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At first glance, Guns n’ Roses looked like any number of hair metal bands crawling out of the Sunset Strip during the second half of the 1980s. But then 1987’s game-changing ‘Appetite for Destruction’ proved there was more than met the eye and catapulted the band to another level of stardom their peers could only dream of — quickly fostering GnR’s reputation as the most dangerous band in the world…even to themselves. And the amazing part is just how quickly things had snowballed for the group, which was born in 1985, of the union of two competing bands: Hollywood Rose, featuring singer W. Axl Rose and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin’, and L.A. Guns, home to lead guitarist Tracii Guns, bassist Ole Beich and drummer Rob Gardner. All three of the latter would soon be replaced by Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler, respectively, and so powerful was the new quintet’s musical chemistry that they’d signed to Geffen Records by March of ’86 and capped the year with the ‘Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide’ EP. Then Guns n’ Roses got to work on the album that many still consider a high-water mark of ‘80s hard rock, ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ which spent almost a year gathering steam amongst heavy metal fans before breaking through to the mainstream thanks to the number one single, ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine.’ From this point forward, GnR’s career seemed like an unstoppable juggernaut, driven by global touring and 1988’s controversial ‘GnR Lies’ EP; but internal dissension and drug abuse eventually drove Adler out of the fold (he was re-placed by The Cult drummer, Matt Sorum) ahead of the band’s much delayed, twin 1991 double albums, ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘II,’ which immediately conquered the charts’ first and second positions upon release. Guns n’ Roses carried on conquering new audiences in far-flung locations over the next few years of touring, but after issuing a covers album, ‘The Spaghetti Incident?,’ in late 1993, the band went on extended hiatus while members pursued solo projects or simply recovered from all the years of grueling work. That hiatus soon descended into a prolonged band disintegration, and by the turn of the third millennium, only Axl Rose remained of GnR’s glorious original fivesome. In 2001, Rose finally recruited a new lineup of backing musicians and resumed touring under the Guns n’ Roses name, but the long promised next studio album, ‘Chinese Democracy,’ did not emerge until 2008, and then to rather mixed reviews. Nevertheless, GnR has remained a relatively active touring concern in the years since, with the occasional reunion rumors as yet unfulfilled, while their legacy is bound to remain intact so long as fans recall those incredible, if fleeting, first few years of global stardom.

   
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25 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses Double Down With ‘Use Your Illusion I’ & ‘II’

On Sept. 17, 1991, Guns N' Roses issued the ambitious 'Use Your Illusion' I and II albums.

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Izzy Stradlin (Guns N' Roses)
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Izzy Stradlin Reportedly Declined Offers to Make Guns N’ Roses Tour Appearances

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin reportedly turned down per-show fees to appear onstage at GN’R’s April reunion shows.

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Gustavo Caballero / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Former Guns N’ Roses Instrumentalist Chris Pitman Sues Axl Rose for Unpaid Debt

Former Guns N' Roses instrumentalist Chris Pitman has sued Axl Rose over an unpaid promissory note for services provided during his time in the band.

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Runaways Vocalist Cherie Currie to Release Solo Album With Guns N’ Roses Vets Making Guest Turns

Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie just revealed plans to release a solo album featuring guest turns by members of Guns N' Roses and others.

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Katarina Benzova

Guns N’ Roses Summer Tour Grosses $117 Million, Sells More Than One Million Tickets

Guns N' Roses' 'Not in This Lifetime...' tour raked in $117 million from over a million tickets across 25 shows throughout the North American leg of the trek.

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Izzy Stradlin Calls ‘Bulls–t’ on Guns N’ Roses: ‘They Didn’t Want to Split the Loot Equally’

In response to a recent interview Axl Rose took part in, Stradlin called 'bulls—t' and claimed Guns N’ Roses didn’t want to split earnings equally with him.

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Axl Rose + Duff McKagan Talk Guns N’ Roses Reunion, Izzy Stradlin + More

Axl Rose & Duff McKagan have pulled back the curtain on some of the details surrounding how the Guns N' Roses reunion came to be.

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Guns N’ Roses Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Guns N' Roses' albums from weakest to strongest.

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Bumblefoot (ex-Guns N’ Roses) Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

This ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ episode marks the first occasion where a rock star has invited us to watch them piss blood!

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YouTube: Justin Fontana

Steven Adler Joins Guns N’ Roses Onstage in Los Angeles

Steven Adler has joined Guns N' Roses onstage for the third time on the 'Not in This Lifetime...' tour, this time at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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