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Editors’ Notes

At the peak of their powers, Guns N’ Roses were a devastating live act. They made their name in the late 1980s as the leanest, meanest band on the L.A. club circuit, and though the majority of Live Era is drawn from the band’s massive 1991-1993 Use Your Illusion tour, much of what made G N’ R the most charismatic stage show in rock’n’roll is on display here. The first album draws heavily on Appetite For Destruction, as the group turns in particularly fearsome versions of “Nightrain” and “It’s So Easy.” Even when playing before packed arenas in Paris and Tokyo G N’ R brought the stink and smoke of Hollywood’s dives into their performances. “Welcome To the Jungle” contains one of Axl’s most electrifying squeals, while “You’re Crazy” is handled with a bluesy strut. Save for a sneering “Out Ta Get Me” from the band’s 1987 debut in London, the second album is drawn entirely from shows in 1992, when the band’s concerts included an immense stage platform and support from a horn section, backing singers, and other multi-instrumentalists. While older numbers like “Move To the City” didn’t benefit from this fleshed-out approach, Illusion songs like “Yesterday” and “Estranged” are propelled to thunderous heights by the grandiose setting. The extended version of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” might be a little hammy for fans of the band’s menacing early years, but it is hard to argue with the thousands of concertgoers who lend their voices to the song’s chorus. As the music drops out and Axl duets with the unified voice of a rapt sea of fans, the power Guns N’ Roses held over their audiences is forever preserved.

Customer Reviews

Essential

This is likely one of the best live cds of all time. And I'm not saying that just bc they're my favorite band, but because of the quality of the music. All of the band is at their very best here, and some of the live songs are better than the studio recorded ones (especially You Could Be Mine and Rocket Queen). Just get it, and you won't be sorry. No song sucks. Really. Buy it now.

Best live album ever

If you like gnr you would love this cd its basically a greastest hits album except it is live but, dont think just because its live it makes the album less intresting gnr brings live to a new meaning and i belive this might be their best.

Much better than the clean album.

Make a long story short: Guns N Roses is not GNR with clean lyrics but this is awesome with EXPLICIT.They are one of the best live bands there are today and if you like live music add this album to your collection.

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

At a time when pop was dominated by dance music and pop-metal, Guns N' Roses brought raw, ugly rock & roll crashing back into the charts. They were not nice boys; nice boys don't play rock & roll. They were ugly, misogynistic, and violent; they were also funny, vulnerable, and occasionally sensitive, as their breakthrough hit, "Sweet Child O' Mine," showed. While Slash and Izzy Stradlin ferociously spit out dueling guitar riffs worthy of Aerosmith or the Stones, Axl Rose screeched out his...
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