Guns N’ Roses Announce Pinball Machine Co-Designed by Slash

Guns N’ Roses are getting in the pinball game, with guitarist Slash adding his own special touches to a new Guns N’Roses Pinball machine from Jersey Jack Pinball.

The game was catered around the lineup from the band’s “Not in This Lifetime” tour, with live concert footage appearing on the screen as you play.

Game features include a real drum stick ramp, a platinum record spinning toy, guitar pick spinners, hand sculpted toys and articulating spotlights. Plus, it’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled. And you can listen for an in-game Guns N’ Roses soundtrack that includes 21 full-length studio master recordings, all blasting through the 120 Watt 2.1 stereo sound system.

JJP game designer Eric Meunier worked with co-designer Slash to give gamers a true rock and roll experience. There are three versions of the game, a standard version, a limited edition version and the collector’s edition version, with the price going up as more features are added.

The Standard Edition, which is going for $6,750, includes:

Monsterized Roadsters Cabinet Art Package
Black Textured Powder Coat
Blood Red Plastic Set
Hand-Drawn Monsterized Band SE Backglass
Gibson Headstock Upper Playfield with 6 Ball Lock
200+ Individually Controlled RGB LEDs
Full Band On Stage Illuminable Toy
3 Flippers
Bright White LED Controllable Hotrail Lighting
Laser-etched Glowing Fender Bass Ramp Decoration

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The Limited Edition game, priced at $9,500, comes with:

GNR Tour Poster Cabinet Art Packages
Red Brick Powder Coat
Blood Red Plastic Set
Individually Numbered and Limited to 5000
350+ Individually Controlled RGB LEDs
Gibson Headstock Upper Playfield with 6 Ball Lock
4 Flippers
Individually Controllable RGB LED Hotrail Lighting
Triple-Kinetic Diverter Fender Bass Head Mini Playfield
Triple Path 4-String Bass Ramp Wireform
2 Full Motion Articulating RGB LED Stage Spotlights
High Hat and Cymbal Interactive Drum Kit Pop Bumper Toys
Analog + Bluetooth Headphone Connectivity
Shaker Motor
Invisiglass

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And the Collector’s Edition, which is going for $12,500, features:

Appetite for Destruction Mirrored RadCal Cabinet Art Package
Appetite-Purple Powder Coat + Laser-cut Cabinet Trim
Purple Emotion Plastic Set
Hand Drawn Band vs Barron CE Mirrored Backglass
Individually Numbered and Limited to 500
600+ Individually Controlled RGB LEDs
JJP Sparkle Gibson Headstock Upper Playfield with 6 Ball Lock
4 Flippers
Individually Controllable RGB LED Hotrail Lighting
Triple-Kinetic Diverter Fender Bass Head Mini Playfield
Triple Path 4-String Bass Ramp Wireform
2 Full Motion Articulating RGB LED Stage Spotlights
High Hat and Cymbal Interactive Drum Kit Pop Bumper Toys
Analog + Bluetooth Headphone Connectivity
Shaker Motor
Invisiglass
Signature Card Signed by Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, and Slash
Drumstick Ramp Signed by Frank Ferrer
Unique CE-Exclusive Playfield Artwork featuring JJP Sparkle
Individually Controllable RGB LED Under & Rear Cabinet Lighting Kit
60Watt JJP Sound Bar with Individually Controllable RGB LED Lit Topper
Rose Flowers Action Button Sculpture
COMA Outlane Ball Save Physical Lock-up Feature

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You can go ahead and place your orders via the Jersey Jack Pinball store, and check out a trailer for the Guns N’ Roses Pinball game below.

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Guns N’ Roses Launch ‘Not in This Lifetime’ Pinball Machine

Guns N’ Roses have teamed up with Jersey Jack Pinball to create a new pinball machine. The “Not in This Lifetime” game is named after the band’s incredibly successful tour.

According to a press release, Slash, who collects pinball machines, served as a co-designer on the game. He contributed not just guitar riffs, video and his voice, but also “specific game plays and actions … as well as four unique guitar features for four playable modes in the game.”

