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Rocket Queen by Guns N' Roses

Album: Appetite For DestructionReleased: 1987
  • This song is about a junkie prostitute who was once the love interest of Axl Rose. He was going to start a band with her called Rocket Queen, but she was too strung out. (thanks, nikki - sunderland, England)
  • If you listen closely towards the end, you can her frontman Axl Rose having sex in the studio with the woman who helped inspire the song. Axl explained: "She kind of kept me alive for a while. The last part of the song is my message to this person, or anybody else who can get something out of it. It's like there's hope and a friendship note at the end of the song. For that song there was also something I tried to work out with various people - a recorded sex act. It was somewhat spontaneous but premeditated; something I wanted to put on the record. It was a sexual song and it was a wild night in the studio. This girl we know was dancing; everyone was getting real excited. The night could have gotten really explosive, lots of trouble for everyone, and I thought wait a minute, how can we make this productive. And this is what we got." (thanks, Bobbie - Cockeysville, MD - quote courtesy gnrsource.com)
  • While performing this song in St. Louis in 1991, Axl Rose jumped into the crowd and hit a fan who had a camera. The singer said, "Thanks to the lameass security I'm going home," then walked off stage. The rest of the band soon followed, causing a full-scale riot to break out. (thanks, Owen - Liverpool, England)
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Comments: 21

It was for a FACT AXL not DUFF! BEST f--kING SONG THEY EVER RECORDED! althought they are all bad ass f--king songs.....just saying.Shannon - Houston, Tx
THE REAL DEAL "I wrote this song for this girl who was gonna have a band and she was gonna call it Rocket Queen. She kinda kept me alive for a while. The last part of the song is my message to this person" --Axl Rose Hit Parader 03/1988...READ the booklet for Appetite for Destruction it reads Barbi(Rocket Queen)VonGrief",NOW the moaning on the track was done by ADRIANA Steve's GF having sex with Axl. Axl asked her to have sex with him in the STUDIO so they could track it..she said yes I'll do it for the band and a bottle of JD. Watch VH1 women of sunset strip and hear it from Adriana herself...who the song was written for and the sex track have nothing to do with each other..Snowjewel - Sudbury, On
I absolutely adore the Live version of this on Live: Era '87 - '93 disc 2 xD So angst-filled and thrill seeking, awesome. Though it's not actually part of the song, I love it when Axl says;
"Alright, before we get into this next tune I wanna get some houselights on these f---ers? Can we do that? F---in', you can dance to this s--t...come on,"
Elena - Paradise City, Australia, --
In Slash's book he says the chick's name is Adriana Smith.Derek - Auburn, Ca
Guys its simple enough to clear it all up, just check the details on wikipedia. It covers all the gossip, and also all the facts:

"A credit in the booklet for Appetite for Destruction reads "Barbi (Rocket Queen) Von Grief", implying that she was "this girl" Rose mentions in the quote. Slash states that he and Duff McKagan wrote the main riff to "Rocket Queen" when they first got together, before either of them had joined Hollywood Rose or L.A. Guns.

It has also been said that Rose brought a woman, Adriana Smith, to the studio for recording. Steve Thompson, an engineer on the album, said the following in an interview:

Axl wanted some pornographic sounds on Rocket Queen, so he brought a girl in and they had sex in the studio. We wound up recording about 30 minutes of sex noises. If you listen to the break on Rocket Queen it's in there.

It was later stated in the music magazine Classic rock, as well as Rolling Stone, that the person who had been recorded performing sex noises on the song was Adriana Smith, an on-off girlfriend of drummer Steven Adler, who also allegedly had an intimate relationship with frontman Rose."
Muh - Essex, United Kingdom
Lol Joshua and Brian, dead on. Anyways, Adrianna SMith didn't do it to get back at Steven Adler or cause she couldnt stick to no sex with other people (well, that was partway it). She had just always liked Axl more. And they didnt have sex in the studio, they recorded pornography sounds from her and over dubbed it. And she was a stripper, so it makes since.Cati - Atlanta, Ga
Truthfully,it's sick...but that's just my opinion don't bother listening to it, not like it has a matter anymore.Chelsea - Cincinatti, Oh
None of you have the story behind the sex sounds during "Rocket Queen" straight! Yes her name was Adriana Smith, and she did have sex with Axl!! But it was not to get back at Steven for cheating on her! She just had a hard time saying no to sex with anyone of the band members!!! She in fact cheated on Steven!!! I know because I knew her at the time and she tried to have sex with Slash while I was with him!!!!Vence - Los Angeles, Ca
According to a book about the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Axl Rose told John Frusciante that he specifically had the RHCP in mind when he wrote this song.Nicole - Chicago, Il
brian in canada:you are dead on!old music will stick around,unlike the new stuff.can any one remember britney spears fir album?noooo!i'm eleven and this is all i listen to.Joshua - Kingston Springs, Tn
I know its 2008, but this song is my favourite right now....old music is ten times better than all the new stuffBrian - Vancouver, Canada
Yes I can spell. Just not on my last postJason - State Of Fitz, Nj
I like how the point of view changes in the lyrics. At first its a simple one night stand/sex song, then swiyches to this heartfelt plea from Axl to this girl to to take care of herself. You can't tell for sure if it's a girl friend, ex--girl friend or what. Greta song. greta riff,lyrics and vocalJason - State Of Fitz, Nj
Guys LOL Nick is the only correct one here her name was Adriana Smith Axl had sex with her in the studio while overdubbing the song. Get the Guns N' Roses issue of the Rolling Stone. it answers these questions.she was gettn back at Adler bcuz he cheated on her (the drummer), so she was drunk & giggly but gave Axl her orgasmic moans.Brayden - Lawrenceburg, Tn
A Rolling Stone article in August 2007 pretty much lays to rest any of the questions anyone had about this song.

There are indeed 2 people having sex in the background of this song. Those people are Axl Rose and a woman named Adriana, who at the time was the girlfriend of then-drummer Steven Adler. Adriana went along with this to get back at Adler for cheating on her.

Having participated in this, and having millions and millions of people buy and listen to the record it was on caused a lot of psychological damage to her, according to the article, as she heavily abused drugs and alcohol in the years following the release of A4D. She's now 40 and a single mom.
Nick - Arlington Heights, Il
pretty sure it was axl that had his way with the babe in rocket queen...check the LA Guns self titled sleeve, it has a little tribute to barbie as well...Mr.goodtimes - Edmonton, Canada
and by the way her name was Barbie Vongrief , from LA , her nick name was Rocket QueenJon-jon - Jhb , South Africa
It was Duff who had sex with a groupie while they were recording the single in LA not Axl , yes its true they recored her and put it in the track .
True brillance .
Jon-jon - Jhb , South Africa
DEFFINETLY one of the best GNR songs ever to exist;if you like GNR to to youtube & search forr thee was a timeBill - Raleigh, Nc
I really doubt he actually did some chick in the studio. I REALLY doubt it. Axl might be out of his mind, but he has some common sense. That's a little far-fetched.Jeremy - Lafayette, La
Honestly, one of my favorite songs off of Appetite for Destruction. "Only Anything Goes" & "Think About You" beat it for me, really. Pure sex, yo :POneinamillion - Nyc, Ny