Run That Back: Guns N' Roses' 'Use Your Illusion I and II'

'What we've got here is... failure to commun'cate...'
Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N Roses
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Audacy's Run That Back series is a deep dive into some of music’s most popular or underrated projects. Whether it’s been 5 years or 50, there’s never a wrong time to ‘run that back.’

Following up the massive success of their break-out 1987 debut Appetite For Destruction, and their odd-but-still-interesting Lies record which came soon after in 1988, would come at a cost for Los Angeles rockers Guns N' Roses. On September 17, 1991 GN'R returned after three years with their double-album, Use Your Illusion I and II, featuring some of the band's most well-known sing-alongs and biggest hits.

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Missing from the fold however was founding drummer Steven Adler, who was let go from the band during the recording of Use Your Illusion I and II due to his struggles with drug addiction. The Cult drummer Matt Sorum was added to the team to fill Adler's place, a decision that left some members of the group grasping for the swing that their original beat man provided.

Ever moving ahead, it would be founders Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, and Izzy Stradlin, and newcomers Matt Sorum and keyboardist Dizzy Reed who would make up the band in this era of lengthy arrangements, punk-infused screamers, and wedding-worthy ballads.