How ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Uses the Music of Guns N’ Roses to Tell a Story

“Thor: Love and Thunder” gets Chris Hemsworth back as the lead character, joined by Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, his ex-girlfriend taking over his power. The two are tasked with tackling Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher, who causes a variety of damage, killing all the gods who can help him.

To sing the hero song, director Taika Waititi participated in Guns N ’Roses songs.

In an interview with Loudersound, Waititi said, “You know, I’m still going home late at night and instead of going on, you know, Pornhub, I’m going to go watch old GN’R music videos because I already love the band. But I think I’m still in love with the band back when there was a band, you know, that band: The music video for ‘Paradise City’, like that thing where the hair is long and tangled, you know? ”

In addition to GNR’s original songs, “Appetite for Destruction,” Waititi uses “November Rain,” from the 1991 studio album, “Use Your Illusion II.”

Did Waititi speak to lead artist Axl Rose before using the band’s songs? The director said in another interview with Rolling Stone, “At one point, the music executives were like,‘ You may have to talk to Axl. But I was just scared. You are one of the great icons for me. ”

Waititi also turned to Enya (“Only Time”), Mary J. Blige (“Family Story”) and ABBA (“Our Last Summer”) for some musical moments.

The effects of this film come from courtesy of co-producers Michael Giacchino and Nami Melumad. Melumad is the first woman to score points in the Star Trek Franchise, which includes “Star Trek: Prodigy” and, “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.”

“Thor: Love and Thunder” marks Giacchino’s fourth annual film, after “The Batman,” “Lightyear” and “Jurassic World Dominion.”

The composer recorded points in 12 days with a 94-piece orchestra and a 36-member choir. The orchestra consisted of 12 horns and eight trombones, and, interestingly, there are no woodwinds, which is unusual for a film effect. To pump up the ’80s rock vibe, Giacchino added guitar, drums and synth.

Waititi offers an equal tribute to the music that underpins his unique storytelling style. He said: “I feel like we’re making this a funny, big game with cool characters and even a really kicking song.”

Here is a guide to the Guns N ’Roses songs featured on“ Thor: Love and Thunder ”now.

“Welcome To The Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses

Considered one of the greatest hard rock songs of all time, this song plays when Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy have joined forces. While the Guardians only appear for a few minutes, the song is heard over a montage which shows Thor and the Guardians going out to battle.

“Paradise City” – Guns N’ Roses

As audiences get a look at New Asgard, “Paradise City” is played.

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses

First heard in the trailer, “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” the band’s third single released in 1988, is reprised numerous times throughout the film. Memorably, it plays as goats come crashing into Omnipotence City.

“November Rain” – Guns N’ Roses

The ballad features an epic guitar solo by Slash, which plays during a climactic battle between Thor and Mighty Thor (Portman) as they take on Gorr.


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