There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold And she's buying a stairway to heaven And when she gets there she knows if the stores are closed With a word she can get what she came for
Woe oh oh oh oh oh And she's buying a stairway to heaven
There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure And you know sometimes words have two meanings In the tree by the brook there's a songbird who sings Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven
There's a feeling I get when I look to the west And my spirit is crying for leaving In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees And the voices of those who stand looking
And it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune Then the piper will lead us to reason And a new day will dawn for those who stand long And the forest will echo with laughter
And it makes me wonder
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow Don't be alarmed now It's just a spring clean for the May Queen
Yes there are two paths you can go by but in the long run There's still time to change the road you're on
Your head is humming and it won't go because you don't know The piper's calling you to join him Dear lady can't you hear the wind blow and did you know Your stairway lies on the whispering wind
And as we wind on down the road Our shadows taller than our souls There walks a lady we all know Who shines white light and wants to show How everything still turns to gold And if you listen very hard The tune will come to you at last When all are one and one is all To be a rock and not to roll Woe oh oh oh oh oh And she's buying a stairway to heaven
Svom bendu nadjenuli su ime Diamond Lie, te su već 5. kolovoza 1987. održali svoj prvi koncert. Promjena imena došla je brzo, i kao Alice In Chains, dobre preporuke od metalaca u sjevero-zapadnim Sjedinjenim državama, već 1989. donose im ugovor s Columbia Records. Iste godine izdaju svoj prvi EP nazvan "Man In The Box", s kojeg naslovna pjesma okreće heavy metal svijet naglavačke, i uz vrhove top lista na gotovo svim televizijama, radio postajama i underground klubovima, radi odličan temelj za prvi pravi album "Facelift" u 1990.
Sviranje po svome gradu i prvi rasprodani koncert 22.12. donio im je nekoliko nominacija za Grammy i American Music Award, te sudjelovanje na kultnom filmu "Singles" koji je okupio gotovo sve tadašnje umjetnike iz kolijevke, kasnije nazvanog, grungea. Spektakularne turneje sa Slayer, Van Halen, Iggy Pop i Megadeth napravile su odličan uvod u najsvjetlije trenutke njihove karijere.
Veliki komercijalni uspjeh albuma "Nevermind" od Nirvane pomogao je cjelokupnoj Seattle sceni i pokret nazvan grunge počeo je dobivati sve više i više poklonika. Mali akustični EP "Sap" koji je ime dobio po snu bubnjara Sean Kinneyja u kojem je sanjao da su snimili album i nazvali ga "Sap" jer bio "Sappy", te najpoznatiji uradak Alice In Chains Dirt donijeli su slavu u njihove živote. Radio hitovi "Would" i "Rooster", te odlične "Them Bones", "Angry Chair" i "Down In A Hole" omogućile su uspješnu turneju na kojoj je Layne čak i slomio stopalo, ali im je velika ljubav prema bednu omogućila da ne propuste ni jedan datum, te da Layne sve koncerte otpjeva u invalidskim kolicima.
Uslijedio je novi akustični EP "Jar Of Flies", sviranje Lollapalooza koncerata i kratka pauza. Tome su potpomogli promjena basista istih imena (Ozzy Osbourneov basist Mike Inez umjesto Mike Starra), lagano razilaženje u mišljenjima Jerryja koji je uvijek naginjao prema mainstream glazbi dok je Layne u svojem pomalo narkomanskom svijetu uvijek naginjao prema undergorund sceni, te sviranje vlastitih projekata. Layne se udružio s ekipom iz Pearl Jama i s Mad Season snimio album "Above", dok je Mike Inez svirao sa Slashom u njegovim Slash's Snakepit.
Ipak, 1995. zadnji puta se vraćaju u studio da snime jedan odličan album koji je radi tronogog psa i čovjeka na naslovnici neslužbeno nazvan "Tripod" iako je pravo ime albuma bilo jednostavno "Alice In Chains". Naslovnicu je opet inspirirao bubnjar Sean, jer se sjetio tronogog psa koji ga je pratio kada je kao klinac raznosio novine. Album je bio mračan i žestok, te je im je još jednom donio odlične kritike i prvo mjesto na Billboardu, ali i još jedan poraz na dodijeli Grammy nagrada.
