Get in the Ring

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"Get in the Ring"
Song by Guns N' Roses
from the album Use Your Illusion II
ReleasedSeptember 17, 1991
RecordedJune 9–10, 1991
StudioMetalworks Recording Studios
GenreHard rock, heavy metal

"Get in the Ring" is the fifth song on the Guns N' Roses album Use Your Illusion II. Written by Axl Rose, Duff McKagan and Slash[1], it is directed at music critics.[2] Mentioned by name are critics from Hit Parader (Andy Secher), Circus, Kerrang! (Mick Wall) and Spin (Bob Guccione, Jr.).[3]


The song was originally written by McKagan as "Why Do You Look at Me When You Hate Me?", which is its first line.[4] In the interview that precipitated Mick Wall's mention in the song (see below), Rose said: "I've brought in an album. Duff brought in one song. It's called 'Why Do You Look At Me When You Hate Me?' and it's just bad-assed. And I wrote a bunch of words to that."[5] The song was then going to be titled "Get in the Ring Motherfucker" but that was changed too.[citation needed]

At the time of the song's release, Mick Wall of Kerrang! was thought to have been 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 the real reason was an interview he conducted in early 1990 for Kerrang! that included Rose's threat to harm Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe after an incident involving Neil's wife and Izzy Stradlin.[6]

The song suggests that Bob Guccione, Jr.'s father (founder of Penthouse magazine) "gets more pussy" than Guccione Jr. The younger Guccione responded in a letter to Rose, saying he accepted the challenge to a fight and could use the promotion to help sell magazines.[2][7][8] Rose later backed down from the fight, reportedly after learning that Guccione Jr. had nine years of fight training.[2]

"Get in the Ring" is notorious for its amount of swearing.[citation needed]


The chants of "Guns. And. Roses" and "Get in the ring" were recorded with the audience at a Saratoga Springs concert on June 10, 1991.[9]



  1. ^ "Guns N' Roses – Use Your Illusion II". Discogs. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "The Fascinating Backstory Behind Guns N' Roses Epic Diss Track, 'Get in the Ring'". UPROXX. September 18, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Guns 'N Roses – Get in the Ring Lyrics | MetroLyrics". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Get in the Ring by Guns N' Roses Songfacts". Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  5. ^ Wall, Mick (January 2002). "Eve of destruction". Classic Rock #36. p. 92.
  6. ^ The Best of Classic Rock: 10 Years Of Wit & Wisdom From Rocks Biggest Stars presented free with November 2008 issue of Classic Rock
  7. ^ Harrington, Richard (September 15, 1991). "Guns N' Roses, Back in Fighting Form". The Washington Post. p. G1. Retrieved October 24, 2008.
  8. ^ "Names 'n' faces". The Miami Herald. April 23, 1995. p. 2A. Retrieved October 24, 2008.
  9. ^ "Get in the Ring by Guns N' Roses Songfacts". Retrieved May 5, 2017.

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