Guns 'N Roses was always one of those bands that seem to
us to be one
snort short of death. Guns 'N Roses (or G N R) was an L.A.
and that formed back in 1985. The name of the band came from the
combination of last names of two of the founding members: Axl Rose
and Tracii Guns. As many of you know, Tracii, who later formed the
band L.A. Guns, was quickly replaced with Slash due to the fact
that he did not show up at rehearsals.
In 1986, after some grueling self-promotion tours and
L.A. club scene attention, the band was signed by Geffen Records.
The band released a demo, extricated themselves from the club scene, and
began working in earnest on their first release,
Destruction, which was released in 1987 (this album hit
number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 in thanks to the song "Sweet Child o'
Mine"). At the time of this writing, Appetite for Destruction
held the USA record for the most sales for a debut album.
Interestingly enough, "Sweet Child o' Mine", written by Axl for his then
Girlfriend, was Slash's least favorite song. Other popular songs
from this album include "Paradise City' and "Welcome to the Jungle".
Guns 'N Roses initially toured with bands like Motley
Crue, The Cult, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, and Aerosmith before heading
up their own show. As a headlining act, Guns 'N Roses was known
for wild shows that often featured some unexpected mayhem, often a
result of drug use (Axl was known to attack fans and show up late).
On more than one occasion, riots were the direct result of shows being
Although other albums did not do as well as their
original release, they still did very well. GNR
Lies, which featured the
song "Patience", peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Top 200.
Use Your Illusion I and
II, both released in 1991,
charted at number 2 and number 1 respectively. The song, "November
Rain", became the most requested video on MTV and received an MTV Music
Video award. After these 1991 releases, Guns 'N Roses embarked on
the, to date, longest tour in rock history.
By 1997, the only original member left in the band was
Axl. Chinese Democracy, which was released in 2008, was
actually material created when the band was still together. At the
time of this writing, word had it that Axl had plenty of material ready
to release new material, but whether or not the original members reunite
for new material or even a reunion tour is up in the air. Sammy
Hagar has said he would be willing to give up everything to manage a
Guns 'N Roses final reunion tour.
At the time of this writing, the Guns 'N Roses
Discography was as follows:1987: Appetite for Destruction
1988: G N'R Lies
1991: Use Your Illusion I
1991: Use Your Illusion II
1993: The Spaghetti Incident?
2008: Chinese Democracy