“It’s been a very fulfilling experience working with Jersey Jack on the new GNR Not in This Lifetime pinball machine,” the guitarist said. “Jersey Jack pinball games are some of the most unique and beautiful pins ever made, and I am honored to have been able to work with their brilliant team to design one of the most original and exciting rock ‘n’ roll pins ever produced.”

In addition to the newly created music, the game features 21 Guns N’ Roses songs, five multi-ball modes, concert footage and animations, more than 200 LED lights, spinners shaped like guitar picks and and sculptures of Axl Rose, Slash’s top hat and a stack of speakers. All current members of the lineup contributed in some fashion, with Rose, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, Dizzy Reed and MC Bob lending their voices; Duff McKagan and Melissa Reese providing narration for the game.

You can watch a trailer for the game below.

Jersey Jack has created three versions of the game: the Standard Edition, a Limited Edition (5,000 machines made) and a Collector’s Edition (500 made and signed by Rose, Slash and McKagan). All three contain the features listed above, but the Limited and Collector’s Editions add more elements, including a fourth flipper, a mini playfield shaped like a Fender bass head and more lights.

“To have this type of design work and participation from the game’s namesake creating the actual pinball game, has never, ever, been done before in the industry,” Eric Meunier of Jersey Jack Pinball noted.

You can see pictures below.

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Chris Cornell Earns First No. 1 Single With Guns N’ Roses Cover

Chris Cornell has earned his first No. 1 single as a solo artist posthumously with his cover of Guns N’ Roses“Patience.” The song is currently sitting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

Taken from his 2016 recording sessions, the cover was released July 20 of this year, which would have been the late singer’s 56th birthday. Now, it resides at the top of the rock songs chart, which Billboard notes is his first No. 1 song as a solo artist.

Cornell had a handful of No. 1’s with Soundgarden (“Black Hole Sun,” “Blow Up the Outside World,” “Burden In My Hand,” “Live to Rise” “Been Away Too Long” and “By Crooked Steps”) and Audioslave (“Like a Stone” and “Be Yourself”), but prior to now, the closest he’d gotten as a solo artist was as a featured vocalist on Zac Brown Band’s “Heavy Is the Head” in 2015.

“Patience” was released on Guns N’ Roses’ 1988 EP GN’R Lies. Cornell’s ties to GN’R go all the way back to the early ’90s when Soundgarden opened for them on part of their Use Your Illusion world tour. The singer has also done individual work with several of its members since then, including singing on Slash‘s 2010 track “Promise,” and performing at the Mad Season reunion in 2015 with Duff McKagan.

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Slipknot, Deftones, Guns N’ Roses Roadies Form Own Band

A supergroup is when members of different bands join together and form a new one. Well, there’s a new type of supergroup out there now, and it doesn’t consist of the members of big bands — it consists of the roadies of them, particularly of Slipknot, Deftones, Guns N’ Roses and more.

Knifes were formed when two roadies of Linkin Park decided to start writing their own music and jamming together. Ben Young was the guitar tech for Linkin Park’s Brad Delson, and Warren Johnson joined him on the drums. Eventually, the pair worked for Fall Out Boy together, and recruited Pete Wentz‘s bass tech Brian Diaz for their new group, thus forming the trio.

Due to their positions as roadies, they were able to record music on top-of-the-line equipment.

“We were working with Linkin Park while they recorded One More Light and they had this room set up with like three different drum sets,” Johnson explained to BBC. “They left it set up that way for like two weeks and they weren’t using it the whole time, so we snuck in one day and recorded our first five songs.”

A press release for the announcement of their debut release Proof of Concept notes that the members have also worked for Slipknot, Deftones and Guns N’ Roses. Pre-order the upcoming EP, out Oct. 2, here.

Their first single “The Comedown” is available now, listen below.

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Guns N’ Roses ‘Use Your Illusions’: 20 Facts Only Superfans Know

Appetite for Destruction may have been the best-selling debut album of all time, but some of Guns N’ Roses’ best masterpieces were found a few years later when they released the Use Your Illusion albums.

