You can't really deny that The original lineup of Guns N' Roses was probably one of the best American Rock N' Roll bands the world has ever seen. Before Nirvana turned everything on it's ass, Guns N' Roses changed the game around with bare bones, rock n roll with an attitude. They scared your parents, they were fucked up all of the time, they fought on stage, and they made songs that went far and beyond the sugar coated candy crap that was coming out of LA at that time. They were in my opinion the last great "Rock Stars". You have your icons of rock (Mick, Keith, Morrison, Page, Plant, etc) and GNR were well on their way to having that legendary status. It's hard not to be a little bit in awe when you see Slash in person and say to someone with a whisper and smile, "That's fucking Slash, dude." The grunge era kinda made performer and fan at the same level in a way.
When 'Lies" arrived people were shocked to hear the softer side of GNR, but they were also blown away at how good their softer side was. And the fact that their softer side could still ruffle the feathers of the general public (One in a Million) made them even better.
Around '91 the lineup changed around somewhat but there was still a feeling that this band was the most dangerous band on the planet. Even though they expanded their sound with horns, keys, and a more versatile (and better) drummer, and actually expanded their sound with more complicated song structures and styles. (I still think 'Estranged' is one of the best songs ever even if the video was covered in Dolphins). The toured the world for the next 3 years causing mayhem and destruction (Hello St. Louis) almost everywhere they went and eventually it caught up with them. Axl's on stage tirade's were legendary. Slash and Duff's drug and alcohol use was putting them on the brink of death, and the who's this Gilby character?
Unfortunately, Axl lived up to his asshole status and destroyed from the inside out this once great band and for many, many fans, it's hard to hear the words "Guns N' Roses" and not get kinda pissed off or just laugh to ourselves at how much of a circus side show that once amazing band has become.
So what are your thoughts on GnFnR? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Who gives a flying fuck? In between? Would pay huge money for a reunion of the originals? Thinks this thread is a waste of time?
I personally feel that they will go down in history as one of the greatest bands of all time that ended up being one of the worst things in Rock N' Roll history.