Axl Rose turns 60: the 5 unforgettable albums by Guns N ‘Roses

Axl Rose, pseudonym of William Bruce Rose Jr., is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman of the US band Guns N ‘Roses, formed in 1985 in Los Angeles and of which he was the only permanent member. The great success of the group was certainly determined by the perfect combination of the extraordinary solos of the guitarist Slash and the roaring voice of Rose. Icons of style and music, the Guns have also been a symbol of a life of excess.

Appetite for Destruction (1987)

Appetite for Destruction is the first studio album by Guns N ‘Roses. Published by Geffen Records, it is still considered today, after more than thirty years, among the most important works in the history of rock. The album sold 30 million copies worldwide, including 18 million in the United States alone. The first cover of Appetite for Destruction reproduced the painting with the same title by Robert Williams, which was placed under censorship. For this the album was immediately withdrawn. The second cover bears the well-known tattoo of Axl Rose in which five skulls are depicted, symbolizing the members of the group, in a cross: Axl Rose, Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin, Duff MacKagan, Slash. The song “Welcome to the Jungle” is a true manifesto of the debut album, an explosive mix of rock, blues, glam rock and punk. The songs contained have a melodic, biting, engaging, sometimes angry style. In 2018, the remastered version of Appetite for Destruction.

GN ‘R LIES (1988)

GN ‘R Lies is the album released at the end of 1988. The disc contains the songs of the EP Live?! * @ Like a Suicide, as well as the original version of You’re Crazy and four acoustic tracks. The album was followed by endless controversies and the band was accused of having proposed songs with homophobic and racist contents through One in a Million. The cover features an ironic reinterpretation of the first page of a newspaper with the titles of the songs contained in the album.

Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (1991)

The two albums, released together four years after the band’s debut record, mark a clear split with the previous production of Guns, which now show that they have embraced new musical influences, from punk to ballads, from metal to funky to ideas. acoustics, perfectly mixed together. Some of the most famous songs of the group are contained in these two albums: it is November Rain And Don’t Cry. Despite the opposition of the other members of the group, Axl Rose entered the hidden track Look at Your Game, Girlcover of the song by Charles Manson, instigator of the murders of Sharon Tate and Leno LaBianca.

The Spaghetti Incident (1993)

Only two years pass and here Axl Rose and his musical adventure companions release the album The Spaghetti Incident. It is 1993. The album includes “only” punk covers, obviously reinterpreted according to the style of the band: these are 12 songs that release all the energy, power and boldness of the band. This is the last record to see Slash’s participation.

Chinese Democracy (2008)

The album Chinese Democracy sees the light in 2008. A sound full of marching sounds, with electronic influences, a bit of hip-hop and a veil of pop. As explained by the leader of the band, Axl Rose, the record and the new sound of Guns are inspired in some cases by that of Queen, true myths for the frontman Axl. There is also no shortage of inspirations from Nine Inch Nails, a band of which former Guns guitarist Robin Finck was part. In fact, it is the first album containing original material under the name of Guns N ‘Roses to be released since 1991.