Sungha Jung Plays “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Guns N Roses Beautifully
Where Do We Go Now?
“Sweet Child O’ Mine” was released on August 17, 1988 for the debut studio album of Guns ‘N Roses called “Appetite for Destruction.” It became their first number one hit in the US. It all began during one jam session while lead guitarist Slash was warming up and playing some circus melody. He thought it was nothing more than a “string skipping” exercise.
Stradlin came up with some chords, Duff McKagan created a bassline and Adler planned a beat. In his autobiography, Slash said “within an hour my guitar exercise had become something else”. Meanwhile lead singer Axl Rose was listening to the musicians upstairs in his room and was inspired to write lyrics, which became complete by the following afternoon.
According to Axl Rose, he wrote it based on Erin Everly, his then-girlfriend while taking some inspiration from Lynyrd Skynyrd as well. Ranking at number 37 on the “100 Greatest Guitar Solos” by The Guitar World, it’s no wonder many musicians attempted to emulate Slash’s famous playing. Sungha Jung, a talented young musician and guitar prodigy, totally slays it. His own rendition is hands-down incredible!
On the next composing session in Burbank, the band added both a bridge and a guitar solo to “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
We’re a huge fan of this kid. He rocks!