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Metal Detector: Guns N' Roses

In 2006, Metal Hammer published this guide to GN'R's albums, from godlike to shambolic

They used to be referred to as ‘The Most Dangerous Band In The World’. After a career that spanned 21years and yet offered up only three and a half albums worth of original material, Guns N’ Roses were seen as nothing more than a shambles. But it was once very different...

Arriving at a time when blandola dance and pop dominated the charts, Guns N’ Roses were like a whirlwind of thrilling, drug-fuelled orgiastic hedonism when they first came to prominence. That was in 1987, with the release of Appetite For Destruction, arguably one of the greatest debut albums – if not one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Before that it was a tale of banding together against the odds. Slash auditioned for Poison and an early version of GN’R and childhood friends Izzy and Axl were in an early LA Guns. Together they were Guns N’ Roses.

They stuck to their guns though, got their chance on Sunset Strip, and grabbed it. 1986’s Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide caught the attention of UK mags such as Metal Hammer. They played three celebrated shows at London’s Marquee in June 87, and toured with Faster Pussycat, headlining at Hammersmith Odeon in October 1987. Taut, lean and muscular, full of angry hedonistic anthems one minute, capable of stunning sensitivity the next, it was a huge hit which, after single Sweet Child O’Mine took off, set them in stone.


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