List of Guns N' Roses band members

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Guns N' Roses
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Guns N' Roses performing at Download Festival on June 11, 2006. From left to right: Robin Finck, Tommy Stinson, Axl Rose and Richard Fortus.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal
Years active 1985–present
Members Axl Rose
Dizzy Reed
Tommy Stinson
Chris Pitman
Richard Fortus
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
Frank Ferrer
DJ Ashba
Past members See: Former 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 DJ Ashba, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal 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 Tracii Guns, bassist Ole Beich and drummer Rob Gardner. The "classic line-up" as signed to Geffen Records in 1986 consisted of Rose, Stradlin, lead guitarist 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, returning to tour with the band for several months after Clarke broke his hand in a motorcycle accident in 1993.

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 and additional bassist 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, 2012 Up Close and Personal Tour and 2012-2014 Appetite for Democracy Tour.



Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Axl Rose W. Axl Rose 1985–present vocals, piano, keyboards, whistle, whistling, acoustic guitar, synthesizers, percussion, kazoo, rhythm guitar, sound effects, choir All Guns N' Roses releases
Dizzy Reed Dizzy Reed 1990–present keyboards, backing vocals, clavinet, synthesizers, piano, organ from Knockin' On Heavens Door (Days of Thunder version) (1990) to Chinese Democracy (2008)
Tommy Stinson Tommy Stinson 1998–present bass, backing vocals from Oh My God (1999) to Chinese Democracy (2008)
Chris Pitman Chris Pitman keyboards, backing vocals, synthesizers, bass, 12 string guitar, mellotron
Richard Fortus Richard Fortus 2002–present rhythm guitar, lead guitar, backing vocals Chinese Democracy (2008)
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal 2006–present lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Frank Ferrer drums
DJ Ashba DJ Ashba 2009–present lead guitar none


Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Izzy Stradlin Izzy Stradlin 1985–1991, 1993 (Temporary tour replacement for Gilby Clarke), 2006, 2012 rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, sitar, percussion from Live?!*@ Like A Suicide (1986) to Use Your Illusion II (1991)
Tracii Guns Tracii Guns 1985 lead guitar none
Ole Beich bass
Rob Gardner drums
Duff McKagan Duff "Rose" McKagan 1985–1997, 2010, 2011, 2014 (Temporary tour replacement for Tommy Stinson) bass, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, co-lead vocals, drums, percussion from Live?!*@ Like A Suicide (1986) to Sympathy for the Devil (1994)
Slash Slash 1985–1996 lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, dobro, classical guitar, banjo, talkbox, backing vocals
Steven Adler Steven Adler 1985–1990 drums, backing vocals from Live?!*@ Like A Suicide (1986) to Civil War (1990)
Matt Sorum Matt Sorum 1990–1997 drums, percussion, choir, backing vocals from Use Your Illusion I (1991) to Sympathy for the Devil (1994)
Gilby Clarke Gilby Clarke 1991–1994 rhythm guitar "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993)
Paul Tobias 1994–2002 rhythm guitar, piano from Sympathy for the Devil (1994) to Chinese Democracy (2008)
Robin Finck Robin Finck 1997–1999, 2000–2008 lead guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, acoustic guitar Chinese Democracy (2008)
Josh Freese Josh Freese 1998–1999 drums Oh My God (1999)
Dave Navarro 1999 lead guitar Oh My God (1999)
Buckethead Buckethead 2000–2004 lead guitar, acoustic guitar Chinese Democracy (2008)
Bryan "Brain" Mantia Bryan "Brain" Mantia 2000–2006 drums


Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Teddy Andreadis 1991–1993 keyboards, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals Live Era '87–'93 (1999)
Anne King 1991–1993 trumpet
Cece Worrall 1991–1993 tenor saxophone
Lisa Maxwell 1991–1993 alto saxophone
Tracey Amos 1991–1993 backing vocals
Roberta Freeman 1991–1993
Diane Jones 1991-1993
Izzy Stradlin 1993 (Temporary tour replacement for Gilby Clarke) rhythm guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Duff McKagan 2014 (Tour replacement for Tommy Stinson) bass guitar, vocals


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