Soundscape’s A-Z Of Bands: Guns N’ Roses

Guns N RosesGuns N’ Roses formed in 1985 with original line up of Axl Roses, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steve Adler.

Their debut album Appetite for Destruction was released on Geffen Records in 1987. It reached number 1 on the US Billboard 200 in 1988 and has been certified platinum a whopping 18 times by the Record Industry Association of America.

The band’s second release was G N’ R Lies released in 1988. It is considered the band’s second studio album, despite having been released as a double-sided EP back in the days of vinyl. It only had one single release from it, Patience, which debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1991 the band released a double album (now often referred to as two separate albums), Use Your Illusion 1 & 2 in support of their at the time, Use Your Illusion Tour. The band debuted Number 1 and Number 2 on the album chart which each release (UYI2 being number 1 and UYI1 being number 2). Both albums have been certified platinum 7 times by the RIAA.

Some of the band’s original members would leave at this point and the remaining members would go on to record and released 1993’s The Spaghetti Incident. The album was still received well, but it wouldn’t be as much a commercial success as it’s predecessors. This would be the last album the band would record together as every member, barring Axl Rose, would leave the band and head off to do new musical projects.

It would take Axl 15 years to complete and finally release Chinese Democracy, the sixth studio album for Guns N’ Roses. In 2008, the album finally saw the light of day after much leaking across the internet and troubles with the record label to mild success. It was received mostly well by critics and sold fairly well, but nowhere near the level of previous GNR releases.

The new band have toured extensively, including stints at festivals worldwide and a residency in Las Vegas, with another due for later this year. But there has been no news regarding whether they will make another album together or not. But what Guns N’ Roses have achieved since there beginning with the original line up and even there successes with the current line up, will be matched by few others around today.

Recommended Tracks:
November Rain
Sweet Child O’Mine
Welcome to the Jungle
Paradise City

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