They were young misfits in their early twenties who happened to come together in Los Angeles and form one of the most famous rock bands in history.Steve Adler,Michael Andrew,Dareen Arthur,William Axi Rose,Saul Hudson,Matt Sollum and Jeff Isbell aka Izzy are members of the group we know as Guns and Roses.Ozzy Osbourne called them “the next Rolling Stones,” Q Magazine listed the band among the “top 50 bands to see before you die” and Steve Lukather even called them “the Keith Richards of our generation.”
The early history of Guns n Roses can be traced back to 1985 when the group was formed by Axi Rose,Izzy Stradlin,Tracii Guns,Ole Beich and Rob Garner of L.A Guns.The unique name came from the combination two names from previous groups the members belonged to namely Hollywood Rose and L.A Guns.Beich was shortly replaced by Duff Mckagan while Tracii Guns was replaced by Slash Gardner who later quit and was replaced by Steve Adler.Their first tour called Hell Tour earned them the fame they wanted.They also played at major clubs in Hollywood like the Troubadour and The Roxy.
In 1986 they signed with Geffen Records where they received $75,000 cash advance and went on to release Appetite for Destruction in 1987 which is known for signature songs like “welcome to the jungle” “sweet child o mine” and “Paradise City”.It is this album that gave them chance to share a stage with well known personalities like Aerosmith,Kiss,Judas Priest and Iron Maiden at the Monsters of Rock Festival in 1988.Appetitie for Destruction became the most successful hard rock album in history being on the Billboard 100 for three years.
G N R Lies album came out in 1988 but it aroused alot of critisicm especially the song “one in a million” that had controversial words like niggers and fargots.Rose however defended the group claiming that these words were not offensive and that they were simply words to describe somebody.
Use your Illusion was released in 1991.After a successful album launch the group went on a 28 month long tour to promote their albums.These tours were always controversial for there were many riot incidents and physical fights Other albums they released include The Spaghetti Incident in 1993 and Chinese Democracy in 2008.
Controversies and Upsets
The group always seemed to attract some trouble especially during live concerts and tours.In fact they were marked “the most dangerous band in the world” because riots were common when they were around.The group would also show up late for shows, a welcome platform for critics.Drug addiction especially heroine use was another hurdle members of the group had to deal withh.Rose, the lead singer was on numerous times paying compensation to people he had gotten into physical brawls with.
Today the band though without its former members continues to perform in people filled areas.Original members like Duff and Stradlin are welcomed on the stage from time to time.
Other awards won by the group include;
MTV Video Music Award-Artist to watch
World Music Award-Best selling hard-rock artist of the year.
World Music Award-Best group
American Music Award-favorite pop/rock single
American Music Award-favorite hard metal/hard-rock artist