Guns N’ Roses Biography

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Guns n' rosesGuns N’ Roses is a popular American heavy metal rock band that formed in March of 1985 in Los Angeles. It was founded by front man Axl Rose and guitarist Tracii Guns. The band was actually a king of merger between two bands, Hollywood Rose and LA Guns, both of which Rose was a member.

Tracii Guns wasn’t able to appear in one of the new band’s first shows in Seattle and was replaced with the line-up eventually fixed to be composed of Axl Rose on lead vocals and keyboards, Slash on the lead guitar, Izzy Stradlin on rhythm guitar, Duff McKagan on bass and Steven Adler on drums.

The band was performing at the Troubadour when a Geffen Records executive discovered them and signed them for a record contract. The band’s rise to fame began when they released their debut album on July of 1987. The album Appetite for Destruction came with the single "Welcome to the Jungle" became a hit although it took sometime for the album to gain its mainstream success.

But eventually, the bands debut album sold over 26 million copies worldwide and was able to reach the top spot in the US Billboard Charts in 1987. Accompanied by its just as popular music videos and tour success, the band eventually began to gain more and more fans. The band also began to open shows for other major acts.

The band followed their successful debut album with the ambitious release of Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 on September of 1991. The move to release two albums at the same time had its risks but it certainly paid off for the band. The two albums released side by side also debuted at the numbers 1 and 2 spots on the Billboard Charts.

The band supported the albums with a 28 month world tour that became famous not only for their performances but also for the controversies that came with it. Some of their concerts during the tour were marred with incidents of rioting among the audience either brought about by the band’s antics on stage or due to other unforeseen reasons. The media backlash that followed the controversies started to put a strain on the band.

1993 saw the band releasing The Spaghetti Incident which gained notoriety for including a cover for a song done by Charles Mason, a well-known convicted murderer. The album was not able to match the success of the band’s previous albums.

By 1994, Axl rose was beginning to work on a new album with original material but then the tensions within the band has started to grow. With instability on the band getting worse, they decided to go on a brief hiatus that eventually stretched for years. Other band members opted to do side projects most notably with Slash performing with his side band Slash’s Snakepit.

During the course of the hiatus, some of the band members had a falling out with Axl Rose that had them leaving the band or being fired by the volatile front man. Eventually Axl Rose found himself as the only remaining original member of the band by 1998.

Axl Rose reformed the band by introducing anew line-up and did a series of performances but without much success. Rumors of a new Guns N’ Roses album started to spread but only to be dragged on for years and years. Since then a live and greatest hits album of the band have been released with the supposedly new Guns album still on the process of development.

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