I like the "dip" in the song. You're thinking "hey, November Rain's over!" No, it isn't. There's more...
This is one of the last times that I can recall music videos really do right by the guitarist when showing a solo. He looks so badass coming out of that church. Same with driving the car off the cliff in "Don't Cry" and coming out of the ocean in "Estranged". Looks so fucking cool.
We should all have a high bar for considering something "iconic," but the videography and art direction of Slash's solo in this music video is deserving of the title.
The setting outside an isolated small church, the positioning of Slash (he's not too close to the church, but rather just far enough away that you can capture some great depth-of-field shots), the time of day they shot the footage, the dust that blows over him, Slash's wardrobe (including the cigarette) and the decision to put him out there without a hat, the understated guitar... and of course, the fly-by aerial shots which are perfect at capturing the desolate area & the lone Slash, which fit nicely with the mood created by his beautifully melodic solo.
The whole thing is simple, but powerful. I could watch it 100 times and never tire of it. Whichever director/producer came up with this idea was infused with a subtle genius that day.
"Oh no it's raining. Time to DIVE THROUGH THE CAKE!!!!"
Man, when this video came out it was an EVENT!
Excuse me, I need to go outside and solo in the wind.
@ 7:05 - this break / hook still gives me chills. Every time.
Piano, full orchestra, SLASH!
I can't believe the video almost has 1 billion views. That's usually reserved for the big summer songs and whatnot. It's a nice surprised when something really good is also very popular.
I’ll always upvote GNR. Since I was a little girl this has always been one of my favorites. Slash tears it up!
Estranged, coma, and locomotive were my top songs from the Illusion albums
Saw them 2 weeks ago and it was incredible. They did an instrumental cover of Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd and turned it into the intro for November Rain. I was speechless
Song was influenced by a short story by Del James. Rose had been working on it since the early 80s. Song took years to perfect and needless to say he got it right.