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Guns N' Roses are an American hard rock band. The band's 1987 major label debut, Appetite for Destruction, gained them worldwide popularity. Their 1991 second major effort, the simultaneous releases of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, and subsequent tour cemented the group's place as an influential member of rock and roll history.
In 2008, the band released the highly anticipated album, Chinese Democracy, and will tour North America in support of the record in 2011.
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Guns N' Roses helped usher in a new era in the hard rock genre. They are recognized as a band that changed rock and metal music in the late 80s. Glam metal dominated the airwaves in the late 1980s, but the band's style of music and onstage behavior created a new movement within the music industry. Guns N' Roses offered a grittier, more traditionalist take on rock music, winning over many fans who admired their apparent authenticity compared to their peers.
Appetite for Destruction, Guns N' Roses' debut album, was released on August 21, 1987. The album sold twenty million copies and reached #1 on the charts. It included the songs "Welcome to the Jungle", "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City", all of which were top ten singles on the Billboard charts. As of 2006, Appetite For Destruction remains the best-selling debut album of all time.
Their hit ballad "November Rain" became the most requested video on MTV, eventually winning the 1992 MTV Video Music Award for best cinematography. During the awards show, Guns N' Roses performed the song with Elton John accompanying the band on piano.
The band took on new formations in the mid-90s. Slash began a side project called Slash's Snakepit before finally quitting in late 1996, citing musical differences with Axl. The next year, Sorum was fired from the group following a verbal dispute with Rose regarding negative comments Paul Tobias had made about Slash. In early 1997, McKagan opted out of his contract. This left Rose as the sole remaining member of the original band. Five years later, Slash, McKagan and Sorum reunited and formed the band Velvet Revolver.
Axl Rose is the only original band member in the current lineup of Guns N' Roses. The band is planning on releasing their new album, Chinese Democracy, sometime in 2006.