To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of GUNS N’ ROSES‘ classic debut album, “Appetite for Destruction”, “The First 50 Shows: Guns N’ Roses and the Creation of Appetite For Destruction” podcast will host a photo exhibition of Mark Canter‘s photograph July 21 at the Bourbon Room in Hollywood, California.
The video podcast “The First 50 Gigs” is the creation of “Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite For Destruction” authors Mark Canter and Jason Porat. The book, which was published in 2008 and won a IPPY for “Pop Culture Book Of The Year”, was just the tip of the iceberg of an archive created by Canterphotographer, music historian and owner of the famous Canter’s Deli. Canter capture GUNS N’ ROSES‘ formative years and the heyday of the Sunset Strip music scene. The project was conceived as a gift for fans to discover the stories behind the ever-elusive band’s most famous songs, especially young fans, many of whom weren’t even born when “Appetite” came out of. This is an opportunity for them to discover the stories behind the creation of “Appetite for Destruction”. The show, which is part of Pantheon podcast network, is available on all major services, with tiered premium subscription offers available on Spotify and Patreon.
“The First 50 Gigs” the project took years to prepare.
“Marka massive, one-of-a-kind archive of the early days of GUNS N’ ROSES and the first fifty concerts of ‘Appetite’ range GUNS N’ ROSES is unprecedented,” says Porath. “Mark really captured lightning in a bottle and the power of these images him and Jack Lue created will now be amplified by the first-hand accounts of the people who were there, providing the audience with a true unfolding of events. »
The video version of the show features never-before-seen audio and video elements from Markfrom, as well as bonus episodes available by subscription on Spotifyand a premium subscription via Patreon which includes early access to the video version of each episode, as well as access to exclusive photo galleries, merchandise giveaways and more.
The exhibit at Salle Bourbon will feature photos, videos and ephemera featured in the podcast in addition to never-before-seen content from the early years of GUNS N’ ROSESleading to the recording of their first and most iconic album.
GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist slash said: “There is no better person to post material related to dating and the story of GUNS N’ ROSES and where he went and what was going on behind the scenes Mark.”
“Appetite for Destruction” was certified in September 2008 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of Americalisten)) for United States sales exceeding 18 million copies. The LP is said to have racked up worldwide sales of over 28 million since its release in 1987.
The original album cover, based on the Robert Williams The painting “Appetite for Destruction”, depicts a robot rapist about to be punished by a metal avenger. After several music retailers refused to stock the album, they compromised and put the controversial cover inside, replacing it with a cover featuring a cross and the skulls of the five band members (designed by Billy White Jr.originally as a tattoo), each skull representing a member of the band: Izzy Stradlintop of the skull; Steven Adlerleft skull; Axl Rosecenter of skull; Duff McKagan, right skull; and slash, bottom of the skull. The photographs used for the back of the album and the cover notes were taken by Robert John.
Neither Adler neither Stradlin were part of the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion tour which began in April 2016 and continues with the singer Axl Roseguitarist slash and bassist Duff McKagan.
Adler joined SHOTGUNS at several shows on the tour, including three stops in the United States and a concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, playing drums on two songs. Stradlin reportedly refused a five-figure fee to participate, writing that the band didn’t want to “share the spoils equally”.
Photo credit: Mark Canter