12 August 2010
Guns 'N' Roses
Guns N' Roses (AKA GN'R or GNR) is an American hard rock band from Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The frontman and co-founder is Axl Rose (real name: William Bruce Rose, Jr.).
They have released six studio albums, three EPs, and one live album and has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
The group was formed in early 1985 by two members of the band Hollywood Rose, Axl Rose (vocals) and Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar), combining with members of another band, L.A. Guns, Tracii Guns (lead guitar), Ole Beich (bass) and Rob Gardner (drums).
They combined names to create Guns and Roses with the "and" contracted to 'N."
After only a few gigs, bassist Ole Beich was fired and replaced by Duff McKagan while Tracii Guns was booted for missing rehearsals. (They decided to keep the band name anyway.) That led to adding Slash who had played with McKagan in Road Crew and with Stradlin during a short stint in Hollywood Rose. While on a brief West Coast tour, drummer Rob Gardner quit and was replaced by Slash's close friend Steven Adler.
Their 1987 major label debut album, Appetite for Destruction, has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide, reached No. 1 on the United States Billboard 200, and had Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Sweet Child o' Mine" which reached No. 1.
A long period with no album releases after The Spaghetti Incident? in 1993 was fueled by rumors of new songs, tours and OCD-like studio antics from Axl. In 2008, Chinese Democracy was finally released.
Appetite for Destruction
Use Your Illusion 2
Use Your Illusion 1
G N R Lies
Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I (World Tour 1992 in Tokyo)