Welcome to the AARP: Guns N’ Roses Debut Album Turns 30 Today

Axl Rose, Duff McKagan
FILE - In this April 23, 2014 file photo, Axl Rose, left, and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses perform at the 6th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show in Los Angeles. Guns N' Roses are scheduled to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, along with Calvin Harris and LCD Soundsystem. Passes for the two-weekend festival in Indio, Calif., on April 15-17 and April 22-24 go on sale on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)

July 21st 1987, the world was “Welcomed to the Jungle” and got its first peek into a band that would truly prove it had an “Appetite for Destruction.”  Friday marks the 30th anniversary of Guns N’ Roses debut, breakthrough and massive hit record Appetite for Destruction.

Since the hard-rocking, controversial album was unleashed on the listening public the band has gone through many changes that included a “Buckethead,” a rift between its two pillar members and countless years mired in anticipation for an album called “Chinese Democracy.” The album was a disappointment for many fans.

Axl Rose and Slash have mended their fences and have set across the globe once again for the “Not in this Lifetime” tour. Guns N’ Roses has released several huge hit albums since Appetite, but none had the impact of the debut record. It smashed record sales numbers, made GNR an MTV staple and changed rock n’ roll. According to Wikipedia, the album has sold more than 30 million copies world wide.

Although news of the anniversary may make many of us feel more like “Welcome to the AARP” than “Welcome to the Jungle” the album itself is timeless and still listenable in the 21st century.

Even the kids like it:

“Appetite for Destruction” Track List from Wikipedia

1. Welcome to the Jungle 4:31
2. It’s So Easy” (writers: Guns N’ Roses, West Arkeen) 3:21
3. Nightrain 4:26
4. “Out ta Get Me” 4:20
5. Mr. Brownstone 3:46
6. Paradise City 6:46
7. My Michelle 3:39
8. Think About You 3:50
9. Sweet Child o’ Mine 5:55
10. “You’re Crazy” 3:16
11. “Anything Goes” (writers: Guns N’ Roses, Chris Weber) 3:25
12. Rocket Queen 6:13


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