Six O’Clock Triple Shot – 9/17/14 Use Your Illusion LP’s Released
We commemorate another day in Rock 'n' Roll history this evening. I remember the day well, September 17, 1991. It was a dull, early autumn Tuesday, much like today. Partly cloudy skies with a bit of a breeze kept a group of freshmen from Mason High School in a nearby pole barn, anxiously awaiting the arrival of an upperclassman with a license. Said upperclassman had skipped the afternoon at school to go to Harmony House in Okemos to purchase what we all had been waiting three years for...NEW GUNS 'N' ROSES!!! And, not only was there one new album, but two! Two? Really???!! Little did we know that record stores had opened up at Midnight that Tuesday, due to the public anticipation of the albums' release. Luckily, said upperclassman was able to grab two of the last four copies at the store. It was a loud and smoky scene in that pole barn for the rest of the evening. (There may or may not have been a bottle or two of green Mad Dog 20/20 in attendance, too...) Needless to say, young ears were pleased with the results put forth by the band. It was a combination of rock, metal, and drama too large to fit into one package. Little did we know that Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II would become the American rock classics that they are 24 years later. Illusion II debuted as the number one album on the Billboard Chart that week after selling 770,000 copies in the first week; Illusion I debuted at number 2, selling 685,000 copies in the first week. Both LP's have gone platinum 7 times (take that, Kid Rock!!), and spent time at number one on charts in other countries worldwide.
Tonight, we do three from the famed double-double album productions for your Six O'Clock Triple Shot. Tune in for "Don't Cry (original lyrics)" from Illusion I, "You Could Be Mine" from Illusion II, and back to Illusion I for the rock ballad anthem, ass-kicking, drama laden masterpiece "November Rain", only on 94.9 WMMQ!