Guns N’ Roses
Quite the colorful band, indeed.
I thought it would be fun to share some facts about the band first, and then share why Gaston and I decided to take on Sweet Child O’ Mine.
The band has changed their original lineup twenty-two times since they started out. (That’s a lot of member changes. I was in a band like that one, ha ha!)
The band was formed by Rose’s band, Hollywood Rose, and Tracii Guns’s band, L.A. Guns. The name Guns N’ Roses was formed by combining the two names.
The band’s first tour, the Hell Tour, was fittingly named. Two hours north of Fresno, the band’s 1977 Oldsmobile (plus U-Haul) gave out and left them hitchhiking for forty hours to Seattle, carrying only their guitars. They missed several shows and played on borrowed amps when they finally arrived.
While returning to Los Angeles after their first tour, the band had a terrible accident that almost ended their careers and lives. While piled into Duff McKagan’s Toyota Celica, another car traveling 60 mph broadsided them at an intersection, miraculously leaving drummer Steven Adler with only a broken ankle.
Back in 1986, Guns N’ Roses backed up one of their main influences and idols, Alice Cooper, at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, but they had to play without Axl. The singer was refused entry to the show because his name wasn’t on the artist list.
During the recording of “It’s So Easy” for Appetite for Destruction, David Bowie (who dated Slash’s mother when Slash was still young) visited the band and flirted with Erin Everly, Axl’s model girlfriend at the time. Immediately, Rose went after Bowie and punched him. Eventually they resolved the misunderstanding and went out drinking at the China Club.
Before taking up the guitar when his grandmother gave him his first one, a stringed acoustic, Slash was mainly interested in BMX biking, and briefly competed at the professional level.
Ironically, Axl is the only remaining original member of the band and the only one who has been constantly present since 1985.
Before joining up with the dudes in L.A. Guns, Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin made money by smoking cigarettes for a study conducted by UCLA, according to the biography Appetite for Destruction: The Days of Guns N’ Roses.
GNR has sold over 100 million records worldwide, including 45 million in the United States, making them the 41st best-selling artist of all time.
“Sweet Child O’ Mine,” the band’s biggest-selling single worldwide, was reportedly written in just five minutes. Despite its commercial success, Slash considers it the band’s worst song.
We disagree. We liked the song and found the vocals and range challenging.
We hope you like it too!
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