GUNS N' ROSES: BAND MEMBERS
This picture shows the 5 members of the original line up: (From Left to
Izzy Stradlin' on the rythm guitar, a great song writer too. He also
sings a few songs
Duff "Rose" McKagan, on the bass guitar, this guy can also play drums,
guitar and he sings some songs.
William Axl Rose, the band's singer. Great song writer, we can also
hear him playing piano, guitar and even kazoo!
Steven Adler, the first drummer of the band. We can hear him on
Appetite For Destruction and Guns N' Roses Lies. + Civil War (UYI 2). He has
been kicked out of the band in 1990 because of his drug problems.
And finally, Slash! On the lead guitar. The most amazing guitarists
that ever walked on this planet. He's just the BEST ever!
When the "Use Your Illusion" albums were released, the band had a different line
On the picture: (from left to right)
Duff McKagan (Bass Guitar)
Slash (Lead Guitar)
Matt Sorum (Drums)
W. Axl Rose (Vocals, Piano)
Izzy Stradlin' (Rythm Guitar)
Dizzy Reed (Keyboards/Piano)
Izzy Stradlin' left the band soon after the release of the two "Illusion"
albums. So they had to choose a new rythm guitarist to go on tour, and they
hired Gilby Clark (the man with a new Corvette!). This guy also played
guitar on "The Spaghetti Incident?" and on Slash's Snakepit's first album.
During the "Use Your Illusion" tour (1991-1993), the biggest world tour ever i
think, with over 7 000 000 tickets sold, a couple of other musicians performed
with Guns N' Roses. On the keyboards, backing vocals & harmonica there was
Mr. Teddy "Zig Zag / Big Bag" Andreadis, on the saxophones & trumpet there
was the "976 horns" (liza maxwell, Anne King & Cece Worrall; by the way, if
anyone knows who's playing what, please tell me!). The background singers were
Roberta Freeman, Diane Jones and Traci Amos. And during this tour, a couple of
special guests performed with GNR, including Joe Perry & Steven Tyler
(Aerosmith), Shannon Hoon (blind melon), Lenny Kravitz, Sebastian Bach (Skid
Axl Rose is now with a completely different band but he decided to still call
this "Guns N' Roses". I don't really agree with that because Axl Rose alone is
not enough to call it GN'R, he should use another name just like Slash did with
Snakepit; but that's just my opinion. Anyway, this new band is featuring Axl
Rose on vocals, Tommy Stinson on bass, Buckethead, Paul Huge and Robin
Finck on guitars, Mr. "Brain" on Drums and Dizzy Reed & Chris Pittman on keyboards. I think most of them are out of the band by now, if we can still call that a band...
Slash's Solo Career:
Slash kept himself busy after GNR's last tour in 1993, he appeared on numerous Albums by other artists, he put together a band that he called "Slash's Snakepit" in 1994, they released a great album and went on tour in 95. After that he put together a blues-rock cover band called "Slash's Blues Ball", they went on tour as well but never released anything. Luckily some people recorded their concerts. Then in the late 90's Slash re-formed "Snakepit" with a totally new line up, they recorded one of the best rock albums I've heard in a long time, and went on tour, but unfortunately they never had the success they deserved. Finally after that Slash re-joined Duff and Matt from GNR and they formed "Velvet Revolver" with Scott Weiland and Kave Kushner, they released 1 album and toured all over the world, they are working on a second CD as we speak.