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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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Facebook: Matt Sorum

Former Guns N’ Roses Members Matt Sorum + Izzy Stradlin Record Song Together

Former Guns N' Roses members Matt Sorum and Izzy Stradlin have collaborated on a new song titled "F.P. Money" and a snippet can be heard inside.

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Katarina Benzova

Guns N’ Roses Kick Off 2016 North American Summer Stadium Tour

Guns N' Roses kicked off their North American summer stadium tour in Detroit, Mich. last night. Watch footage inside.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Guns N’ Roses Name The Cult, Billy Talent + More Openers for Summer 2016 Tour

Guns N' Roses have added The Cult, Billy Talent, Chris Stapleton and Skrillex to open select tour dates.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Axl Rose Steps Out With NSFW Sex Cane

Get a look at the NSFW cane that Axl Rose has been using to get around while in Europe.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Axl Rose Reveals Guns N’ Roses Are Working on New Material, Talks Potential Recording With AC/DC

Axl Rose spoke about his relationship with AC/DC’s Angus Young and revealed the reunited Guns N’ Roses lineup is working on new material.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Guns N’ Roses Barred From Playing Past Curfew at Gillette Stadium Shows

Guns N’ Roses have a storied history of going on hours late, enraging fans in the process, but the band is now facing a demand to end its show early!

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Watch Exclusive Guns N’ Roses Classic Reunion Footage + Enter to Win Tickets to Summer Tour

We have exclusive footage of the band's surprise performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, plus we are giving away a pair of tickets to a U.S. GN'R show.

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Sebastian Bach on Potential Skid Row Reunion, Performing With Guns N’ Roses + ‘Gilmore Girls’ Return

Sebastian Bach speaks about a potential Skid Row reunion, performing with Guns N’ Roses in Las Vegas and his return to 'Gilmore Girls.'

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Kevin Winter / Buda Mendes / Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Guns N’ Roses Select Alice in Chains + Lenny Kravitz to Open ‘Not in This Lifetime’ Shows

Alice in Chains and Lenny Kravitz have signed on to open select dates for Guns N' Roses' 'Not in This Lifetime' tour this summer.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

DJ Ashba on New Guns N’ Roses Lineup: ‘Axl Wanted Me to Be a Part of It’

DJ Ashba has revealed that Axl Rose wanted the guitarist to rejoin the band as part of the new lineup featuring original members Slash and Duff McKagan.

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