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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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Steven Adler: It Was ‘Heartbreaking’ to Watch Frank Ferrer Play My Guns N’ Roses Songs

Steven Adler admitted he got closure from playing guest spots with Guns N' Roses, but it was 'heartbreaking' to watch Frank Ferrer from the side of the stage.

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Steven Adler on Guns N’ Roses Reunion: ‘I Got Closure and I’m Thankful I Got to Do What I Did’

In a new interview, Steven Adler talks in depth about his performances with Guns N' Roses, the closure he got and his desire for a full 'Appetite' reunion.

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Katarina Benzova

Guns N’ Roses Announcer Mistakenly Calls Out Wrong City in Melbourne

'Sydney,' belted Guns N' Roses tech McBob ahead of the band taking the stage, only to get a smattering of boos because the group was playing Melbourne.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Guns N’ Roses Joined by Angus Young for Two AC/DC Covers in Australia

The rumors were true as Angus Young stepped onstage with Guns N' Roses in Australia to perform a pair of AC/DC classics.

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Katarina Benzova

Guns N’ Roses ‘Not in This Lifetime’ Bouquet of Roses Available for Valentine’s Day

Is your girl losing 'patience'? Make sure you treat her right with a Guns N' Roses 'Not in This Lifetime' bouquet of roses for Valentine's Day.

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Steven Adler Wants Guns N’ Roses ‘Appetite’ Lineup to Reunite, Thinks Rock ‘N’ Roll May Be Dead

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler recently took part in a Reddit AMA where he completely opened up about GN’R’s past and present.

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Guns N’ Roses Members Win Four Honors in 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards

See which categories the members of Guns N' Roses won in the 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.

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Guns N’ Roses Sell Over 1 Million Tickets in 24 Hours

In just 24 hours, Guns N' Roses sold in excess of 1 million tickets for the European and Canadian legs of their 2017 'Not in This Lifetime' tour.

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Katarina Benzova

Guns N’ Roses Announce 2017 European + North American Tour Legs

Get ready for more 'Not in This Lifetime' tour dates as Guns N' Roses have booked 2017 tour legs in Europe and North America.

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Kevin Winter (3), Getty Images

Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Against Me Members + More Sign Open Letter to President Obama Concerning Standing Rock Protest

Billie Joe Armstrong, Duff McKagan and members of Against Me! are among those who signed an open letter asking for intervention in the Standing Rock protest.

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