Guns N’Roses (GNR) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California which was formed in 1985.
At its formation, Guns N’Roses consisted of; vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. However, Guns N’Roses presently consists of; Rose, Slash, McKagan, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese.
Guns N’ Roses was formed in March 1985 by; Axl Rose, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, along with L.A. Guns founders lead guitarist Guns, drummer Rob Gardner and bassist Ole Beich. After a show in March 26, 1985, Ole Beich was fired and replaced by Duff McKagan.
After plans to release an EP fell through, Guns left the band after an argument with Axl Rose leading to his replacement by Rose and Stradlin’s one-time Hollywood Rose bandmate, Slash.
Guns N’Roses’ composition was finalized on June 4, 1985 after Adler and Slash officially joined. Guns N’Roses played their first show on June 6, 1985.
In March 1986, Guns N’Roses signed with Geffen Records. In December 1985, Guns N’Roses released the four-song EP Live?!*@Like a Suicide. The Live EP contained covers of Rose Tattoo’s “Nice Boys” and Aerosmith’s “Mama Kin”, along with two original compositions: the punk-influenced “Reckless Life” and the rock-inspired “Move to the City”.
Guns N’Roses Songs And Albums
Guns N’Roses released its first album, Appetite for Destruction on July 21, 1987. Guns N’Roses recorded its first single, “It’s so Easy” on June 15, 1987 in the UK only, and it reached number eighty-four on the UK Singles Chart. However, in the US, Guns N’Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle” was released as its first album single. “Welcome To The Jungle” was featured in the 1988 movie, The Dead Pool.
Guns N’Roses’ second U.S. single was “Sweet Child O’Mine”, and it reached the top of the US charts. Following the success of “Sweet Child O’Mine”, “Welcome to the Jungle” was re-issued as a single and it reached No. 7 in the U.S Charts.
Guns N’Roses released its second album, G N’ R Lies n November 1988. The song, “One in a Million” which was a part of their second album led to accusations of racism and homophobia, which was denied by Rose. However, years later, Rose conceded that he used the word as an insult towards black people who had tried to rob him.
On September 17, 1991, Guns N’Roses released two albums; Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, which debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 respectively in the Billboard charts, which sold 685,000 units and 770,000 units respectively in their first week, and spent 108 weeks on the chart.
Guns N’Roses released “The Spaghetti Incident” on November 23, 1993. After the “Spaghetti Incident” album, Guns N’Roses had some inner rumblings with most the founding members leaving the group, with the exception of Rose.
On December 7, 2011, it was announced that the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.