Koncerata, navodno zbog puno (i previše) droge nije bilo, pa je prva živa izvedba nakon izlaska bila "Unplugged" i nastup na Kiss reunion turneji, gdje se unatoč rukavica i sunčanih naočala već vidjelo poljuljano zdravstveno stanje Staleyja. To je ujedno bilo i zadnje što smo vidjeli od Alice In Chains. Kraj, kakav god on bio, bio je jako blizu.
Službene potvrde o raspadu nikada nije bilo, ali je u nemogućnosti da Staleyja natjera na neki odgovorniji rad, Jerry odlučio izdati svoj solo album. 1998. izašao je "Boggy Depot", kojega su slijedile razne kompilacije Alice In Chains koje su bend pokušale održati na životu, s nadom da će jednog dana ipak nastaviti stvarati glazbu, a ne svoje naslijeđe bespovratno ostaviti bendovima kao Godsmack, Nickelback, Puddle Of Mudd i Creed, koji se jasno bili pod utjecajem njihovih radova.
2002., u trenucima kada je Jerry Cantrell pripremao svoj drugi album "Degradation Trip", dogodilo se ono čega se svaki fan Alice In Chains bojao. Svaka naznaka da će činjenica što je Jerry surađivao sa svima iz Alice In Chains svijeta osim Laynea, ponovo jednog dana pokrenuti bend, umrla je zajedno sa karizmatičnim pjevačem.
Naime, 5. travnja, isti dan kada si je i Kurt Cobain oduzeo život 8 godina ranije, Layne Staley je preminuo zbog predoziranja kombinacijom heroina i kokaina. Njegovo beživotno tijelo pronađeno je u njegovu stanu dva tjedna kasnije, te je smrt službeno opisana kao "Aktuna intoksikacija zbog učinka kombinacije opijata i kokaina".
Jerry je cijeli svoj album povukao iz prodaje kako bi na ponovno izdanoj verziji ipak zahvalio i posvetio ga čovjeku bez kojega ne bi u glazbenom svijetu postigao toliki uspjeh. Album je posvetio životu i smrti Layne Staleya, čovjeka koji je tog tužnog dana obistinio riječi iz s njihovog prvog hita "I'm the man in the box".
James Marshall Hendrix poznatiji kao Jimi Hendrix rodio se u Seattleu 27. studenog 1942. godine. Iako je njegova solo karijera (od izlaska prvog singla 1966. pa sve do smrti 1970. g.) trajala svega četiri godine, priča o njegovoj glazbenoj karijeri započinje puno prije. Još od malih nogu zanima se za gitaru, pa je i prve akorde naučio prije nego što je krenuo u školu.
Postoji i jedna anegdota koja je nagovještavala Jimijevu zaljubljenost u sviranje:...Jimi je po svojoj sobi ludovao i zamišljao da svira gitaru kada mu je došao otac s metlom i rekao da pospremi sobu. Otac je otišao s mišljenjem da će mu sin napraviti kako mu je rekao, a kada se vratio našao je Jimija kako spava s metlom preko sebe kao da drži gitaru. Probudio ga je i upitao "Šta si radio?", a Jimi mu je odgovorio "Svirao sam metlu!".
Utjecaj na malog Jimija je imao Al Hendrix, njegov otac koji mu je svojim blues i jazz kolekcijama ploča stvorio prve uzore kao što su legende Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Robert Johnson... Primjetivši veliko zanimanje za glazbu Al radi i drugi veliki korak u Jimijevom putu prema legendi, s petnaest godina kupuje mu električnu gitaru. Gitara je bila za dešnjaka, a kako je Jimi bio ljevak prilagodio ju je sebi tj. okrenuo je žice. Sa 16. g. u srednjoj školi osniva svoj prvi bend. Hendrix bez gitare nije Hendrix, čak i na wc nije išao bez nje. Toliko je vremena provodio s njom da su se stopili jedno s drugim.
