Michael Anthony Names Guns N’ Roses “Kick-Ass Rock Band”
Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony appeared on the Appetite for Distortion podcast. Anthony mentioned Guns and’ ROSES in the interview, reflecting the efforts Van Halen and the Roses created in the late 70s and early 80s to bring rock into the mainstream.
Today we see that Rock has moved away from the mainstream, especially with the advent of Napster in 1999, things have changed and new groups are struggling to find their economic freedom. The situation was similar to the late 70s, with punk and disco genres dominating the charts.
On the other hand, Van Halen’s 1978 self-titled album was one of the best debut albums rock ‘n’ roll had ever seen, by most fans and critics alike. Produced by Warner Brothers., the album consists of 11 tracks and more than 35 minutes of listening. The album debuted at number 19 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified diamond by the RIAA in 1998.
Another band that kept the rock genre alive in the 80s was Guns N’ Roses. A year after the release of the group’s first album, Appetite for Destructionit peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200. The album’s songs such as Welcome at the Jungle and Heaven Town have been successful, while Sweet Child Oh Mine peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Acclaimed by the rock community and critics, the album was a huge commercial success and sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
However, in a recent interview with Appetite for Distortion, Michael Anthony thought about how Van Halen and Guns N’ Roses kept the rock genre alive in the 70s and 80s.
‘Well, when I first heard’Appetite for Destruction‘, I went, ‘Wow, these guys are good,” he said. “And in a world where music changes so quickly, I kind of consider [Van Halen] one of the last bands that were signed, and was on the tail end of bands like The Who, [Led] Zeppelin, Humble Tart – stuff like that – because there was punk and new wave and all that kind of stuff coming into the scene when Van Halen was going out.
“And I think we’ve done a good job of doing what we’ve done and keeping rock alive – and I think Guns N’ Rosesthey basically did the same thing.
“Guns N’ Roses were just a badass rock band”
“And now, when I hear by Ed son Wolfgang, the album came out with his band – you know, keeping him alive. Because let’s face it: a lot of award shows – I really don’t watch much anymore.
“And some of them, all of these categories of rock are off the airwaves anyway. So we’re kinda like a minority now, rock and roll [bands]. It’s great when you see a band like that… And Guns N’ Roses was just a rock band that rocks.”
“The thing about Eddie is that he was such a gifted musician,” he said. “Any instrument he would have chosen to play would have been phenomenal because he just had this pure musical talent. And he chose the guitar because that’s what got him excited.
“And for someone with that kind of musical talent, getting into rock ‘n’ roll guitar was sort of unique in itself because most of us guitarists are a rock ‘n’ roll band. ‘tattered rollerbladers who don’t have too much technical ability or schooling. We just kind of go for this raw thing. And he had that, but he also had this musical gift, sort of classic.
“Then, on top of that, just being someone like Les Paul, hearing something in his head or having an idea and creating it. So that made him a triple threat. He was a great guitarist, but he was also an incredible musician, which made his guitar playing even greater.
“And then he was an innovator as well, creating new things with whatever his imagination threw at him. So he was just an amazing artist, period.