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Guns N Roses

Guns N Roses

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Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
The 1985-1990 lineup of Guns n' Roses.
Country
United States
Years active1985- present
Genre(s)
Hard Rock
Label(s)
Geffen Records
UZI Suicide
Members
Axl Rose
Dizzy Reed

Robin Finck
Tommy Stinson
Brian Mantia
Richard Fortus

Guns N' Roses(GNR) are an American hard rock band. The band's 1987 major label
debut, Appetite for Destruction, gained them worldwide popularity while their 1991
second major effort, the simultaneous releases of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your
Illusion II, and subsequent tour cemented the band's place as an influential member of
rock and roll history.

Guns N' Roses helped usher in a new era in the hard rock genre. Glam metal dominated
the airwaves in the late 1980s, but GNR's new musical style and onstage behavior created
a new kind of movement within the music industry, as they offered a grittier, more
traditionalist take on rock n' roll, winning over many fans who appreciated their
authenticity. The band obtained an enormous amount of success during the period of
1987-1993, but the personalities of different band members, coupled with their heavy
drug abuse and the controversial actions of frontman Axl Rose hindered the group's

ability to work together. Rose is currently the only original member in the now reformed
band.
Contents
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1 History
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1.1 Rise to Fame (1985-1990)
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1.2 Use Your Illusion Tour (1991-1993)
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1.3 Decline (1994-1997)
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1.4 Current Lineup (1998-present)
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1.5 Legacy
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2 Members
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2.1 Current Members
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2.2 Former Members
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2.3 Touring Members
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2.4 Touring Substitutes
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2.5 Touring Guests
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3 Discography
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3.1 Albums
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3.2 Singles
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3.3 Videos
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4 Accomplishments
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4.1 Awards
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4.2 Televised Performances
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4.3 2006 Tour Dates
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5 References
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6 See also
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7 External links
History
Guns N' Roses were founded in Los Angeles in June 1985. Their unique style
incorporatedpunk,blues,gla m, and other genres of music into the popular heavy metal
music of the time. The band was formed by singer W. Axl Rose, guitarists Tracii Guns
and Izzy Stradlin, bassist Ole Beich (replaced by Duff McKagan), and drummerRob
Gardner. The name was derived from two bands that the original members had played in;
Hollywood Rose and L.A. Guns.
Rise to Fame (1985-1990)
Guns N' Roses on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1988.

When Tracii Guns and Rob Gardner could not attend one of the first Guns N' Roses
shows inSeatt le, Rose called guitaristSlash and drummer Steven Adler, whom he had
met recently, and asked if they would join the band on stage for the show. They agreed,
thus creating the band's most famous lineup. On the way back to Los Angeles, the five
members wrote the lyrics for "Welcome to the Jungle", which eventually became their
signature song.

The band released a self-producedEP, Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide, in 1986. Copies of the EP reached Geffen Records executives who soon signed the band. That same year, Alan Niven was hired as the band's manager. Appetite for Destruction, GNR's debut album, was released on August 21,1987. The album sold twenty million copies and reached #1 on the charts. It included the songs "Welcome to the Jungle", "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City", all of which were top ten singles on theBil lboard charts. As of 2006,

Appetite For Destruction remains the best-selling debut album of all time.
The band began opening shows for major acts in the rock industry, but as Appetite for
Destruction's sales began to rise, a world tour in support of the album was scheduled.

Guns N' Roses traveled across the United States, and in spring of 1988 were invited to the
notorious Monsters of Rock Festival inEurope. The band shared the stage with famous
groups including Iron Maiden,KISS and Judas Priest.

However, the behavior of GNR's respective members was garnering increased negative
attention from the media. McKagan, Slash and Adler were constantly seen on stage under
the influence ofdrugs andal cohol. Members of the crew at the time stated that Slash had
to be carried onstage by a group of people and that he often passed out after each concert
ended. During the Monsters of Rock concert in theUK, two fans were killed when the
crowd began jumping and surging forward after Guns N' Roses' set started. The media
blamed the band for their deaths, but each band member was unaware of the incident
until after the show had ended. Events such as these during the Appetite for Destruction
Tour earned the group their title of "most dangerous band in the world".

The song "Welcome to the Jungle" was included on the soundtrack of the fifthDirt y
Harry movie The Dead Pool, which led to a few seconds of screen time for the band.

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