The albums, released as two double LPs on Sept. 17, 1991, are seen by many as the beginning of the end of the world’s most dangerous band. After going from five guys living in the same loft to absolute superstars within just a few short years, both success and excess started to tear the members apart.

In come the pianos, background vocalists, and million-dollar music videos and you have perhaps the final great work of Guns N’ Roses. Though they went on to release the punk-covers album The Spaghetti Incident?, the classic lineup of the band dissolved over the next few years.

Axl Rose released Chinese Democracy a decade and a half later with a new band behind him, but Duff McKagan and Slash have since returned to the band for the Not in This Lifetime tour, and new music is highly anticipated.. As heard in the Use Your Illusion II song “Breakdown,” “Everything was roses when we held onto the guns.

On the anniversary of the two albums, here are 17 facts only superfans would know.

1. They sold exceptionally well right off the bat.

According to a New York Times article from 1991, a spokesperson on behalf of Geffen Records said the two albums sold 500,000 copies in the first two hours of their release. That was without the help of major retailers like Kmart and Walmart, who refused to stock the albums due to their levels of profanity.

2. Both albums topped the charts.

Use Your Illusion II was the slightly more popular of the two albums, debuting at No. 1 with 770,000 sales in its first week. UYI I debuted at No. 2 with 685,000 copies. The two albums dominated the top of the chart at the same time the week of Oct. 5, 1991.

3. “Fuck you, St. Louis!”

After Rose’s casual stage dive during “Rocket Queen” at their show in St. Louis in July of 1991, “Fuck you, St. Louis!” was included in the liner notes for the albums. The band wouldn’t play in the city again until 2017.

4. Some of the songs were written before Appetite.

“Don’t Cry,” “Back Off Bitch,” “Bad Obsession,” “The Garden,” “You Could Be Mine” and “November Rain” were all written prior to the release of Appetite for Destruction, but were left off for several different reasons. “Don’t Cry” was often performed by the band during their early days on the Sunset Strip before they were even signed.

Rose had a skeletal, piano-only version of “November Rain” written years before he was in the band. A piano version and an acoustic version were both recorded during their 1986 Sound City sessions.

5. When “Civil War” led to a civil war.

“Civil War” was the first track recorded for the Illusion albums, and the last featuring original drummer Steven Adler. He had a longstanding battle with drug addiction, as did several other members of the band, but it affected his work more than it did for the others.

When it came time to record the song, he was nodding out in the studio and could barely play. The engineers had to layer the different segments Adler had recorded into one track. He was fired shortly after.

6. Where’s Izzy?

Izzy Stradlin didn’t stick around much longer either. He quietly left the band in November of 1991, just two months after the albums were released. The band was no longer the way he saw it during the Appetite years, so Gilby Clarke took his place. There’s a brief flash of a “Where’s Izzy” sign in the “Don’t Cry” video.

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7. “Without You”

The videos for “Don’t Cry,” “November Rain” and “Estranged,” played in that order, are viewed by Axl Rose as a sort of movie. The treatments for the videos are based on the short story Without You” by Del James, a friend of Axl’s, in the book The Language of Fear. James wrote the story based on the lyrics to “November Rain,” which were written years before the song was completed.

Victoria’s Secret model Stephanie Seymour was cast in the “Don’t Cry” video, and she and Rose immediately started dating. She also stars in the perplexing “November Rain” video, where her character dies. The couple broke up before the filming of “Estranged,” making the videos fit the theme of “Without You” even further.

8. Axl Rose put the pen to the paper.

The energetic, angry number “Don’t Damn Me,” featured on UYI I, is a direct response to the backlash Rose received in the years prior due to the controversial GN’R Lies track, “One in a Million.” Though the singer has since acknowledged the ferocity of the song, he stood by his beliefs when recording the Illusions.

So I send this song to the offended / I said what I meant and I’ve never pretended / As so many others do intending just to please / If I damned your point of view / Could you turn the other cheek

9. A synthesized masterpiece.

“November Rain” is the most epic ballad on the records, known for its orchestral and string section. But…they’re not real. Rose actually orchestrated the arrangement himself using keyboard tones. The only times a real orchestra played the song with Guns was during the recording of the music video, and the band’s performance of the song at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, where Rose was joined by Sir Elton John on the piano.

10. A little help from Hoon.

Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon offered guest vocals on “Live and Let Die,” “November Rain,” “The Garden,” “You Ain’t the First” and “Don’t Cry.” He’s even featured in the “Don’t Cry” video, and performed it live several times with the band. Also hailing from Indiana, Hoon’s sister knew Rose, which is how they developed a friendship and eventual collaboration.

11. Hidden message in “Locomotive.”

In the UYI II “Locomotive,” which was one of Slash’s personal favorites, Rose sings a set of lyrics that some have speculated were a message in response to the criticism he received when making the albums. Many who have worked with the frontman have admitted that he’s an absolute perfectionist, so the albums took much longer to complete than they would have if there weren’t so many extravagant elements included.

You can use your illusion / Let it take you where it may / We live and learn and then sometimes it’s best to walk away / Me I’m just here hangin’ on / It’s my only place to stay at least for now anyway / I’ve worked too hard for my illusions / Just to throw them all away

12. Zap him again!

UYI I’s closer, “Coma,” is the longest song Guns N’ Roses have ever released. The song is personal to both Slash and Rose, who wrote the lyrics based on a time he overdosed. “It’s Slash’s baby,” Rose told MTV in an interview in 1992. “But I started writing about when I OD’d four years ago. The reason I OD’d was because of stress, I couldn’t take it. I grabbed this bottle of pills in an argument and just gulped them down, and I ended up in the hospital.”

“But I liked that I wasn’t in the fight anymore. I was fully conscious that I was leaving,” he continues. Apparently, the anticipation of the album coming out and the tour is what forced him awake.

13. “November Rain” broke records.

Clocking in at just under nine minutes, “November Rain” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the longest song to ever crack the Top 10 of that chart. The video was also the oldest music video on YouTube to hit a billion views until 2019, when Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” beat it.

14. The Godfather of Shock Rock made an appearance.

Alice Cooper himself sang on “The Garden” after Slash mentioned that Rose’s vocal style sounded like him on the song. This wasn’t the band’s first rodeo with Cooper, as they had been invited to open for him in the mid-’80s. Rose never showed up for the show, so McKagan and Stradlin improvised on vocals instead. Luckily, he forgave them.

15. A head and an arm.

Found a head and an arm in a garbage can” is the opening line of the song “Double Talkin’ Jive,” and it’s based on a true story. Police found body parts in a dumpster near a studio when the band was recording. Stradlin sings that line and the rest of the verses, and Rose is on the choruses.

16. The Perils of Rock N’ Roll Decadence.

“Pretty Tied Up” was written by Stradlin after befriending a dominatrix. “She gave us some tequila or something and she goes in the bedroom and we walk in and there’s this big fat naked guy with an onion in his mouth. He’s wearing women’s underwear and high heels and he’s tied up with duct tape against the wall,” he told Musician.

There’s a play-on words later in the song, where “cool and stressing” is actually pronounced “kool ranch dres’ing” — specified in the lyrics.

17. A sociopsychotic state of bliss.

The final track of UYI II is the industrial, synth-rap track “My World.” The song is credited only to Rose, who apparently was on shrooms when he wrote it. The rest of the band didn’t know the song even existed, but the singer went ahead and made sure it was included in the new song catalog.

18. A story of a man.

“So Fine,” co-sang by both Rose and McKagan, was written entirely by the bassist as a tribute to New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders. McKagan was heavily influenced by punk, and Thunders was his idol.

19. Axl Rose played a little guitar on it.

Rose wrote and played the opening riff for the song “Dead Horse,” which appears on UYI I. He’s seen playing it in the music video and there is footage of him playing it live as well.