Zbog obaveze 1961. godine prijavljuje se u vojsku, a već slijedeće godine otpušten je iz vojske radi teške ozljede, koja je uslijedila nakon skoka s padobranom. Nakon povratka iz vojske započinje glazbenu karijeru. Najviše je svirao kao pratnja poznatim muzičarima toga vremena (Sam Cooke, Ike & Tina Turner, B.B. King, Wilson Picketta,...). Nakon napornih turneja zaustavlja se u New Yorku i svira u Cafe Wha gdje se upoznaje s Ches Chandlerom, bas gitaristom grupe The Animals i tu počinje njegov pravi glazbeni početak.
Ches mu postaje menadžer, i nagovara ga da dođe u London, te je na njegovu inicijativu osnovan trio The Jimi Hendrix Expirience. Uz Jimija još nastupaju Mitch Mitchell kao bubnjar i Noel Redding na bas gitari. Premijerni nastup su imali u pariškoj dvorani Olympia, a u jesen 1966. snimaju singl "Hey Joe" koji je završio na 6. mjestu britanske top liste. Poslije toga izlazi drugi singl, možda i najpoznatija Hendrixova stvar "Purple Haze" koji dolazi na 3. mjesto.
Na preporuku Paula McCartneyja, Hendrix odlazi svirati na dobrotvorni Monterey Pop Festival (o kojem je D.A.Pennebaker snimio dokumentarni film "Monterey Pop" ) koji se održao pred 50 000 posjetitelja. Uz Hendrixa na festivalu su nastupili: The Who, Otis Redding, The Byrds, Greatful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Mama's&Papa's, Canned Heat... Svojim nastupom i žrtvovanjem gitare Hendrix se pokazao kao najkreativniji gitarist, što se moglo vidjeti i na debi albumu "Are You Expirienced?", koji je došao na drugo mjesto britanske top liste, a nakon festivala i na peto mjesto američke top ljestvice.
Jimi se koristio isprekidanim rifovima, rasturajućim feedbackom i srceparajućim wah-wah pedelama, svirajući svoj Fender Stratocaster iza leđa i iza vrata, pa čak i zubima svojim je showom privukao i mnoge poznate glazbenike (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck,...) na svoje svirke.
Zbog međusobnog neslaganja 1969. bend se razilazi, a Hendrix se vraća u Ameriku. Nakon povratka svira po festivalima od kojih je zasigurno najvažniji Woodstock, do tada najveći festival gdje je i premijerno odsvirao američku himnu - "Star Spangled Banner", pred više od 400 000 ljudi. Nakon Woodstock okuplja novi bnd Band Of Gypsies u kojem nastupaju samo crni glazbenici. Izdali samo jedan i to live album snimljen na dočeku 1970. u Filmore East dvorani u New Yorku. Tijekom koncerta u Madison Square Gardenu u New Yorku, Hendrix je na zaprepaštenje svojih fanova, a i ostatka benda, jednostavno usred nastupa otišao s pozornice i time dao do znanja da više ne želi nastupat s Band Of Gypsies.
Nakon odlaska iz benda vraća se u London gdje ponovno okuplja Expirince i pokušava snimiti novi album, koji se trebao zvati "First Ray Of The New Rising Sun", što mu ne uspjeva zbog njegove tragične smrti.
Zbog prekomjerene doze tableta za spavanje 18.09.1970. u hotelu Samarkand u Londonu, gdje je odsjeo s djevojkom Monikom Danneman, umire jedna od najvećih ikona rock glazbe. Posljednje riječi Jimi Hendrixa koje je napisao noć prije smrti: "The Story Of Life Is Quicker Then The Wink Of An Eye The Story Of Love Is Hello Goodbye Untill We Meet Again".
