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27th November 2017

guns n roses

It doesn't matter whether or not you're a fan of Guns N' Roses because it's highly unlikely you haven't heard at least one of their songs. From 'Welcome To The Jungle' to 'Sweet Child 'O Mine' and 'Paradise City', this iconic band is one we're all guilty of singing along to at some point or other.

But what has made Guns N' Roses so successful, and what's in store for them in the future?

The History Of Guns N' Roses

It probably goes without saying that Guns N' Roses have had a rather 'colourful' history, starting as soon as they burst onto the music scene. At a time when pop-Metal and dance music were dominating the pop charts, Guns N' Roses reintroduced rock'n'roll to the music scene. Their music was raw, gritty, and above all, honest, which is everything a Heavy Metal and hard rock band should be.

They shot to stardom with their album 'Appetite For Destruction', with their breakthrough hit being 'Sweet Child O' Mine'. Izzy Stradlin and Slash brought fans duelling guitar riffs, while Axl Rose wrote songs that told sordid tales of sex, drugs and indifference.

Meanwhile, in the background, drummer Steven Adler and bassist Duff McKagan helped keep the music's power with their rhythm.

Fans found them refreshing because they could evoke a whole host of emotions, from hatred to devotion, which was added to by the primitive rage of Rose. Throughout the 80s and 90s, they continued to be one of the most interesting and popular bands around, but then, as alternative rock started to emerge, Rose was left to his own devices.

Apart from a few live shows and public appearances (plus quite a few changes in guitarists and band members), Rose spent a lot of time recording before finally releasing an album in 2008 - 'Chinese Democracy'.

In 2009, Sixx:A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba joined the band and they continued to produce new material, with some former members making the odd guest appearance.

Then, in 2012, Guns N' Roses were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but just days before the ceremony was due to take place, Axl Rose released a statement explaining that he wouldn't be attending. He also said that it was impossible for any kind of reunion, telling fans it was "time to move on". Steven Adler, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Slash all showed up, though, with Myles Kennedy stepping in as lead vocalist.

This new line-up spent much of the summer in 2014 touring, before rumours started to fly in 2015 that Slash and Axl had finally made peace. A world tour followed and the band was once again able to fill football stadiums around the world.

What Led To Their Success?

There aren't many bands who could go through so many changes while still remaining so popular. But in Guns N' Roses’ case, it's perhaps their unpredictable, volatile and gritty nature that's fed their success.

Equally, some argue that because they split up at the peak of their success, fans were always left wanting more. And during the time they were out of the public eye, their absence made Guns N' Roses fans' hearts grow fonder.

The anticipation for a reunion was fuelled by the airtime they received on radio stations around the world and the merchandise that continued to be released. Roses enthusiasts are able to purchase anything from hoodies to coffee cups. Even an online slot game became available, allowing Guns N' Roses fans to play a game that is entirely based on their heroes.

The amount of merchandise that is available means the hype surrounding the band never dies and fans can capture a glimpse into their history in extraordinary ways. Therefore, even though they were away from the music scene for quite some time, younger fans who weren't around at their time of origin were given an insight into their music. This allowed the band to build up a new following of younger fans who were keen to explore this era of rock.

What's in Store for Guns N' Roses in 2018?

Fans will be pleased to know that Guns N' Roses aren't hanging up their mics (again) anytime soon. Not only have they been announced as the final headline act at Download Festival 2018, but they're embarking on a tour in Europe and Russia next year, too.

This tour is the latest leg from their tour – 'Not In This Lifetime' – and sees them performing fourteen extra shows that start on 3rd June at Berlin's Olympiastadion and finish on 21st July at Gothenburg's Ullevi Stadium. These dates also include appearances at the Spanish and French Download festivals.

And the best bit? Guitarist Richard Fortus has said that since bassist Duff McKagan and guitarist Slash re-joined the line-up, the band has been even tighter and more focused than ever before. He also went on to say that he doesn't think the band has ever sounded as good as it does right now, with Axl also performing at his best.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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