20. Its mission was to “bury Appetite.”

While Appetite for Destruction was responsible for skyrocketing the band into stardom, they knew they had a lot of work to do to live up to expectations. “I just want to bury Appetite. I like the album, but I’m sick of it. I don’t want to live my life through that one album,” Rose told MTV in 1988.

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29 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses Issue ‘Use Your Illusion I’ & ‘II’

In retrospect, the much revered “classic” lineup of Guns N’ Roses was together a relatively short time, with the first significant changes in the band coming in the early ’90s, but even with the initial alterations to the group, it was still one helluva ride the band was enjoying after monstrous success of their debut album Appetite for Destruction and the follow-up compilation Lies.

While it could have been easy to capitalize on the early successes and churn out another album quickly, the band instead chose to double down on their work and release an ambitious two-volume collection on Sept. 17, 1991 called Use Your Illusion.

Frontman Axl Rose told Rolling Stone in 1991 that the project was well thought-out and a calculated career move, choosing to challenge themselves to do something special rather than taking the easy road.

“People want something, and they want it as soon as they can get it,” Rose says. “Needy people. And I’m the same way, but I want it to be right — I don’t want it to be half-assed. Since we put out Appetite for Destruction, I’ve watched a lot of bands put out two to four albums, and who cares? They went out, they did a big tour, they were big rock stars for that period of time. That’s what everybody’s used to now — the record companies push that. But I want no part of that. We weren’t just throwing something together to be rock stars. We wanted to put something together that meant everything to us.”

But getting there was no easy task. The band had a tumultuous split with drummer Steven Adler after his hard-partying ways became too much for the band to ignore. Adler would later file suit against the group. Guns N’ Roses also bid adieu to manager Alan Niven amongst other key members of their crew.

Rose stated, “There’s a lot of desire to keep what we have together. I mean, we already lost one guy. Actually, we lost a lot of people. It would’ve been nice to stay with Alan [Niven]. It would’ve been nice to work with certain photographers, certain security, road crew, stagehands…. Whether you’re glad you’re in a situation or not, there’s always a part of you that goes, ‘I wish I could’ve been happy there, just stayed happy somehow.'”

Guns N’ Roses, “You Could Be Mine” — Live at Rock in Rio (1991)

But as one chapter closed, another began. In 1990, keyboardist Dizzy Reed was invited to join the group. And with Adler on the way out, the group needed a new drummer and found their man in Matt Sorum, whom the band had seen drumming with The Cult.  “Having a keyboard player in the band was something they talked to me about a long time ago,” Reed stated. “I never really thought it would happen.”

But Reed got the call at just the right time as he was about to be thrown out of his apartment right as he got the invite. As for Sorum, he took over behind the kit for a majority of the songs, though Adler still received credit on the song “Civil War.”

With the new lineup intact, Guns N’ Roses started putting together the disc in 1990, spending nearly a year on the recording. The band made use of numerous studios, including A&M, Record Plant, Studio 56, Image Recording, Conway Studios and Metalworks Recording Studios.

Guns N’ Roses, “Civil War”

Ever the perfectionists, the band also mixed 21 tracks with engineer/producer Bob Clearmountain, but later scrapped the mixes, starting from scratch with Bill Price handling the mixing. But when it came down to it, Guns N’ Roses had set the bar high with their previous work and were intent of maintaining that push for excellence.

“I’ve had a good understanding of where I wanted Guns N’ Roses to go and the things I wanted Guns N’ Roses to achieve musically,” says Rose, “And I can’t say that everybody’s had a grip on that. We’re competing with rock legends, and we’re trying to do the best we can to possibly be honored with a position like that. We want to define ourselves. Appetite was a cornerstone, a place to start. That was like ‘Here’s our land, and we just put a stake in the ground. Now we’re going to build something.'”

Released on Sept. 17, 1991, Use Your Illusion I and II arrived with much fanfare. The second volume opened at No. 1 on the Billboard Album Chart, with the first volume finishing second.

