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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 09: Singer Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs at the Hollywood Palladium on March 9, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Guns n’ Roses: “Nightrain”

The Hook: Slash recalls that walking near the Sunset Strip drinking and singing about Night Train helped inspire Axl Rose’s lyrics.

Year: 1987

Album: Appetite for Destruction

Writers: Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler

Stats: The fourth single released off Appetite actually came out between G n’ R Lies and the Use Your Illusion albums. It only reached number-93 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-26 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The Background: “Nightrain” is one of the many enduring cuts off Guns n’ Roses’ debut album, Appetite for Destruction. Slash tells us about writing it and what inspired its lyrics.

Slash on the writing of Guns N’ Roses’ “Night Train.” OC:…Axl’s lyric. :29

“Izzy and I started working on the [sings] kind of thing and then moved on to the verses. And I remember I got really sick with strep throat and was down at this chick’s house, staying there in bed. And then Duff and him carried on from there and then I came in two days later and we finished off the song. I do remember walking around, singing the lyrics to that on Holloway. And I remember we were drinking Night Train and singing about Night Train and I think that’s what influenced Axl’s lyric.”

Guns n Roses Night Train

Guns N' Roses is an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band, led by frontman and co-founder Axl Rose, has gone through numerous line-up changes and controversies since their formation. The band has released six studio albums, three EPs and one live album during their career.