1983 wasn’t the most eventful of moments of time (beyond some awesome movies), but somewhere, probably in a crappy practice space in Los Angeles, an Axl Rose fronted band named Rapidfire was creating music that was less big hair glam-metal than Guns N’ Roses and more deep, dark, dredgy Black Sabbath.
Showing off his lesser-known lower register on Rapidfire’s May 1983 five-song demo, Rose actually sounds pretty amazing and his voice sounds healthy. Two years later, Rose would start Guns N’ Roses.
The demo, unbeknownst to many, was somehow leaked 30 years after its creation onto Youtube. Guitarist Kevin Lawrence decided to legitimize the audio by posting snippets from the EPs first track “Ready to Rumble.” Other tracks include “All Night Long,” “The Prowler,” “On The Run,” and “Closure.”
Someone presumably created a website with a mini-bio. The bio links to a .PDF story written by Kevin Lawrence’s attorney, Joshua Solomon. The mini-bio reads:
“Before Guns N’ Roses, there was Hollywood Rose. Before Hollywood Rose there was Rapidfire. With Rapidfire, Axl Rose recorded five tracks in 1983. These were his first studio recordings. They have never been made public.”
Listen to the track snippets below and weigh in on old-school Axl Rose.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles