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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


This is the best album I've ever witnessed, and I'm 56 years old!


This is a great album for listeners who dont like to hear explicit lyrics. But I think that Guns n Roses is defined by their lyrics. I would recommend the explicit version over this, because "My Michelle" has almost no first verse because they had to make it clean.

Greatest band ever!!

Axl Rose and slash are geniuses! check out the live version of Patience, it sounds beautiful!


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 tales of...
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