As for the separation of the tracks, Rose told Here Today Gone To Hell, “We didn’t actually take into consideration that people knew more songs on II than I. We thought that ‘Civil War’ and ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door‘ would be old news, rather than people wanting to get them in their hands. We looked at it like the first half of Use Your Illusion I was more similar to the energy on Appetite for Destruction, and would be a lot more fun to skateboard to. We thought of it that way. We thought it would be more successful in the beginning and we’d have to work on II, but actually II took off harder so it gave us the time to work on I and also drive wide and push it.”

Guns N’ Roses, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” — Live in Tokyo (1992)

He added, “I’d say ‘Civil War,’ ‘Heaven’s Door,’ ‘Breakdown,’ ‘Estranged,’ ‘Locomotive,’ and the second version of ‘Don’t Cry’ are a bit deeper and more mature than some of the songs on the first side of Illusion I. Those are just as important to us, but were more fun and more raw expressions of emotions.”

The first song to arrive came from the Use Your Illusion II album. The propulsive rocker “You Could Be Mine” was used for their soundtrack of the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day after Arnold Schwarzenegger personally invited the band to dinner at his home to negotiate a deal. The song actually had a long history with Guns N’ Roses, with guitarist Slash revealing that the earliest origins of the song dated back to the first pre-production session for Appetite for Destruction.

Other Use Your Illusion II songs to hit included the band’s cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” the power ballad “Yesterdays,” the protest song “Civil War” and the powerful “Estranged.” While most of the Use Your Illusion II songs would not become major radio hits, they did become classics within the Guns N’ Roses catalog.

Guns N’ Roses, “Estranged”

Of “Civil War,” bassist Duff McKagan told Rockline, “Basically, it was a riff that we would do at sound-checks. Axl came up with a couple of lines at the beginning. And… I went in a peace march, when I was a little kid, with my mom. I was like four years old. For Martin Luther King. And that’s when: “Did you wear the black arm band when they shot the man who said: ‘Peace could last forever’? It’s just true-life experiences, really.”

As for “Estranged,” Rose would become particularly attached to the emotion evoked by the track. He told Here Today Gone to Hell, “There’s something really wild, for me, in performing ‘Estranged’ ’cause all of a sudden I realized I don’t want to be sitting at the piano playing this song to keep the energy of the song moving live. I need to be moving around and there’s something about being able to be up there moving around during it that’s actually a present, a gift or something. Being able to dance and rejoice in a song. That came from situations and emotions that were killing me. You know, we pretty much mean everything we say. We don’t put anything down that we’re not willing to stand behind or attempt to stand by for the duration. “Estranged” also has a video that’s part of a key trilogy for the band that also included clips for Use Your Illusion I songs “Don’t Cry” and “November Rain.”

Speaking of Use Your Illusion I, it had more success at radio, with the tracks “Don’t Cry,” “November Rain” and a cover of Paul McCartney‘s “Live and Let Die” all commanding the airwaves. Fans also latched on to such favorites as “Garden of Eden” and “Right Next Door to Hell.”

Don’t Cry” proved to be one of the band’s biggest hits and a key track in linking the two albums together as different versions of the song appeared on both discs. The Use Your Illusion I track became the hit, with the Use Your Illusion II version offering alternate lyric and a slightly different melody. Also of note on “Don’t Cry” is a backing vocalist who appeared on a number of Use Your Illusion tracks — Shannon Hoon — who would later rise to fame as the vocalist for Blind Melon. Hoon and Rose both hailed from Indiana and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue music and found a common bond in their journey. Hoon also appeared in the video for the song.

November Rain,” an epic power ballad, climbed all the way to No. 3 on the Billboard 100. It too was a long-in-the-works track, with Tracii Guns revealing that Axl had been working on it as early as 1983.

