Amid all of the cool bands that were clogging up the Sunset Strip in the ‘80s, Guns N’ Roses was something a lot more real.
The likes of Poison and Motley Crue may have gotten the girls screaming in their time, but Appetite for Destruction hit you like a smack in the face the first time it came out, brushing away all of the hairspray and presenting themselves as the nastiest rock band you’ve ever seen.
For a brief moment though, it looked like Guns had to take a few cues from the glam rock scene to keep things moving.
When they were first looking for people to produce their record, the band originally had gotten a leg up thanks to KISS guitarist Paul Stanley, who was looking to get into the producer’s chair on the band’s first record.
Although the idea of working with Stanley seemed cool at the time, Slash recalls running into problems when Paul started messing with the tracks, claiming that he wanted to rewrite “Welcome to the Jungle,” saying “According to Paul, the song had real potential, but it lacked an impactful structure. It needed a chorus more anthemic…more like a KISS song.”
As Slash continued to work with Paul, he had talked about how much the KISS leader wanted to shoehorn himself into being their mentor, saying “He was the epitome of the guy with the nice clothes, the trophy wife, and the nice car that was stooping to our level to tell us what to do. I didn’t take kindly to that.”
Things got even more heated when they hit the Strip, with Slash disclosing “Paul attended the show and actually bullied the sound engineer into allowing him to man the soundboard and control the mix.”
That turned out to be one of the final straws, with the band cutting ties with Paul soon afterward and not really hiding the fact that they were happy to be rid of him.
Then again, Paul didn’t exactly take to it kindly if you ask Slash, calling his former “mentor” up later on in his career to ask if he could help him snag an endorsement with BC Rich Guitars and saying:
“He said ‘Yeah, I could. It wouldn’t be a problem. But I won’t. Here’s a piece of advice: you should be careful about airing your dirty laundry in public.’” He may look like a rock god, but the Star Child is definitely one to hold grudges as well.