Once upon a time there was a rock band called, Guns N’ Roses. They rocked hard, had solid lyrics, and scored an epic lead guitarist. The band sold out concerts, toured the world, were loved by many and are credited with reviving the mainstream popularity of rock and roll in a time where music was dominated by pop metal and dance music.

In 1993 they released their last studio album titled, The Spaghetti Incident. Soon after that, Slash left the band and there were many line-up changes to follow.

It took G&R over a decade to release a new album, Chinese Democracy (2008). The album was said to be the most expensive ever made (estimated $14 mill) and was completely underwhelming.

Somewhere in the midst of their heyday, they started a habit of keeping audiences waiting for long periods of time and sometimes not showing up at all. The behavior of not showing up for concerts continues to this day. People buy their concert tickets, go to the show (quite often at venues that don’t allow in/out privileges, so when you are in you are in), only to have to wait for hours on the slight chance G&R might make an appearance. Patrons end up being upset when the band doesn’t turn up and the cycle continues. This is a band that isn’t even relevant anymore, so why do people still care?

Clearly G&R is fronted by a huge megalomaniac, Axl Rose. Earlier this year, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (for their work from the 1980s and 1990s). This is a massive honor in the music world and many would give up an appendage to be in that position. Yet when the time came, Rose decided he wouldn’t attend the induction. Who is this guy?? The rest of the band members reunited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performed a few ‘classic’ songs, without Rose. Obviously, the rest of the band was trying to keep it classy – something that ego-driven, Rose just doesn’t have a clue about.

For a band that hasn’t put out a hit since the mid-nineties, they have an insane and undeserved amount of devoted followers! In the event that you are going to a G&R concert hoping for a glimpse of the band from the ’80s or ’90s, you should know that aren’t the same people – except that Rose still has the same gigantic ego that he did when he was young. So stay home and enjoy your CD or digital download. It’ll be a lot less disappointing and far cheaper.

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Once upon a time there was a rock band called, Guns N' Roses. They rocked hard, had solid lyrics, and scored an epic lead guitarist. The band sold out concerts, toured the world, were loved by many and are credited with reviving the mainstream popularity of rock and roll...