How Not Knowing Guns N’ Roses Makes You a Rookie
Ask any 80’s or 90’s-born rock music fan about his favourite band, and you will get an inevitable answer - Guns N’ Roses, followed by an excitement in his voice, busily raving about the band. This legendary band has a cult status, which automatically gives away the expertise of even an ardent music follower who doesn’t know about it.
Popularly abbreviated as GNR, Guns N’ Roses is an American band formed in 1985. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, there was no bigger or better hard rock music band than Guns N’s Roses. While you may be constructing some mushy reasons to justify the intriguing name of the band, the reason is quite plain and simple. Initially, the two bands - Hollywood Rose of Axl Rose and L.A. Guns merged on to become Guns N’ Roses. After a while, Guns left the band but the name stuck.
GNR rose to stardom with its first debut album - Appetite for destruction which was released in 1987, which reached the number one spot on the Billboard 200 after a year of its release. The album comprised of rebellious music that reminded of Rolling Stones and The Sex Pistols. Till today, it holds the record of being the best selling debut album in the United States.
GNR dominated the billboards for quite a long time. After the success of its first album, GNRs’ other two albums - Lies and twin-album Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II made it to the Billboard 200 too. It released six studio albums which sold over 100 millions record worldwide, making it the 41st best-selling artist in the world.
After over a decade and plenty of Lineup changes with Axl Rose remaining at the forefront, Guns N’ Roses released its long-awaited album ‘Chinese Democracy’. The album is said to be the costliest rock album in the history of the music industry with the production cost of approximately $14 million. The band surely has quite ground-breaking records under its name!
Guns N’ Roses has been rewarded with many notable awards internationally. The band has bagged in all 14 awards which include 4 American Music Awards, 1 Billboard Music Award, 4 MTV Video Music Awards and 2 World Music Awards. Apart from this, it has been nominated for the most prestigious awards in the music industry multiple times including Grammy Awards - 3 times and Brit Awards - 4 times.
This record-setting band is one of the most adored bands even today by the rock fans and not knowing it surely gives you an amateur appearance in front of your counterparts.
Well, if you’ve never attended the Guns N’ Roses concert, you are in luck! The ‘Not in this Lifetime’ Tour of Guns N’ Roses has been extended. The concerts are just around the corner with a lineup in plenty of cities including Madrid, Bordeaux, Moscow and more. Not to forget, they are performing at the Download Festival too!
So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets at the earliest and let the countdown begin!