Guns 'n Roses Biography 1985 - 1993

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the forming of; episode '85 - '91

Guns and roses was founded in 1985 by Izzy Stradlin, Tracii Guns, Rob Gardener and W. Axl Rose. Before the group got this name it had several other names before. Like L.A.Guns and Axl. In that time Duff Mckagan, Steven Adler and Slash were playing in another band called roadcrew. After a while Duff left the group and responded to an advertising of Axl Rose for a job in the band. When Rob and Tracii didn't show up right before a show, Duff decided to get his former band-mates Slash and Steven involved. From 1985 till 1991 the formation of the band was Axl Rose, Slash, Steven Adler, Duff Mckagan and Izzy Stradlin.

How to get a recording contract; Appetite for destruction

The band-members really lived like animals in the year 1985. They possessed an old barn in West Hollywood called the Hell-House.

Their first concert was in the troubadour Club and went really bad. They started as opening-act en slowly began to rise as real act. Label people began to make appointments with the band and after many lunches they signed for 75.000 dollar with Geffen-Records.

Their first work was an EP; called Live?!*@ like a suicide and contained two numbers written by themselves and two covers. Mama kin from Aerosmith and Nice boys (don't play rock and roll) from Rose Tattoo. The EP was heavily criticised because the swearing. The first song began with a drunk roadie screaming: "Hey fuckers! Suck on guns n' fuckin' roses". At the begin of Mama kin Axl says: "This is a song 'bout your fucking mother".

On July 31 1987 Geffen distributed the first real work of the gunners called Appetite for destruction. The album was a combination of real quick punk and...