Gun N’ Roses was formed in 1985. The was the period when the stage was ruled by pop-metal and dancing music, but Gun N’ Roses broke in with their crazy rock-n-roll. The band members have never tried to create a ‘good boy’ image for good guys don’t play rock-n-roll. Although they were trying hard to create a brutal image, sometimes their songs were tender, loving and kind. Slash and Izzy Stradlin clash with each other in violent guitar parties, Axl Rose sings in his piercing voice about sex, drugs and loneliness in a big city, Smooth rhythms of the bassist Duff McKagan and the drummer Steven Adler fill the songs with strenght and freedom. The Gun N’ Roses’ songs are uncompromising, it is a fusion of hard rock and blues. And this is what real hard rock and heavy metal should be like – sullen, sometimes vulgar, sinful but still very sincere.
Axl Rose was born in 1962 in Lafayette, Indiana. His mother, Sharon was a 16-year-old schoolgirl at that time and his 19-year-old father was a local gangster. The young family lived with the mother’s parents. When Axl was 2, his father was evicted for beating his wife and never seen in Lafayette again. Sharon soon married again and gave birth to 2 other kind. The stepfather was a strict religious person. He made his family go to church 3 to 6 times a week, forbade them to listen to the music and threw out the TV in the first week. From the age of 5, the boy was singing in the church chorus. In middle school, he started to play piano. All this time he was an excellent pupil more because of his fear of the stepfather who used to beat all three children and his wife for a slightest mistake. At a certain moment, Axl was invited to preach in a local church. There, he learnt how not to be afraid to speak in public. Secretly, hiding in his room, he was listening to radio and imagined himself at the stage. By the age of 15, he has become a dangerous bully who had been arrested a few times. At that time, he met a shy boy Jeffrey Isbell (later Izzy Stradlin). They discovered the same taste in music and started a band.
Later, Jeffrey moved to Los Angeles, but Axl stayed in Lafayette because of his alcohol and drug problems. He tried coming to LA a few times to find his friend, but failed. When they finally met, Jeffery (Izzy at that time) was already playing in a band. He invited Axl to join him.
The first Guns N’ Roses concert was in March, 1985 in Los Angeles. Later, in June of the same year, they would perform with Slash and Steven Adler. In 1986, they released their first album.
Guns N’ Roses tour 2017 in the USA is on now. The tour dates are from now on till the 29 of November. The Guns N’ Roses Seattle show is over now, but there still will be Guns N’ Roses concerts in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Miami. The group is also coming to Canada, Columbia, Brazil and Argentina. Guns N’ Roses tickets are available online.