For questions about the band "Guns N' Roses" and their music.

Back in the L.A. club scene of 1984, Izzy Stradlin (of Hollywood Rose) was roommates with Tracii Guns (or L.A. Guns). L.A. Guns were looking for a new singler, so Izzy suggested the lead vocalist for his band; Axl Rose. A few other members from both bands joined in, and in March of 1985 Guns and Roses were born, taking the name from a combination of both bands.

This lineup lasted only about 3 months, as Axl and Tracii were always at odds. By June of 1985 the band had the lineup which would release their debut album. After months of non-stop touring, they were signed by Geffen in March 1986 and released their first EP in December of that year. "Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide", a collection of demos overdubbed with a canned audience track, was limited to 10,000 copies.

The band took off like a rocket with their 1987 release "Appetite For Destruction". Gone were the club days so quickly, this band were arena headliners from now on. For a brief 6 years, Guns and Roses burned brighter than any band before, until Axl's attitude caused a complete collapse.

Following the Use Your Illusion tour in 1993, with co-headliners Metallica, the band dissipated. For several years there were no concrete tours or recordings. Finally, in 1999, Rose re-appeared with a completely different line-up but still under the moniker "Guns and Roses", pushing an album called "Chinese Democracy". That album, for many reasons, wouldn't get released until 2008.

In 2012 the band were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame with all original members. Axl Rose declined to be inducted with the band.

External links

history | excerpt history