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Guns N' Roses

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Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985. When they signed to Geffen Records in 1986, the band comprised vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. The current lineup consists of Rose, Slash, McKagan, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese.

Guns N' Roses' debut album, Appetite for Destruction (1987), reached number one on the Billboard 200 a year after its release, on the strength of the top 10 singles "Welcome to the Jungle", "Paradise City", and "Sweet Child o' Mine", the band's only single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has sold approximately 30 million copies worldwide, including 18 million units in the United States, making it the country's bestselling debut album and eleventh-bestselling album. Their next studio album, G N' R Lies (1988), reached number two on the Billboard 200, sold ten million copies worldwide (including five million in the U.S.), and included the top 5 hit "Patience". Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, recorded simultaneously and released in 1991, debuted at number two and number one on the Billboard 200 respectively and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide (including 14 million units in the U.S.). The Illusion albums included the lead single "You Could Be Mine", covers of "Live and Let Die" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", and a trilogy of ballads ("Don't Cry", "November Rain", and "Estranged"), which featured notably high-budget music videos. The records were supported by the Use Your Illusion Tour, a world tour that lasted from 1991 to 1993. The covers album "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993) was the last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan before their initial departure.

Work on a follow-up album stalled due to creative differences between band members; by 1998 only Rose and Reed remained from the Illusion-era lineup. Rose, wanting to expand the band's sound with industrial and electronic elements, enrolled an eclectic lineup of musicians, including punk bassist Tommy Stinson, virtuoso guitarist Buckethead, synth player Chris Pitman and several touring members of Nine Inch Nails, among others. After a decade of work, Guns N' Roses's long-awaited sixth studio album, Chinese Democracy (2008), was released, featuring the title track as lead single. At an estimated $14 million in production costs, it is the most expensive rock album in history. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, but undersold industry expectations despite a mostly positive critical reception. Following the expansive Chinese Democracy Tour, Slash and McKagan rejoined the band in 2016 for the Not in This Lifetime... Tour, which became the third-highest-grossing concert tour on record, grossing over $584 million by its conclusion in 2019.

In their early years, the band's hedonism and rebelliousness drew comparisons to the early Rolling Stones and earned them the nickname "the most dangerous band in the world". The band's classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, its first year of eligibility. Guns N' Roses have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 45 million in the United States, making them one of the best-selling acts in history.

Articles

July 16, 2022

Axl Rose Slams Vladimir Putin: ‘Callous, Lying, Murderous, Little Man’

Singer also dedicates Guns N' Roses' just-wrapped European tour to Taylor Hawkins

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July 12, 2022

Watch Porno For Pyros play ‘Wishing Well’ and ‘Cursed Male’ at first official reunion show

Joined later by Guns N' Roses' Gilby Clarke for a performance of '1%' The post Watch Porno For Pyros play ‘Wishing Well’ and ‘Cursed Male’ at first official reunion show appeared first on NME.

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May 22, 2022

Thunderstorms Knock Out Two Nights of Headlining Sets at Welcome to Rockville Fest

Attendees express frustration on social media after both Korn and Guns N' Roses sets canceled at Daytona Beach fest

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February 9, 2022

Watch Slash and the Conspirators Cover Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ at Tour Launch

They didn't play a single Guns N' Roses song, but they did cover Lenny Kravitz along with this 1972 Elton classic

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January 7, 2022

‘Cobra Kai’ creators say they “can’t afford” to use AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ in the series

In a recent interview, Jon Hurwitz revealed his "fantasy" of having "nonstop AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Guns N' Roses" on the show The post ‘Cobra Kai’ creators say they “can’t afford” to use AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ in the series appeared first on NME.

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October 31, 2021

Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe Drop Halloween Treat With ‘Living Dead’ Video

Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan also appears in spooky first visual for Mark Lanegan and the Icarus Line’s Joe Cardamone's sinister dance project

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October 25, 2021

Slash Reveals Reunited Guns N’ Roses Haven’t Started Writing Together Yet

Despite being on the road for more than five years, Slash says Guns N' Roses have yet to start writing new music together.

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October 21, 2021

Guns N’ Roses Return to the Road With $50 Million Haul

Guns N' Roses wraps the U.S. leg of their 2021 tour with more than $50 million in the bank.

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Discs

Hard Skool

September 24, 2021

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ABSUЯD

August 6, 2021

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Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)

June 22, 2018

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Welcome To The Jungle (1986 Sound City Session)

June 8, 2018

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Shadow Of Your Love

May 4, 2018

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Chinese Democracy

November 23, 2008

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The Spaghetti Incident?

November 23, 1993

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Use Your Illusion II

September 18, 1991

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Use Your Illusion I

September 17, 1991

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G N' R Lies

November 29, 1988

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Appetite For Destruction

July 21, 1987

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Appetite For Destruction (Super Deluxe Edition)

July 21, 1987

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