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Guns N' Roses at Glastonbury Festival 2023. From left to right: Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, Slash, Melissa Reese and Frank Ferrer
Background information
Also known as GNR
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1985–present
Past members
  • Izzy Stradlin
  • Rob Gardner
  • Tracii Guns
  • Ole Beich
  • Steven Adler
  • Matt Sorum
  • Gilby Clarke
  • Paul Huge
  • Robin Finck
  • Josh Freese
  • Tommy Stinson
  • Chris Pitman
  • Buckethead
  • Brian
  • Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
  • DJ Ashba

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in March 1985 when local bands Hollywood Rose and L.A. Guns merged. When they signed to Geffen Records in 1986, the band's "classic lineup" consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. The current lineup consists of Rose, Slash, McKagan, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese.

Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose singing onstage at the Download Festival at Donington Park, England in 2006

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.

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 could not attend the show. Rose 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. He was replaced by The Cult Drummer Matt Sorum.

Slash, McKagan and Sorum were in Velvet Revolver with Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner, until Scott passed away.

Since parting ways with the Appetite for Destruction lineup, Rose has remained a constant member and many lineups have changed since.

On September 20, 2022, the band announced a remastered deluxe box set of the two Illusion albums, Use Your Illusion (Super Deluxe Edition), released November 11, 2022. The box set features both albums remastered, alongside two live concerts from 1991 (New York) and 1992 (Las Vegas), a blu-ray of the New York concert, photographs & memorabilia. The box set was preceded with a live version of "You Could Be Mine" as the lead single.

Guns N' Roses continued touring with the Guns N' Roses 2023 Tour. On June 24, 2023, the band headlined Glastonbury Festival for the first time. The performance garnered mixed reviews – with some publications calling it one of the worst headlining sets in festival history – prompting the band to respond, claiming technical difficulties resulted in a poor mix.

On August 18, 2023, the band released a new single, the piano-driven song "Perhaps". The song's 'R-side' "The General" was released digitally and on the Perhaps vinyl on December 8, 2023.

In 2012, Guns N' Roses (Rose, Stradlin, McKagan, Slash, Adler, Sorum and Reed) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 45 million in the United States, making them one of the best-selling bands in history.

Band members

Current members

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


  • Appetite for Destruction (1987)
  • G N' R Lies (1988)
  • Use Your Illusion I (1991)
  • Use Your Illusion II (1991)
  • "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993)
  • Chinese Democracy (2008)

Awards and nominations

American Music Awards

  • 1989: Favorite Pop/Rock single – "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  • 1990: Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist
  • 1990: Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album – Appetite for Destruction
  • 1992: Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist

Billboard Touring Awards

  • 2017: Top Tour- "Not In This Lifetime... Tour"
  • 2017: Top Draw- "Not In This Lifetime... Tour"

MTV Video Music Awards

  • 1988: Best New Artist in a Video – "Welcome to the Jungle"
  • 1989: Best Heavy Metal Video – "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  • 1992: Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
  • 1992: Best Cinematography in a Video – "November Rain"

Revolver Golden Gods

World Music Awards

  • 1993: World's Best-Selling Hard Rock Artist of the Year
  • 1993: World's Best Group

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See also

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