When I was in second grade, my parents bought me a compact stereo. Until than I had listened to some of their records or my stash of children's cassettes and my Michael Jackson - 'Bad' cassette.
Along with the stereo came a CD with a blue cover and on the back there were pistols and blood. I don't know why my parents chose this one, but I am grateful. When I listened to Use Your Illusion II a whole new world opened for me. This music was so loud and brash, yet so catchy. From that day on it was very clear that my favorite kind of music would have a good guitar riff and heavy drumming in it.
Sure I have months were I mostly listen to rap or jazz or whatever, but I'll always come back to those rock, punkrock, hardrock, metal etc bands. There's just nothing like it. This record stayed with me 'till this day, the CD was eventually changed into the vinyl, which had become hella expensive over the course of time and I still listen to the album on a regular basis. Finally this year, 25 years after I first heard these songs, I had the chance to see GNR live in concert, and despite my fears of them being to old or only in it for the money, it was one of the best shows I ever attended.
So I guess this is where it all began for me. Before I got that record I sure liked music, but after this one it became a passion, which eventually led to this big collection of records. Thank you Mom and Dad.