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"Paradise City" is a legendary composition by Guns N' Roses that has become a reflection of an entire era...

All about the song "Paradise City" (1987)

How often do famous rock bands collaborate to write a track together? We are sure that such cases can be counted on the fingers of one hand. "Paradise City" - the legendary composition of Guns N' Roses, which has become a reflection of an entire era. This is the first song in the history of the band, the authors of which are listed as all five members at once.

Below we propose to recall how the hit was created, without which not a single concert of the group has been complete for several decades.

History of the song

Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses

According to one version, bass player Duff McKagan became the author of the first text drafts. In a personal notebook, he wrote down some lines and rhymes that came to mind, then to share them with colleagues. The music was chosen by the rest of the Guns N' Roses members after reading McKagan's rough sketches and poetry.

Another version of the creation of the song was offered by Slash. So, in one of the interviews, he told how, returning from a rock festival held in San Francisco, in a rented van, they relaxed after the performance, drinking whiskey and improvising on acoustic guitars.

At some point, Slash had a lead to a future hit, and Stradlin and McKagan, quickly catching the idea, played along with him. Axl, in his characteristic manner, sang: "Take me down to the paradise city", and the instigator of this creative experiment himself added: "Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty."

The rest of the song's rhymes were composed gradually: at studio rehearsals, after concerts, during moments of crazy jam gatherings. Within the meaning of "Paradise City" very consonant with "Welcome to the Jungle". Devoted to cruel customs and limited frames, it illustrated the situation that reigns in the streets of large American cities.

The basic concept of the track was later revealed by the band's vocalist, Axl Rose:
“... the verses of the song are more about life in the wild, in the jungle. The refrain is about returning to civilization – to the West or somewhere else.”
He gave these explanations in 1988 during an interview for Hit Parader magazine.

Axl's close friend, Jake Coury, said on one of the radio broadcasts that the lines about green lawns and pretty girls are a reference to the vocalist's childhood memories of trips to Bloomington with his family.

The fate of Paradise City song

Billboard at the entrance to Las Vegas
Billboard at the entrance to Las Vegas

The first records of "Paradise City" were released in the United States in the autumn of 1988, while the British fans of the group received the opportunity to listen to the single only in the spring of 1989. It proved to be very successful, reaching number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six on the UK Singles Chart. The song was particularly popular in Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand and Norway, topping the country's music charts.

To date, "Paradise City" has received several prestigious awards and nominations, is included in various music ratings ("500 Greatest Songs of All Time according to Rolling Stone", "100 Greatest Songs of All Time according to Total Guitar", etc.).

Clip Paradise City…

The music video for the song was directed by Nigel Dick. He has previously collaborated with Guns N' Roses, filming their live performances. The first time the work took place as part of a joint concert with the Aerosmith group, the second time at the Monsters of Rock music festival.


  • In interviews, Slash repeatedly stated that "Paradise City" is his favorite track.
  • The cost of filming the video clip was 200 thousand dollars.
  • "Paradise City" is the only song in the entire work of the group, where the bright sound of the synthesizer can be traced.
  • "Paradise City" is the only song in the entire work of the group, where the bright sound of the synthesizer can be traced.
  • The track is often included in stadiums before sports games and competitions.
  • In 2012, a significant event occurred. Guns N' Roses briefly stayed at a hotel in Vegas, unwittingly forcing city officials to rename a local street after them for a while.

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