29 years ago today, Guns N’ Roses released their debut album, Appetite For Destruction. If you love hard rock, you’ve probably got it in your collection, considered it’s the best selling debut album in history, with 30 million copies sold worldwide.
The album was a slow burn. It didn’t immediately rocket up the charts upon its debut on July 21st, 1987. Instead, it took the album a year before it finally grabbed the number one positive on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. Suddenly, all eyes were on singer Axl Rose, guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. That wasn’t such a good thing, because those five musicians were volatile, to say the least. The original line-up would only last for one proper studio album before the cracks appeared, with Adler the first to leave the band due to his drug addictions.
However, band turmoil aside, Appetite For Destruction remains one of the greatest records of all time, a perfect mix of hard rock and punk that combined with memorable choruses. Slash was an immediate guitar hero, while Axl Rose’s voice was the band’s incredible weapon, as it moved from a shriek to a wail to a soothing tone, usually in the same song.
Guns N’ Roses are on tour right now, with Duff, Slash, and Axl sharing the stage for the first time in 23 years. Among the mammoth set list is the majority of Appetite For Destruction, including its #1 hit single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, “Welcome To The Jungle’, and ‘Paradise City.’ When the band performed their lone Canadian date on Saturday July 16th, 50,000 people were there to see them. Meanwhile, those classic songs, along with ‘Nightrain’, ‘Mr. Brownstone’, ‘Out To Get Me’ and ‘Rocket Queen’ remain staples of SiriusXM channels including Ozzy’s Boneyard and Hair Nation.
Happy birthday, Appetite For Destruction!