Guns N’ Roses Band Members (Names, Ages, and Trivia)

Guns N’ Roses is an iconic rock band hailing from Los Angeles, California.They are known for their electrifying performances, rebellious spirit, and a sound that seamlessly blended hard rock with elements of blues and punk. Guns N’ Roses emerged as one of the defining acts of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

  • The current Guns N’ Roses lineup features Axl Rose (aged 61), Duff McKagan (aged 59), Slash (aged 58), Dizzy Reed (aged 60), Richard Fortus (aged 56), Frank Ferrer (aged 57), and Melissa Reese (aged 33).
  • Guns N’ Roses has seen several changes in its lineup over the years, with notable members like Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum, Tracii Guns, and others.
  • The band’s name, “Guns N’ Roses,” is a combination of “Hollywood Rose” and “L.A. Guns.”
  • “Chinese Democracy” is one of the most expensive albums ever produced, with a recording process spanning over 10 years and an estimated cost of over $13 million.

The Members of Guns N’ Roses

  • Axl Rose, (aged 61) – Vocals

Axl Rose, born on February 6, 1962, is the iconic frontman of Guns N’ Roses. Axl is popularly known for having a powerful and distinctive voice. As the lead vocalist and songwriter, he played a crucial role in shaping the band’s sound and image. His amazing stage presence, paired with his signature shrieking vocals, has played a crucial role in the band’s fame and stardom. 

  • Duff McKagan, (aged 59) – Bass Guitar

Duff McKagan, born on February 5, 1964, is the bassist of Guns N’ Roses. Duff McKagan was a key contributor to Guns N’ Roses in terms of songwriting. He co-wrote several of the band’s most memorable songs and made an impact on shaping their sound. Duff’s bass lines provided a solid backbone to the band’s music, adding groove and depth to their hard rock and heavy metal sound. 

  • Slash, (aged 58) – Lead Guitar

Slash, born on July 23, 1965, is the legendary lead guitarist of the group. His virtuosic guitar skills have made him and the band rock and roll icons. He also co-wrote many of Guns N’ Roses’ tracks, contributing to the band’s success not only with his incredible guitar work but also with his creative songwriting abilities.

  • Dizzy Reed, (aged 60) – Keyboard

Dizzy Reed, born on June 18, 1963, is the second longest standing member of Guns N’ Roses. He brings a unique element to the band’s music, incorporating piano and synthesizers into their hard rock sound. Dizzy’s keyboard work is especially prominent in songs like “November Rain,” adding an orchestral quality to the band’s repertoire.

  • Richard Fortus, (aged 56) –  Rhythm Guitar

Richard Fortus, born on November 17, 1966, is one of the band’s guitarists. He brought a fresh perspective to Guns N’ Roses, complementing Slash’s guitar work with his own unique style. His solid and diverse guitar skills added depth and complexity to the band’s live performances and their later studio work. 

  • Frank Ferrer, (aged 57) – Drums

Frank Ferrer, born on March 25, 1966, is the drummer for Guns N’ Roses. His precise and powerful drumming style has solidified the backbone of the band’s sound, both in their classic hits and their more recent work. His drumming brought a modern and energetic edge to the band’s sound, enhancing their live shows and providing a solid foundation for their music.

  • Melissa Reese, (aged 33) – Keyboard, Synth

Melissa Reese, born on March 1, 1990, is the band’s keyboardist and synthesizer player. She joined the band in more recent years and added a fresh and modern electronic element to their sound. Since joining the band, she has seamlessly integrated her talents into the group’s dynamic live performances and recording sessions, allowing the band to explore a more contemporary and experimental dimension while retaining their signature rock and roll identity.

Past members of Guns N’ Roses

The formation and evolution of Guns N’ Roses is an interesting journey peppered with significant changes in membership.

  • Izzy Stradlin (Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals) – 1985-1991
  • Rob Gardner (Drums, Backing Vocals) – 1985-1985
  • Tracii Guns (Lead and Rhythm Guitars) – 1985-1985
  • Ole Beich (Bass) – 1985-1985
  • Steven Adler (Drums) – 1985-1990
  • Matt Sorum (Drums) – 1990-1997
  • Gilby Clarke (Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals) – 1991-1994
  • Paul “Huge” Tobias (Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals) – 1994-2002
  • Robin Finck (Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Occasional Keyboards) – 1997-1999, 2000-2008
  • Josh Freese (Drums, Percussion) – 1997-2000
  • Tommy Stinson (Bass, Backing and Occasional Lead Vocals) – 1998-2014
  • Chris Pitman (Keyboards, Synthesizers, Sub-Bass, Programming, Backing Vocals, Percussion) – 1998-2016
  • Brian Carroll, a.k.a. Buckethead (Lead and Rhythm Guitars) – 2000-2004
  • Bryan Mantia, a.k.a. Brain (Drums, Percussion) – 2000-2006
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Backing and Occasional Lead Vocals) – 2006-2014
  • DJ Ashba (Lead and Rhythm Guitars) – 2009-2015

Trivia about the Band

  • The name “Guns N’ Roses” is a combination of two bands, “Hollywood Rose” and “L.A. Guns.” Axl Rose was originally in Hollywood Rose, and Tracii Guns was in L.A. Guns. They merged their bands to form Guns N’ Roses.
  • The album “Chinese Democracy,” released in 2008, holds the record for being the second most expensive album ever produced, with a recording process spanning over 10 years. It’s estimated to have cost over $13 million.
  • The iconic guitar riff for “Sweet Child o’ Mine” was initially just a warm-up exercise by Slash. When Axl Rose overheard it, he suggested they incorporate it into a song.
  • Slash’s signature top hat, which he “acquired” by stealing it from a store, along with a belt he also stole, has become an integral part of his image, and he felt an undeniable connection to it.
  • Guns N’ Roses made history by releasing two albums simultaneously, “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II,” in 1991. Both albums debuted at No. 2 and No. 1, respectively, on the Billboard 200 chart, a remarkable achievement.

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