When this music video first came out, it was one of the most expensive music videos ever made. It was also one of the longest. Axl Rose plays a singer who marries a model (who is played by real-life model Stephanie Seymour, who was dating Axl at the time.) Their marriage ends tragically. This video is often described as being a sequel to Don’t Cry but I think that, even though they’re based on the same short story and are thematically connected, Rose and Seymour are playing different characters here than in the first previous video. Seymour and Rose split up after making this video, which meant that the concept for the third video in the projected trilogy, Estranged.
Slash’s signature guitar solo was filmed in New Mexico. The scenes inside the church were filmed in Los Angeles’s St. Brendan Catholic Church.
This is a video that I used to laugh at but, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to better appreciate its themes of loss and regret.