GUNS N’ ROSES‘ “Shadow Of Your Love” has landed at position No. 31 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs chart after being released earlier in the month to promote the upcoming reissue of the band’s debut studio album, 1987’s “Appetite For Destruction”. The song, written by singer Axl Rose and friend Paul Tobias, was originally recorded by Axl‘s pre-GUNS N’ ROSES band HOLLYWOOD ROSE. It then ended up being the first track GN’R ever rehearsed together for “Appetite” producer Mike Clink during studio sessions circa 1986.
“It was magic from the first day,” Steven Adler, the band’s drummer at the time, said. “The first song we played in rehearsal was ‘Shadow Of Your Love’, and Axl showed up late. We were playing the song, and right in the middle of the song, Axl showed up and he grabbed the microphone and was running up and down the walls screaming. I thought, ‘This is the greatest thing ever.’ We knew right then what we had.”
The newly released version of “Shadow Of Your Love” earned 1.1 million audience impressions in three days of airplay across all rock radio formats in the U.S. in the week ending May 7, according to Nielsen Music. “Shadow” is GN’R‘s first track to crack Mainstream Rock Songs in nearly a decade and its 22nd entry overall.
The “Locked N’ Loaded” deluxe boxed set of “Appetite For Destruction” will arrive on June 29 and include 73 songs — including 49 tracks that never before been released — spread out across four CDs and seven 12-inch 180-gram vinyl LPs. A super deluxe version will also include a 96-page book with unreleased photos from Axl‘s personal archive, new lithographs and a plethora of memorabilia.
GUNS N’ ROSES will return to the road in June for a seven-week European jaunt, continuing the semi-reunion tour that started in April 2016 and features Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.
Adler and guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who both played on “Appetite”, have not been part of the reunion trek, although Adler did play drums on two songs at a handful of stops on the tour.