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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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Duff McKagan on Classic Guns N’ Roses Reunion: ‘It Could Happen’

In a new interview, Duff McKagan says a reunion with Guns N' Roses is something that could happen and he hopes it does.

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Duff McKagan + Krist Novoselic Unite for Accordion Cover of ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’

Watch as Duff McKagan and Krist Novoselic (playing accordion) cover the Guns N' Roses classic 'Sweet Child o' Mine.'

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DJ Ashba (Sixx: A.M. / Guns N' Roses)
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Guns N’ Roses’ DJ Ashba Speaks Out About Helicopter Ride That Cost Police Captain His Job

Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba is finally talking about the helicopter ride that resulted in the demotion and eventual resignation of a police captain.

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Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke Address Similarities Between ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ and Australian Song

Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke address the similarities between Guns N' Roses' 'Sweet Child o' Mine' and Australian Crawl's 'Unpublished Critics.'

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Duff McKagan, ‘How To Be a Man’ Excerpt: Life After Guns N’ Roses + New Band Walking Papers

Duff McKagan discusses life after Guns N' Roses and the launch of his band Walking Papers in his 'How to Be a Man' book.

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Slash Says ‘Never Say Never’ to Guns N’ Roses Reunion; Announces New Video

While on 'CBS This Morning,' Slash was asked the inevitable question of whether there would ever be a Guns N’ Roses reunion of the band's classic lineup.

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Axl Rose Seeking ‘All Free No Fee’ Second Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight

Axl Rose served up a series of tweets offering a not-so-subtle suggestion that a second Mayweather-Pacquiao fight should be free.

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Axl Rose Reacts After Indonesian President Ignores Pleas to Stop Executions

Guns N' Roses leader Axl Rose has expressed his disappointment in Indonesian leader Joko Widodo following several executions.

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Axl Rose Pens Letter To Indonesian President To Try To Halt Executions, But It’s Too Late

Organizations from around the world had been urging Indonesian president Joko Widodo to halt the impending executions of two Australian men.

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Guns N’ Roses Celebrate 1 Billion YouTube VEVO Views But Blast Page for Not Featuring GN’R Music

Guns N' Roses celebrated passing 1 billion views on their YouTube VEVO page. However, the band also blasted VEVO for not featuring GN'R music.

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