This is certainly the month for Grand Canyon to introduce us to this video for “November Rain.” About the song, lead singer Casey Shea says, “We initially recorded a straightforward piano/guitar version in our producer’s (Jamie Candiloro: R.E.M., Willie Nelson, Eagles) living room. We took the track home, and a couple of days later, everyone had the same sinking feeling. It was fine, but there was nothing really special about it. About a week passed, and we were unsure how we were gonna approach the song as we pulled up to the studio on a rare rainy L.A. morning. We walked in, and Jamie informed us he’d had a death in the family and was gonna have to leave town the following day. Mixing was scheduled to start the following week, so it started to feel like maybe this track wasn’t meant to be. There was a very somber feeling in the room. Jamie started fiddling with some gear and Joe Guese, who was on the opposite side of the room, started delicately picking through the chords on his grandfather’s 1939 Gibson acoustic. I started singing to myself … not much more than a whisper. Jamie said, “Guys … keep going, this is it.” He quickly got some levels on the mics that were set up. We had to re-cut the first couple of lines, cause of the talking and getting levels, but other than that, the acoustic and vocal is the live pass of Joe and I guessing our way through it.”
For the video, the band had thought about giving a nod to the original “November Rain” video. “We had this ridiculous idea of doing a trilogy of videos à la the Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion trilogy,” Shea says. “Once again, ‘November Rain’ would be part 2. (see Yesterday’s News for part 1.) We thought what better way to further pay tribute to the original than to have the walking man leave Hollywood, weave his way through the suburbs, only to end up finding peace at the church where they filmed the real ‘November Rain.’ We went down to St. Brendan’s in the middle of the day, and luckily, not only was it open, but no one was in there. It was surreal to be in the church, and it is a stunning one. We’re hoping God and the Catholic church will forgive us. When I went back and watched the original GNR video, I love that all the pews are completely filled, and in our take it’s completely empty. It perfectly mirrors the two versions of the song in a way.”
And now DittyTV is happy to offer the world premiere video for “November Rain” by Grand Canyon here. Then tune in Wednesday night, Nov. 20, at 11/10c to catch the DittyTV Debut on the network.