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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "My World" coming in at the end of Use Your Illusion II. Axl wrote that song all by himself while nurturing a love of Nine Inch Nails, and put it on without informing the other band members. Slash only found out about the song after buying a copy.
  • Broken Base: The fanbase is very split over the new GNR lineup and Chinese Democracy. On one side you've got the no Slash, so it sucks camp, the people who think Axl's jumped the shark, those who want a re-release of Appetite for Destruction, and those who simply don't like the new musicians and album. On the other, there are Axl fans, people who appreciate the talents of the "Hired Guns" and the new directions the music is taking, and people who just like Guns N' Roses regardless.
    • Now with the Not In This Lifetime Tour, fans are divided into two groups: the ones who don't consider it a real reunion without Izzy and Steven, and the ones who are just happy to have Slash and Duff back.
  • Covered Up: "Since I Don't Have You", "Ain't it Fun"; "Knockin On Heaven's Door" and "Live And Let Die" for some folks as well.
    • Although much less prominent, there's a small group of people that don't know that "Raw Power" and "I Don't Care About You" aren't originals.
  • Ear Worm: Many songs, particularly those in the first album.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Melissa Reese for the 2016 lineup. Probably by way of being the best singer ever to pass through the band.
    • Gilby and Matt are both pretty well respected considering they replaced other well liked members Izzy and Stephen.
  • Ending Fatigue: "Paradise City".
  • Epic Riff: "Sweet Child o' Mine". "Welcome to the Jungle" as well.
    • The riff for "Sweet Child o' Mine" is an interesting example, in that it started off as just Slash messing around. Axl had happened to hear it and write lyrics to it. The fans love of the song made it epic when the band thought it was just going to be album filler.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Some with Nirvana, but even more with Stone Temple Pilots, best known as the band of the ex-vocalist of Velvet Revolver. Funnily enough, Axl was a fan of Nirvana and tried to get them to open for them on a tour, but Kurt Cobain refused because he felt their public image was ridiculous and outdated.
  • First Installment Wins: Appetite for Destruction.
    • "Don't Cry" had two versions, released separately on Use Your Illusion I and II, respectively. Both were released as singles, but the version from Illusion I was released first, and is the one that most people remember.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Axl's divorce from the woman who inspired "Sweet Child o' Mine" which stemmed from him beating her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Tommy Stinson's most famous band is The Replacements.
    • When asked back in 2012 when GNR would do a reunion tour, Axl said, "Not in this lifetime." Guess how that one turned out. GNR even lampshaded the irony by naming their first tour with Slash and Duff in over two decades the "Not in This Lifetime... Tour".
  • Internet Backdraft: And all because some people like the old GN'R better than the one which released Chinese Democracy. It rivals the Max Cavalera vs. Derrick Green fanwar in "fandoms broken because of replacements".
    • In June 2016, Axl tried to get some memes of him removed from the internet. Take a wild guess how the internet reacted.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    "He's in my ass, that's where Slash is! Fuckhead! Go home."
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  • Misaimed Fandom: "Paradise City" is not a happy song.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Let's just say there's a reason why they only performed "One in a Million" a few times between Appetite for Destruction and G N'R Lies, and not at all after.
    • The Riverport Riot, to the point where people associated with the Riverport Amphitheatre and the incident in question are still sore about what had happened and every major venue in the city was reluctant to book GNR to perform there. There's still bad blood between GNR and St. Louis; a commercial being broadcast on KSHE in 2011 was interrupted simply because the music in the background happened to be "Paradise City", and on GNR's official site for their 3D concert film Appetite for Democracy, the state is apparently deliberately misspelt as "Misuri" in the section listing the showtimes. It would be 26 years before GNR would perform in St. Louis again.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Often invoked. Slash's session work, even with some...unusual collaborators...remains popular and in some cases outshines the main artist.
  • Protection from Editors:
    • Chinese Democracy is the prime example of what happens when a egotistical tyrant is given virtually limitless time and cash to record a follow-up album.
    • The twin Use Your Illusions are a lesser example of this, but it's clear that they had no leash.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Arguably drummer Matt Sorum. Axl certainly seems to feel this way; while he has described Slash, Izzy and Duff as "former members," he usually refers to Sorum as a "former employee." Ouch.
    • EVERY SINGLE CURRENT MEMBER (sans Axl and Dizzy, as they aren't replacements, and Slash and Duff, who both returned from the "classic" lineup in 2016).
  • Retroactive Recognition: A year before the release of the first Blind Melon album, Shannon Hoon contributed backing vocals to six songs on Use Your Illusion I note , where he's credited in the liner notes simply as "Shannon". He's probably most recognizable on "Don't Cry", "You Ain't The First", and "The Garden". The "Don't Cry" video also featured Hoon performing alongside the band.
  • Signature Song: Tied between "Welcome to the Jungle," "Paradise City," and "Sweet Child O' Mine."
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Axl clearly had this in mind when composing "One in a Million", according to some reevaluations thereof. He wanted to force America to confront issues regarding minority relations head-on and expose how bad they were at the time. Apparently, he thought the best way to do it would be to put himself in a bigot's shoes and channel his own negative experiences with said minorities into his writing.
  • Song Association: "Paradise City" has become affiliated to Burnout Paradise. The song is used as the theme to that game, which takes place in a fictional city called Paradise City.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Axl definitely did this by mellowing out, burying the hatchet with Slash and bringing him back into Guns N Roses.


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