Guns N’ Roses
- Rob Jovanovic
Hard rock band. It was formed in 1985 in Los Angeles by vocalist W. Axl (William Bruce) Rose (b Lafayette, IN, 6 Feb 1962), guitarist Izzy Stradlin (Jeffrey Dean Isbell, b Lafayette, IN, 8 April 1962), guitarist Tracii Guns (Tracy Richard Irving Ulrich, b Los Angeles, 20 Jan 1966), bassist Ole Beich (b Esbjerg, Denmark, 1955; d Copenhagen, 16 Oct 1991), and drummer Rob Gardner. Guns, Beich, and Gardner had been members of the band LA Guns, while Rose and Stradlin were friends from Indiana. This initial line up lasted for only a few shows before Guns and Beich left to be replaced by guitarist Slash (Saul Hudson, b London, 23 July 1965) and bassist Michael Andrew “Duff” McKagan (b Seattle, 5 Feb 1964), respectively. After a tour up the west coast another personnel change was precipitated by the withdrawal of Gardner, who was replaced by drummer Steven Adler (...