Guns N' Roses Perform Rare B-Side 'Shadow of Your Love' For First Time in 31 Years
Axl Rose and Slash
Guns N' Roses fans at the band's Not In This Lifetime tour stop in Odense, Denmark, on Wednesday night (June 6) got a surprise when the band busted out a rare b-side from their pre-fame days midway through their set at the Dyrskuepladsen Stadium.
The band busted out "Shadow of Your Love," a track written by singer Axl Rose and former GNR guitarist Izzy Stradlin for their pre-fame band Hollywood Rose and recorded during the sessions for Guns' landmark 1987 debut, Appetite for Destruction.
It was the first time the group had performed the track since June 22, 1987; it will appear on the upcoming Super Deluxe version of the Appetite reissue, due out on June 29. A live version of "Shadow" was included on a 12" version of Guns' 1987 "It's So Easy" single and as a b-side to the 1991 "Live and Let Die" single. The hard-charging song has the classic relentless blitz attack of late 90s Guns, with a double-time solo and debauched lyrics to match, including the opening lines: "Took my chances carelessly/Choked on my own cigarette/You can hand me another bottle of whiskey baby/But you ain't seen the worst yet."
The band has been playing its usual assortment of covers lately, including their classic take on Wings' "Live and Let Die," as well as The Damned's "New Rose," the Love Theme from The Godfather, Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" and Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." But they've also added one more unusual cover to the mix lately: a take on "Slither" by Velvet Revolver, the Guns offshoot that featured Slash and Duff McKagan and late Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland.
Check out fan footage of the "Shadow of Your Love" performance below.