Guns N’ Roses, “November Rain” Music Video

Guns stated that Rose started the track on piano, adding, “It was the only thing he knew how to play, but it was his. He’d go, ‘Someday this song is gonna be really cool.’ And I’d go, ‘It’s cool now.’ ‘But it’s not done, you know,’ he used to say. And, like, anytime we’d be at a hotel or anywhere, there’d be a piano; he’d just kinda play that music. And I’d go, ‘When are you gonna finish that already, you know?’ And he’d go, ‘I don’t know what to do with it.'” With a killer guitar solo from Slash, orchestral backing and several shifts in tempo, the track would become a classic, well fleshed out from its earliest incarnation.

As for the touring cycle, it took it’s toll on the band. There was the incident in St. Louis when Rose was cited with inciting a riot after going into the crowd after a photographer. There was the ill-fated 1992 tour with Metallica where riots erupted. And during the run, Izzy Stradlin tired of life in the band and eventually exited, with Gilby Clarke eventually joining the group.

Amidst the fame and drive for success, it was a tough road to haul. But as Slash stated in an almost eerie Rolling Stone interview given what was to come, “You know, I love the band fucking with all my heart. I mean, there will be a point when this will all finish, the tour will end, the album will die and I’ll keep jamming with cats that I dig playing with. But then we’ll just go do another record. I don’t think anything’s really gonna break us up. The only thing that ever made it look that way was just our own fucking insecurity. We just flip out, because everything seems to be so much.”

He added, “Sometimes you go, ‘What the fuck is it for?’ Then you try to look where to escape to, and there’s nowhere to go. We’ve been doing it for so long that we really would all feel sort of lost and lonely if it fell apart and we had to go out and do solo records. Because it wouldn’t be Guns. None of us could reproduce that. Axl’s got so much charisma — he’s one of the best singers around. It’s his personality. He can go out and do something. What freaks me out is, if the band falls apart, I’ll never be able to shake the fact that I’m the ex-Guns N’ Roses guitar player. And that’s almost like selling your soul.”

Sadly, Guns N’ Roses would record one more album, the covers disc The Spaghetti Incident, with much of their “classic” core intact. Slash would exit in 1996, McKagan a year later, leaving Rose as the sole original member and a decade-plus process in putting together the Chinese Democracy album amidst numerous lineup changes took the band out of the spotlight for a good part of the latter ’90s and early 2000s.

But during the early ’90s, there weren’t many acts that could touch Guns N’ Roses and the Use Your Illusion albums were an example of a band on top of their game pursuing something special. Both albums would go on to be certified seven times platinum by the RIAA and the wealth of singles from the two discs remain staples in the band’s catalog to this day.

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Trump: ‘November Rain’ Is the ‘Greatest Music Video of All Time’

Apparently, President Trump is an enormous Guns N’ Roses fan. Not only does he play their cover of “Live and Let Die” at rallies and mask factories, but he’s also declared that the cinematic adaptation of “November Rain” is the greatest music video of all time.

The revelation came to light in former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ new book Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House. Trump wanted “November Rain” added to his rally playlist so badly that he made Sanders and other members of the White House staff watch the music video in the Oval Office to make it clear.

“He told us it was ‘the greatest music video of all time,’ and made us watch it to prove his point, even though neither of us had disagreed,” Sanders wrote.

The President did eventually get his wish, as Newsweek reports that the Use Your Illusion I track was played at one of his rallies in Michigan last week.

Whether or not you agree with Trump’s statement about the GN’R video, numbers don’t lie — it has over 1.4 billion views on YouTube, and was actually the first music video of the 1990s to hit the billion-views milestone. A lot of work and thought was put into the final product, which VH1 notes cost over $1.5 million to make.

We’re patiently waiting to see what Axl Rose has to say.

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Trump Reportedly Calls ‘November Rain’ the ‘Greatest Music Video’

Axl Rose may be a frequent critic of Donald Trump, but that hasn’t stopped the president from being a huge fan of Guns N’ Roses‘ “November Rain” video. He reportedly even made staffers watch it in the Oval Office.

This nugget of information was discovered by White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs, who found it in former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ recently published book, Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House.

After parts of the band’s 1991 epic were heard at Trump’s Michigan rally last week, Jacobs tweeted a photo of the appropriate page.

