The first line of the Behind the Music documentary of Guns says it all, “they were the baddest band on the planet”, and ‘bad’ means hardcore.
Guns and Roses may arguably be the last huge rock and roll band of our era. In the late 80s big hair rock bands were losing popularity and Guns emerged with a unique, and what is now proved to be a timeless rock sound.
There were many great grunge bands that emerged in the early to mid 90s, who carried the last remains of the rock sound into the new millennium, leading to the post-grunge sounds of the early 2000s with bands like Fall Out Boy, but the sound of pure rock, in my opinion ended with the Guns in the early 90s.
To me 1990 -1992 were owned by Guns and Roses, the glory days before their famous in-fighting began.
The sound of Guns is timeless, you can listen to hits like Sweet Child of Mine and hear the sound of an era, Slash’s guitar solo on this is a masterpiece, so is his solo on November Rain.
Yesterdays, Civil War, Paradise City, Welcome to the Jungle, Patience, Estranged are all rock anthems.
In fact their best albums are Appetite for Destruction, and the ‘epic’ double album Use your Illusion I and II. If you ever want to expand your musical horizons, listen to these albums or start with their greatest hits.
Discover the early days Guns and Roses, a band that just like its name was dangerous and lived rock and roll in excess and on the edge producing an overwhelming and simply awesome rock sound. You’ll always recognize a Slash guitar solo or an Axl scream.
By the mid-90s Axl alienated the other band members and continued on with ‘hired guns’, in fact the band is still touring and playing, but they will never replicate the success and sound of the early days. They were originals. Rock out dude!