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The Vault: Why you should listen to Guns N’ Roses

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Remember Space Jam? Remember Star Fox? Remember those treasures locked away in a dusty vault of nostalgia? Well we’re here to pull them out again, because let’s face it some of us college students are poor and can’t afford the new game or movie ticket.

Sam Shirk
Columnist
sxs1090@lhup.edu
Photo courtesy of mychordbook.com

Photo courtesy of mychordbook.com

Within the dark recesses of the vault behind the excellence that is Hard Rock is the amazing band with a controversial lead singer, the band that has an ‘Appetite for Destruction.’ The band that is known as Guns N’ Roses!

Guns N’ Roses formed around the mid-eighties in Los Angeles. William ‘Axl’ Rose, the band’s lead singer, was the founder of the band. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website, “Appetite for Destruction”, released in 1987, was a ‘pivotal moment in rock history.’

This debut album was what brought back rock music’s edge because for a bit it had seemed to lose its rage and sense of danger. Guns N’ Roses truly was a group of misfits looking to attract someone’s attention and Axl Rose was at the forefront of the troublemakers. So why would you want to listen to a band like this? Well read and find out!

Songs

Guns N’ Roses’ songs are some of the best and most well-known songs in our musical library. It’s hard to go a day without hearing one of their hits on everyone’s top favorite rock stations. Guns N’ Roses are famous for songs such as “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Civil War,” “Patience,” “Paradise City,” and so many more. They have a hard sound which is similar to the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and AC/DC.

What makes a Guns N’ Roses songs so unique and memorable? That answer could be the result of many things but one is definitely the raw talent heard throughout their music. Each track released by the band has strong lyrics, great instrumental solos and amazing vocal talent.

The images Rose is able to create in your head as you listen are so crisp and clear, it’s amazing. An example of this creation of imagery would be during “Civil War” when Rose sings “Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers in a, human grocery store, ain’t that fresh.” or “Look at the shoes you’re filling, look at the blood we’re spilling, look at the world we’re killing, the way we’ve always done before.”

Lyrics such as these split their music apart from others. These lyrics stick in your head for awhile and you can’t help but remember them. In fact, Guns N’ Roses’ songs have a way of pulling you in and keeping you trapped until the very end.

Slash

Photo courtesy of mattlavery.com

Photo courtesy of mattlavery.com

Guns N’ Roses’ lyrics aren’t the only things keeping their listeners enthralled, it’s also the musical talent, especially from Slash, the band’s former lead guitarist.

His guitar solos are some of the most amazing pieces of music the ear has been so fortunate to hear. His riffs are very crisp and spot on. It just makes the listening experience all the more pleasant!

Throughout Slash’s career with Guns N’ Roses, he achieved insane amounts of success and as a result he has also received critical acclaim as a guitarist. Rolling Stone magazine placed Slash at number 65 on their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in 2011. Guitar World ranked his solo in “November Rain” at number 6 in their list of “The Top 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.” The list goes on from there.

Slash’s guitar talent alone is enough of a reason to listen and with achievements such as these attached to his name, how can you be disappointed?

Performances

A major part of any band’s career is their performances and Guns N’ Roses’ performances do not disappoint. Axl Rose’s famous rock whines sound amazing live and his live vocals are pretty good. He also only adds to the excitement when he gets into his songs, audience members can clearly see him getting lost in the music.

Not only is the singing decent but the way the musicians play their instruments is also pretty fantastic! The band’s enthusiasm as they play is a great addition because, let’s face it, you can’t have a good show without enthusiasm! Depending on how pumped the band gets they might fall on stage and really let loose on their instruments or they might jump into the crowd and get the fans all worked up as they crowd surf! It’s quite the show!

With so many great reasons to love a band as legendary and talented as Guns N’ Roses it’s hard to understand why you wouldn’t want to listen to them or watch their performances. Guns N’ Roses has left an undeniable mark on rock history and their legacy will influence countless future bands and musicians.

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