This edition features a couple of pieces of vinyl from Guns N’ Roses. Tweet me pics from your collection @RadioJNJ!
This 1988 Australian release of a 1987 GN’R show at The Paradise Rock Club in Boston sees the band on the cusp of huge things. Appetite For Destruction had been released a few months prior to little fanfare, they had just returned from their first European tour, and they were about to hit the road as opening act for Motley Crue’sGirls, Girls, Girls Tour. Things began to skyrocket after that. In addition to the entire Paradise club show, the final track on the album called “Guns Jam” is a cool bit of history. In 1988, Guns N’ Roses were set to go on tour supporting Iron Maiden when Axl Rose came down with some “vocal issues” and had to bow out. Maiden recruited L.A. Guns, a band with close ties to GN’R, to take their place. When the tour hit Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in California, GN’R guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin appeared onstage during L.A. Guns set and jammed with them.
Honestly, I just really liked the cover of this one when I bought it. Released in 1989 in the United Kingdom, this 12” single features the now-classic Guns N’ Roses rocker “Nightrain” along with “Reckless Life”, taken from the EP GN’R Lies. It also has a live version of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”, a song that they would later record and lend to the soundtrack of the 1990 Tom Cruise NASCAR film, Days Of Thunder. To make it cooler, the live cover song comes from GN’R’s 1987 European debut at The Marquee Club in London.