List Of Guns N' Roses Band Members
The following is a list of musicians who have been members of American hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Formed in 1985, the band currently comprises lead vocalist and pianist Axl Rose, guitarists Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, DJ Ashba and Richard Fortus, bassist and backing vocalist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardists and backing vocalists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman.
Guns N' Roses was formed in Los Angeles, California in March 1985 by Axl Rose, guitarists Izzy Stradlin and Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. After releasing Appetite for Destruction (1987) and G N' R Lies (1988), keyboardist Dizzy Reed joined the band in February 1990. Drummer Adler was fired from the band in July 1990 after recording one new song, replaced by Matt Sorum. After releasing Use Your Illusion I and II in September 1991, founding member Izzy Stradlin left the band in November, replaced by Gilby Clarke.
Cover album "The Spaghetti Incident?" was released in 1993, after which the relationships between band members began to deteriorate and core members began to leave. Rhythm guitarist Clarke was fired in June 1994, lead guitarist Slash left in October 1996, drummer Sorum was fired in June 1997 and bassist McKagan left in August 1997. Aforementioned members were replaced, respectively, by Paul Tobias, Robin Finck, Josh Freese and Tommy Stinson, a lineup which was finalised by March 1998; second keyboardist Chris Pitman joined a few months later.
The new Guns N' Roses lineup began work on a studio release, though more lineup changes hindered their progress. Firstly, in March 2000, lead guitarist Buckethead was hired to replace the departed Finck, while drummer Freese left the band. Finck returned to Guns N' Roses in October 2000, at the same time as Freese's replacement, Bryan Mantia, was brought into the band. In 2002, rhythm guitarist duties were shifted from Paul Tobias to Richard Fortus, followed by the departure of Buckethead in 2004. With the new album making significant progress every year, Bumblefoot and Frank Ferrer replaced Buckethead and Brain respectively, before Finck again left the band in April 2008 to rejoin Nine Inch Nails.
After endless release delays and rumours regarding the album, Chinese Democracy was finally released in November 2008, featuring performances from all Guns N' Roses members present in the band between 1998 and 2008. Guitarist DJ Ashba joined the band in March 2009 as the new lead guitarist, for the 2009/2011 Chinese Democracy Tour and 2012 Up Close and Personal Tour.
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