The band has also received criticism throughout the years. The long periods of time that the band takes to release albums are one source of criticism. Their controversial late appearances and "war" with Reading and Leeds Festivals have been criticized by artists and their peers in the industry. In October 2009, Ulrich Schnauss' record labels Independiente and Domino sued Guns N' Roses, alleging that the band had committed copyright infringement by using portions of Schnauss' compositions in the track "Riad N' the Bedouins" on the album Chinese Democracy.
A year after its release, Guns N' Roses' debut album Appetite for Destruction (1987) reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, on the strength of the hit "Sweet Child o' Mine", their only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide, including 18 million units sold in the United States, making it the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S. The success of their debut was followed by the eight-song album G N' R Lies (1988) which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The twin albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (1991) debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide, including 14 million units sold in the United States alone. The cover album "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993) was the band's last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan. After more than a decade of work and many lineup changes, Guns N' Roses released the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy (2008) which, at an estimated $14 million in production costs, made it the most expensive album to ever be produced in music history. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 but undersold industry expectations, despite mostly positive critical reception.
Guns N' Roses have been credited with reviving the mainstream popularity of rock music, at a time when popular music was dominated by dance music and pop metal. Their late 1980s and early 1990s years have been described as the period in which they brought forth a "hedonistic rebelliousness" reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones, a reputation that had earned them the nickname "The World's Most Dangerous Band". The band's classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, their first year of eligibility.
Axl Rose had a persistant stalker. Her name is Karen Jane McNeil, and she claims to communicate with Rose through telepathy.
Rose and Stradlin formed the band. They took their name from 2 bands they used to play in, L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose.
Rose was married to Erin Everly, the daughter of Don Everly, for 3 weeks.
"Axl Rose" is an anagram of "Oral Sex."
Slash played on Michael Jackson's albums Dangerous and Invincible. He also played on "Beat It" and "Black And White" at Jackson's 2001 reunion shows in New York City.
Their first gigs were in Seattle. Their ride broke down, so they hitchhiked from Los Angeles to play 5 shows there.
Slash got his nickname from a family friend because he was always in a hurry.
In 2001, Rose reformed the band with all new members - he was allowed to keep the name because he owns the rights. He played with various versions of the new group over the next few years, but they never finished Chinese Democracy, the album they started working on in 2002.
Slash's first guitar was a one-stringed acoustic. When he was 15 his grandmother gave him a electric Les Paul copy.
Early in their career, they lived in a small apartment in Los Angeles they called Hell House because of alcohol, drugs, girls and all manner of sin.
Before taking up guitar, Slash was mainly interested in BMX riding and competed at a professional level.
McKagan's pancreas exploded in 1994 because of his severe drinking habits. He has been sober ever since and now sticks to non-alcoholic beer.
Shed a tear cause I'm missin' you
I'm still alright to smile
Girl, I think bout you every day now
Was a time when I wasn't sure
But you set my mind at ease
There is no doubt you're in my heart now
Said Woman take it slow, it'll work itself fine, all we need is just a little patience.
Said Sugar take it slow and we'll come together fine, all we need is just a little patience.
I sit here on the stairs Cause I'd rather be alone
If I can't have you right now I'll wait dear
Sometimes I get so tense but I can't speed up the time
But you know love there's one more thing to consider
Said woman take it slow and things will be just fine
You and I'll just use a little patience
Said sugar take the time cause the lights are shining bright
You and I've got what it takes to make it
We won't fake it, I'll never break it
Cause I can't take it
little patience, mmm yeah, mm yeah
need a little patience, yeah
just a little patience, yeah
some more patience, yeah
could use some patience, yeah
gotta have some patience, yeah
all it takes is patience
just a little patience
is all you need (background vocals)
I'VE BEEN WALKING THE STREETS AT NIGHT
JUST TRYING TO GET IT RIGHT
ITS HARD TO SEE WITH SO MANY AROUND
YOU KNOW I DON'T LIKE BEING STUCK IN THE CROWD
AND THE STREETS DON'T CHANGE
BUT MAYBE THE NAMES
I AIN'T GOT TIME FOR THE GAME CAUSE I NEED YOU
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, CAUSE I NEED YOU
OOO I NEED YOU, WHOA I NEED YOU
OOOOH, ALL THIS TIME
Sweet Child of Mine
Appetite for Destruction
She's got a smile that it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Was as fresh as the bright blue sky
Now and then when I see her face
She takes me away to that
And if I stared too long
I'd probably break down and cry
Oh Sweet child o' mine
Oh Sweet love of mine
She's got eyes of the bluest skies
As if they thought of rain
I hate to look into those eyes
And see an ounce of pain
Her hair reminds me
of a warm safe place
Where as a child I'd hide
And pray for the thunder
And the rain
To quietly pass me by
Oh Sweet child o' mine
Oh Sweet love of mine
Where do we go
Where do we go now
Where do we go
Sweet child o' mine