5 Facts about Guns N’ Roses That You May or May Not Know (Facts with Basschick)

Here are five facts about Guns N’ Roses that you may or may not know.

#1: Best Selling Debut Album

Appetite for Destruction is the best selling debut album in the history of rock music with over 30 million copies sold worldwide.

#2: Lineup Changes

The band has had several lineup changes over the years. Axl Rose is the only original member that has consistently be in the band since the beginning. The current lineup for the band includes three of the original members; Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan, as well as, Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, and Melissa Reese.

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#3: Name Origination

The name Guns N’ Roses actually came from combining the names of two bands that Axl Rose had been in. Prior to GN’R he was in Southern California bands Hollywood Rose and L.A. Guns.

#4: Near Death Experience

In June of 1985 Guns and Roses almost died before they were even known. In Slash’s autobiography, Slash: The Autobiography, he writes about a time that band was coming back from their first tour and they suffered a serious car accident.

Upon returning to Los Angeles, Duff McKagan’s Toyota Celica and another car traveling 60 miles per hour broadsided them in an intersection. This left their drummer Steven Adler with a broken ankle.

Slash says, “Duff’s car was totaled and we could have been too. That would have been a sick twist of fate the band dying together after we’d just gotten together.”

#5: Grammy’s

Even with millions of records sold and sold out shows the band has never won a Grammy they’ve been nominated four times and still have not won.

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