On this date in history, Sept. 17, 1991, Guns N’ Roses released Use You Illusion I and Use You Illusion II, its last studio albums to this date featuring original members Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, Slash and Izzy Stradlin (drummer Matt Sorum already had replaced Steven Adler for the recordings). With media outlets recently reporting Slash and Axl are speaking once again, the nonstop chatter of a reunion has picked up yet again. Will it ever happen? It will take millions and millions of dollars and an office building full of attorneys, but, yes, I think it eventually will happen. But first, let’s look back at those classic albums from GNR. (more…)
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Review by Greg Maki
I first saw Guns N’ Roses live in June 1991 at the old Capital Centre in Landover, Md. It was around this time that three-hour shows were not unusual for the band, but it was not to be on this night. At about what should have been the halfway point of the performance, Axl Rose dove headfirst into the crowd and got into some sort of scuffle with security or a fan. It appeared to have something to do with a hat he threw into the crowd, but I could be wrong. The show came to an abrupt end after only 90 minutes, and to make matters worse, most of what we saw were songs from the Use Your Illusion albums, which were released three months later.
Fast-forward to December 2002. I was at the First Union Center in Philadelphia to see the reactivated Guns, with Axl as the sole original member and keyboardist Dizzy Reed as the only other remaining member from the Illusion era. (more…)