Guns N’ Roses has released “Shadow of Your Love” to promote the new expanded and “Locked N’ Loaded” editions of their iconic album Appetite for Destruction. A snippet of this outtake from the original sessions provides a tease for the reissues on their new GNR.FM website, after twice surfacing as a B-side.
“Shadow of Your Love” actually pre-dates Guns N’ Roses. Written by Axl Rose and his childhood friend Paul Tobias, the song stemmed from Rose’s days in the band Hollywood Rose; they even made a video for it.
Drummer Steven Adler spoke of the role the song plays in the band’s history. “It was magic from the first day,” he said. “The first song we played in rehearsal was ‘Shadow of Your Love,’ and Axl showed up late. We were playing the song, and right in the middle of the song Axl showed up and he grabbed the microphone and was running up and down the walls screaming. I thought, ‘This is the greatest thing ever.’ We knew right then what we had.”
Arriving June 29, the deluxe edition of Appetite for Destruction consists of 73 songs, 49 of which have never been released, on four compact discs. The “Locked N’ Loaded” super-deluxe edition adds all the music on vinyl and digital formats, a hard-bound book with rare photographs, artwork, a handmade 3D cross and more. It comes in an embossed faux-leather and wood cabinet.