List of Guns N' Roses band members
|Guns N' Roses|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|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, guitarist 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 2001, 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 before leaving in 2015 to fully dedicate his time to Sixx:A.M.. Bumblefoot reportedly left the band after second Las Vegas Residency in June 2014, although no official announcement from the band or Bumblefoot regarding his status has been made.
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|Image||Name||Years active||Instruments||Release contributions|
|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||1990–present||keyboards, backing vocals, clavinet, synthesizers, piano, organ||from Knockin' On Heavens Door (Days of Thunder version) (1990) to Appetite for Democracy 3D (2014)|
|Tommy Stinson||1998–present||bass, backing vocals||from Oh My God (1999) to Appetite for Democracy 3D (2014)|
|Chris Pitman||keyboards, programming, sub-bass, backing vocals, synthesizers, bass, 12 string guitar, mellotron|
|Richard Fortus||2001–present||rhythm guitar, lead guitar, slide guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals||Chinese Democracy (2008) to Appetite for Democracy 3D (2014)|
|Frank Ferrer||2006-present||drums, tambourine|
|Image||Name||Years active||Instruments||Release contributions|
|Izzy Stradlin||1985–1991||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||1985||lead guitar||none|
|Duff "Rose" McKagan||1985–1997||bass, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, co-lead vocals, drums, percussion||from Live?!*@ Like A Suicide (1986) to Sympathy for the Devil (1994)|
|Slash||1985–1996||lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, dobro, classical guitar, banjo, talkbox, backing vocals|
|Steven Adler||1985–1990||drums, backing vocals||from Live?!*@ Like A Suicide (1986) to Civil War (1990)|
|Matt Sorum||1990–1997||drums, percussion, choir, backing vocals||from Use Your Illusion I (1991) to Sympathy for the Devil (1994)|
|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||1997–1999, 2000–2008||lead guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, acoustic guitar||Chinese Democracy (2008)|
|Josh Freese||1997–2000||drums||Oh My God (1999)|
|Buckethead||2000–2004||lead guitar, acoustic guitar||Chinese Democracy (2008)|
|Bryan "Brain" Mantia||2000–2006||drums|
|Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal||2006-2014||lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals||Chinese Democracy (2008), Appetite for Democracy 3D (2014)|
|DJ Ashba||2009–2015||lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals||Appetite for Democracy 3D (2014)|
|Name||Years active||Instruments||Release contributions|
|Fred Coury||1987-1988 (Temporary replacement for Steven Adler)||drums|
|Kid "Haggis" Chaos||1988 (Temporary replacement for Duff McKagan)||bass|
|Don Henley||1989 (1989 AMA replacement for Adler)||drums|
|Teddy Andreadis||1991–1993||keyboards, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals||Live Era '87–'93 (1999)|
|Tracey Amos||1991–1993||backing vocals|
|Izzy Stradlin||1993 (Temporary replacement for Gilby Clarke)||rhythm guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar|
|Duff McKagan||2014 (Temporary replacement for Tommy Stinson)||bass guitar, vocals|
2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lineup
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. Former members Slash, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke, Steven Adler & Matt Sorum performed alongside vocalist Myles Kennedy.
- Myles Kennedy - Lead vocals
- Slash - lead guitar
- Gilby Clarke - rhythm guitar
- Duff McKagan - bass
- Steven Adler, Matt Sorum - drums