On this date (9/17) in 1991, Guns N Roses released two separate albums, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II at midnight. By 2 am the band had sold half a million records. The albums were released in conjunction with a tour. There was always turmoil surrounding the band but the tension amped up inside and outside of the band during the recording of the album and its subsequent tour. Take a look at vintage interview clips, live performance clips and videos from the ‘Use Your Illsion’ era of the band’s career.
Steve Adler was fired prior to the release of the album. He was fired in 1990 and replaced by Matt Sorum, who played on all of the album’s tracks. Izzy Stradlin left the band in November of 1991. Stradlin was replaced by Gilbey Clarke as the band prepped for a second leg of their tour.
Axl talks about getting used to touring, psychotherapy, fans reaction to the band.
Blind Mellon’s Shannon Hoon is in video footage shot while the band was recording ‘Don’t Cry’
Izzy Stradlin discusses why he left Guns N Roses
Slash talks about Izzy Stradlin after he left the band
Civil War live in 1991
November Rain official music video
Don’t Cry official music video