Report Mike Monroe talks of the recording of Ain't it Fun & Never wanting money from GNR in Guns N' Roses Posted October 6, 2019 44 minutes ago, MIA said: The real dead year in the UYI period was 1989 as nothing productive occurred and Adler had already signed his death warrant even though he would hang in a few more months. However, just like with 1990, pop culture keeps them alive with PC and Patience videos, hard rock stations playing b sides like Whole Lotta Rosie, and of course Axl and Izzy at the VMAs and the shows with the Stones. Also Axl was on Henley's End of the Innocence album which was huge at the time. Axl being Axl and Steven’s heroin killed 89 for GNR. 88 was their break out year and they probably could’ve pushed sales of AFD even further if they’d toured extensively in 1989 and put out at least one new song as a single. Civil War was pretty much ready to go. It could’ve kept the momentum going even stronger in 89.