Guns N’ Roses will release a deluxe edition of its classic 1987 debut album, Appetite For Destruction, on June 29th.
The announcement of the release ends speculation about the band’s plans that began earlier this week with the launch of a new website, GNR.fm, as well as a billboard in London that featured the cover art from the LP. An unboxing video for the package has revealed that will include 73 songs — including 49 tracks that never before been released — spread out across four CDs and seven 12-inch 180-gram vinyl LPs.
In addition to a remastered version of the original album, the set will contain the 1986 Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide EP, a second EP containing B-sides from the era, 25 previously unreleased recordings from the band’s 1986 sessions at Sound City studios, and two previously unreleased tracks from the recording sessions. A super deluxe version will also include a 96-page handbound book with unreleased photos from singer Axl Rose’s personal archive, 12 new lithographs visualizing each song from the original LP, and replica memorabilia.
Guitarist Slash told us a while back that he never thought Guns would become so legendary: “No, uh-uh. It started out such a scrappy thing, you know, and it was cool because it definitely had a chemistry and an energy to it that, you know, obviously I didn’t know enough to recognize then. But I never, I didn’t think it was gonna be as iconic. To really hit that nerve for so many people is not something you plan for.”
There are no plans — at least for now — for the original band that cut Appetite For Destruction to reassemble and perform the album in its entirety on tour, despite rumors that such an event was in the works.
Guns N’ Roses will return to the road in June for a seven-week European jaunt, continuing the semi-reunion tour that started in April 2016 and features Rose, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.
Original drummer Steven Adler and guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who both played on Appetite, have not been part of the reunion trek, although Adler did play drums on two songs at a handful of stops on the tour.
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