Guns n Roses
History of how GnR began


GnR Bio

  • Guns n Roses was formed when 2 Hollywood Local bands merged together. One of the Bands was "Hollywood Rose" and the other was "LA Guns".

  • Guns n Roses was Officially formed in the summer of 1985, The five original members were W. Axl Rose – lead vocals, Izzy Stradlin – rhythm guitar, Tracii Guns – lead guitar, Ole Beich – bass, Rob Gardner – drums. Shortly after this, Slash, Steven Adler  Duff McKagan joined the band, and Tracii Guns, Rob Gardner and Ole Beich Left. On June 6 1985 the finalized 5 members were: Axl Rose / vocals - Duff McKagan / bass guitar - Steven Adler / drums - Izzy Stradlin / Rhythm guitar - Slash / Lead guitar.

  • Their first gig was played on Thursday night at LA's Troubadour. A few days after the first gig they went on tour. During the tour their car broke down in Fresno, and they hitchhiked their way to the next show. After the next show they didn't receive the money they were promised and were forced to hitchhike their way back to LA.

  • The streets of .LA. was the only home they had for a while. They used to visit all of the porn stores on Hollywood BLVD because they were opened all night, and it was a place to go.

  • Eventually all 5 of them ended up living in a 1 room recording studio on Gardner St. in LA. The room measured 4ft X 12ft and had no Bath, Shower, or Kitchen. They had parties there all the time. About every weekend around 500 people would come over to party in the alley right next to the building they were staying in. It was one of the biggest parties in LA.

    Slash Quote : "A very comfortable prison cell" "But God did we sound good in there! We're a really loud band and we don't compromise the volume for anything! We'd bash away with a couple of Marshalls in this tiny room, and it was so cool because all the loosers from Sunset and all the bands would come over and hang out there every night"

    Axl Quote : "Every weekend, the biggest party in L.A. was down at our place. We'd have about 500 people packed in an alley and our old roadie was selling beers for a buck out of his trunk. It was like a bar and everyone had their whiskey. We could get away with what ever we wanted, exept when the cops came...If there was a problem with someone, we'd escort them out. By 'escort' I mean we'd drag 'em out by their hair down the alley, naked"

  • Because of all the controversy and talk about the band, many of the major record labels started to contact them. They would try to get them to sign a recording contract. The band members would have them buy dinner, give limo rides, and give them the royal treatment before they would hear what they had to say. The band turned down many major record label contracts, because many of them didn't even know who Aerosmith was. Eventually Guns n Roses signed with Geffen Records on March 29 1986, because they seemed to be the coolest of them all.

  • With all this going on they decided to release a Record called "Live Like A Suicide", on their own Uzi Suicide Lable In December of 1986. It sold over 10,000 copies in the first 4 weeks with no advertising what so ever, and became an instant collectable.

  • Since then, Guns n Roses have released many great Albums, and have had many changes in the band. Many band members have left the band, and new members have entered.


  • Axl Rose is the only remaining Original member of the Guns N' Roses lineup. The Band began falling apart in the '90s after the release of "The Spaghetti Incident?" in 1993.


  • Chinese Democracy -The long waited GnR album released in 2008. Chinese Democracy is the 6th studio album by Guns N' Roses, released on November 28, 2008 on Geffen Records. It is the band's first studio album since "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993), released exactly 15 years before Chinese Democracy, and their 1st album of original studio material since the simultaneous release of Use Your Illusion I and II in September 1991.


  • In 2012 the current Guns N’ Roses lineup is comprised of DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), former Replacements player Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums), and of course Axl Rose who owns all rights to the band still puts on concerts and tours the world with the new Guns n Roses lineup.

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Simulcast

    Guns and Roses were chosen to Be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio. Axl was asked by if there would be a GnR reunion, Axl Replied "Not in this lifetime". Axl Rose penned a personal letter to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame organizers to say that he will avoid an "awkward situation" by not appearing and also requested that he not be inducted "in absentia". On April 14 2012 Guns n Roses was officially inducted in the rock hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio. Everyone showed up except for Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin. Despite Axls request to not be inducted, he was inducted with the band. On that night the remaining band members played a performance of Mr Brownstone and Paradise City with Singer Myles Kennedy... He is the lead singer of Alter Bridge. Although Axl wasn't there singing, it was still a fun time for fans and the remaining band members to celebrate the induction. After the induction Axl penned another Letter to the Fans and Cleveland apologizing for his decision to not show up. The former members have their own side projects and Axl is continuing to develop new music with the new GnR lineup. To be continued...........


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