Song with racist, homophobic lyrics omitted from Guns N' Roses box set

Rock band Guns N' Roses recently announced a special box set release that has quietly deleted one of their most controversial songs.

'One in a Million', taken from 1988's G N' R Lies, rages about gold chain-selling "n****rs" and "f****ts" who "spread some f**king disease".

It's the only song omitted from the EP in a huge collector's edition reissue of seminal album Appetite for Destruction.

Publicity material around the Locked N' Loaded Edition of the Appetite for Destruction reissue doesn't point out 'One in a Million' being left off - but its absence has been noted by fans.

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose said the song's lyrics were based on his first impressions of Los Angeles when he arrived from small-town Indiana.

"I don't like being told what I can and what I can't say," he told Rolling Stone in 1989.

"I used the word n****r because it's a word to describe somebody that is basically a pain in your life, a problem. The word n****r doesn't necessarily mean black."

G N' R Lies minus 'One in a Million' features on CD 2 of the Locked N' Loaded Edition, along with 1986's Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide.

The reissues of Appetite for Destruction will be released in June.