25th Anniversary Of 'Appetite For Destruction' This Weekend
The classic Guns N' Roses album turns 25-years-old this weekend. Hear the original lineup talk about their memories, and why it became a global phenomenon.
Posted on Jul 20, 2012 03:19 pm
Guns N' Roses "Appetite For Destruction" is officially 25 years old this weekend.
Original members of the band have been weighing in with their memories of the album that has been gone platinum 18 times and sold over 30 million copies.
Gn'R were inducted to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year, where original members Steven Adler, Slash and Duff McKagan played three songs at the induction ceremony. Frontman Axl Rose was notably absent, after months of speculation that he would put the past behind him and join his old bandmates on stage.
Speaking about the anniversary to Australian radio show "Triple M" (via Blabbermouth), Slash said it's harder for him to enjoy the album because of "all that sh-t was happening".
"I don't see it as being the big record that other people see it as; I'm too close to it," Slash said. But he recognises that there was something magic about the chemistry of their early 90s lineup. "We were definitely the only five guys that could have made up that band... I don't think any of the other configurations could have possibly worked to make up what Guns N' Roses really was."
So why did it end up going down in history?
"The record is a basic snapshot of life going on from 1984 to 1987, and it's a very honest record," explained Slash. "I would never have thought in a million years that it was gonna be as successful as it became. Obviously, I thought we were a great band, I thought the songs were great, and I always stood behind that, but I thought we'd be more of a hard rock cult band.
"I think one of the reasons [that is became iconic] is the fact that it was talking about stuff that nobody really talked about at the time, it was delivered with an attitude that was so sincere... we were living really on the edge and singing about it and people were like, 'Wow, that's pretty brutal.'"
You might think that a classic record takes years to write (and perhaps "Chinese Democracy" proves otherwise). Slash says that the music at least took very little time to put together:
"The songs happened so quickly, they almost wrote themselves - honestly. With Axl, I know that he was always very, very conscientious of the lyrics and might have spent some more time with the lyrics, but the actual arrangements and the music itself would come together within an hour. We might have fine-tuned some stuff later on, but we'd be playing a new song in a club after only having worked on it for a couple of hours."
For those who haven't seen it, this is the original album cover which was quickly changed because retailers were put off by the robot rapist on the cover:
Here's a video of drummer Steven Adler talking about why "Appetite For Destruction" became one of the most revered rock albums of all time:
Meanwhile, the modern Gn'R lineup is focusing on writing material for a new album.
"We're always sort of kicking material back and forth and trying to come up with new ideas," Dizzy Reed said. "Throwing it in the big melting pot that, hopefully, will become the next Guns N' Roses record."