By Martin Popoff
The title of Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 debut album, “Appetite For Destruction” morphed into a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. By 1996, all the Guns were gone; the only original member still in the outfit was its tempermental frontman, Axl Rose. Just because the original lineup vanished didn’t mean the music did. Here are some of the best efforts.
The first of many for the reclusive Stradlin, and perennially the most fondly remembered, due to the Stones-y charm of “Shuffle It All,” and much more on this relaxed spread.
BELIEVE IN ME
The first big post-Guns release, “Believe In Me” was a little punkier than what would come from Slash. But still, many Gunners associated with the big budget project, which also was issued on GN’R’s label, Geffen.
GUNS N’ ROSES
No more (or less) legit than anything else on this list, it’s also arguably one of the best albums by any of the Gunners plus hangers-on. Axl Rose reportedly racked up at least $13 million in studio fees during the 14 years the album was under construction. The record debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 when it finally did arrive in 2008. Sure, “Chinese Democracy” got slated, but expectations were impossibly high.