Following the manic aural onslaught of their debut album Appetite for Destruction, Guns N' Roses gave us "Patience," a tender song where Axl Rose sings about waiting it out in a relationship. It was the only single issued from the second album, G N' R Lies.
This song was a trendsetter in its use of all-acoustic instrumentation, making it safe for hard rockers to display their sensitive, vulnerable sides in a more understated way rather than utilizing the power ballad format so popular among hair bands in the late '80s.
Axl Rose did the whistling on this track. He's also the one who blows the whistle on "Paradise City
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This song plays in the 1991 Robert DeNiro film Cape Fear in a scene where Juliette Lewis' character plays it to drown out her parents' fighting. It also appears in the 2013 film Warm Bodies.
This is a very popular karaoke song, but one that you might want to avoid. Kimberly Starling of The Karaoke Informer says it's one of the Top 5 songs that tends to bomb. "It just eludes the average ear and when you get off key on this one it sounds to the ear like a turd in a punch bowl looks to the eye," she says.
Before Geffen Records decided it was too long, the title for the album was Lies! The Sex, The Drugs, The Violence, The Shocking Truth.
On January 30, 1989, Guns N' Roses played this at the American Music Awards with Don Henley on drums because Steven Adler was in rehab. Henley did it as a favor to Axl Rose, who sang harmony vocals on his song "I Will Not Go Quietly," which appeared on his The End Of The Innocence album later that year.
The suitably understated video was directed by Nigel Dick and shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
After helping his daughter Toni learn the song, Chris Cornell got inspired in March of 2016 to record "Patience" himself. His version
wasn't released until July 20, 2020, two years after the singer's death on what would have been his 56th birthday.
The track topped the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, giving him his first solo Billboard #1. Cornell also reached the summit eight times on the tally when fronting Soundgarden and Audioslave and on another occasion as guest vocalist on Zac Brown Band's "Heavy Is the Head