Blogging A to Z challenge letter for the day is G, which brings me to Guns n’ Roses, my very favorite band. From the first time I heard them, I was captivated by the edge in their music, Slash’s easy too-cool-for-you vibe, and Axl’s sexy sway.
I never got the chance to see them perform live, although I tried. I was supposed to see them in Alpine Valley in 1991 but never made it. It’s a very long story where the people who were with me look bad and I look bad, too. When the night ends with a drunk girl (not me) puking on a cop and tickets issued all around, it’s not pretty. Thanks to my stupidity and the the police in Hebron, Illinois, I never got the opportunity to see my favorite band live.
Some people find their music offensive for its language, content, and misogyny. I won’t deny that their music contains plenty of foul language, offensive content, and some misogyny. But I’ve always been pretty liberal minded about music and focused on that as opposed to the social acceptance of the music at the time, because that can be fickle.
Probably my favorite song by Guns’ n Roses is “November Rain“. I love the fact that it is based on a short story and it tells that story but I can’t figure it out completely. I love music that hints at a story but leaves it up to me to figure out what is going on.
Another one of my favorites is “Patience“. This is likely because it was the only song by G n’ R that my husband could tolerate while we were dating/engaged. I won’t deny that the lyrics also spoke to our relationship at the time, so the song has some history.
I also really love “Think About You“. It’s got a slick, sexy vibe to it. The song just makes me smile and feel good on the inside 😉
I also won’t deny that I really like the song “Better” which many will likely consider a sacrilege by G n’ R purists since it came off of Chinese Democracy. But I can’t help myself — the riff in that tune and the words just get me every time I hear it.
Not to mention that Axl is just too damn sexy.