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  • 1980s

    • 1980s: "Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band that gained fame during the late 1980s and early 1990s." - Guns N' Roses, Wikiquote.
    • 1985: The band formed in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California in 1985. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1985: The group was formed in early 1985 by Hollywood Rose members Axl Rose (vocals) and Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar), and L.A. Guns members Tracii Guns (lead guitar), Ole Beich (bass) and Rob Gardner (drums). - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1985: Axl Rose - lead vocals, piano (1985-present) - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1986: Geffen Records released an EP in late 1986 to keep the interest in the band alive while the band withdrew from the club scene to work in the studio. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1986: On Halloween night 1986 Guns N' Roses performed at UCLA's Ackerman Ballroom as the opening act to Thelonious Monster, The Dickies, and the headlining Red Hot Chili Peppers. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1987: The band's 1987 major label debut album Appetite for Destruction has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide and reached number one on the United States Billboard 200. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1987: The long periods of time that the band took to release albums were also a source of heavy criticism (the band's second album, GN'R Lies, was actually an EP and an old EP packaged together, and one of the songs was an acoustic cover of one from the band's debut album, it took from 1987 to 1991 to come up with a proper follow up to Appetite for Destruction, and it took over 15 years to release Chinese Democracy). - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1987: Appetite for Destruction (1987) - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • July 21, 1987: The band's first album, Appetite for Destruction was released on July 21, 1987. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1988: The band traveled across the United States, and in spring 1988 were invited to the notorious Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington in Leicestershire, England, where they shared the bill with groups like KISS and Iron Maiden. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1988: The band's next release was G N' R Lies in 1988, which reached #2 in the Billboard music charts. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1988: Even after the release of GN'R Lies, Appetite for Destruction continued to be popular for the rest of 1988 and 1989, which resulted in them winning both Favorite Heavy Metal Artist and Favorite Heavy Metal Album (Appetite for Destruction) at the nationally televised 1990 American Music Awards, where Slash and McKagan appeared visibly intoxicated and used profanities on the air. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1988: Due to the growing grassroots success of the band and the cross-gender appeal of the tune, the song and its accompanying music video received heavy airplay on both radio and MTV, and became a smash hit during the summer of 1988, reaching the top of the charts in the U.S. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1989: He even spoke publicly about the situation, specifically the heroin addictions, while opening for The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1989 by stating that if certain members of the band don't stop "dancing with Mr. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
  • 1990s

