Guns N' Roses: Five of Their Best
Guns N' Roses have created some memorable songs during their on-again, off-again three-decade career.
As they prepare to share some of them with audiences in Wellington and Auckland over the next few days, the Stuff Entertainment team pick out their favourites.
Live and Let Die (1991)
Like every Bond song, this is an anthem and the ultimate rock gods made it their own. Although it was originally Paul McCartney's jam, Guns N' Roses take it up a notch and give it a bit more grunt than the Beatle ever could. Fleur Mealing
Night Train (1987)
Sick riffs, heaps of cowbell and lyrics about molotov cocktails and drinking gasoline. This is rock and roll. Night Train is driven by heavy, competing riffs by Slash and Izzy. In his autobiography, Slash wrote: "That song has a rhythm to it in the verses that from the start always made me go crazy … When we had our huge stage later on, I'd run the length of it, jump off the amplifiers, and lose it every single time we played it." Jack Van Beynen
November Rain (1991)
For the lyrics we could actually (mostly) understand, even if they didn't completely make sense. For the sweeping, anthemic ballad of a song that it was. For the insane, seemingly endless Slash guitar breakout. For the inclusion of a vast, impossibly good-looking string section. And for the truly memorable music video - why would you choose any Guns N' Roses song other than this? Perfectly captures the band's ambition, talent and unique outlook on rock and roll. James Croot
Paradise City (1987)
"Take me down to the paradise city/where the grass is green and the girls are pretty". A contextual analysis of this much-repeated couplet from the band's 1987 hit, written in the back of a tour bus somewhere outside San Francisco, might be that Guns N' Roses were constructing their own piece of dystopian fiction, contemplating a sort of futuristic metropolis where the artificially-bright green grass symbolised the state's precise control over ever fine detail of everyday life and individual expression was muted; similarly, where a uniform beauty had overtaken the quirks of appearance. Alternatively, it might have just fit together well. Either way, it's lasted a very long time. Steve Kilgallon
Sweet Child O' Mine (1987)
For the 90's child, this was a bit of a pre-school anthem – you can probably see why, it wasn't by choice. Now that Guns N' Roses are still touring, this song more than others carries more of a punch. It's filled with memory and can probably take credit for introducing the children of the late '90s to rock, even if they didn't want to hear it at the time. Also, it's a pretty decent track as well. Glenn McConnell