Guns N’ Roses

Formed March 1985.
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Duff McKagan - Interview with Shaun Keaveny

Duff McKagan joins Shaun to talk about his time in Guns N' Roses and his autobiography, 'It's So Easy (And Other Lies)'.

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Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock/heavy metal band that formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1985. The classic lineup as signed to Geffen Records in 1986 consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Today, Axl Rose is the only remaining original member, in a lineup that comprises Use Your Illusion–era keyboardist Dizzy Reed, lead guitarists DJ Ashba and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, rhythm guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer, and keyboardist Chris Pitman. The band has released six studio albums to date, accumulating sales of more than 100 million records worldwide, including shipments of 45 million in the United States, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time.

A year after its release, Guns N' Roses' debut album Appetite for Destruction (1987) reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, on the strength of the hit "Sweet Child o' Mine", their only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide, including 18 million units sold in the United States, making it the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S. The success of their debut was followed by the eight-song album G N' R Lies (1988). The twin albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (1991) debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide, including 14 million units sold in the United States alone. The cover album "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993) was the band's last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan. After more than a decade of work and many lineup changes, Guns N' Roses released the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy (2008) which, at an estimated $14 million in production costs, made it the most expensive album to ever be produced in music history. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 but underwhelmed industry expectations, despite...

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  1. Review of Chinese Democracy

    Chinese Democracy 2008

    Reviewed by Dennis O'Dell
    It's still a huge triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.
  2. Review of Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    No one ever changed the world with a bottle of Jack Daniels and an inability to say...
  3. Review of Appetite for Destruction

    Appetite for Destruction 1987

    Reviewed by Dennis O'Dell
    The LA band's fiery debut will probably always be their crowning glory.