25 Things You Might Not Know About Guns N’ Roses

Guns N’ Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles that shook the world during the late 1980’s and dominated the music charts across the globe by the early ‘90s. With more than 100 million records sold worldwide (more than 45 million in the United States) and winning several American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and World Music Awards, the band has been credited with reviving the mainstream popularity of rock music at a time when music was dominated by pop, dance, and glam metal. Their sound was described as a “hedonistic rebelliousness” reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones, while their wild reputation earned them the nickname “the most dangerous band in the world.”

The band’s classic lineup was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, in its first year of eligibility, but even then we didn’t get a chance to see the five original band members together because Axl Rose denied the honor so he could avoid the temporary reunion. However, we have good (and official) news; after a two-decade absence it looks like Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan will finally reunite and play live in Las Vegas for two nights in April. In honor of this historic reunion, we present to you 25 Things You Might Not Know About Guns N’ Roses. Rock never dies!

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While returning to Los Angeles after their first tour the band had a terrible accident that almost ended their careers and lives. While piled into Duff McKagan’s Toyota Celica, another car traveling 60 mph broadsided them at an intersection, miraculously leaving drummer Steven Adler with only a broken ankle.

red carSource: It's So Easy: And Other Lies by Duff McKagan, Image: Wikipedia
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Back in 1986, Guns N’ Roses backed up one of their main influences and idols Alice Cooper at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, but they had to play without Axl. The singer was refused entry to the show because his name wasn’t on the artist list.

Alice CooperSource: It's So Easy: And Other Lies by Duff McKagan, Image: Wikipedia
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Early in their career, the band lived in a small apartment in Los Angeles that they called Hell House because of the alcohol, drugs, girls, and all manner of sin that occurred there.

CaliforniaSource: It's So Easy: And Other Lies by Duff McKagan, Image: commons.wikimedia.org
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During the recording of “It’s So Easy” for Appetite for Destruction, David Bowie (who dated Slash’s mother when Slash was still young) visited the band and flirted with Erin Everly, Axl’s model girlfriend at the time. Immediately, Rose went after Bowie and punched him. Eventually they resolved the misunderstanding and went out drinking at the China Club.

David BowieSource: Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction, Image: YouTube
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Even though we all know him as Axl Rose, the lead singer of the band was born William Bruce Rose Jr. In case you didn’t know, his stage name is an anagram of “oral sex.”

Source: Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction, Image: Wikipedia Source: Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction, Image: Wikipedia

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