Happy birthday to one of the biggest debut albums in rock history, Appetite for Destruction. I can vividly remember the very first time I heard the opening chords of “Welcome to the Jungle.” I can remember where I was driving. I can remember reaching down to turn up the radio thinking, “What the Hell is this?” That was 35 years ago….just don’t ask me what I did on Saturday.
Anyways, what a solid record from start to finish that shot some L.A. unknowns into rock stardom. Five short years later, they’d be touring with Metallica, headlining stadiums all across the country. Funny, I was thinking about this the other day, who is the next GN’R? Who’s the next rock band to play stadiums? To this day, both of those bands still play big venues.
“Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Paradise City,” “Mr. Brownstone”- on and on. I mean, this record is a monster!!! The cowbell, the Slash/Izzy riffs and solos, the underrated bass playing from Duff, and the screeching vocals from Axl. It took the rock world by storm. Maybe the definition of overnight sensation.
I’m still trying to find an original vinyl with the very first cover. I had a line on one over the winter, but didn’t pull the trigger. I regret that now.
What are your thoughts on this album?