Turns out the website countdown was worth the giant news: LA rock lords Guns N’ Roses have announced they’ll be releasing an enormous 30th anniversary boxset, on several formats and with tons of extra treats, of their 1987 debut album.
Are you ready for the details? You definitely aren’t. Here they are.
Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded Edition will be released in four flavours: Super Deluxe Edition, Deluxe Edition, double LP, and CD. It’s that first one that’s going to get you all the goods; it includes four CDs and an audio Blu-ray covering 79 tracks (49 of which are previously unreleased, from the ‘1986 Sound City Sessions’ and Mike Clink sessions of ’86 and ’88), replica show tickets, a Robert Williams lithograph, a full-colour wall poster, a 96-page book featuring previously unseen photos from Axl Rose’s personal collection, and a re-print of the band’s original Welcome To The Jungle video shoot invite flier, which was drawn by old mate Slash. See its glory below.
The other editions include selected sonic highlights from the big boy boxset, and the vinyl even has a Hologroove hologram of the GNR logo.
It’s a very noble expansion to a very worthy album: not too long after Appetite‘s release on July 21, 1987, Guns N’ Roses became one of the biggest bands not just in California or the States, but across the world. Perennially adored singles Sweet Child O’ Mine, Nightrain, Paradise City and Welcome To The Jungle have given the album eight-times-platinum status with over 30 million copies sold worldwide, with 18 million of those in the States – making it the best-selling debut record of all time in the U.S.A.
Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded Edition is out June 29 via Universal.
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