I Guns N’ Roses sono un gruppo hard rock statunitense, formatosi a Los Angeles nel 1985. Lo stile sonoro, l’immagine trasgressiva e le costanti performance dal vivo li aiutarono ad occupare un posto di prestigio nella scena musicale tra la fine degli anni ottanta e l’inizio dei novanta.
Dal 1993, il gruppo ha conosciuto problemi e silenzi, a causa di contrasti tra il cantante Axl Rose (ritenuto il leader carismatico della band) e i membri originari. Rose, che è anche autore della maggior parte dei testi, è l’unico membro della formazione originale.
In totale, i Guns N’ Roses hanno venduto oltre 100 milioni di dischi in tutto il mondo, e sono stati inseriti al 92º posto nella lista dei 100 migliori artisti secondo Rolling Stone.
Il 14 aprile 2012 il gruppo originale è stato inserito nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dai Green Day.
Guns N’ Roses is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, 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, 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, as well as the 11th best-selling album in the United States.The success of their debut was followed by the eight-song album G N’ R Lies (1988) which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. 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 several 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 undersold industry expectations, despite mostly positive critical reception.
Guns N’ Roses have been credited with reviving the mainstream popularity of rock music, at a time when popular music was dominated by dance music and pop metal. Their late 1980s and early 1990s years have been described as the period in which they brought forth a “hedonistic rebelliousness” reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones, a reputation that had earned them the nickname “The Most Dangerous Band in the World”.The band’s classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, their first year of eligibility