Upset by negative press from certain music critics, Rose penned the song "Get in the Ring," which appeared on the group's 1991 album "Use Your Illusion II." In the song, Rose challenged several people to fight by name, including Bob Guccione Jr., publisher of Spin magazine. Though the others, at Hit Parader and Kerrang were only listed, Guccione was taunted by Rose, comparing him (unfavorably) to his father, Bob Guccione, the founder of the adult magazine Penthouse. Rose's actual taunt is unprintable here, but Guccione Jr. did respond with a letter accepting Rose's challenge. He told the Miami Herald years later, "He didn't know that I studied full-contact karate for 10 years. . . . He wimped out." An earlier version of this caption incorrectly said the album was "Use Your Illusion I."
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