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To Know Me Is To Love GNR

Open The Door, Slash Is Here!
Maggie Meadows

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.

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