Guns N’ Roses came at exactly the right time in rock ‘n’ roll. For the better part of the ‘80s, rock music had become bloated, stagnate and full of itself. Still reeling from the disco and punk onslaughts of the late ‘70s, rock ‘n’ roll was searching for an edge at the start of the next decade … and instead found a bunch of guys who wanted to play dress-up with their moms’ mascara and their kid sisters’ Top 40 records. Guns N’ Roses changed all that with their ferocious debut album in 1987. ‘Appetite for Destruction’ still sounds like a momentous moment in rock history – the moment where rock music seized back the reins from the decade’s dolled-up posers. It kicks hard, and for good reason: The original quintet was a self-destructive machine that made it through only one more set of albums (the ‘Use Your Illusion’ records) before falling apart.
Selected Discography: ‘Appetite for Destruction’ (1987), ‘Use Your Illusion I’ (1991), ‘Use Your Illusion II’ (1991)
Last month, a Las Vegas police captain lost his job after it was revealed that he had arranged for a romantic helicopter ride to help Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba propose to his girlfriend. For the first time since the incident, Ashba spoke to the media about the controversy.
If you're interested in Guns N' Roses, 21st-century copyright law or just love any story in which federal agents draw their weapons on a music writer in his boxers, you'll want to pack a lunch and pull up a chair, because the 8,000-word tale of how Antiquiet publisher Kevin Cogill got himself in legal hot water for leaking GNR's 'Chinese Democracy' has finally been told.
After a few months’ vacation, Guns N’ Roses are getting ready to hit the road again. The band announced a three-week tour of Latin America to mark their first shows in 2014. The full list of dates are below.
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