Jimi Hendrix je sahranjen na Grenwood Memorial Cemetery u Rentonu, predgrađu Seattlea, država Washington, SAD. Nepoznat je broj neslužbenih albuma na kojima svira Jimi, od službnih izdanja izašli su: "Are You Experienced?" (1967.) "Axis: Bold As Love" (1967.) "Smash Hits" (1968.) "Electric Ladyland" (1968.) "Band Of Gypsies" (1970.) "Cry Of Love" (1971.)
Al Hendrix nakon niza sudskih i pravnih borbi 1995. ipak dobiva pravo naslijeđa na sve Jimijeve glazbene uratke, te izdaje video kasetu o snimanju LP-a "Electric Ladyland" uz pomoć Janie Hendrix-Wright (Jimijeva sestra).
Prošlo je više od trideset godina od smrti istinske legende rock glazbe, a još uvijek nema većeg gitarističkog genija od Jimi Hendrixa.
Nightwish je finski bend, osnovan 1996 u gradu Kitee, rodnom gradu osnivača i klavijaturista u bendu - Tuomasa Holopainena. Nightwish svira glazbu koja se može ubrojiti i u power metal i u symphonic metal, čak ih se smatra jednim od osnivača symphonic metala, skupa sa sličnim bandovima kao što su Epica, After Forever, Visions of Atlantis te Within Temptation.
Od početka 2006. godine bend traži novu pjevačicu, zamjenu za Tarju Turunen, koja je otpuštena 21. listopada 2005. na njihowom zadnjem koncertu u Hartwall areni u Helsinkiju.
I wish I had an angel For one moment of love I wish I had your angel tonight Deep into a dying day I took a step outside an innocent heart Prepare to hate me fall when I may This night will hurt you like never before Old loves they die hard Old lies they die harder I wish I had an angel For one moment of love I wish I had your angel Your Virgin Mary undone I`m in love with my lust Burning angel wings to dust I wish I had your angel tonight I`m going down so frail and cruel Drunken disguise changes all the rules Old loves they die hard Old lies they die harder I wish I had an angel For one moment of love I wish I had your angel Your Virgin Mary undone I`m in love with my lust Burning angel wings to dust I wish I had your angel tonight Greatest thrill Not to kill But to have the prize of the night Hypocrite Wannabe friend 13th disciple who betrayed me for nothing! Last dance, first kiss Your touch, my bliss Beauty always comes with dark thoughts I wish I had an angel For one moment of love I wish I had your angel Your Virgin Mary undone I`m in love with my lust Burning angel wings to dust I wish I had your angel tonight I wish I had an angel I wish I had an angel I wish I had an angel I wish I had an angel
Pink Floyd are an English rock band noted for philosophical lyrics, classical rock compositions, sonic experimentation, innovative cover art, and elaborate live shows. One of rock music's most successful and influential acts, the group has sold over 200 million albums worldwide, and an estimated 73.5 million albums in the United States alone.
Pink Floyd had modest success in the late-1960s as a psychedelic band led by the late Syd Barrett and Roger Waters. Barrett's increasingly erratic behaviour eventually forced his colleagues to augment and eventually replace him with guitarist David Gilmour and the band went on to record several elaborate concept albums, achieving worldwide success with 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon, 1975's Wish You Were Here, 1977's Animals, and 1979's The Wall, among the best-selling, most critically acclaimed, and enduringly popular albums in rock music history. In 1985, singer, bassist, and songwriter Roger Waters declared Pink Floyd defunct although the remaining members continued recording and touring under the name, enjoying great commercial success and eventually reaching a settlement with Waters.
Waters performed with the band for the first time in 24 years, on 2 July 2005 at the London Live 8 concert, playing to Pink Floyd's biggest audience ever. On 3 February 2006, Gilmour gave an interview to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica which indicated the band would no longer tour or produce any new material, although various members still plan on producing solo or collaborative material. The possibility of an appearance similar to Live 8 has not been ruled out by either Mason or Gilmour.
