Tag: Janis Joplin

Tunes for Tuesday: It’s all fun and games …

What do you get when you mix L.A. Guns with Hollywood Rose?

Guns N’ Roses, often abbreviated as GNR, is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985. When they signed to Geffen Records in 1986, the band comprised vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler.

Guns N’ Roses’ released their debut album, Appetite for Destruction, in1987. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 a year after its release based on the performance of three top 10 singles, “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City,” and “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” GNR’s only single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Appetite for Destruction sold approximately 30 million copies worldwide, including 18 million units in the United States, making it the country’s bestselling debut album and the eleventh-bestselling album overall.

Welcome to the Jungle

Comprised of members from two other area bands, the L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose, the newly formed band soon added Slash, a former Hollywood Rose guitarist playing with a band called Road Crew. From the beginning, the band’s wildly hedonistic ways and rebellious attitude soon earned them the nickname “the most dangerous band in the world.”

Patience (Live in Tokyo)

The band’s classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, GNR’s first year of eligibility. Guns N’ Roses sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 45 million in the United States, making them one of the best-selling acts in rock history.

Mr. Brownstone

Group guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin wrote Mr. Brownstone while sitting around Izzy’s apartment commiserating over their addictions to heroin, for which “Brownstone” is a slang term.

The song’s lyrics make a clear reference to the “tolerance” that users build-up to the drug: “I used to do a little, but a little wouldn’t do, so the little got more and more.” The two wrote the lyrics to the song on the back of a grocery bag and later showed it to Axl Rose. Slash later stated the lyrics described a typical day in either his or Stradlin’s lives.

November Rain

As is so often the case, when amazing musical talent and egos get involved, success can be short-lived. Guns N’ Roses is no exception. Arguments begin, tempers explode, and bands fall apart. While GNR is still around, it is just not the same as during their amazing run during the 1980s. Too many line-up changes and bad feelings make things hard even when the original members come back together.

The real difference for me is that Guns n’ Roses were simply more genuine than most of their heavy-metal peers (kind of like Janis Joplin in that regard).

Rolling Stone contributor Rob Tannenbaum calls the GNR “the world’s most exciting hard-rock band … young, foolhardy, stubborn, cynical, proud, uncompromising, insolent, conflicted and very candid about their faults.”

Yes, they were reckless kids who somehow fell into a rock and roll career. And yes, they were often so out of control that you can’t help but believe the most scandalous stories. They were crazy enough to try and live out every rock-and-roll cliche under the sun.

But despite all that, they were also talented enough to turn out amazing music filled with that same 110-proof energy they powered their lives with.

Guns N’ Roses with a very special guest!

Every member of this band brought amazing musical talent to their efforts. Axl Rose is said by many to be one of the greatest rock and roll band front-men of all time. Personally, I was always amazed by the versatility and range of his voice. And let’s not forget his piano and whistling skills!

Slash is simply a phenomenal guitar player and sits at the top of the pile with Jimmy Page, Randy Rhoads, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and Joe Bonamassa. And, according to an interview I watched, he has been clean and sober for some time now.

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Tunes for Tuesday: Piece of My Heart!

Janis Lyn Joplin (Born: January 19, 1943, Died: October 4, 1970) was an American singer-songwriter who belted out rock, soul, and the blues. Joplin was one of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era; she was noted for her powerful and raspy vocals and her “electric” stage presence.

Ball and Chain (Monterey, 1967)

Momma Cass Elliot was wowed!

In 1967, Joplin rose to fame following an appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, where she was the lead singer of a little-known San Francisco psychedelic rock band called Big Brother and the Holding Company.

After releasing two albums with Big Brother, Janis Joplin left to continue as a solo artist with her own backing groups, first the Kozmic Blues Band and then the Full Tilt Boogie Band. She performed at Woodstock and with the Festival Express train tour. Five singles by Joplin reached the Billboard Hot 100, including a cover of the Kris Kristofferson song “Me and Bobby McGee,” which hit #1 in March of 1971

This next video was produced by a fan named Jeffrey A as a tribute to 1960s rock legend Janis Joplin. Along with the audio are some great historical images of her. It’s an amazingly beautiful homage.

Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster wrote “Me and Bobby McGee,” which Roger Miller originally sang. Janis Joplin killed it with her great cover of this song.

Bobby McGee (Best HD Quality)

Her most popular songs include her covers of “Piece of My Heart,” “Summertime,” “Cry Baby,” and “Down on Me,” and her original song “Mercedes Benz,” which became her final recording.

Sometime you just have to let the artist speak for themselves …

Piece of My Heart (Live in Germany, 1968)

Summertime (Recorded live at Winterland, 1968)

Cry Baby

Down On Me (Newport Folk Festival, 68)

Janis Joplin … a little bit of rock, a good bit of soul, and a mega-dose of blues. Sadly, she lived her music. In 2005 the Grammys gave Janis Joplin a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for being one of the greatest rock singers of all time.

Mercedes Benz (Original)

Janis recorded this on October 1, 1970. She died on October 4th. Rest in Peace. Janis Joplin will always have a little piece of my heart.


Janis Joplin died in 1960 of an accidental heroin overdose. She was 27-years-old. She had released three albums.

Her fourth album, Pearl, was released in January 1971, three months after her death. It quickly climbed to number one on the Billboard charts.

Joplin was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Rolling Stone ranked Joplin number 46 on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with Recording Industry Association of America certifications of 18.5 million albums sold.