And here’s where things really got crazy. On 17 September 1991, Guns released Use Your Illusion I and II, a pair of huge, genre-spanning records that topped the charts around the globe and sent them on a mammoth world tour, a spirit-sapping jaunt that would ultimately blow the band to pieces.
“Again, we knew that we had a bunch of songs. I don’t think we felt pressure for commercial success, but I do remember a couple of times when we first started tracking and suddenly we were this huge band and I’d think, ‘Oh s***, a couple million people potentially will hear me hitting this next note on my bass. F***!’ You can’t let that get into your head.
“We were young dudes, probably 25 or 26 at that point. We did it with Mike Clink again so we were in a comfortable environment. We had a bunch of songs, obviously, we thought that we had got a really great strong album and then we just kept on recording and thought, ‘You know, maybe we’ve got two albums!’”