"Sweet Child O' Mine" Music Video
Key Chain and Lanyard
Item # M0368
This lanyard necklace and key chain were worn by legendary singer Axl Rose in the music video “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, during live performances and in numerous promotional images. The key chain has three miscellaneous keys, a Hoffritz Swiss army knife and a medallion from “Ripleys Believe it or Not” with “STILL ALIVE AND WELL ROCK ON AXL” pressed on the face of the coin and “Fisherman’s Wharf S.F.” on the verso, and a silver whistle.
Axl can be seen wearing this necklace in the 1987 music video “Sweet Child O’ Mine” while performing on a ballroom stage. The item is most visible in the beginning of the song but is worn throughout as the video portrays the band rehearsing. The song is considered to be one of the greatest songs of all time and arguably having the best guitar solo ever by Slash. The song’s composition came from an initial exercise by Slash performing a circus melody, and it evolved into a grander piece with the addition of chords, a bass line and lyrics by Axl inspired by his girlfriend Erin Everly.
Axl can also be seen wearing this necklace in promotional images, which were taken by legendary photographer Neil Zlozower for the “Appetite for Destruction” album and world tour. The images are iconic in their own right and have been used on album covers, posters, and various magazine covers since 1987, most notably on “Rolling Stone Magazine” Issue #1032 August 9th, 2007. Additional images from the same photo shoot can be seen on “Spin Magazine” September 1994, “Blast” November 1988, “Faces” April 1989, and “Hit Parader” March 1989. From a different shoot the necklace can be seen on the cover of “Smash Hits” Magazine November 1988. Axl wore this style of necklace early on in his career, and can be seen with the Swiss army knife as made evident in a photo by Marc Canter while performing at The Troubadour on July 11, 1986
Acquired from the collection of Erin Everly, Axl’s first wife, in the Julien’s “Icons and Idols: Rock N Roll – December 2013” sale. The items are all in good used condition and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity.
Guns N' Roses nicknamed “The Most Dangerous Band in the World”, are credited with reviving mainstream rock music in the late 1980s with such hits as “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Paradise City”. Their debut album “Appetite for Destruction” (1987) reached number 1 on the Billboard 200 charts and sold over 28 million records worldwide, making it one of the best-selling debut albums of all time. It was their stage presence, style, music and rebellion that made Guns N' Roses in a league of their own and in 2012, the band members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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