Music Video of the Day: Don’t Cry by Guns ‘N Roses (1991, directed by Andy Morohan)

This is the video where Slash murders his girlfriend and then laughs about it.

Sure, there’s a lot of things that could be said about this video.  It’s the first part of an unofficial trilogy of videos in which Axl Rose struggles to come to terms with the loss of his girlfriend (who, in the video, is played by Stephanie Seymour).  Axl said that the scene with the gun was inspired by something that actually occurred between him and his ex-wife, Erin Everly.  Everyone remembers the scene where the three Axls confront each other and also the epic girl fight at the piano bar.  This video is also remembered for the sign reading, “Where’s Izzy?”  Izzy Stradlin felt that the music videos were a waste of money and declined to show up on the day of filming.  He would soon leave Guns N’ Roses.

But, in the end, this will always be the video where Slash drives over a cliff.  As the guitar solo proves, Slash managed to get out of the car but apparently, his girlfriend wasn’t so lucky.  It’s a weird scene but it’s also a fair portrayal as to how many people viewed Slash and Axl Rose within the context of Guns N’ Roses.  Axl was the frontman who could sing everything but who also wore his vulnerability and instability on his sleeve for all the world to see.  Slash was rock ‘n’ roll.  Nothing got to him as long as he could keep on playing.

The older I get, the more I appreciate Guns N’ Roses.  Say what you will about the self-indulgent nature of some of their albums and videos, Axl can sing and Slash can sure as Hell play.


One response to “Music Video of the Day: Don’t Cry by Guns ‘N Roses (1991, directed by Andy Morohan)

  1. Pingback: Music Video of the Day: November Rain by Guns N’ Roses (1992, directed by Andy Morahan) | Through the Shattered Lens

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