Guns N' Roses

American hard rock band

Guns N' Roses is a popular American hard rock band. The band was formed in Los Angeles, California, USA. The five original members of the band were Axl Rose (lead vocals), Slash (lead guitar, backing vocals), Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Duff McKagan (bass, backing vocals), and Steven Adler (drums). The band's most known songs are Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Sweet Child O'Mine, Patience, Live and Let Die, November Rain", Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Don't Cry, and Civil War.

Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses in 2017. From left to right: Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, Slash, Melissa Reese and Frank Ferrer
Guns N' Roses in 2017. From left to right: Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, Slash, Melissa Reese and Frank Ferrer
Background information
Also known asG N' R, GNR, Guns N' Fuckin' Roses, G N' F'N' R
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active1985–present
Labels
Members
Past member(s)See: List of Guns N' Roses band members
Websitegunsnroses.com
Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose singing onstage at the Download Festival at Donington Park, England in 2006

The music they made was different from the rock music that was popular in the 1980s. They played harder rock music. It was also closer to traditional rock. Because of this, many music fans became interested in Guns N'Roses. Guns N'Roses was created in Los Angeles in June, 1985. By singer W. Axl Rose, guitarists Tracii Guns and Izzy Stradlin, bassist Ole Beich and drummer Rob Gardner. Axl's old band was named Hollywood Rose, and Tracii's old band was named L.A. Guns. They joined the two names and got the name Guns N' Roses.

Slash performing during a Velvet Revolver concert.

In 1985, Guns N' Roses went to Seattle to perform. Tracii Guns and Rob Gardner couldn't attend the show. Axl called guitarist Slash and drummer Steven Adler, who were his friends. He asked them for help. They agreed, and became permanent members. On the way back to Los Angeles, the five members wrote the lyrics for 'Welcome to the Jungle' which became one of their most famous songs. Then in 1990, drummer Steven Adler got fired from the band because of his drug abuse. He was replaced by The Cult drummer Matt Sorum.

On November 1991, Gilby Clarke replaced Izzy on rhythm guitar. Gilby then left the band on October 1994 and was replaced by Axl's childhood friend Paul "Huge" Tobias.

Slash left the band on October 1996.

On April 1997, Matt got fired from the band due to fighting between him and Paul.

On August 1997, Nine Inch Nails' Robin Finck replaced Slash on lead guitar, while Duff also left Guns N' Roses.

In 1998, Josh Freese replaced Matt on drums on March, The Replacements' Tommy Stinson replaced Duff on bass on May, while Chris Pitman joined the band as a second keyboardist alongside Dizzy on October.

Robin left Guns N' Roses to rejoin Nine Inch Nails on August 1999.

In 2000, Buckethead and Bryan "Brain" Mantia joined the band on March, with Buckethead replacing Robin, Brain replacing Josh. Robin then rejoined Guns N' Roses on October.

On July 2002, Richard Fortus (who was previously member of Love Spit Love and The Psychedelic Furs) joined Guns N' Roses, replacing Paul.

Slash, Duff and Matt were in Velvet Revolver with Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner, until Scott died.

Buckethead left the band on March 2004. Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal then replaced Buckethead on May 2006.

On October 2006, Frank Ferrer now joined the band, replacing Brain.

On March 2009, Sixx:A.M.'s DJ Ashba joined Guns N' Roses, replacing Robin who returned to Nine Inch Nails.

On June 2014, Tommy and Bumblefoot left Guns N' Roses. Bumblefoot now became a member of Art of Anarchy and Sons of Apollo.

Ashba also left the band on July 2015.

Since parting ways with the Appetite for Destruction lineup, Axl has remained a constant member and many lineups have changed since. The last studio album the band released was Chinese Democracy, which had been delayed for over 10 years, to mixed reactions. In 2016, Slash and Duff rejoined the band, along with the band's first female member, Melissa Reese, who replaced Chris.[1][2]

Band membersEdit

Current lineupEdit

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, piano, percussion (1985–present)
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing and occasional lead vocals (1985–1997, 2016–present)
  • Slash – lead and occasional rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1985–1996, 2016–present)
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals (1990–present)
  • Richard Fortus – rhythm and occasional lead guitars, backing vocals (2002–present)
  • Frank Ferrer – drums, percussion, occasional backing vocals (2006–present)
  • Melissa Reese – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals (2016–present)

