To Know Me Is To Love GNR
One of my all time favorite bands is the original line up of Guns N’ Roses.
The first time I heard “Appetite For Destruction” I was in awe. Like it was the answer. The answer to what? I am not exactly sure. I just knew I was listening to something special.
From there out I was obsessed. I read everything I could about Slash, Duff, Steven and Izzy. As a matter of fact I thought I was Axl Rose. I even had some of my senior pictures taken in a GNR t-shirt. I had to have everything Guns N’ Roses that Paradise Express carried; tapestries, pillows. Even a kick ass clock. Still have it all too.
It is always this time of year that I remember my Mom taking me into Paradise Express so I could pick out everything Guns N’ Roses that I wanted for Christmas. She would tell me every year that this would be “the last time for this”, but it never was. She realized I was not growing out of it.
Oddly enough, a few years ago I met Steven Adler across the street from Paradise Express, at the Machine Shop. This year I was lucky enough to meet Slash. As much as I wanted to tell both of them what they meant to me, I didn’t. I tried to play it cool but was basically freaking on the inside. It isn’t everyday that Slash knocks on your room door. No funny business, just surprising us. It worked.
I still crank up GNR whenever I play it on the air. The power of music is pretty incredible. It’s crazy how a particular song or band adds to your life experiences. One song can definitely take you back.
This year I am hoping for a Christmas miracle and Guns N’ Roses reunites. Ha!
Maybe I should just ask my Mom for another trip to Paradise Express.