Main Stage / Sunday, July 15 2012
One of the last chapters written in the history of Rock ’n’ Roll, that left a trace on millions of people, was the one that was created in Los Angeles in 1985 by a band called Guns ’n’ Roses. As one of the symbols of the 80s, they brought back the interest in rock music with the widest audience when electro and dance-pop music were sitting at the throne, modernizing its original hedonistic uprising transferring it to a behavior and a language comprehendable to the new generations.
Starting with gigs in local clubs and in the crowded streets of California, the band recorded one of the best-selling debut albums of all times – „Appetite For Destruction“. They defined their position as authentic white-trash rejects who, growing without major life privileges in the suburbs, paved their way to do what they wanted to do. This was a role model behavior for many new rock personalities, and in its way, paving another way for a new, „grunge“ rock ’n’ roll revolution which happened in the USA immediately after.
On one side, envious playing skills, and on the other, various notorities which followed this band as it followed traveling circuses such The Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin, were the indicator that Guns ’N’ Roses were serious from the beginning, when they were promising to bring any status quo in. Long before them, there was no new, good and at the same time so unstable band, which went platinum with success, but sounded so convincingly rebellious. „Use Your Illusion“ 1 and 2 were definitely records which in 1991 marked a whole newlyfound generation of writers of a rock history – the albums were aso complemented with a string of one of the most expensive music videos ever, and the biggest tour in history followed, which lasted for 28 months.
The next album, „Chinese Democracy“ was waited on until 2008, and the new Guns ’N’ Roses, led by the only founding member, Axl Rose, are functioning as a shining representation of American 80s rock music. All the displeasures of those years, all the demons which haunted Axl Rose from the beginning can still be heard at their concerts, which are still defined as the essentials of a rocker’s freedom.
Dragan Ambrozić, Main Stage manager