Body Count played that show which was pretty exciting too.
I was going with a group of guys, and one of them I had a huge crush on, and that, of course was a big huge part of it. Not of me liking the bands, but a big part of the memory. We were going to leave a few minutes early from school but then we decided to just cut half of the day. We left and went to the concert and it was incredible. They played ‘November Rain’ and Slash was going to go up on the piano for his guitar solo and it took him a really long time to get on the piano because he had probably had a few drinks or whatever. People had to help him get up there. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s awesome!’
I got home really late from the concert. It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to and I had so much fun. I probably smoked pot for one of the first times â€“ I was 14 or something. I got home and the school had called my mom and been like “Is it okay that you’re daughter skipped these classes?” I totally got grounded, which sucked, because there was a dance coming up and I was hoping that the guy that I liked would ask me out to the dance but that never happened.
So that’s what I think of when I hear ‘November Rain’.
The Donnas new CD Bitchin’ is in stores now. Check out the video for “Don’t Wait Up for Me” over on Stereogum.com.