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.
See Chrissie Hynde Join Guns N' Roses Onstage for 'Bad Obsession'
Pretenders are the opening band on GNR's current tour.
Watch Guns N' Roses Play New Song 'Perhaps' Live for First Time
Their latest single received its live debut at the band's Pittsburgh show.
30 Years Ago: Slash and Duff McKagan's Last Classic-Era GNR Show
They wouldn't play with singer Axl Rose again until an unexpected partial reunion more than two decades later.
35 Years Ago: Guns N' Roses Meet 'Dirty Harry' on the Big Screen
They appeared in the final installation of Clint Eastwood's series, along with then-unknown Jim Carrey.
Billy White Jr., GNR’s 'Appetite' Cover Artist, Reportedly Dead
What started as a tattoo idea for Axl Rose turned into one of the most iconic covers in rock history.
Guns N' Roses Live Surprises: Debuts and Rarities From 2023 Tour
It's cause for celebration when they shake things up.
Hear Guns N' Roses Sound Check Unreleased Song 'Perhaps'
'Chinese Democracy'-era track previously leaked online in 2019.
Guns N' Roses Shake Up Set With Four Songs Not Heard in Decades
"Bad Obsession" and "Pretty Tied Up" are among the songs making their reunion-era debuts at tour launch.