Guns N’ Roses: What Could Have Been

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Now that it looks like there’s a good shot we will get to see a GN’R reunion, let’s take a look back at one of the most dysfunctional acts to ever take over rock n’ roll.

Their debut album, Appetite for Destruction (1987), is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, debut albums of all time. Featuring three tracks that continue to get consistent airplay in “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, and “Paradise City”. This was the beginning of an epic run of great music and even better times for GN’R. From ’87-’92, Gun’s N’ Roses released four albums: Appetite for Destruction, GN’R Lies, Use Your Illusion I, and Use Your Illusion II (UYI I & II released as double album). These albums went #1, #2, #2, #1 respectively, on the Billboard charts. Following the release of Use Your Illusion I and II, GN’R embarked on a 28 month tour that included 194 shows. The tour included riots, tabloids, and a lot of built up stress. The last show of the tour, in 1993, was the last time fans would see GN’R as they knew it.

The band’s half-decade in the limelight was everything a rock fan could hope for, but what if they had stuck around for a while, like The Who or Aerosmith? Could you imagine the catalogue they’d have if they released three or four more albums? Nevertheless, what they left in their wake was some of the rawest, realist, hardest hitting stuff that has been put to record before or since.