|In 1985, heavy metal group Guns N' Roses, originally called Hollywood Guns, was also formed in Los Angeles, CA. Band members included lead singer Axl Rose; guitarists Tracii Guns and Izzy Stradlin; bass man Ole Beich; and Rob Gardner on drums. Axl Rose, originally from the band Hollywood Rose and Tracii Guns, originally from the band L.A. Guns, combined the names of their previous bands to create their new band name "Guns N' Roses" (www.80music.about.com). Eventually, Guns and Gardner were soon replaced by Slash and Steven Alder, due to missing scheduled shows. In 1986, the band released a small record titled, "Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide." Considering the record company only produced a total of 10,000 copies, Guns N' Roses did not receive much success. The band didn't rise to fame until 1987, when they released their first full debut album titled, "Appetite for Destruction." Guns N' Roses' first released single, "Welcome to the Jungle," did not do well in the beginning. With the support of MTV (music television), their next single, "Sweet Child O' Mine," inspired by his soon to be wife, became a smashing hit for the band. Fans fell in love with the song and the single shot to the number one spot on the music billboards. Guns N' Roses then reintroduced their original debut single, "Welcome to the Jungle," which finally gained success for the band. By this time, the band was considered to be a threat to other rock groups. They began playing live performances on MTV and producing music videos resulting in more attention and fan interest. They became well known for their raw, ugly, punk style of music, adding a twist to rock n' roll music. Music listeners also became attracted to their traditional appearance, less of the heavy makeup and costumes often worn by other rock groups. "Paradise City" also became a huge hit for the band. With the support of fans, Guns N' Roses' bad boy style of music sold over three million copies worldwide of their first album "Appetite for Destruction" and was number one on the music charts for months ("Guns N' Roses"). This album, without a doubt, set the landmark for their music career. In late 1988, Guns N' Roses released their second album titled, "G N' R Lies." The album portrayed a more sensitive side of the band. The record consisted of a total of eight songs; four were previously recorded on their first album, "Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide." Hit singles included "Patience" and "Used to Love Her." The album did very well and the band gained even more success, allowing them to enter the 90's with a large fan base. With the abuse of drugs and alcohol, the members of Guns N' Roses began to not get along as well causing several members to eventually quit the band. By the early 90's, "grunge" music was introduced, resulting in the decline of interest in Guns N' Roses' style of music. "To date, the band has sold an estimated 90 million albums worldwide, including 39 million in the United States" ("Guns N' Roses"). As you can see, the band is still liked and listened to today. Now a days, Guns N' Roses is busy touring overseas; however, Axl Rose is the only original member left in the heavy metal group.