An Appetite For Destruction: The Enigma That is Guns N’ Roses

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Scott Kolich

Where to start? The most volatile band in rock ‘n’ roll history has decided to reunite with 3/5 of the original lineup. They will be playing the Coachella Music Festival and two shows in Vegas. Hopefully a full tour is in the works, but knowing the past tensions between Slash, Axl, and Duff, I am not holding my breath.

The highly anticipated reunion is missing two members from the classic lineup: Steve Adler and Izzy Stradlin. Like all divorces in the GnR world, the one with Adler was incredibly messy (the band removed him due to his addictions). Drugs were a main reason, and the fact that Slash and Duff don’t believe that he is sober could hinder any chance at him joining the reunion.

Slash and Axl have had a very public disdain for each other for decades, dating back to when Slash left the band in 1996. He cited Izzy and Adler leaving, along with the constant unprofessional behavior by Axl as the reasons he left. Slash once said he would rather die than play with Axl again, but after twenty years, they seem to have at least temporarily buried the hatchet.

As of right now, there are five shows scheduled. Maybe it will lead to more, like an album. Who knows?

The fans are pretty excited to see Slash and Duff McKagan back in the band, despite the fact that Axl has been using the moniker and touring, and even went so far as to release an album called, “Chinese Democracy,” which was the hottest of garbage. Velvet Revolver appears to be permanently finished after the untimely passing of Scott Weiland. It would be such a shame if what went down in the 80’s and 90’s carried over into today.

Through all the turmoil, the men of GnR brought us some very solid arena rock ‘n’ roll that can be heard at almost every sporting event you attend or watch on TV.

The band’s signature tunes helped Slash earn a reputation as a guitar God. Makes sense, especially when you consider songs like Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Sweet Child O Mine (I mean, seriously, if you’ve never sang that song at the top of your lungs with friends on a road trip, then you are missing out). Just listen to this opening riff.

To finish off, I have a question for all of you Nerdopotamus readers out there: would you go see Guns N’ Roses in 2016? Feel free to let me know in the comments section. I’ll be here to respond!