Guns N’ Roses – American hard rock group
Guns N’ Roses began its journey in Los Angeles in 1985. The initial lineup included Axel Rose (vocals), Tracii Guns (guitar), Izzy Stradlin (guitar), Ole Beich (bass), and Rob Gardner (drums). The name of the band was a combination of two group names (Hollywood Rose and L.A. Guns), in which Izzy and Tracii performed in the past.
In 1986, Guns N’ Roses signed a contract with a recording studio Geffen Records. A year later, they presented the first album, Appetite for Destruction, which together with the single "Sweet Child o’ Mine" reached the top spots of American charts. The album was very popular in the USA and sold over 30 million copies all over the world. It’s still considered to be the most sold debut album in the USA. After the release, the band went on a world tour. For 16 months, the musicians toured North America and Europe. During the tour, Steven Adler (drummer) hurt his hand and was replaced by Don Henley from Eagles.
In 1988, the group released its second LP, Use Your Illusion, which was later re-released in 1991. It was a two-part album, which beat the record of the previous LP and sold 35 million copies. Guns N’ Roses were actively touring the world. They gave concerts in the USA, Canada, Japan, and Australia. Many event organizers dreamed of booking Guns N’ Roses, but it was nearly impossible.