The Greatest American Rock Band Bracket!
First Round, Punk/Hard Rock Division
Guns N' Roses (7) vs. Alice Cooper (10)
Los Angeles bad boys and versus the original shock-rockers
Guns N' Roses:
"Guns N' Roses are the bridge separating 1980s and 1990s hard rock, the band responsible for ushering in an era of grim, gritty rock & roll. Where such peers as Mötley Crüe reveled in the decadence of Sunset Strip sleaze, Guns N' Roses focused on the grimy underbelly of the urban jungle, with guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin cranking out mean riffs that matched the dark fantasies of Axl Rose, the vocalist who led GNR with a serpentine charm. Rose countered his nasty tendencies with a romantic side, one that turned the band into superstars in the process. "
"The band that first brought shock rock to the masses, Alice Cooper became one of the most successful and influential acts of the '70s with their gritty but anthemic hard rock and a live show that delivered a rock & roll chamber of horrors. The name Alice Cooper originally referred to both the band and its lead singer (born Vincent Furnier), as they played dark, eccentric, psychedelic rock. Alice Cooper scored breakthrough hits in 1971, in which the group finally stumbled upon the formula that made them stars, blending tough, dirty, guitar-fueled hard rock with Furnier's sneering vocals and lyrics that were by turns relatable and willfully spooky."