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Guns N’ Roses may have began as just another long-haired hard rock band trying to make it on the L.A. Sunset Strip club scene, but when they unleashed their debut LP "Appetite for Destruction" on the world in 1987, they instantly established themselves as one the most dynamic and explosive hard rock bands in history. In many ways, they became the Rolling Stones for a new generation. While their peers produced glossy songs that romanticized the party atmosphere of mid-1980s Los Angeles, frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, drummer Steven Adler, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin and bassist Duff McKagan wrote about the gritty realities of the scene, most memorably on their masterpiece “Welcome to the Jungle.”  The massive single “Sweet Child O’ Mine” showed their gentler side, while “Mr. Brownstone” was a brilliant cautionary tale about the dangers of heroin.

In 1991, inspired by Queen and Elton John, they released the highly ambitious "Use Your Illusion" albums on the same day. Epic singles “November Rain” and “Civil War” proved how quickly the band had evolved in a few short years, and they were soon packing stadiums all across the globe. When the tour wrapped in late 1993, the band paid tribute to their 1970s hard rock, punk and glam heroes by recording an album of covers called The Spaghetti Incident. The band took a long break starting in 1994, but in the new millennium Axl Rose brought a brand new line-up of Guns N’ Roses on the road and in 2008 they released their long-awaited album "Chinese Democracy." In recent years, Rose has welcomed original members Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin onto his stage — but he remains committed to the new lineup and they remain a touring juggernaut.

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