Sunday, July 29, 2007

Appetite for Destruction Turns 20

Anyone who knows me is aware that I'm a HUGE Guns N' Roses fan. Appetite for Destruction marked a major turning point in my life. That album single handedly drew me into the world of rock n' roll. It inspired me to play guitar and explore classic rock like Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and AC/DC. Through G N' R I also got into early punk bands like The Stooges, New York Dolls, The Ramones and Dead Boys.

Last night I was lucky enough to attend a 20th anniversary celebration at Key Club in Hollywood. Original G N' R drummer Steven Adler and his band Adler's Appetite were joined on stage by his past band mates Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin. Slash was also in attendance though he didn't not join them onstage. I was bummed by that since I've been trying to photograph Slash for a while now without any luck. Overall the vibe was positive and it was great to hear G N' R's best songs performed live again.

I'm still hoping G N' R will reunite at some point. I saw them three times back in the early 90's and they were truly one of the best rock bands I've ever seen. In the meantime I suggest hardcore Guns fans check out a new book called Reckless Road which documents the bands early career. I was able to look at a pre-release copy last night and it's filled with great photos and scans of original flyers from their shows on the Sunset Strip.

More photos on my Flickr Concert Set.


Faust Haus said...

I think it's garbage that no one has stepped forward to tell you how fuckin great these pics & Guns N' f'n Roses there it is. Rock on, mutha.

cartoon lad said...

So are Guns and Roses really going to reform?I always read rumours about this. Dont the all members hate Axle for some reason?

Brian Romero said...

There's no way they'll have a real reunion any time soon. This show was an unofficial reunion of sorts. Slash was there but left before Welcome to the Jungle, which he was supposed to perform.