Guns N’ Roses to Release 30th Anniversary Edition of Use Your Illusion for 31st Anniversary of Use Your Illusion
Guns N’ Roses will release a super-duper-extra-special deluxe 30th anniversary edition of Use Your Illusion just in time for the albums’ 31st anniversary, Slash has revealed.
Speaking to Biff Bam Pop!, the guitarist said:
“It got delayed by the pandemic but it IS coming out, I think this summer. There’s a bunch of cool live stuff on it — a couple shows. The Ritz [in New York City] from the ’90s, like early ’90s, and a show that we did in Las Vegas back in 1989, I think it was. And it’s actually the show that I met my ex-wife at, so I was really hard-pressed to even do the fucking record.”
The Ritz show to which Slash refers happened in May of ’91, a few months before the UYI collection’s release; the Vegas show, at which he met his future ex-wife, Perla Ferrar, happened in January of ’92. I don’t think it’s a shock that Slash’s memory isn’t so great, I’m just saying, y’know, maybe take his autobiography with a grain of salt.
As for what other goodies the belated-anniversary edition of the albums will contain, who knows. There’s not really any UYI material sitting around that wasn’t contained on the original releases — the whole reason there’s two records in the first place is because the band refused to cut anything.
There is an unreleased documentary, reportedly entitled Perfect Crime, filmed during the Illusion tour cycle that fans have been clamoring to see for the past three decades. I doubt that will be included here, but gosh, it would sure be nice if it was.
Use Your Illusion I and II were released simultaneously on September 17, 1991. They debuted in the top two spots Billboard charts (with UYI II actually taking the #1 spot due its inclusion of the single “You Could Be Mine”) and have each gone on to be certified 7× Platinum by the RIAA.
The band did not release any more new original material with singer Axl Rose, Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan until this year, when they produced a pair of new singles, “Absurd” and “Hard Skool.” Both songs will be included on a new EP, also called Hard Skool, due for release next year.
Slash recently announced 4, a new album from Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators. That’s due out February 11. It will be the inaugural release on Gibson Records, the new label from Gibson Guitars. You can listen to the first single, “River is Rising,” here.
Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators Live Dates
Feb 08 Roseland Theater Portland, OR [tickets]
Feb 09: Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA [tickets]
Feb 11: Cache Creek Casino Resort Brooks, CA [tickets]
Feb 12: The Warfield San Francisco, CA [tickets]
Feb 15: Arizona Federal Theatre Phoenix, AZ [tickets]
Feb 16: Harrah’s Resort Southern CA Valley Center CA [tickets]
Feb 18: YouTube Theater Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
Feb 19: Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, NV [tickets]
Feb 22: Delta Hall Eccles Theater Salt Lake City, UT [tickets]
Feb 23: Paramount Theatre Denver, CO [tickets]
Feb 25: Arvest Bank Theatre The Midland Kansas City, MO [tickets]
Feb 26: Mystic Lake Casino Mystic Showroom Prior Lake, MN [tickets]
Feb 28: Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI [tickets]
Mar 02: Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL [tickets]
Mar 04: The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, CAN [tickets]
Mar 05: The Vine at Del Lago Waterloo, NY [tickets]
Mar 07: House of Blues Boston, MA [tickets]
Mar 09: The Fillmore Silver Springs, MD [tickets]
Mar 11: Tropicana Atlantic City, NJ [tickets]
Mar 12: Beacon Theatre New York, NY [tickets]
Mar 14: Dominion Energy Center Richmond, VA [tickets]
Mar 16: Grand Ole Opry Nashville, TN [tickets]
Mar 18: Coca Cola Roxy Atlanta, GA [tickets]
Mar 19: Durham Performing Arts Center Durham, NC [tickets]
Mar 21: The Fillmore Charlotte, NC [tickets]
Mar 23: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, SC [tickets]
Mar 25: Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL [tickets]
Mar 26: Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL [tickets]