Guns N' Roses vs. Van Halen

Who is the better hard rock group?

  • Guns N' Roses

    Votes: 37 35.2%
  • Van Halen

    Votes: 68 64.8%

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Beady Eye

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Original GnR > DLR Van Halen > Buckethead GnR > Hagar Van Halen

Van Halen are a very solid rock band who used to have an incredibly charismatic lead singer and ended up with a Hagar who is less charismatic than Eddie van Halen.
They churned out a dozen decent albums and win the quantity battle.

GnR on the other hand revolutionized rock music and blew away every other established band with Appetite, a timeless classic. Van Halen isn't even in the same league as much as I appreciate them. But come on, this is genius vs. solid craftmanship.
 

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Come to think of it: GnR and Van Halen actually have a lot in common. They both went from a sexy and charismatic lead singer to a hobo.

Van Halen: David Lee Roth --> Sammy Hagar
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Guns and Roses: Axl Rose --> Sammy Hagar's twin brother
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I think that's ultimately what it comes down to. GnR made one album that was arguably better than any of Van Halen's, but Van Halen made many more strong albums (and that's considering only the David Lee Roth years) and was a relevant band for a lot longer. GnR was kind of like the *** Pistols of L.A. metal.

Agree 100%
 

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Tommy Walker said:
I think that's ultimately what it comes down to. GnR made one album that was arguably better than any of Van Halen's, but Van Halen made many more strong albums (and that's considering only the David Lee Roth years) and was a relevant band for a lot longer. GnR was kind of like the *** Pistols of L.A. metal.
Agree 100%

Isn't that also true for the great ACDC debate? If you were to create a best-of album, most of the songs would be from the short Bon Scott-era. Brian Johnson was part of way more albums and was commercially more successfull, but never quite reached Bon Scott's level.

In terms of quantity and longevity, Van Halen definitely wins against GnR. It's like comparing Eddie van Halen to Slash: Eddie is the so much more technically acclaimed guitarist, but how many memorable riffs and solos did he compose compared to Slash?
GnR burned out quickly, but they shone much brighter than Van Halen ever did.
 

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