Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Guns N’ Roses
Album: Use Your Illusion II
Producer(s) Mike Clink and Guns N’ Roses
Writer: Bob Dylan
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is a song written and sung by Bob Dylan for the soundtrack of the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. It reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.In 1987, Guns N’ Roses started including the song in their live sets. A live version of the track was initially released on the Maxi-Single of “Welcome to the Jungle”. They recorded a studio version in 1990 for Days of Thunder’s soundtrack, which was later slightly modified for the 1991 album Use Your Illusion II (basically discarding the responses in the second verse). Released as the fourth single from the album, it reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart as well as #12 in Australia and #1 in Ireland. Their performance of the song at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992 was used as the B-side for the single release and was also included on their Live Era: ’87–’93 album, released in 1999.