10 Texas Bands That Could Have Opened for Guns N' Roses

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If you’ve never heard of Shattered Sun, then you may not recognize their tiny hometown of Alice, Texas, either. But in spite of their humble beginnings, this five-piece is destined for metal greatness. Last fall, opening for Soilwork at Scout Bar, Shattered Sun proved they were easily one of the best bands on the bill. They’re heavier than GN’R but provide a current take on metal without being too subgenre-specific. While they have black and core elements, they’re also not too heavy for a GN’R ticket. In fact, not only would this bill pull in much younger fans, it would provide an interesting sonic perspective of old versus new metal.

These Denison natives are the kind of musicians whose shows and antics are the stuff of local metal folklore. Big Dad Ritch brings the loud, crass yet lovable elements of booze, 420 and biker brawls all to a 50-minute set no one is sure to forget for a while. Who else could handle the rough-and-tumble fanbase of a rowdy GN’R crowd than a band even more adept at headbanging and hollering? Certainly, most people old enough to remember when Guns N’ Roses were new are likely a little soft in their old age, but don’t tell THC that. They're here to raise serious hell. And that, sadly, will not be the case with Skrillex.

These Houston hard-rock favorites never disappoint and would be the balance this ticket so desperately needs. Take three young, fresh-faced musicians who are humble enough to call themselves an “indie” band (according to their Facebook page), contrasted against GN'R's self-indulgent tendencies, and the result is not only a new audience for WWW, but a fiery baptism into superstardom. These boys would have to fight an older, thirsty crowd for recognition and respect. The best part? If any local band in Houston is skilled at opening a show, winning over an audience to the point they forget the headliners, it’s the wolf boys.

The Texas blues-rock legends and GN'R would have been the ticket of the year. Bets would have been placed on how quickly tickets would sell, when they’d sell out and how high the prices would climb. Perhaps the only good news to come out of this fantasy is that these tickets would have been so astronomically expensive, the common folk could not have afforded them. Nevertheless, imagining Billy Gibbons and Slash rip through “Just Got Paid” might have been a Houston concert highlight no one could touch for years. And Dusty Hill’s raw-voiced version of “Used to Love Her” or even “It’s So Easy” would’ve left L.A.’s favorite glam band in the shade of backstage. Let’s face it, GN’R wouldn’t be the headliners in this scenario, would they?
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Kristy Loye is a writer living in Houston and has been writing for the Houston Press since July 2015. A recent Rice University graduate, when not teaching writing craft or reciting poetry, she's upsetting alt-rights on Reddit.