FormerEdit

  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar, backing vocals (1985)
  • Izzy Stradlin – rhythm and occasional lead guitars, backing and occasional lead vocals (1985–1991)
  • Ole Beich – bass (1985; died 1991)
  • Rob Gardner – drums, backing vocals (1985)
  • Steven Adler – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1985–1990)
  • Matt Sorum – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1990–1997)
  • Gilby Clarke – rhythm and occasional lead guitars, backing vocals (1991–1994)
  • Paul "Huge" Tobias – rhythm and occasional lead guitars, backing vocals (1994–2002)
  • Robin Finck – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals, occasional keyboards (1997–1999, 2000–2008)
  • Josh Freese – drums, percussion (1998–2000)
  • Tommy Stinson – bass, backing and occasional lead vocals (1998–2014)
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, percussion, backing vocals (1998–2016)
  • Buckethead – lead and rhythm guitars (2000–2004)
  • Brain – drums, percussion (2000–2006)
  • Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal – lead and rhythm guitars, backing and occasional lead vocals (2006–2014)
  • DJ Ashba – lead and rhythm guitars (2009–2015)

TimelineEdit

LineupsEdit

March 1985

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Izzy Stradlin – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Ole Beich – bass
  • Rob Gardner – drums

March – May 1985

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Izzy Stradlin – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
  • Rob Gardner – drums

May – June 1985

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals
  • Slash – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Izzy Stradlin – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
  • Rob Gardner – drums, backing vocals

June 1985 – February 1990

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Slash – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Izzy Stradlin – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
  • Steven Adler – drums, percussion, backing vocals

February – July 1990

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Slash – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Izzy Stradlin – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
  • Steven Adler – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals

July 1990 – November 1991

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Slash – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Izzy Stradlin – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
  • Matt Sorum – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals

November 1991 – October 1994

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Slash – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Gilby Clarke – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
  • Matt Sorum – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals

October 1994 – October 1996

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Slash – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Tobias – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
  • Matt Sorum – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals

October 1996 – April 1997

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Paul Tobias – guitars, backing vocals
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
  • Matt Sorum – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals

April – August 1997

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Paul Tobias – guitars, backing vocals
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals

August 1997

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Robin Finck – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Paul Tobias – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals

August 1997 – March 1998

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Robin Finck – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Paul Tobias – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals

March – May 1998

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Robin Finck – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Paul Tobias – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Josh Freese – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals

May – October 1998

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Robin Finck – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Paul Tobias – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Tommy Stinson – bass, backing vocals
  • Josh Freese – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals

October 1998 – August 1999

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Robin Finck – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Paul Tobias – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Tommy Stinson – bass, backing vocals
  • Josh Freese – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

August 1999 – March 2000

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Paul Tobias – guitars, backing vocals
  • Tommy Stinson – bass, backing vocals
  • Josh Freese – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

March – October 2000

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Buckethead – lead guitar
  • Paul Tobias – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Tommy Stinson – bass, backing vocals
  • Bryan "Brain" Mantia – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

October 2000 – July 2002

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Robin Finck – lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Buckethead – lead and rhythm guitars
  • Paul Tobias – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Tommy Stinson – bass, backing vocals
  • Brain – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

July 2002 – March 2004

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Robin Finck – lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Buckethead – lead and rhythm guitars
  • Richard Fortus – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Tommy Stinson – bass, backing vocals
  • Brain – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

March 2004 – May 2006

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Robin Finck – lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Richard Fortus – rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals
  • Tommy Stinson – bass, backing vocals
  • Brain – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

May – October 2006

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Robin Finck – lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal – lead and rhythm guitars
  • Richard Fortus – rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals
  • Tommy Stinson – bass, backing vocals
  • Brain – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

October 2006 – March 2009

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Robin Finck – lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Bumblefoot – lead and rhythm guitars
  • Richard Fortus – rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals
  • Tommy Stinson – bass, backing vocals
  • Frank Ferrer – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

March 2009 – June 2014

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • DJ Ashba – lead and rhythm guitars
  • Bumblefoot – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Richard Fortus – rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals
  • Tommy Stinson – bass, backing vocals
  • Frank Ferrer – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

June 2014 – July 2015

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • DJ Ashba – lead and rhythm guitars
  • Richard Fortus – rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals
  • Frank Ferrer – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

July – December 2015

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Richard Fortus – guitars, backing vocals
  • Frank Ferrer – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

January – February 2016

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Slash – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Richard Fortus – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
  • Frank Ferrer – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Pitman – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

March 2016 – present

  • Axl Rose – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Slash – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Richard Fortus – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
  • Frank Ferrer – drums, percussion
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Melissa Reese – keyboards, synthesizers, sub-bass, programming, backing vocals

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums
Live album
Compilation albums

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Guns N' Roses confirm reunion lineup". Consequence of Sound. 2016-01-06. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  2. Tavana, Art (2017-05-03). "Guns N' Roses' First Female Member Has Become a Rock Icon". L.A. Weekly. Archived from the original on 2017-05-03. Retrieved 2017-06-28.

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