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Guns N’ Roses: Reliving past glory

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 2 2012   /  11:39 am

The latest lineup (from left to right): Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, DJ Ashba, Dizzy Reed, Axl Rose, Bumblefoot, Richard Fortus and Chris Pitman.At the height of rock music popularity in the 1990s, there was Guns N’ Roses (GN’R), a virtuoso band that attracted leagues of music fans across the genres.

With the banshee shrieks of Axl Rose and rough melancholic tunes, the group united the heart-wringing heavy metal fans with the blues boys. Its first work Appetite for Destruction in 1987 was the largest-selling debut album in rock history.

The next decade was their best and — like so many others in the cradle of fame — the most tumultuous, when they contributed their finest while struggling to keep the group together.

At the beginning of the new millennium, only Rose and keyboardist Darren Arthur “Dizzy” Reed remained in the band. Iconic guitarist Saul “...