Pink Floyd evolved from an earlier band, formed in 1964, which was at various times called Sigma 6, The Megga Deaths, The Screaming Abdabs, and The Abdabs. When this band split up, some members — guitarists Syd Barret, Bob Klose, and Roger Waters, drummer Nick Mason, and wind instrument player Rick Wright — formed a new band called Tea Set, and were joined shortly thereafter by guitarist Syd Barrett, who became the band's primary vocalist as well. When Tea Set found themselves on the same bill as another band with the same name, Barrett came up with an alternative name on the spur of the moment, choosing The Pink Floyd Sounds (after two blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council). For a time after this they oscillated between 'Tea Set' and 'The Pink Floyd Sound', with the latter name eventually winning out. The word Sound was dropped fairly quickly, but the definite article ('the') was still used occasionally for several years afterward, up to about the time of the More soundtrack. In the early days, the band covered rhythm and blues staples such as "Louie, Louie," but gained notoriety for psychedelic interpretations, with extended improvised sections and 'spaced out' solos.
The heavily jazz-oriented Klose left the band to become a photographer shortly before Pink Floyd started recording, leaving an otherwise stable lineup with Barrett on lead guitar, Waters on bass guitar, Mason on drums and Wright switching to keyboards. Barrett started writing his own songs, influenced by American and British psychedelic rock with his own brand of whimsical humour. Pink Floyd became a favourite in the underground movement, playing at such prominent venues as the UFO club, the Marquee Club and the Roundhouse. As their popularity increased, the band members formed Blackhill Enterprises in October 1966, a six-way business partnership with their managers, Peter Jenner and Andrew King, issuing the singles "Arnold Layne" (sample (help·info)) in March 1967 and "See Emily Play" in June 1967. "Arnold Layne" reached number 20 in the UK Singles Chart, and "See Emily Play" reached number 6, granting the band its first TV appearance on Top of the Pops in July 1967.
Released in August 1967, the band's debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, is today considered to be a prime example of British psychedelic music, and was generally well-received by critics at the time. It is now viewed as one of the better debut albums by many critics.  The album's tracks, predominantly written by Barrett, showcase poetic lyrics and an eclectic mixture of music, from the avant-garde free-form piece "Interstellar Overdrive" (sample (info)) to whimsical songs such as "The Scarecrow," inspired by the Fenlands, a rural region north of Cambridge (Barrett, Gilmour and Waters's home town). Lyrics were entirely surreal and often referred to folklore, such as "The Gnome" (sample (info)). The music reflected newer technologies in electronics through its prominent use of stereo panning and electric keyboards. The album was a hit in the UK where it peaked at #6, but did not get much attention in North America, reaching #131 in the U.S. During this period, the band toured with Jimi Hendrix, which helped to increase its popularity.
As the band became more and more popular, the stresses of life on the road and a significant intake of psychedelic drugs took their toll on Barrett, whose mental health had been deteriorating for several months. Barrett's strange behaviour has often been attributed to his drug use. In January 1968, guitarist David Gilmour joined the band to carry out Barrett's playing and singing duties.
With Barrett's behaviour becoming less and less predictable, and his almost constant use of LSD, he became very unstable, often staring into space while the rest of the band performed. During some performances, he would simply strum one chord for the duration of a concert, or simply begin detuning his guitar. The band's live shows became increasingly ramshackle until, eventually, the other band members simply stopped taking him to the concerts. It was originally hoped that Barrett would write for the band with Gilmour performing live, but Barrett's increasingly difficult compositions, such as "Have You Got It Yet?", which changed melodies and chord progression with every take, eventually made the rest of the band give up on this arrangement. Once Barrett's departure was formalised in April 1968, producers Jenner and King decided to remain with him, and the six-way Blackhill partnership was dissolved. The band adopted Steve O'Rourke as manager, and he remained with Pink Floyd until his death in 2003.