In her book, Sanders writes that, in early 2018, she and former White House communications director Hope Hicks had met with Trump: “The president told Hope and me in the Oval he wanted the classic Guns N’ Roses song ‘November Rain’ added to his rally playlist. He told us it was the ‘greatest music video of all time,’ and made us watch it to prove his point, even though neither of us had disagreed.”

As protests took place across the country after the killing of George Floyd in June, Rose accused Trump of trying to “foment hatred [and] anarchy,” and called him a “truly bad, repulsive excuse [for] a person [with] a sick agenda.”

It was one of the most visceral attacks by Rose, who has also criticized Trump’s response to the 2018 California wildfires and said that the White House was “the current U.S. gold standard of what can be considered disgraceful.”

The singer has also expressed his displeasure with Vice President Mike Pence, First Lady Melania Trump, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions III over the past few years.

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Ex-GN’R Drummer Spotlights Frontline Workers With Tom Petty Cover

We all owe a debt to the frontline workers during the global pandemic, and with a new video, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum is shining a spotlight on some of these workers with a cover of Tom Petty‘s “I Won’t Back Down.”

Sorum serves up a mix of solo performance, playing the guitar amidst a desert setting, with shots of hospital workers dancing along to the Petty classic.

In his Instagram post discussing the cover and video, Sorum writes, “I made this video in the desert near Pioneertown (Calif.) when thinking and speaking with my good friends and partners in Brazil. Brazil is like a second home to me and I traveled there often before the pandemic to work on projects with my company @sthorm.io. Since then we have moved our @viralcure.global project into working on COVID-19 and supporting @hospitalhcfmusp (Hospital das Clínicas de SP).”

He adds, “We started the crowd funding space and raised much needed funds to help with the situation and medical supplies. Please support if you can. We’re all in this together more than ever.”

Sorum calls his band “The Matts” for this project as it was primarily him completing the song, with some recording, mixing, filming, editing and a little slide guitar assistance from others. Watch the video below and check out the Viral Cure organization that Sorum spoke of here.

Petty’s original version of “I Won’t Back Down” was the lead single from his 1989 Full Moon Fever solo album. The song topped Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and crossed over to hit No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

As for Sorum, the drummer has plans to detail his life in the new autobiography, “Double Talkin’ Jive: True Rock ‘N’ Roll Stories From the Drummer of Guns N’ Roses, The Cult and Velvet Revolver.” The book was initially expected to arrive this spring, but got pushed to 2021 amid the pandemic.

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Why Axl Rose’s ‘Appetite for Destruction’ Cover Idea Was Rejected

As Guns N’ Roses prepared to release their 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction, the band searched for cover artwork that would match their signature style.

The image needed to be eye-catching, provocative and polarizing. Singer Axl Rose believed he had the perfect idea: the picture of Space Shuttle Challenger exploding midair.

On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Just 73 seconds into its flight, disaster struck. Mechanical failures caused the shuttle to explode and disintegrate across the Atlantic ocean. All seven crew members on board were killed.

The tragedy was headline news, garnering coverage across the globe. President Ronald Reagan addressed a nation in mourning, while NASA immediately halted the shuttle program (it would not resume until 32 months later).

Pictures of the disaster were plastered on magazine and newspaper covers for months. As Rose pondered potential artwork for GNR’s debut, the image popped into his mind.

“I figured, it’s on the cover of Time [magazine], then we should be allowed to use it, too,” he explained years later. “It wasn’t meant [to be] derogatory. … That photograph just blew my mind”.

The band’s label, Geffen, was quick to reject the frontman’s idea. “They went, ‘Oh this is in bad taste,’” Rose recalled.

Instead, the band opted for a graphic cartoon by artist Robert Williams for Appetite for Destruction’s cover. When that image also caused uproar, the band pivoted to the now famous cross-with-skulls logo.

Still, many artistic GNR fans have imagined what the album would have looked like with Rose’s original vision. In 2018, painter Tom Dunn conceptualized his own version of the artwork, invoking the Challenger image on the cover, while combining the band’s skull logos with NASA influences for the back.

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