Following the previous report of a big announcement coming from classic rock heroes Guns N’ Roses thanks to a countdown clock shared online, the famous rock band has now confirmed the upcoming release of a huge box set of their 1987 album, Appetite For Destruction. The massive reissue, titled Appetite for Destruction: Locked N' Loaded, is set to arrive on June 29, and includes the original album fully remastered from the original stereo analog tapes, 12 remastered tracks pulled from their 1980s-era EPs and b-sides, limited edition merchandise and collectables, artwork and much more.
To go with the announcement on Friday, the band also shared the lead single from the box set, with a refurbished version of “Shadow of Your Love,” which was written by Axl Rose along with a childhood friend named Paul Tobias prior to forming GnR. The single was initially recorded with Appetite producer Mike Clink and future Guns bandmate Izzy Stradlin, but never saw the light of day on any of the band’s studio or live albums. As Stereogum points out, the track was shared as the B-side over the years to singles like “It’s So Easy” and “Live And Let Die,” but always had a fake audience track thrown onto the song.
The arrival of the newly remixed and remastered track on Friday came with a dangerously fun new lyric video from the band, and can be watched and heard above in all its hard rock glory. The short but powerful new/old single has everything that GnR fans would want to hear from a recording pulled from their raunchy and unapologetic early club years. Starting with the opening guitar riff, the song’s thunderous makeup is filled with big power chords, a brilliant guitar solo and an overall abundance of adrenaline-pumping energy from start to finish. Why the track never appeared on any of the band’s albums remains a silly mystery, but like the reunion between Slash, Axl and Duff for their Not In This Lifetime Tour, sometimes it’s better late than never when it comes to rock bands.
The cost of Locked N’ Loaded varies depending on which audio formats fans want to own, but tops out at an affordable $999. Don’t worry though, as the Locked N’ Loaded edition includes life-size recreations of the band members' actual tattoos, which is nice. The different package options are now available for pre-order at the band’s official online store.