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Guns N’ Roses

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 Guns N’ Roses

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Wednesday, June 5

1962 was an important year for Lafayette, Indiana—for in February of that year, the small city nestled in America’s heartland incurred a rock legend. If you ever wondered how Axl Rose became Axl Rose, don’t hesitate to use your intuition: if you supposed some haphazard combination of young parents, estranged parents, step-parents, a suffocatingly religious upbringing, the discovery of your real dad at age 17 (while rifling through family insurance papers), followed by over 20 run-ins with the law – then you guessed right! After escaping to Los Angeles in 1982, Rose formed Guns N’ Roses in 1985, and the band shortly thereafter released its debut album Appetite for Destruction. The album went on to sell over 28 million copies worldwide and become the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S. Guns N’ Roses thus established themselves the dominating hard-rock group of the late 1980s and early 1990s, encapsulating the sound as well as the image of classic rock and roll. Compared from the start to legendary predecessors such as the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, GNR solidified the rebellious rock image with their big hair, controversial outfits, lyrics, and relationships, and sold-out shows turned full-fledged riots. Guns N’ Roses today no longer includes guitarist Slash or any other original band members, and Axl Rose is over 50, so a selection of these attributes may have disappeared over the years (hopefully, the big hair and the riots). However, whether “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was your windows-down high school anthem or a family a capella showdown you know from Step Brothers, a rock show is sure to go on. GNR will be at the Outer Harbor on Wednesday (June 5). —meghan sauer

8pm Outer Harbor, Outer Harbor Dr. (outerharborconcerts.com) $43 advance plus $2 facility fee/ $48.00 day of show plus $2 facility fee


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 Below: “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses