The album, which will be called Locked N’ Loaded, will available to buy on June 29, will be sold in multiple formats, including a box set featuring four-CDs, a Blu-ray Disc, seven 7-inch records, seven 12-inch records, and a 90-page souvenir books with photos from frontman, Axl Rose. There will be 73 tracks, in total, including 49 that were previously unheard.
The collection’s highlights include both live and recorded versions of Shadow of Your Love. The song was one of the band’s first, although it didn’t feature on the original Appetite. The re-release further includes two incomplete recordings (New Work Tune and The Plague), two early versions of November Rain, and such covers as Heartbreak Hotel. The 9-minute November Rain, eventually released in 1992, is still the longest-ever song to reach the US top ten singles chart.
The band may have been away for a while before it began its seemingly endless reunion, but G N’ R were never too far from the minds of its hardcore fans. Its CDs and DVDs aside, there’s always been merchandise and souvenirs available for fans to enjoy. The band have also featured in a number of games, whether it’s pinball, featuring in Guitar Hero, or the Guns N’ Roses slot game. The latter, available on the Mr Green app, offers a welcome bonus and 200 free spins. That should complement the music from the re-release of Appetite, which has always managed to gets fans’ heads spinning.
The new version is a remaster of the original, opening with Welcome to the Jungle, before taking us on a trip down memory lane with such classics as Sweet Child O’ Mine and Paradise City.
Reunited... and it feels so good
The tour has repeatedly been extended. European shows are scheduled through July and the band dropped a hint in the box-set that it will extend even further. The band will also be playing the Download Festival in June. The original line-up, however, has yet to fully reform, as key songwriter and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin has refused to take part in the tour after a dispute over compensation.