How Guns N’ Roses Almost Killed Their Career

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Guns N’ Roses, the iconic Los Angeles hard rock band, rose to fame in the mid-1980s with a lineup that included Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler. Their debut album, “Appetite for Destruction,” released in 1987, catapulted them to global stardom with unforgettable tracks like ‘Paradise City’ and ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’.

Despite their initial success, the band faced numerous challenges that almost led to their downfall.

Axl Rose, the band’s enigmatic frontman, was known for his controversial statements and erratic behavior. In a 1992 interview with Rolling Stone, he made headlines with his provocative words, reflecting the band’s turbulent journey.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get an Uzi.”

He added:

“It’s really hard to maintain a one-on-one relationship if the other person is not going to allow me to be with other people.”


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The 1990s saw Guns N’ Roses go on hiatus, with band members pursuing solo projects.

However, their reunion in 2002 at the MTV VMA Awards marked a turning point, albeit not in the way fans had hoped. The performance, anticipated with great excitement, turned into a major letdown.

Rose, now with a new lineup excluding key members Slash and McKagan, delivered one of his career’s worst performances. His vocals were off, and visually, the band failed to capture their former glory. This disappointing performance set the stage for a lackluster period for the band, leading up to the release of their underwhelming 2008 album, “Chinese Democracy”.

Despite these setbacks, Guns N’ Roses managed to bounce back.

They embarked on a successful reunion tour, bringing back the classic lineup and delighting fans around the world. This comeback not only revitalized their career but also reaffirmed their status as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

Guns N’ Roses’ journey is a testament to the resilience of artists in the face of adversity. While they faced their fair share of controversies and challenges, their enduring talent and the loyalty of their fans ultimately prevailed, proving that sometimes, even in the face of near-collapse, true legends can find their way back to the top.