Guns N’ Roses: So Fine Song Facts & Meaning (Use Your Illusion 2)

Guns N’ Roses So Fine From Use Your Illusion 2

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So Fine, Use Your Illusion 2 Song Facts

  • The song was written by Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and he brought hte song to the band complete with music and lyrics.
  • The song is sang as a duet between Axl Rose and Duff McKagan
  • The song was a tribute to punk rocker Johnny Thunders who was a huge influence to Duff McKagan.
  • Axl Rose and Dizzy Reed don’t play the piano on this song. Instead a person named Howard Teman plays piano on the song.
  • Guns N’ Roses covered two Johnny Thunders written songs including ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory’ and ‘Human Being’.
  • ‘So Fine’ was played sporadically on the ‘Use Your Illusion’ tour.
  • Duff McKagan has played the song live with his band ‘Loaded’
  • Some people think the song is about a women, but others dispute that and say it’s strictly about Johnny Thunders who had feminine features.

In Their Own Words


Duff brought in ‘So Fine,’ complete with music and lyrics [Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York. p. 299].

Use Your Illusion II, 1991, track no. 10.

Written by:
Duff McKagan

Drums / Percussion: Matt
Bass: Duff

Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Slash

Piano – Howard Teman

Rhythm Guitar – Izzy Stradlin

Background Vocals: Matt Sorum

Guns N’ Roses Perfect Crime Song Facts
  • Song was first performed live in 1986 at Ackerman Hall at UCLA. iIt would be five years until the song was performed again.
  • Perfect Crime was played quite frequently in 1991 during the Use Your Illusion Tour.
  • Guns N’ Roses shot a documentary chronicling their 2.5 year long Use Your Illusion Tour in the early 90’s. The supposed name of the documentary was “Perfect Crime”. While the documentary was  never officially completed it is most likely sitting in a vault somewhere.
  • Song was written by Izzy Stradlin, Axl Rose and Slash
  • Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot cites Perfect Crime as being one of his favourite riffs from Guns N’ roses catalog.
  • Perfect Crime has been on the alternate setlist for Guns N’ Roses as part of the ‘Not in This Lifetime Tour’. It has not been played live as part of the tour yet.


In Their Own Words


Recounting the first preproduction session to Appetite for DestructionWe booked ourselves time at S.I.R. studios with Mike [Clink] at the board, the band felt free to be ourselves; at our very first preproduction session, we started writing what would later become ‘You Could Be Mine.’ At another session, we started to work up ‘Perfect Crime,’ which was something that Izzy brought in. We weren’t in there to write new material, but we were so comfortable that it just came to us [Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York. p. 166-167]
Slash‘Perfect Crime’ […] has a pretty “out there” solo in it [Guitar For The Practising Musician, April 1992]
BumblefootBeing asked about his favorite guitar riff from the GN’R catalog: Middle riff of Perfect Crime, & Brownstone riff Smile
[twitter, June 2013]

Use Your Illusion I, 1991, track no. 5.