When US hard rock group Guns N’ Roses released Appetite for Destruction in 1987, even they could not have guessed at the game-changing nature of what they’d created. Not only would it go on to be the biggest rock debut of all time, but it would become part of a discography that would forever define a genre.
Together with their other albums, most notably Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, these gods of rock royalty would blaze a trail culminating in sales of more than 100 million records and find themselves inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
As if their on-stage and recording prowess were not enough, the band’s persuasive reach extended much farther. One could argue that there were hardly any facets of pop culture that were untouched by their influence. Sales of leather pants and jackets skyrocketed, wild, big ruled and rebellion was celebrated with an almost refreshing candour that had not been seen before. What’s more though, is that this was no one-hit wonder.
Even with their often hilarious off stage antics, namely 1989 when Axl locked himself up in a Japanese hotel for days and refused to speak to anyone, or when Izzy was arrested for urinating in the bin of an aeroplane, their musical oeuvre keeps welcoming new fans into the fold. They are one of the few bands to inspire online games with the official Guns N’ Roses online slot offering players free spins and free bet bonuses in addition to featuring music clips and band members. This, in turn, has cemented the band’s timeless appeal in a wheel of pop culture merchandise.
Rock gods of the silver screen
The band’s presence is so omnipotent that newcomers may or may not be surprised to find that their existence has been notable in their lives in one way or another, especially through TV and movies. A few of the many film and TV projects to have featured Guns N’ Roses music include Live and Let Die, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Step Brothers, The Office, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Interview and The Simpsons to name but a few.
Whether on their own, such as their huge selling greatest hits album or their record-setting 2017 Not in This Lifetime reunion stage tour; or whether vicariously through a modern mouthpiece, they continue to be staggeringly influential. In 2015, Chris Martin gleefully admitted to approving Coldplay’s smash single Adventure of a Lifetime only when the guitar riff satisfactorily reminded him of the classic, unforgettable Sweet Child o’ Mine chords.
The future is still an open canvas for Guns N’ Roses as they continue to extend their musical influence with their intriguing take on how life should be lived. Regardless of the outcome, it’s clear that they will still remain the Michael Jordans of the rock genre and many more tributes will be held in their honour as an initiation for new ears to appreciate their mind-expanding melodies.