During a recent interview with Anne Erickson for Audio Ink Radio, Pearl Jam co-founder and guitarist Stone Gossard discussed the time when Guns N’ Roses first came out and revealed his initial thoughts about the band while saying that they were definitely more different than what was going on in the rock scene at that time.
As you know, the iconic band Guns N’ Roses was formed in Los Angeles, back in 1985 and it is safe to say that they are one of the very few bands to reach great success after the release of their debut album ‘Appetite for Destruction.’ Pearl Jam, on the other hand, was founded in 1990, in Seattle and although the band’s debut album ‘Ten’ was not an immediate success after its release in 1991, in 1992 it ranked No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Having had similar careers which started roughly around the same time, Stone was called to answer some questions considering the first time he came across Guns N’ Roses. Gossard said that he found them very refreshing and that he was glad to ‘hear elements of Seattle in there.’ He said that being a big hard rock fan, it wasn’t hard for him to appreciate GN’R’s unconventional and ‘rough’ music.
Stone added that one of the things that he appreciated the most was the great contribution of Duff McKagan. He said that he was ‘the punk element in that band’ and that thanks to his work, GN’R was capable of reflecting that roughness and energy with their music which are the characteristics that make Guns N’ Roses one of the best bands of all time.
Here’s what Stone said in the interview:
“To me, when Guns N’ Roses came out, they were refreshing in the sense – not necessarily every song, but I could hear elements of Seattle in there. And they were way tougher than what was going on at the time in Los Angeles. ‘It’s So Easy,’ ‘Mr. Brownstone,’ Welcome the Jungle’ – all those tracks are phenomenal, they’re just incredible.
But I love hard rock, so that wasn’t a leap for me. But I do think Duff McKagan was the punk element in that band, I think he is the element that is making that toughness come through as well.
It’s a surprising and exciting story to tell, and the music speaks for itself. Again, you can put it on and kind of go, ‘This is cool.’ Immediately, you don’t have to really think about it. And the arrangements of the songs…”
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