Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band founded in Los Angeles, California in 1985.
The band has released six studio albums: Appetite For Destruction in 1987, G N' R Lies in 1988, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II in 1991, "The Spaghetti Incident?" in 1993 and, after 15 years and with frontman Axl Rose and keyboardist Dizzy Reed being being the only members left from the previous lineup, Chinese Democracy in 2008. They also released three EP's in 1986, 1988, and 1993 and two live albums, in 1999 and 2014. Read more on Last.fm
So Axl Rose refused to acknowledge the accolade of being inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, allowing the rest of band to celebrate with a better singer, but does it really matter? Our friend, Adam made this excellent point:
“People may remember [Marlon] Brando refusing his Oscar, but more remember him for getting really fat and a bit shit…”
Fair. Tell us what you’re going to remember Axl Rose for in the poll below. And obviously, if you think we’ve missed something, call us dicks in a comment below.
How in the name of all that’s unholy did Reading and Leeds Festivals come around so quickly? The festival that traditionally marks the end of the UK festival season for those of the rock’n’roll persuasion (well, it did until Offset instigated their badass Hardcore stage) is next weekend – so it’s time for our annual Slaylist in honour of rock’n’roll’s most commercial piss-up in a field.
We just had some almighty thunder, lightning and all things frightening across London. The thunder was so violent that the roof actually moved. In a vague attempt to remain slightly topical, here’s a crappy list of songs that are related to sad, stormy weather.
Believe it or not, Reading & Leeds Festival 2010 have already announced a more controversial line-up than Download and Sonisphere put together. Hugh Platt explains why.
Holy fuck! We guess you’ve seen the initial Reading and Leeds Festival line-up announcements by now, and we’ll admit that we are surprised. We normally like to smugly stroke our beards at impending festival announcements, safe in the knowledge of what’s about to be revealed is either a) underwhelming, b) already pre-leaked to near-pointlessness, or c) of absolutely no interest whatsoever.
But Reading and Leeds Festivals this year have already gone beyond expectations.
This coming week sees a couple of big occasions in the life of the guitarist formerly known as Saul Hudson. Not only does Tuesday mark the 22nd anniversary of the release of Appetite For Destruction, but then on Thursday, Slash hits his 44th birthday. Holy shit! That means Slash has been carrying the millstone of his best work being behind him for exactly half his entire life. That’s just gotta sting.
Biffy Clyro singer/guitarist Simon Neil took the time to have a chat with Anne Waites about his Top 5 favourite eccentrics in the world of rock. We agreed that there are a lot and that beards are very important.
Rivers Cuomo, Weezer
“He went through the huge beard phase, tried to deconstruct the technique of writing a pop song, sat in his room painted black for three years, realised he didn’t want to do it and now he plays soccer and he’s letting the other guys in the band write songs. He’s probably my favourite eccentric ever.”
Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses
“Total genius! I think I’m the only person in the world that still rates Axl Rose. I’m mega excited about the new Guns N’ Roses album. He’s the only person that could spend 50 million dollars of a record label’s money. That’s something brilliant in my eyes. It’s shaped up to be a corking record.”
Guns N’ Roses
24 November 2008
by Raziq Rauf
How much idle conjecture has there been over Chinese Democracy? Axl Rose has had 17 years to turn this vanity project into absolute gold. It has to be a masterpiece. It has to be the best album of the 21st century.
I say “vanity project” because Rose is the only founding member remaining in Guns N’ Roses. I say “vanity project” because he has taken 17 bloody years to write one album!
Every Time I Die are about to embark upon their very first headline tour of their cracking latest album, The Big Dirty but they reckon Axl’s stealing their thunder.
They wrote him a letter.
“Thanks a shitload Axl. You haven’t put out a GNR record in 10 years and the month we decide to go out on a tour cleverly named NOVEMBER REIGN, you find it prime time for “Chinese Democracy” to hit shelves. You couldn’t have waited another 3 weeks? We haven’t done a single headlining tour on “The Big Dirty” so this was a really big deal for us. You should have seen Josh’s face light up when he thought of the name. The guys in THE BRONX and STICK TO YOU GUNS(sic) were happier than pigs in shit to be a part of this epic journey across the east coast. But you just couldn’t stand to see us happy.
Buckethead probably wouldn’t have stolen our thunder. And when I met Matt Sorum at House of Guitars like 16 years ago, he came off as a real nice dude who would be glad to let us have November to ourselves. Well fuck it, we’re doing it anyways. Starting November 1st, we’re going to Quebec City! and then we’re going to Milwaukee! And then we’re going to JOPLIN AND NASHVILLE AND RICHMOND AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO FARMINGDALE TO TAKE BACK THE CRAZY DONKEY!!! BEYYYYYAAAWWW!!!!!
love every time i die.
ps. you rock.”
The question we’re asking ourselves at Thrash Hits .com is, “Do Guns N’ Roses rock? Do they? Really?”
We’re sure you’ve heard the title track from Chinese Democracy on the radio already. We reckon it sounds like ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness done by Marilyn Manson? What the hell happened???
Watch the video to ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness
Chinese Democracy by Guns N’ Roses is released on 23 or 24 November 2008 depending on where you live