Today (July 21) marks the 26th anniversary of one of the most iconic rock and roll albums of all time!
On July 21, 1987, Guns N’ Roses debuted their first album, Appetite For Destruction, which launched them full-force into the mainstream heavy metal scene and made Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler international celebrities.
As the band’s first introduction, their attitude, anger and emotion is present throughout all 12 tracks, which erupt from start to finish.
Slash’s first guitar riff in “Welcome to the Jungle” commands attention and doesn’t let go and Axl’s iconic vocals on “Sweet Child O’ Mine” may have brought a tear to even the toughest metal-head’s eye.
Appetite For Destruction peaked at #1 and eventually went 18x multiplatinum and became the best-selling album of the 80s and one of the biggest rock albums of all-time.
Although the years that followed the release of Appetite were filled with drug and alcohol addiction, drama, and Axl Rose feuding with, well, everyone else in the band, nothing can take away from GNR’s explosive debut record.
This year also brought an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the group, and although they performed sans Axl, who is the only original member that still performs with a modified version of Guns N’ Roses, they rocked as hard as ever.
In celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary, Universal Music and Geffen Records released a Deluxe Edition of Appetite For Destruction last year, as well as a Limited Edition Commemorate Fan Pack which included the album, a DVD of music videos and a GNR belt buckle.
Although no talk of a reunion is on the horizon for band anytime soon, the legend of the original GNR still lives on after 26 years in the form of Appetite For Destruction.
Thanks for welcoming us to the Jungle, Guns N’ Roses!
Check out some of the album's best tracks below, and be sure to leave us with your thoughts on Appetite for Destruction in the comments section.
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