Guns N’ Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band, led by frontman and co-founder Axl Rose, has gone through numerous line-up changes and controversies since their formation. The band has released five studio albums, two EPs and one live album during their career. After more than a decade in production, the band is finally set to release their long-awaited new album Chinese Democracy on November 23, 2008. Once released, the album will be the first original recording from Guns N’ Roses since the 1991 releases of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.
Guns N’ Roses has sold an estimated 100 million albums worldwide, including over 42 million in the United States. The band’s 1987 major label debut album, entitled Appetite for Destruction, has sold 27 million copies worldwide and reached number one on the United States Billboard 200. In addition, the album charted three Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Sweet Child o’ Mine” which reached number one. 1991’s Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II debuted on the two highest spots on the Billboard 200 and have sold a combined 14 million copies in the United States alone.
“November Rain” is a single by the band Guns N’ Roses, written by lead singer Axl Rose and released in June 1992. The music video for this song, also released in 1992, quickly became the most requested video on MTV, and won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography. It features a sweeping orchestral backing and is one of Guns N’ Roses’ longest songs. On YouTube, as of November 2008, the music video to November Rain has over 26 million views.
“November Rain” appears on the album Use Your Illusion I. At 8 minutes and 57 seconds, it is a rock ballad in the tradition of “Stairway to Heaven,” “Free Bird,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It is the second-longest song on that album, the longest being the 10-minute “Coma.” Its distinct symphonic overtone owes to a sweeping synthesized string arrangement, played by Axl Rose. Most live performances during the Use Your Illusion tour lacked the orchestral backing of the song (the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards being the best-known exception). It is the longest song to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The song peaked at #3 on the chart, becoming the band’s sixth and last Top 10 hit and eighth and last top 40 hit to date. On the radio, “November Rain” is sometimes played in a shortened version of approximately six minutes, but many rock stations continue to play the full version. This song is listed at number 6 in the “The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos” by Guitar World. “November Rain” was voted #1 on the Rock 1000 2006, an annual countdown of the top 1,000 rock songs by New Zealand radio listeners. It was almost voted #1 on the Rock 1000 2007, but was beaten out by “Back In Black” by AC/DC.
It is #8 on my TOP 10 records of all-time.