When Guns N' Roses released their 'Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II' albums in the fall of 1991, large retail chains such as Wal-Mart and K-Mart refused to stock the titles because of the explicit lyrical content featured on tracks such as 'Back Off Bitch' and 'Pretty Tied Up.'
As one of history's milestone hard rock albums, and possibly the greatest debut ever recorded (certainly the biggest seller), Guns N' Roses' 'Appetite for Destruction' has been exhaustively dissected and scrutinized over the years.
Guns N' Roses were about a year and a half into their two-and-a-half-year 'Use Your Illusion' tour when they hooked up with Metallica for a two-and-a-half-month tour of North America in the summer of 1992. The metal titans were no strangers to the road by this point either: They were still touring in support of 1991's breakthrough self-titled LP (better known as 'The Black Album').
Guns N' Roses have a history of making a mess of things onstage. A long history. But one of their earliest and infamous run-ins occurred 22 years ago today (July 2, 1991), when the volatile band played the Riverport Amphitheater in St. Louis.
Tickets for an intimate Guns N' Roses gig in Brooklyn go on sale this afternoon. The band announced they'll play Williamsburg's Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday night (June 6), two days before their Governor's Ball Festival performance scheduled for the weekend.
The trailer for 'It's So Easy and Other Lies,' the wild and redemptive documentary tracing the rise and fall of former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, is now available online. You can watch it above.
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