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Ugly Band Breakups: Guns N’ Roses

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The breakup of the original lineup of Guns N Roses was — in fact, still is — one of the most drawn-out and hotly contested band divorces in rock history.

Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin conquered the world with their 1987 masterpiece ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ but Adler was kicked out due to substance abuse battles before the recording of their twin 1991 ‘Use Your Illusion’ follow-ups, and Stradlin left during their next tour.

A few years later, Slash and McKagan left amid clashes with Rose over the band’s creative direction, leaving the singer to front a rotating cast of musicians before settling in recent years on the lineup that’s currently touring the world.

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