September 17th, 1991: Axl Asks the Press to "Get in the Ring"
Released on the band's wildly successful Use Your Illusion II, "Get in the Ring" was a rollicking rundown of Axl Rose's up-and-down relationship with the press, naming the journalists and media types who had especially attracted Rose's ire. Specifically: Hit Parader editor Andy Secher; Kerrang! writer Mick Wall; the entire staff of Circus; and Spin founder Bob Guccione Jr., whose porn-magnate father was held up as a relative hero. Rolling Stone's Christian Wright called "Ring" one of Use Your Illusion II's "clunkers" — its cheeky suck-my-dick attitude "challenges the band's detractors by name but basically hits below the belt," he said. However, over time it became legendary as one of hard rock's most potent dis tracks.