It’s rather apparent within my blog posts that I am a huge fan of classic rock music. I often say I was born into the wrong generation as I firmly believe rock music throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s is the pinnacle of the genre and likely won’t be matched, let alone topped anytime soon.
I was listening to Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses (GNR) this morning, and I thought it would be interesting to do a little research on the band. So, without further adieu, let’s take a closer look at these guys.
GNR is an American hard rock band, originating in Los Angeles, California, that was formed in 1985, according to Wikipedia. The original band members that signed with Geffen Records one year later include Axl Rose, vocalist, Slash, lead guitarist, Izzy Stradlin, rhythm guitarist, Duff McKagan, bassist, and Steven Adler, drummer. These days, band members include Rose, Slash, McKagan, Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese, keyboardists, Richard Fortus, guitarist, and Frank Ferrer, drummer.
The band’s initial album, Appetite for Destruction, hit number one on the Billboard 200 one year following its release. Some of the Top 10 singles on the album include Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, and Sweet Child o’ Mine, which was the only single that hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Roughly 30 million copies of the album have been sold globally, with 18 million being sold in the U.S. alone, making it America’s bestselling debut album and the 11th bestselling album overall.
Jumping forward a bit, one of the band’s albums, Chinese Democracy, took over a decade to produce and cost approximately $14 million. It stands as the most expensive rock album in history.
In 2016, the band embarked on their Not in This Lifetime … Tour, which is the second-highest-grossing concert tour ever recorded. It grossed over $562 million by December 2018.
Their launch to fame came with controversy due to their “hedonism and rebelliousness,” explains Wikipedia, earning them the reputation of the most dangerous band in the world. The band ranks as the 41st-bestselling artist(s) in history.
Pretty interesting stuff.
Image from Wikipedia