Formed in 1985, Guns N’ Roses is a hard rock band based in LA, California. Back in 1986, when they signed to Geffen Records, the band’s line-up consisted of Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler. At that time, GN’R made a debut with their 1987’s ‘Appetite For Destruction,’ featuring their classic hit ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’ They rapidly rose to prominence and continued their music career with their 1988 album ‘GN’R Lies.’
On the other hand, KISS has been in the rock music scene long before GN’R was formed. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss formed KISS in 1973, and they achieved worldwide in the 1970s with their unforgettable stage shows, face paints, and outfits. Up until GN’R’s emergence, KISS released thirteen studio albums and gained a seat among the most important music figures in rock music.
Axl Rose Thought Both KISS And Guns N’ Roses Liked Making Money And Girls
Throughout their career, Guns N’ Roses became known for their hedonism and rebelliousness. The band had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, and they lived the rock and roll life to its fullest. Just like GN’R, KISS was also spending their spare time partying all night with lots of women accompanying them. Considering their record sales, both bands were also among the best-selling music acts back then.
According to Axl Rose’s 1988 interview, these were the only things GN’R had in common with KISS. Rose said he likes KISS’ early days, but the only commonality they share as musical acts is their interest in making money and girls. Moreover, the GN’R frontman claimed that KISS’ music is less important than their other desires, while the music comes first for Guns N’ Roses.
Axl Rose said in the interview the following:
“I like KISS in their early days. I think the only thing that we have in common with KISS now is that they like to make money and they like girls. But as far as their music goes, basically, their music is like second fiddle to their other desires while our music comes first.”
You can watch the interview below.