The long-rumored Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion box set now has a release date: November 11, 2022. The new collection features a whopping 97 songs – 63 of them unreleased audio tracks and videos – as well as a 100-page book with previously unseen images and a trove of collectibles and archival documents.
Ahead of its release, the band has shared a previously-unissued live version of “You Could Be Mine,” captured at New York City’s Ritz Theatre on May 16, 1991. You can check it out above.
The Use Your Illusion I & II Super Deluxe sets are fully remastered for the first-time ever, from high-resolution 96kHz 24-bit transfers from the original stereo 1/2-inch analog masters. The sets are available in multiple configurations, including a Super Deluxe Seven-CD + Blu-ray, a Super Deluxe Twelve-LP + Blu-ray, Two-CD Deluxe Editions of Use Your Illusion I & II separately, standard 1CD and 2LP versions of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II separately.
All versions will be available to stream and as digital downloads, with all configurations available to pre-order and pre-save here.
The box set features an impressive, anamorphic illusion showcasing each of the two covers at different angles. The 12-LP box is pressed on 180-gram heavy weight audiophile black vinyl with six premium tip-on gatefold jackets. Both Super Deluxe Editions also include the complete live audio recording Live In New York, taped at the Ritz Theatre on May 16, 1991, with sound newly mixed from original multi-track tapes. The legendary show is one of three warmup shows for the Use Your Illusion Tour and features Izzy Stradlin on guitar, the original version of "Don't Cry” and a special performance of “You Ain’t the First” both of which features the late Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon on guest vocals.
Also included is the complete audio recording of Live In Las Vegas taped at Thomas & Mack Center on January 25, 1992, newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes and features then-new guitarist Gilby Clarke.
The bonus disc is a Blu-ray Video of the complete Live In New York concert film, newly transferred from 35mm film prints to 4K UHD and presented in 1080p 24fps HD, in its entirety, along with audio mixed in Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround, and PCM 48kHz 24-bit stereo. The Blu-ray menu features the brand-new live music video “You Could Be Mine.” This is the first-time release of any complete audio and video concerts from the Use Your Illusion-era Guns N' Roses.
The Super Deluxe box sets are housed with a 100-page hardcover book with unreleased photos, memorabilia & archival documents, Conspiracy Inc. replica fan club folder with membership card, four Conspiracy Inc. 1991/1992 Use Your Illusion-era replica fan club newsletters, 10 Double-design lithos that reveals 1 of 2 unique images when inserted into the supplied red & blue reveal sleeves, seven band 8”x10” photo prints, four Use Your Illusion tour replica cloth sticky backstage passes, a Ritz Theatre 5/16/1991 replica concert ticket (with the original misprinted date of 5/15/1991) and a brand new 24”x36” band poster.
Additionally, Use Your Illusion I’s “November Rain” will now include a real 50-piece orchestra for the first-time ever newly recorded, conducted & arranged in 2021 by Grammy-winning and Emmy-nominated composer Christopher Lennertz.
To get an up-close look at the various configurations, head to GNRmerch.com.