Guns ‘N Roses is one of the most famous hard rock bands to ever grace the planet. They made their debut over well over 30 years ago and in that time have recorded and released some iconic music which includes tracks such as Paradise City, Live and Let Die, November Rain and Sweet Child o’ Mine. Guns N Roses is more than a successful band though, they have had a massive influence on modern music as well as other genres in the entertainment field. In fact, the reach of the band has been so prolific that they have even managed to serve as inspiration to an online slot game.
Guns N Roses debut album, Appetite for Destruction, hit the market on the 21st of July 1987 and you could say that since then, music changed forever. There was something completely different about Guns N Roses’ music. It was daring, and it wasn’t afraid of celebrating the rock & roll lifestyle which included women, alcohol and drugs. Appetite for Destruction went on to sell well over 30 million copies and is recognized as one of the best-selling and most popular pieces of music of all time.
Appetite for Destruction was just the beginning of Guns and Roses’ influence on music and the music industry, with their power still being felt even now. One of the first things that Guns N Roses inspired was the resurgence of the Gibson guitar. Slash, who played the famous solo on Sweet Child O’ Mine, really helped to put Gibson guitars back on the map. They had fallen out of favor for a while but the sounds that Slash and Izzy Stradlin created with them saw every guitarist strapping them back on.
On Appetite for Destruction is one of the most famous and iconic music tracks of all time, Sweet Child O’ Mine. It was a power ballad that managed to change the opinion and reputation of power ballads by rock and metal bands in the years gone by. Guns N Roses managed to create a ballad that really packed a punch, it was hard rock at its finest, but it still had the ability to touch the heart and to send out a poignant message. It was the perfect combination and that’s why it’s seen as an all-time classic.
Back in the 80s when Guns N Roses crashed onto the scene, there was a tendency for bands, especially rock and metal bands, to release albums that had two or three very good tracks on them, while filling the rest of the album with songs of lower standards, or album fillers as they’re commonly known. Even with their first album, Appetite for Destruction, Guns N Roses broke the mould and inspired others to follow suit. Yes, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City and Welcome to the Jungle stand out but the likes of Nightrain, Rocket Queen and It’s So Easy were quality pieces of music too.
Guns N Roses were also great at promoting other bands too, speaking at length about the likes of the Sex Pistols, Rose Tattoo, Misfits, Hanoi Rocks and many more. This opened the door for them to not only get even more recognition than before, but Guns N Roses fans would then go on to listen to the music released by these bands. GNR were happy to share their success, they wanted the music industry and others within it to thrive, just as they have.