Guns N’ Roses reportedly set to release ‘Appetite For Destruction’ mega box set for 30th anniversary
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Since Axl Rose and Saul “Slash” Hudson mended emotional fences back in 2016 to reunite three-fifths of the original Guns N’ Roses lineup, fans have remained optimistic about the possibility of new music coming from the hair metal era rockers. Axl, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan have spent the last two years tirelessly touring around the globe on their wildly loud and successful “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour, and now it appears that a brand new record package is on the way.

Most classic rock and metal fans will have noticed by now that the band has launched a countdown clock via their website with the copy, “Destruction Is Coming,” along with rotating images of the familiar skulls that covered the band’s infamous 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction. Some fans have speculated that the countdown to this Friday (May 5) at 12:00 a.m. means that the entire 1980s era lineup will be reuniting. A more accurate guess however, would come from Consequence of Sound, who have reported that an enormous box set reissue of Appetite For Destruction is set to arrive late next month.

The 30th anniversary box set will reportedly be branded as the “Locked N’ Loaded” reissue, and is set to include a total of 73 tracks including remastered versions the original 12 songs found on the 1987 album, with 49 more which have been unreleased and unheard until now. The 70+ recordings will be spread out over four CDs and seven 12” 180-gram LPs. Also included in the very stylishly designed Embossed Faux Leather and Wood Cabinet packaging (see below) will be Guns’ 1986 Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide EP, another EP full of B-sides from the "Appetite" era lineup and two previously unreleased tracks from the album’s recording sessions with producer Mike Clink. 

As if the huge package of recordings isn’t enough, fans should also be pleased to hear that the super deluxe version of the reissue will include “a 96-page hand-bound book with unreleased photos from Axl Rose's personal archive, 12 new illustration lithos visualizing each song from Appetite and replica memorabilia,” Blabbermouth reports. Some of the other cool non-musical items include a handmade 3D cross, customized turntable mat, replica posters from the bands 1980s era shows, patches, pins, guitar picks and much more.  

Of course, this hasn’t been officially confirmed by the band, but multiple reports and a leaked unboxing video seemed to have assured the loud and exciting news ahead of the band. Knowing Axl and Slash though, there could be even more to reveal when the countdown clock reaches midnight later this evening.