Guns N' Roses
Appetite For Destruction
“The record kept selling by word of mouth,” explains Tom Zutaut, the man responsible for convincing Geffen records to sign GNR in 1986. “We were at 200,000 units with no airplay, no MTV, no nothing.”
Guns N’ Roses would play to a few thousand people every night and the next day, fans would rush to record stores to buy the album. But if GNR were going to blow up, they need airplay and they needed to be on MTV. Tom Zutaut, however, was told to drop the album and forget it ever happened. “I get called into Geffen, he looks at me and says “Appetite For Destruction is over, there’s no debate, no discussion, the record is done” and I looked at him and I said “well actually the records just beginning, this records still got to sell 5 or 10 million more.’ Zutaut would not let this go and his last effort to make GNR the biggest band on the planet would be to convince Geffen to push MTV to play ‘Welcome To The Jungle’.
David Geffen wasn’t too happy that Zutaut failed to mention MTV vowed to never play GNR but he managed to convince MTV to air the video just once. Geffen said, “This band is very dangerous, MTV feels that if they put this band on the channel they could lose millions of viewers overnight, this is like the impossible task.”
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