Guns N Roses started up in 1985, this was a time when pop dominated the charts, but the band brought Rock and Roll right back in there. The members were Axl Rose,Tracii Guns, Izzy Stradlin, Ole Beich, and Rob Gardner. Over the years new members came in and eventually Guns N Roses fell apart. Although recently Axl Rose (owner of Guns N Roses), has created a new Guns N Roses full of new members. Guns N Roses were probably one of the most controversial and legendary groups in the history of Rock and Roll. As of 2007 Axl Rose is the only member of the original lineup still in the band.
GNR's "classic" lineup consisted of: Axl Rose on vocals, Slash on lead guitar, Steven Adler on drums, Duff McKagan on bass, and Izzy Stradlin on rhythm guitar. It was with this lineup that GNR produced its legendary debut album: Appetite For Destruction. The album included such incredible classics as: "Welcome To The Jungle," "Sweet Child Of Mine," and "Paradise City." The album is the highest selling debut album of all time. Their next album, entitled GNR Lies was a fairly decent success, although not nearly as much as the debut album. It did include the memorable ballad, "Patience." From 1987 to 1990, Steven Adler had been having major problems with drugs and it was intefering with the band. In February of '90, Steven Adler was asked to leave Guns N Roses. He was replaced by little known drum wiz Matt Sorum.
With new drummer Matt Sorum in the lineup, GNR produced their next 2 albums were almost as legendary as the first. Use Your Illusion I sold over 12 million copies in the US alone. Also in 1991, Use Your Illusion II was released and packed a powerful 1-2 punch with Use Your Illusion I. In total sales, both albums sold over 30 million in just the US. A few memorable tracks off of the 2 albums are: "Civil War," "Knockin On Heaven's Door," "Live And Let Die," "You Could Be Mine," "Yesterdays," and "November Rain." After the release of these 2 albums, many rock experts began calling GNR the "Next Rolling Stones." It seemed that the band could not fail to please. More to come soon.