2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Appetite for Destruction, Guns n’ Roses debut album. While the album came out in July of 1987, it would be over a year before the album blew up the charts and became the best-selling debut album of all time.
The album was a watershed moment in rock music. Before grunge erased the significance of the 80’s hair metal craze, Guns n’ Roses sowed the seeds that allowed grunge to change the music landscape of the 90’s. Unlike most of the hair metal pop material (think Poison, Ratt, Bon Jovi, Cinderella), Appetite for Destruction was raw, in your face, and punk. Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin, and Steven Adler lived and breathed the seedy LA Sunset Strip era scene, and successfully captured that feeling in their debut record.
Discovering Appetite for Destruction was also a watershed moment in my life. I always was aware of Guns n’ Roses’ monster hits, but I didn’t listen to this album in full until my freshman year of high school. I instantly became enamored with every song; I memorized the track order and the words. “It’s So Easy” made me want to jump around in my room like a maniac; “Rocket Queen” was the sex education I never received at school. My daily routine would be to play the CD while I did my math homework (I know, very punk rock of me). I bonded with my first crush over this album, who then introduced me to more music I still love today.
I honestly don’t know where I would be today without that album. I still occasionally listen to it in its entirety, and every time I am reminded of how solid and timeless it truly is. Sometimes I get revved up all over again, ready to take the world by storm. Other times, I’m brought back to my memories as a 14-year-old girl doing my math homework, where I wished that one day I could escape my humdrum surroundings for a life of rock n’ roll excitement…
***If you want to see an all female twist on Guns n’ Roses, check out the Rocket Queens coming to the Ardmore Music Hall on Thursday, April 13th! Featuring a lineup of all-pro players, the Rocket Queens have the chops and the stage presence necessary to kick out a faithful recreation of the musical prowess and onstage chemistry of the band’s original lineup, complete with stage antics, attitude, and note-for-note riffs, vocals and guitar solos. Tickets are only $10 in advance!! (21+ only)
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