Get In The Ring

Album: Use Your Illusion II (1991)
  • This song is about the press and media making up bogus stories and taking shots at the band. And as Axl Rose says in the end, it is dedicated to all the GN'R fans that stuck with them through all they have been through. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Kodi - Sydney, Canada
  • This is a rare song that calls out the specific music critics and their publications, as Axl mentions Andy Secher at Hit Parader, Mick Wall at Kerrang! and Bob Guccione Jr. at Spin. According to an article in The Washington Post, Guccione wrote a letter to Rose, stating he accepted the challenge (to "get in the ring") but no fight ever occurred.
  • This started out as a song written by Duff McKagan and called "Why Do You Look At Me When You Hate me?" but later the title was shortened, and the original title became the first line in the final version of the song. McKagan, Axl Rose and Slash are the credited songwriters.
  • On the album Use Your Illusion II, despite it sounding like a live recording, the song was actually recorded in the studio with crowd noises later added in. These crowd noises include the chanting of "Guns and Roses" and "Get In The Ring" heard at the beginning and end of the song, and were recorded from the audience at a Saratoga Springs concert on June 10, 1991. However the effect of adding crowd noises to studio-recorded songs was not a new concept to Guns N' Roses. All songs on their 1986 EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide used overdubbed crowd noises to create a faux-live sounding album. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Elena - Paradise City, Australia, for above 2
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Comments: 5

  • Frankie from Sunset Strip, Los Angelesno, dazed; it's duff. watch it live and you'll see
  • Dazed; from Verona, ItalyDavid, is clearly Axl's voice.
  • April from Birmingham, AlBarry, I don't know exactly about Andy and Bob, but I do know that Mick Wall went out of his way to twist Axl's words around. Mick was notorious for talking out of his ass.
  • David from Alexandria, VaIt's Duff thanking the fans at the end, not Axl.
  • Barry from New York, NcAnyone know what Andy Secher at Hit Parader, Mick Wall at Kerrang! and Bob Guccione Jr. at Spin wrote about that angered Axl so much? Since the song was from 1991-2, and so many years ago it probably doesn't really matter anymore.
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