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Easily one of the top 5 bands of the last 20 years, if not the best. To lump them in with '80s hair metal is to do them a disservice. Guns n' Roses is a hard rock band. Best known for the songs "November Rain" and "Welcome To The Jungle," their first album Appetite For Destruction is the best selling debut of all time. The intro guitar riff for "Sweet Child o Mine" is recognized as one of the greatest ever. The band formed in LA in 1985, playing the Hollywood clubs before being signed. Their original lineup was:

W.Axl Rose - Vocals
Slash - Lead Guitar
Izzy Stradlin - Rhythm Guitar
Duff McKagan - Bass Guitar
Steven Adler - Drums

Adler was replaced by Matt Sorum from The Cult, and Gilby Clarke replaced Izzy when he left. Dizzy Reed was added for keyboard duty.

The band was effectively broken up by 1995 or possibly before, with most members pursuing other projects and Axl carrying on the Guns n' Roses name with a new cast of musicians. Slash, Duff, and Matt formed Velvet Revolver with Scott Weiland (ex STP).
It is music's great loss that the band collapsed under the weight of its member's egos, as many predicted that they could have been this generation's Rolling Stones. Perhaps an unlikely Aerosmith-type reunion could still occur, but if not, Guns n' Roses' music will stand the test of time and serve as a testament to the brilliance they showed during their '87-'93 heydey.
Do yourself a favor and check out "Rocket Queen," one of Guns n' Roses' lesser known gems. The style shift in the guitar work toward the end of the song is excellent and totally seamless...
by Crew Middle Fork November 15, 2004
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Guns N Roses was the best band to grace this sweet earth from 87-93.

Just to silence the unknowing:

Axl Rose was late to shows because he needed a massuese because as a child, he was beaten, and needed someone to take care of his ankles which kept twisting.

Axl punched out that fan with a camera in St. Louis because earlier the "fan" (who was only there to make fun of the band) was taunting Axl and giving grief to those around him, and as we all know, Axl doesnt take motherFUCKIN shit from NOBODY. Damn he`s so hot...

None of the members were fired; they all walked out on the band, as so says Axl and Dizzy Reed, the keyboardist.

Axl is currently working on Chinese Democracy, which Gilby claims is close to finishing, but you never know. I await the album happily even if I`m waiting for a long, longgggggg time...!
Guns N Roses, the most motherfuckin kickass band that ever was.
by Adrienne the Axl Fan January 17, 2005
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A REAL rock band. Unfortunately some people listen to a single song and say they suck, but you're wrong.
Over 9.6 million Guns 'n' Roses fans CAN'T be wrong!
by csgasser May 11, 2005
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One of rocks greatest bands. They brought a fresh new sound and look to the 80's rock mainstream that was, at that time, dominated by hair bands and men that dressed like they were women. Guns N' Roses were known as "one of rocks most dangerous bands" and they lived there life on the edge. They were a great band that, sadly, couldn't make it last by letting ego's and creative differences tear them apart.
Slash: an awesome guitar player, one of the best.

Axl Rose: he might have been volitile but he said what he felt and told people what what he wanted them to hear. (lead singer)

Duff McKagan: a great bass player, a multi-instrumentalist.

Steven Adler: first drummer

Matt Sorum: Second drummer, took over the position after Steven was kicked out due to his problems with drugs.

Izzy Stradlin: rhythm guitarist (quit the band, later replaced by Gilby Clark)

Dizzy Reed: keyboards (not a member of the original lineup, joined the band on their third album)
by Jackie April 29, 2005
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An hard-rock/heavy metal group popular in the late 80's into the early 90's. Known world-wide and extremely popular in the US and UK. Toured Worldwide including Australia and Japan for their Use Your Illusion Tour. Original members include Axl Rose (singer), Slash (lead guitar), Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Steven Adler (drums). Drummer was later replaced by Matt Sorum and pianist Dizzy Reed was introduced for the Use Your Illusion albums.
Guns N' Roses rock hard.
by Michael June 30, 2003
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