    • 1990: Rose responded (in a 1990 interview with MTV) by saying the claims were unfounded, particularly considering Slash himself is half black. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1990: Guns N' Roses returned to the studio to begin recording their most ambitious undertaking yet. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1990s: In the 1990s, the band integrated keyed instruments (played by either Rose or Reed, and accompanied on tour by Teddy Andreadis) into the band, and for roughly half of the Use Your Illusion tour, added a horn section to the stage. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • July, 1990: As a result, Adler was fired in July 1990, and was replaced by former Cult drummer Matt Sorum, who Axl credited for saving the band. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • May, 1991: The band fired their manager, Alan Niven, in May 1991, replacing him with Doug Goldstein. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1991: According to a 1991 cover story by Rolling Stone magazine, Rose forced the dismissal of Niven (against the wishes of some of his bandmates) by refusing to complete the albums until he was replaced. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1991: The 1991 albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II debuted on the two highest spots on the Billboard 200 and have sold a combined 14 million copies in the United States alone and 35 million worldwide. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1991: In late 1991, Rose added a touring ensemble to the band which included a horns section and several background vocalists despite the rest of the band's refusal. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1991: Use Your Illusion II (1991) - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1991: Use Your Illusion I (1991) - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • July 2, 1991: At the Riverport Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis during a performance of "Rocket Queen", Rose jumped into the audience and tackled a fan who was filming the show with a camera. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • September, 1991: The first occurrence of such an event was in September 1991, when Guns N' Roses conjunctively released Use Your Illusion I, which sold 685,000 copies, and Use Your Illusion II, which sold 770,000 copies. - Graduation (album), Wikipedia.
    • 1992: The band appeared at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, performing a two-song set. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • August, 1992: During a show in August 1992 at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, Metallica frontman James Hetfield suffered severe burns after stepping too close to a pyrotechnics blast. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1993: He also can be seen wearing a red Manson shirt in footage from their show in Milton Keynes, England in 1993. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1993: The Spaghetti Incident? (1993) - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • July 17, 1993: The historic tour ended in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 17, 1993. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • November 23, 1993: Guns N' Roses released a collection of punk and glam rock covers entitled "The Spaghetti Incident?". - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1994: 1994 was the last year Rose held a press conference or performed until 2001 with his new cast. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1994: Interviews with Guns N' Roses band members suggest that between 1994 and 1996, the band sporadically began to write and record new material, most of which, according to Slash, had been written by Rose. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1994: Rose's only performance in 1994 was a duet with Bruce Springsteen on a cover of The Beatles song "Come Together". - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1994: His constant elusiveness, such as the fact that he has not held a press conference since 1994, has led to several stories claiming he is suffering from bipolar disorder. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1994: Chinese Democracy had reportedly been in the works since 1994, with Rose the only original member still in the band. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • December, 1994: Guns N' Roses released a cover recording of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil". - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • October, 1996: The recording of "Sympathy of the Devil" as well as other issues led Slash to quit the band officially in October 1996. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • January, 1997: He was replaced by Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck in January 1997, who signed a two year contract with the band in August 1997 making him an official member. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • April, 1997: Slash's departure was followed shortly thereafter by Matt Sorum, who was fired in April 1997 and then by bassist Duff McKagan, who resigned from the band in August 1997 and as such all of the members who had taken part in the recording of Appetite for Destruction (aside from Rose) had departed from the band. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • August, 1997: McKagan was the last of the Appetite lineup to leave, resigning as bassist in August 1997, being replaced later that year by Tommy Stinson (formerly of The Replacements.) Sorum was replaced by Chris Vrenna for a short time in April to May 1997, and then by Pod briefly and finally by Josh Freese in the summer of 1997. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1998: By the end of 1998, a new version of Guns N' Roses had emerged: many musicians have come and gone from the new band, but the core group has included Rose, Stinson, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and multi-instrumentalist Chris Pitman. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1998: Tommy Stinson - bass guitar, backing vocals (1998-present) - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1999: Guitarist Robin Finck departed the band to rejoin his former band, Nine Inch Nails, on tour. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1999: The band released a new song, "Oh My God", which was included on the soundtrack of the film End of Days. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
    • 1999: Also in 1999, during an interview with Kurt Loder for MTV, Axl said that he had re-recorded Appetite for Destruction with the then-new band, apart from two songs which he had replaced with "Patience" and "You Could Be Mine". - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
  • 2000s


    • 2000

      • 2000: While Reed has remained on some of the Chinese Democracy demos, tours since 2000 have not included wind instruments, though the band has employed synthesized horns on some of their new songs. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2000: Avant-garde guitarist Buckethead joined Guns N' Roses as a replacement for Finck. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2000: Robin Finck returned to the band in late 2000, to complement Buckethead on lead guitar. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.

    • 2001

      • January, 2001: With eight years having passed since the last Guns N' Roses concert, the band made a public appearance in January 2001, with two well-received concerts, one in Las Vegas and one at the Rock in Rio Festival in Rio de Janeiro. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2001: They played a further two shows in Las Vegas at the end of 2001. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.

    • 2002

      • 2002: Four warm-up shows preceded the tour at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City and became the band's first live concert dates since the aborted 2002 tour. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2002: The band's first North American tour since 1993 was organized to support Chinese Democracy, with CKY and Mix Master Mike supporting. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2002: Rhythm guitarist Paul Tobias left the band because of his frustrations with life on the road. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2002: Their peers in the music industry often spoke highly of the band: Ozzy Osbourne called Guns N' Roses "the next Rolling Stones." In 2002, Q magazine named Guns N' Roses in their list of the "50 Bands To See Before You Die". - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2002: Richard Fortus - rhythm guitar (2002-present) - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • August, 2002: The band then played several shows in August 2002, headlining festivals and concerts throughout Asia and Europe. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • December 5, 2002: Guns N' Roses Played A Sold Out Show on December 5 2002 as part of the Chinese Democracy Tour - Events at Madison Square Garden, Wikipedia.

    • 2004

      • March, 2004: Also in March 2004, Geffen released Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits, since Rose had failed to deliver a new studio album in more than ten years. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • May, 2004: The band went on hiatus until they were scheduled to play at Rock in Rio IV in May 2004. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.

    • 2005

      • 2005: According to a report published in 2005 by The New York Times, Rose had allegedly spent $13 million in the studio by that point. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.

