I skipped school on September 17th, 1991, bought the Use Your Illusion double album from Guns ‘n’ Roses and listened to it all morning in my friend Todd’s car. We wanted to be the first in our school to listen to it, as though that gave us some longlasting bragging rights. I regret nothing. It was the last GnR album that mattered (no one cared about Spaghetti Incident, and by the time Chinese Democracy had been released, Guns ‘n’ Roses didn’t even resemble itself anymore.
Axl Rose has changed a lot over the years, though, and for the better. In 1988, Axl Rose rightfully caught a lot of sh*t for his song “One in a Million,” which stirred considerable controversy for its homophobic and racist language. Here’s how the NYTimes put it:
With “One in a Million” on “G ‘n’ R Lies,” the band tailored its image to appeal to white, heterosexual, nativist prejudices, denouncing blacks, immigrants and gays while coyly apologizing “to those who may take offense” in the album notes.
That sounds an awful lot like our President, doesn’t it? No wonder he’s been playing Guns ‘n’ Roses at his rallies. But woke 2018 Axl Rose does NOT approve.
Just so ya know… GNR like a lot of artists opposed to the unauthorized use of their music at political events has formally requested r music not b used at Trump rallies or Trump associated events.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 4, 2018
Unfortunately the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 4, 2018
Can u say “shitbags?!”💩
Personally I kinda liked the irony of Trump supporters listening to a bunch of anti Trump music at his rallies but I don’t imagine a lot of ‘em really get that or care.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 4, 2018
And when ur phone’s blowin’ up cuz peeps r seein’/hearin’ Sweet Child on the news at a rally… as a band we felt we should clarify r position. Peace!🇺🇸— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 4, 2018
As far as I’m concerned anyone can enjoy GNR 4 whatever reason n’ there’s truth 2 the saying “u can’t choose your fans” n’ we’re good w/that.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 4, 2018
Having said that my personal position is that the Trump administration along w/the majority of Republicans in Congress n’ their donors that support him 4 their own agendas r doing r nation a disservice.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 4, 2018
We have an individual in the WH that will say n’ do anything w/no regard for truth, ethics, morals or empathy of any kind, who says what’s real is fake n’ what’s fake is real.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 4, 2018
Who will stop at nothing 4 power feeding off the anger n’ resentment he sows 24/7 while constantly whining how whatever doesn’t go his way is unfair.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 4, 2018
Most of us in America have never experienced anything this obscene at this level in r lifetimes n’ if we as a country don’t wake up n’ put an end 2 this nonsense now it’s something we definitely will all pay hard 4 as time goes on.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 4, 2018
VOTE MOTHERFUCKERS!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 6, 2018
Damn The Torpedoes N’ VOTE!!!!🇺🇸— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 6, 2018
Axl Rose has come a long way, folks. Live and Let Die, I suppose. Axl Rose is tired of Donald Trump’s Double Talkin’ Jive, and he wants Democrats to Get in the Ring. And I know that sometimes it feels like we’re Beating a Dead Horse, but he’s asking voters to help prevent another Civil War by heading out into the November Rain — take the Nighttrain, if necessary — and practice some Patience while standing in line to vote. Yes, even you, Mr. Brownstone. It’s So Easy.
Let’s turn this Jungle into Paradise City, Sweet Child O’ Mine.
(I’m sorry. The staff made me do it.)
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