Wendy Rush

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July 21st, 2022 is the 35th anniversary of Guns N’ Roses debut album Appetite For Destruction. For anyone who has come to believe these guys have been around forever, it’s not so. I was 10 when this album dropped in 1987. And boy do I remember the first time I heard of these guys. Their hard partying reputation preceded them long before they made this album. And I truly don’t know if there is a more appropriate title to a debut record than this. Because the band sure did seem to have an appetite for destruction.

But another thing the band had was raw talent and an unexpected mix of styles. Let’s start with lead man Axl Rose. His sexy, borderline manic performance style caught the attention of any onlooker. But his most-impressive aspect is his voice. The man has a vocal range of five and a half octaves! That’s five octaves and five semitones (an octave has 12 semitones). That’s more than any other studio artist including Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Prince. Check out this chart from Newstalk that shows how others compare to Rose in the voice category.

Next in the Appetite For Destruction line-up we had Slash on lead guitar. As a young buck fairly new on the rocker scene, Slash wasn’t as skilled on guitar as some others of his time. But what he lacked in aptitude, he made up for in pure emotion. He put a lot of feeling into his playing and suddenly people didn’t care all that much if he hit a wrong note. Duff McKagan was another expected element in the band. They were a rock band but McKagan leaned more toward a punk-style of playing in his bass lines. And somehow it just worked. Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler, on rhythm guitar and drums, respectively, were the only kind of musicians that could balance out this band. They were proficient but not too showy.  They basically filled in the blanks of Guns N’ Roses music and kept them grounded.

Appetite For Destruction took a second to gain popularity, but when it did, it became one of the best-selling rock albums of all time. And brought us some of our most beloved Guns N Roses hits.

Sweet Child O’ Mine

Welcome To The Jungle

Paradise City

Happy Birthday, Appetite For Destruction! We love ya!

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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