    • 2006

      • March 6, 2006: He also set a tentative release date for the album for the first time since the album's announcement: March 6, 2007. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • May 5, 2006: Axl Rose appeared on the Friday Night Rocks with Eddie Trunk radio show (during an interview with Sebastian Bach) and said that the new Guns N' Roses album would be released before the end of the year. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2006: Five warm-up shows before a 2006 North American tour were held in September 2006. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2006: Frank Ferrer - drums, percussion(2006-present) - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • October 24, 2006: The tour officially commenced on October 24 in Miami. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • October, 2006: Coinciding with the tour, the song "Better" was featured in an internet advertisement for Harley-Davidson beginning in October 2006. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • December, 2006: Axl Rose released an open letter to fans announcing that Merck Mercuriadis had been fired as the band's manager. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.

    • 2007

      • February 23, 2007: Del James announced that Chinese Democracy's recording stage was finished, and the band had now moved onto mixing the album. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • February 8, 2007: The band played a two-song set at the Rodeo Drive's Walk of Style ceremony, held in Beverly Hills, California. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • March 6, 2007: However, this proved that the March 6 release date would be impossible to achieve, and the album once again had no scheduled release date. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2007: Guns N' Roses embarked on the 2007 leg of the Chinese Democracy World Tour in Mexico on June, followed by dates in Australia and Japan. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • June, 2007: It was also the first concert and the second public appearance of Axl Rose since June 2007. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2007: This show marked the first time since 2007 that the song "Paradise City" wasn't played in the encore, instead being played right before. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • November 20, 2007: Rose appears as a guest performer on three of the tracks on Sebastian Bach's album, Angel Down, which was released on November 20, 2007. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.

    • 2008

      • March 26, 2008: Dr Pepper announced a plan to give everyone in America—except the band's former guitarists Slash and Buckethead—a free can of Dr Pepper if the band released Chinese Democracy before the end of 2008. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • March 27, 2008: The next day, on March 27, 2008, the band announced that they had hired a new management team, headed by Irving Azoff and Andy Gould. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • April 11, 2008: Later, on April 11, 2008, Robin Finck expressed his happiness on playing again with NIN. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • April 20, 2008: On Guns N' Roses official website, Axl Rose expressed his surprise about Robin Finck's latest news but assure that the band was working with its management on the release of Chinese Democracy and thanked the fans for the continuous shows of support. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • April 5, 2008: A picture of Robin Finck appeared on Nine Inch Nails web page,[46] under the title "Welcome Back!" starting the rumour of his possible reunion with Trent Reznor. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: After over a decade of work, the band released their follow-up album, Chinese Democracy, in 2008. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Nine tracks purported to be from Chinese Democracy were leaked to an online site on June 19, 2008 and quickly removed due to a cease-and-desist letter from the band's label. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Chinese Democracy (2008) - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • July 14, 2008: Harmonix, in conjunction with MTV Games, officially announced the release of a new song from the upcoming Chinese Democracy album, called "Shackler's Revenge", through their new game Rock Band 2. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • November 13, 2008: By November 13, 2008, ten days before the official release of the Chinese Democracy album, the "Chinese Democracy" single topped the general iTunes Music Store chart in Greece, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Finland. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • November 22, 2008: Chinese Democracy was released on November 22, 2008 in Europe and Australia, in North America on November 23, 2008 and in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2008[51], becoming the band's sixth studio album and their first since 1993's "The Spaghetti Incident?". - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • November 23, 2008: Pepper, announced a free soda coupon campaign for 24 hours on Sunday, November 23, 2008. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.

    • 2009

      • February 6, 2009: Axl Rose effectively put to rest any rumors of the original lineup reuniting, in an interview with Billboard's Jonathan Cohen (his first in nine years): - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • 2009: DJ Ashba - lead guitar (2009-present) - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • September 14, 2009: The band announced four shows in Asia, their first shows since 2007. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • December 10, 2009: Axl Rose was on his way to board his flight at LAX to head off to Taipei, Taiwan to start the new set of tour dates when Axl was involved in an altercation with a paparazzi as the paparazzo was seen by Axl hassling one of the women in Axl's party. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • December 19, 2009: Guns N' Roses played their longest concert ever at the Tokyo Dome - 3 hours, 37 minutes. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
      • December 11, 2009: Guns N' Roses played their first show in Taipei, Taiwan, marking the band's first concerts since the release of Chinese Democracy. - Guns N' Roses, Wikipedia.
  • 2010s







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