Manic Street Preachers’ Guitarist Nicky Wire has reminisced on his formative first listen of Guns N’ Roses‘ Appetite For Destruction as NME reports.

Wire declared “It put the roll back into rock cos, at the time, hard rock had reached a dead end and it was all American hair bands and all the rest of it, and grunge hadn’t happened yet. It just had a swing and a danger to it that had been sadly missing. It kinda managed to update the aesthetics of the Rolling Stones but in a more ‘rock’ context. It was such a relief to hear music like that for us.”

Guns N’ Roses recently reissued their groundbreaking debut album to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The band released an epic box set for it’s most zealous fans that’ll set you back $999, cuz there’s nothing more rockstar than the sweet embrace of capitalism.


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