32 Years Ago, Guns N’ Roses Blow Up the Rock World with Appetite for Destruction

Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, Appetite for Destruction, was the darker, grittier response to Sunset Boulevard’s glam-rock scene. The LP’s unique sound helped move it away from the sea of spandex and hairspray in which it was spawned and make it a staple found in nearly every hard rock fan’s collection, alongside classics like Led Zeppelin II or Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. Released on July 21st, 1987, Appetite for Destruction features the bluesy hard-rock ethos of Aerosmith blended with an aggressive punk undertone amid splashes of metal and ’70s bar rock — a concoction that owes itself to the unique blend of musicians who made up the band. While not as technically proficient as some his contemporaries, Slash’s guitar playing was fluid and full of feeling; Axl Rose’s unique voice and amazing range was unlike any other singer at the time; Duff McKagan’s punk-inspired bass playing gave the music a raw sense of urgency; Izzy Stradlin’s rhythm guitar cleverly weaved in and out of Slash’s leads; and Steven Adler’s workmanlike drums let the other members shine. Amazingly, Appetite for Destruction was not a huge success out of the gate. In fact, the album took more than a year to top the […]

Marilyn Manson belongs with Taylor Swift, is a sucker for Joe Jonas: Photos

The Antichrist Superstar is now mingling with pop royalty, as Marilyn Manson was seen rubbing elbows with pop stars Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas at the Wango Tango radio festival in Los Angeles over the weekend. Photos popped up on Twitter of Manson with his arm around Swift, as the shock rocker delivers a death stare into the camera and the pop star hams it up with a wide-open smile. Meanwhile, Manson also found himself with his arm around Joe Jonas, of the recently re-formed Jonas Brothers, alongside American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, as well. Jonas himself tweeted the photo, with the caption, “Hi we are the Jonas Brothers! And you’re watching Disney Channel!” When he’s not hanging out with “the beautiful people”, Manson is working on a new album. He’s also set to hit the road with Rob Zombie on the “Twins of Evil: Hell Never Dies” tour this summer. Tickets for the tour can be found here. Taylor i Marilyn Manson podczas #WangoTango pic.twitter.com/0EUEISLsMH — Taylor Swift Poland (@TSwiftNewsPL) June 3, 2019 Hi we are the Jonas Brothers! And you’re watching Disney Channel! pic.twitter.com/rqAMaObFzX — J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) June 2, 2019 Tour Update: […]