When Guns N Roses were getting ready to release their ground-breaking album Appetite For Destruction, Axl Rose had an idea fore the cover art that would best represent the band's bombastic stage presence and high energy performance. He felt it needed to be eye-catching, polarizing and provocative.
His idea?...an image of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger exploding midair. “I figured, it’s on the cover Time magazine, then we should be allowed to use it, too, says Axl. “It wasn’t meant to be derogatory. … That photograph just blew my mind”. The idea was quickly nixed by Geffen Records.
Axl remembers the label saying, "Oh, this is in bad taste."