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Guns 'N' Roses (GNR) was the top-selling, highest-grossing "sleazy hard rock" band in the late '80s and early '90s before the band imploded under the weight of its own success (or the self-induced pressure imposed by lead singer Axl Rose). The band's name was a combination of band member's prior groups: LA Guns & Hollywood Rose (both of which were named after a band member, i.e. Tracii Guns and Axl Rose, respectively, although Tracii left GNR before they signed with Geffen Records in 1987).

From the release of its national debut album Appetite For Destruction until its ill-fated co-headlining tour with Metallica in 1992, GNR was the single most popular band, but after a series of disappointing concert controversies, the luster of the band's larger-than-life antics wained amongst fans. After the 1991 release of its double-release entitled Use Your Illusion, the band did not produce another studio album until the unlikely release of Chinese Democracy in November 2008. The album (which was a Best Buy exclusive) was poorly received and poorly sold. By November 2010, some Best Buy locations were selling the album for $.99 (marked down from $13.99).


Discography:

  • Appetite for Destruction (1987)
  • G N' R Lies (1988)
  • Use Your Illusion I (1991)
  • Use Your Illusion II (1991)
  • The Spaghetti Incident? (1993)
  • Live Era: '87-'93 (1999)
  • Chinese Democracy (2008)

Band Members:

  • W. Axl Rose (vocals)
  • Slash (lead guitar)
  • Izzy Stradlin' (rhythm guitar)
  • Duff McKagan (bass)
  • Steven Adler (drums)
  • Matt Sorum (drums)
  • Gilby Clarke (rhythm guitar)
  • Dizzy Reed (keyboards)
  • Tracii Guns (lead guitar)
  • Buckethead (lead guitar)
  • Ole Beich (bass)
  • Rob Gardner (drums)
  • Paul Tobias (rhythm guitar)
  • Robin Finck (rhythm guitar)
  • Josh Freese (drums)
  • Bryan "Brain" Mantia (drums)
  • Tommy Stinson (bass)
  • Chris Pitman (keyboards)
  • Richard Fortus (rhythm guitar)
  • Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (lead guitar)
  • Frank Ferrer (drums)
  • DJ Ashba (lead guitar)

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