Guns N’ Roses is a hard rock band that lit fires in the hearts of hard rock fans for decades. Their debut album, Appetite for Destruction, reached number one on Billboards 200 after a year of its release. The blockbuster hit album sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, forging the position of the best-selling debut album of all time in the US. So far, Guns N’ Roses have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, which makes them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.
The band formed in 1985, and originally consisted of Axl Rose, Slash, Steven Adler, Duff McKagan, and Izzy Stradlin. The current lineup includes Rose, Slash, and McKagan from the original lineup, while Dizzy Reed, Melissa Reese, Richard Fortus, and Frank Ferrer joined later on. However, their road to success wasn’t as easy as it might appear. The individual members of the band roamed across Los Angeles in pursuit of stardom for years. They tried their luck at everything they could lay their hands on – be it Indie Works or big budget studios. Nothing had worked in their favor, until this band of misfits and metalheads gathered in one place. Together, their frequencies had a resonance effect. Their music had a surreal quality, unlike anything ever heard in the hard rock scene. Their combined work punched a huge hole in the world of rock music, which was already cluttered with many stars of the era like Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, Six Pistols, and others. Among the giants, Guns N’ Roses roared like a lion. More importantly, the crowds were pulled to the roars of their instruments like mice were to the Pied Piper’s flute.
While music played its part, the band members’ infamy had its role to play in their success as well. By the age of 20, Axl Rose, a high school dropout, had to his credit everything from public intoxication to criminal trespassing charges against him. Duff McKagan, the bassist, not to be left behind, purportedly had stolen more than 130 automobiles. The whole bunch leveraged their notoriety to gain an instant fan-following among white teens. The posters for their debut album shouted, “Addicted: Only the Strong Survive.” And hence, a legend was born.
Their band’s nickname, “the most dangerous band in the world”, is worth every word.
Their debut album, Appetite for Destruction owes its success primarily to Sweet Child O’ Mine. MTV began to feature the number after a year of its release, which brought a massive audience for the album. Next came GN’R Lies, which reached No.2 on Billboard 200. The single from the album, Patience, hit the No.4 rank in the US. The album created a lot of controversy for multiple reasons. Commentators lamented that Rose somehow distilled every form of hatred and prejudice into just song, One in a Million. The album cover was then modified to remove misogynistic statements.
Thereafter, came the twin albums, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II in 1991. Use Your Illusion I got a spot on Billboard 200 at No.2, and Use Your Illusion II secured the No.1 spot. This was followed by The Spaghetti Incident?, after which its members, Slash and McKagan, part ways with the group. The two would later rejoin the group in 2016. The fans of Guns N’ Roses had to wait more than an excruciating decade before the release of their next album, Chinese Democracy (2008). The album reportedly cost an unbelievable $14 million to produce, and is the most expensive rock album to be ever produced.
Guns N’ Roses is credited for reviving rock music in the 1980s. For this, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. With a subscription to a fast Internet service provider you can watch a lot of Guns N’ Roses videos online.