By Dave Fogel

Both versions of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” were for a movie, albeit 17 years apart.

Bob Dylan originally did the song for the soundtrack of the 1973 film “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid.”

If you own the movie on DVD, fast forward to the part where Sheriff Baker’s been shot and is dying and you’ll hear this song.

It peaked at #12 on the Billboard charts back then and is one of Dylan’s better known songs.

In 1990, the band Guns ‘n’ Roses recorded a version of this song for the soundtrack of the Tom Cruise film “Days of Thunder.”

This wasn’t the first time they’d played the song though, as it had been a staple of their live shows for a couple of years be then.

The song also ended up on their “Use Your Illusion II” album in 1991 and was performed on that huge Freddy Mercury Tribute concert a year later.

So who do you think rocked this song better? Bob Dylan or Axel and the boys?  Let us know!


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