A7X’s Shadows: I First Thought Original ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ Sucks, That GN’R Made It Much Better

During a recent interview Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows was giving, he touched on the Bob Dylan classic “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” admitting to Grant Random he wasn’t a huge fan of the original.

His comments are as follows:

“I’m a huge Dylan fan now – but at the time I just didn’t get it. I was like, ‘Guns N’ Roses made this song good, this song sucks!’

“And now I listen to it and there’s a part of the Dylan song that I like much more than Guns N’ Roses performance. And so, as you grow older you kind of see these things.

“But I think that’s one that really stood out to me as being… Like they did something different with this, they brought it into the ’90s.

“And they really crisp everything up, the drums, they added their own arrangement, made it longer, that big section in the middle, the choir. So I love that one, that’s my favorite one probably.”

So the question is fellow Gunners, how does the original compare to the cover GNR did? I personally like GNR’s cover much better, but I absolutely love the version they did at the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, which of course later appeared on Live Era ’87=93′ album

M. Shadows appeared on Slash’s 2010 album lending his vocals to the song Nothing to Say. The song was also released as a downloadable track for Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock.

Avenged Sevenfold is no stranger to doing cover songs. Both GNR and Avenged Sevenfold have done cover’s of the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here”. Check out A7X version below.



  1. Deders

    I really like the live version from the Paris concert that was broadcast all over the world. You can find it on YouTube.

    The 12 string introduction is sublime, and the 2nd guitar solo builds up really nicely towards the end.

    1. admin

      i love the second guitar solo, just mind blowing

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