Guns and Roses formed in 1985 in Los Angeles when two bands became one, Hollywood Rose and LA guns became Guns And Roses.
With charismatic singer Axl Rose fronting the band and Slash and Izzy Stradlin providing the sleazy guitar riffs they were soon signed by Geffen records. Their first album “Appetite for Destruction” with singles “Sweet child o mine” and “Paradise city” helping the album sell 30 million copies worldwide. Check out “its so easy” and “night train”, with Axl snarling about drugs and sex over slash’s dirty blues riffs its classic GnR! The album ends with “Rocket Queen” , a fitting end to a fantastic album!
Its So Easy – Live version
A double album followed, Use your illusion 1 and 2 and have sold more than 30 million albums combined. Again we have some great songs here, “Civil War”, “Pretty Tied Up” and “You Could Be Mine” to name a few.
From 1987 to 1991 GnR were the biggest band on the planet headlining festivals and doing sellout world tours. Cracks were beginning to show though and Izzy Stradlin left the band in 1991 due to Axls erratic behaviour,often turning up late to shows and fighting with the crowd and drug abuse was a problem with the band.
GnR never officially split, instead band tensions between Rose and the other members grew and eventually Axl ended up with the rights to the GnR name and by 2008 “Chinese Democracy” was released with just Axl from the original line up left.
Recently the original line up have got back together,well Axl Slash and Duff. Only time will tell how long it lasts. Hopefully for a long time!
A word on Slashs guitar style! Slash plays a Gibson Les Paul through marshall amlificationand uses effects pedals such as the cry baby wah wah and various chorus pedals and stomp boxes. He very skilfully mixes minor and major pentatonics and his solos are very well constructed often starting off mellow and ending up in sixteenth note runs not easy to copy!
If you get a chance to see this legendary band don’t pass it up! The likes of GnR don’t come along too often!