List of Guns N' Roses members

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The 2010 lineup of the band included Dizzy Reed, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Richard Fortus, Axl Rose, DJ Ashba, Chris Pitman, Tommy Stinson and Frank Ferrer (not pictured).

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1985, the group originally featured vocalist Axl Rose, guitarists Tracii Guns and Izzy Stradlin, bassist Ole Beich and Rob Gardner, although Guns, Beich and Gardner were quickly replaced by Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler, respectively.[1] This lineup released the band's most critically and commercially successful album, Appetite for Destruction, in 1987, followed by the acoustic album G N' R Lies in 1988.[2] On July 11, 1990, Adler was fired due to drug addiction.[3]

Also in 1990, keyboardist Dizzy Reed was added to the group.[4] Adler was replaced by former The Cult drummer Matt Sorum, who was initially only brought in to perform on new studio recordings (it was planned that Adler would continue to perform at live shows).[3] The new lineup with Sorum and Reed recorded two albums for release in 1991: Use Your Illusion I and II.[2] However, just a few dates into the Use Your Illusion Tour in November 1991, Stradlin left the group and was replaced by Gilby Clarke, formerly of Kill for Thrills.[5]

The band's show on July 17, 1993 was the last at which all members except Rose and Reed would perform as members of Guns N' Roses.[6] After not being involved in the recording of the cover version of "Sympathy for the Devil" in 1994, Clarke's involvement with the band ended.[7] He was replaced by Paul "Huge" Tobias.[8] Slash left the band in October 1996, reportedly due to disagreements with Rose and issues with lineup changes.[9] He was followed in 1997 by McKagan, who left, and Sorum, who was fired, leaving only Rose, Reed and Tobias.[10]

In 1997, Slash was replaced by Robin Finck and Sorum was replaced by Josh Freese,[11][12] while Tommy Stinson was brought in as McKagan's replacement the following year.[13] Chris Pitman also joined as second keyboardist.[14] In early 1998, the new lineup of the band began recording Chinese Democracy.[15] Finck left in 1999 to return to Nine Inch Nails.[11] His replacement was Buckethead, who joined the following year,[16] while Freese was also replaced by Bryan "Brain" Mantia.[17] Finck later returned to the band alongside Buckethead,[18] while third guitarist Tobias was replaced in 2002 by Richard Fortus.[19] In 2004, Buckethead left the band.[20]

Buckethead was replaced in 2006 with Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal,[21] while in the same year Frank Ferrer was brought in to replace Mantia.[22] 15 years after the last studio album, Chinese Democracy was released in November 2008, featuring contributions from most band members since 1997.[23] Shortly before its release, Finck left to rejoin Nine Inch Nails again;[24] almost a year later, he was replaced by DJ Ashba.[25] This lineup remained stable until after the Appetite for Democracy tour, when Thal, Ashba, Stinson and Pitman left the group.[26] Both Slash and Duff McKagan returned to the band in 2016.[27] Keyboardist Melissa Reese joined the band in 2016, replacing Chris Pitman.[28]



Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Axl Rose Axl Rose 1985–present all Guns N' Roses releases
Slash Slash
  • 1985–1996
  • 2016–present
lead guitar
Duff McKagan Duff McKagan
  • 1985–1997
  • 2016–present[A]
Dizzy Reed Dizzy Reed 1990–present
  • keyboards
  • synthesizers
  • piano
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
all Guns N' Roses releases from Knockin' On Heavens Door (Days Of Thunder Soundtrack Version) (1990) to present
Richard Fortus Richard Fortus 2002–present
Frank Ferrer Frank Ferrer 2006–present
Melissa Reese Melissa Reese 2016–present
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • synthesizers
  • programming


Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Izzy Stradlin Izzy Stradlin 1985–1991[B]
  • guitars
  • vocals
  • percussion
  • all Guns N' Roses releases from Live?!*@ Like a Suicide (1986) to Use Your Illusion II (1991)
  • Live Era '87–'93 (1999)
Tracii Guns Tracii Guns 1985 lead guitar none
Ole Beich bass
Rob Gardner drums
Steven Adler Steven Adler 1985–1990[C] drums
  • all Guns N' Roses releases from Live?!*@ Like a Suicide (1986) to Civil War (1990)
  • Live Era '87–'93 (1999)
Matt Sorum Matt Sorum 1990–1997
  • drums
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
  • all Guns N' Roses releases from Use Your Illusion I (1991) to "Sympathy for the Devil" (1994)
  • Live Era '87–'93 (1999)
Gilby Clarke Gilby Clarke 1991–1994
Paul "Huge" Tobias[D] 1994–2002
  • rhythm guitar
  • piano
  • "Sympathy for the Devil" (1994)
  • "Oh My God" (1999)
  • Chinese Democracy (2008)
Robin Finck Robin Finck
  • 1997–1999
  • 2000–2008
  • guitars
  • keyboards
  • "Oh My God" (1999)
  • Chinese Democracy (2008)
Josh Freese Josh Freese 1997–2000 drums "Oh My God" (1999)[E]
Tommy Stinson Tommy Stinson 1998–2016
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Chris Pitman Chris Pitman[F] 1998–2016
  • synthesizers
  • keyboards
  • programming
  • Sub-bass
  • backing vocals
  • percussion
Buckethead Buckethead 2000–2004 guitars Chinese Democracy (2008)
Bryan "Brain" Mantia Bryan "Brain" Mantia 2000–2006 drums
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal 2006–2014 guitars
  • Chinese Democracy (2008)
  • Appetite for Democracy 3D (2014)
DJ Ashba DJ Ashba 2009–2015 Appetite for Democracy 3D (2014)



Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Fred Coury Fred Coury 1987–1988[G] drums none
Kid "Haggis" Chaos 1988[H] bass
Don Henley Don Henley 1989[I] drums
Teddy Andreadis 1991–1993
  • keyboards
  • harmonica
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
Live Era '87–'93 (1999)
Roberta Freeman backing vocals
Tracey Amos
Diane Jones
Cece Worrall horns
Anne King
Lisa Maxwell


Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
West Arkeen
  • 1988
  • 1990–1991
Howard Teman
  • percussion
  • piano
  • G N' R Lies (1988) – "Patience", "Used to Love Her", "You're Crazy" and "One in a Million"
  • Use Your Illusion II (1991) – "So Fine"
Rick Richards 1988 percussion G N' R Lies (1988) – "Patience", "Used to Love Her", "You're Crazy" and "One in a Million"
Ray Grden
Michael Monroe Michael Monroe
  • 1990–1991
  • 1992–1993
  • Use Your Illusion I (1991) – "Bad Obsession"
  • "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993) – "Ain't It Fun"
Stuart Bailey backing vocals
  • Use Your Illusion I (1991) – "November Rain"
  • "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993) – "I Don't Care About You"
Shannon Hoon 1990–1991 vocals
Johann Langlie
  • Use Your Illusion I (1991) – "Live And Let Die", "November Rain", "Garden Of Eden", "Coma"
  • Use Your Illusion II (1991) – "My World"
Alice Cooper Alice Cooper vocals Use Your Illusion I (1991) – "The Garden"
Jon Thautwein horns Use Your Illusion I (1991) – "Live and Let Die"
Matthew McKagan
Rachel West
Robert Clark
Tim Doyle tambourine Use Your Illusion I (1991) – "You Ain't the First"
Reba Shaw backing vocals Use Your Illusion I (1991) – "November Rain"
Mike Clink nutcracker Use Your Illusion I (1991) – "Dead Horse"
Bruce Foster programming Use Your Illusion I (1991) – "Coma"
Diane Mitchell spoken word vocals
Michelle Loiselle
Monica Zierhut-Soto
Patricia Fuenzalida
Rose Mann
Susanne Filkins
The Waters backing vocals Use Your Illusion II (1991) – "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
Mike Staggs 1992–1993 guitar "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993) – "Ain't It Fun"
Mike Fasano percussion "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993) – "Hair of the Dog"
Richard Duguay guitars "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993) – "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory"
Eddie Huletz backing vocals
Blake Stanton "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993) – "I Don't Care About You"
Eric Mills
Riki Rachtman Riki Rachtman
Carlos Booy acoustic guitar "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993) – "Look at Your Game, Girl"
Dave Navarro Dave Navarro 1999 guitar "Oh My God" (1999)
Gary Sunshine
Stuart White programming
Eric Caudieux 1997–2007
Chinese Democracy (2008) – "If the World" and "This I Love"
Sebastian Bach Sebastian Bach vocals Chinese Democracy (2008) – "Sorry"
Pete Scaturro keyboards
Suzy Katayama French horn Chinese Democracy (2008) – "Madagascar"
Patti Hood harp Chinese Democracy (2008) – "This I Love"
Caram Costanzo sub drums

2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lineup[edit]

Myles Kennedy joined the band onstage at the 2012 RRHOF induction ceremony.

In 2012, Guns N' Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among members inducted, Axl Rose, Dizzy Reed & Izzy Stradlin did not attend the ceremony. Slash, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke, Steven Adler & Matt Sorum performed alongside vocalist Myles Kennedy.[38]

  • Myles Kennedy - lead vocals
  • Slash - lead guitar
  • Gilby Clarke - rhythm guitar
  • Duff McKagan - bass
  • Steven Adler, Matt Sorum - drums



  1. ^ Duff McKagan also performed with the band as a live guest at a show on October 14, 2010, and as a touring substitute for Tommy Stinson in 2014.[29]
  2. ^ Izzy Stradlin also performed with the band as a touring substitute for Gilby Clarke in 1993, and as a live guest at several shows in 2006 and 2012.[29]
  3. ^ Adler appeared as a live guest during the band's Not in This Lifetime... Tour, on July 6th and July 9th.[30]
  4. ^ Credited as either Paul Huge or Paul Tobias.
  5. ^ Josh Freese's drum recordings were not included on Chinese Democracy, being re-recorded by Bryan Mantia after Freese left the band, but Freese was credited for arrangements on four tracks.[31] [32]
  6. ^ Pitman filled in on bass guitar in a 2007 show that Tommy Stinson was unable to attend[33]
  7. ^ Fred Coury replaced regular drummer Steven Adler between December 1987 and January 1988 due to an injury.[34][35][36]
  8. ^ Kid "Haggis" Chaos replaced regular bassist Duff McKagan for a show on May 27, 1988 as McKagan was getting married.[35]
  9. ^ Don Henley replaced regular drummer Steven Adler for the 1989 American Music Awards show on January 30, 1989.[37]


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