Get in the Ring

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"Get in the Ring"
Song by Guns N' Roses from the album Use Your Illusion II
Released September 17, 1991
Recorded June 9–10, 1991 at Metalworks Recording Studios
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 5:41
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Duff McKagan
Axl Rose
Producer(s) Mike Clink
Guns N' Roses
Use Your Illusion II track listing
Knockin' on Heaven's Door
"Get in the Ring"
Shotgun Blues

"Get in the Ring" is the fifth song on the Guns N' Roses album Use Your Illusion II. It was written by Axl Rose, Duff McKagan and Slash and is directed at music critics who gave the band negative reviews because of their actions on stage. Critics from Hit Parader (Andy Secher), Circus, Kerrang! (Mick Wall) and Spin (Bob Guccione, Jr.) are all mentioned by name.

Allegedly, Mick Wall of Kerrang! music magazine was mentioned because of his book Guns N’ Roses: The Most Dangerous Band in the World, which was a no holds barred collection of interviews and stories about the band. Wall denies this, and claims that the real reason for his mention was an interview he wrote in early 1990 for Kerrang! about Axl Rose’s threat to harm Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe over an incident involving Neil’s wife and Izzy Stradlin.[1]

The song's reference to Bob Guccione, Jr. includes a comment about how his father (founder of Penthouse magazine) 'gets more pussy' than Guccione Jr. does. The younger Guccione actually responded in a letter to Axl Rose, saying that he accepted the challenge; however, no fight ever occurred.[2][3]

"Get in the Ring" is notorious for its amount of swearing. The song was originally written by McKagan with the title "Why Do You Look at Me When You Hate Me?", which is the song's first line. Nevertheless, the title was shortened, and the original title became the first line in the final version. It was then going to be titled "Get in the Ring Motherfucker," but that was changed as well.

The song heard on the album was actually not performed live, but was rather recorded in the studio and crowd noises were added to it (similar to all the songs on Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide), recorded from a concert in Saratoga Springs, New York, on June 10, 1991. Such noises included the "Guns N' Roses" chant in the beginning and the "get in the ring" chant at the end. Despite its live atmosphere on record, it is one of the few songs the band has never played live.



  1. ^ The Best Of Classic Rock: 10 Years Of Wit & Wisdom From Rocks Biggest Stars presented free with November 2008 issue of Classic Rock
  2. ^ Harrington, Richard (1991-09-15). "Guns N' Roses, Back in Fighting Form". The Washington Post. p. G1. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Names 'n' faces". The Miami Herald. 1995-04-23. p. 2A. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 

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