Top 11 Tragic Facts About Guns N’ Roses That Made Them Famous!
Fans of Guns N’ Roses know that they play from the heart, pulling lyrics from experiences rooted in addiction, pain, poverty, and abuse. This is the tragic, real-life story of one of history’s greatest rock bands.
This one is perhaps as unsurprising as it is tragic, but each and every single one of the Appetite for Destruction-era band members came from a broken home.
Drummer Steven Adler’s father left the family when he was a kid. His resulting problematic behavior forced his mother to send him to his grandparents in Hollywood, where he met Saul Hudson. Hudson, popularly known as Slash, was also the child of divorced parents. They’d split in 1974 after years of trying to hold a marriage together while in separate countries. Like Adler, Slash neglected school and indulged in substance abuse.
Naturally, the two decided to form a band. It never materialized, but they did search for a bassist long enough to meet one Michael “Duff” McKagan, a Seattle punk transplant with a passion for music and an addiction to alcohol. Duff’s parents were also divorced.
Meanwhile, Indiana natives Jeffrey Isabell, known as Izzy Stradlin, and childhood friend William Bailey, better known as Axl Rose, were also the products of broken homes.
Stradlin’s parents divorced when he was eight, while Axl’s parents split when he was still two. Axl has since described his childhood home as intensely religious, and he claims he and his siblings endured regular physical abuse as children.
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