The early 90s were pivotal years in the shaping of my musical tastes. I’ve talked about the fact that Poison and AC/DC were my introduction to things a little heavier than I was used to. Those two albums opened a whole new world of music for me. Another big part of my musical taste development was my friends. As middle school started transitioning to high school, I found myself listening to a lot of new bands. Firehouse, Damn Yankees, Cinderella, and Bon Jovi were all my favorites, but two more bands would suddenly eclipse the rest. Those two bands were Metallica and Guns N’ Roses.
As the fall of 1991 was approaching, I was entering eighth grade and rediscovering my love for playing guitar. That is also when two of the biggest albums of the 90s heavy metal world where just being released. Guns N’ Roses were coming off the massive success of their Appetite for Destruction album and the follow-up Lies EP when they unleashed not one but two albums on the world. Titled Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, Guns N’ Roses slapped the music world with thirty tracks all at once. When the album was initially released I was not yet aware of who Guns N’ Roses were apart from “Sweet Child ‘O Mine” which was a song almost everyone knew and a massive hit. They were not even on my radar, and wouldn’t be yet for another year or so when I started playing guitar again with my friends. Read the rest of the blog here.