After recording two solo albums (The Madcap Laughs and Barrett) in 1970 (co-produced by and sometimes featuring Gilmour, Waters and Wright) to moderate success, Barrett slipped into seclusion. Again going by his given name, Roger, he lived a quiet life in his native Cambridge for more than 35 years. Barrett died from pancreatic cancer on 7 July 2006.
Pantera was a popular heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas, that formed in 1981. Emerging alongside influential classic thrash metal acts such as Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax, Pantera was a key formulator of the groove metal (post-thrash) subgenre of heavy metal music.
It would not be until nine years after forming that Pantera saw its first bit of commercial success in its major label debut, Cowboys from Hell. From there, Pantera became one of the most celebrated heavy metal bands of the 1990s. Despite the generally cold reception of the band's first four albums, critics have lauded Pantera's style thereafter; Jason Birchmeier of the All Music Guide considers Pantera to be "arguably the greatest metal band of '90s and ... one of the greatest and most influential metal bands ever." The band has received accolades such as ranking forty-fifth on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and fifth on MTV's "Top 10 Greatest Heavy Metal Bands of All-Time".
Due to long-standing internal conflicts, Pantera dissolved in 2003. The following year, the band's guitarist, Dimebag Darrell, was shot and killed on-stage while performing with his new band, Damageplan.
Pantera formed in 1981 with its original line-up consisting of drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, his brother, guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott (originally referred to as Diamond Darrell), bassist Tommy Bradford, guitarist Terry Glaze (also known as Terrence Lee), and vocalist Donnie Hart. At its conception, the members of Pantera were in 11th grade. They began performing KISS and Van Halen covers as well as original material in the glam metal vein in Texas nightclubs. Along with adopting the glam metal sound, the band members frequently performed in spandex and teased-up hair, a common appearance in the glam metal scene.
In 1982, Hart left the band and Glaze took over vocal duties. Rex Brown (originally referred to as Rex Rocker) soon replaced Bradford on bass. Pantera became an underground favorite, though its regional tours in this era never took them past Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The band began supporting fellow heavy metal acts such as Stryper, Dokken, and Quiet Riot, who in turn promoted Pantera's debut, Metal Magic. Metal Magic was released on the band's record label with the same name in 1983 and produced by the Abbott brothers' father, Jerry Abbott (referred to as "The Eldn'"), at Pantego Studios.
The following year, Pantera released its second album, Projects in the Jungle. Though still very much a glam metal album, the band members crafted songs that had less overbearing melodic influences than songs from Metal Magic. Another change was Terry Glaze's surname, which would be "Lee" from then on. In addition, a music video for the album's lead track, "All Over Tonight", was eventually created. Projects in the Jungle was also released on the independent Metal Magic Records label and produced by Jerry Abbott.
For the third consecutive year, Pantera recorded a full-length album to be released on Metal Magic Records, this time entitled I Am the Night. As with Projects in the Jungle, this album saw Pantera's sound becoming heavier (though still rooted in glam metal), and the heavy metal press took more notice of the band. Because of poor distribution, I Am the Night was a costly album to many fans. Around 25,000 copies of I Am the Night were sold. Pantera's second music video was produced for the track "Hot and Heavy".
Under the lights where we stand tallNobody touches us at allShowdown, shootout, spread fear within, withoutWere gonna take whats ours to haveSpread the word throughout the landThey say the bad guys wear blackWere tagged and cant turn backYou see us cominAnd you all together run for coverWere takin over this townHere we come reach for your gunAnd you better listen my friend, you seeIts been slow down below,Aimed at you were the cowboys from hellDeed is done again, weve wonAint talking no tall tales friendcause high noon, your doomComin for you were the cowboys from hellPillage the village, trash the sceneBut better not take it out on mecause a ghost town is foundWhere your city used to beSo out of the darkness and into the lightSparks fly everywhere in sightFrom my double barrel, 12 gauge,Cant lock me in your cageYou see us cominAnd you all together run for coverWere takin over this townHere we come reach for your gunAnd you better listen my friend, you seeIts been slow down below,Aimed at you were the cowboys from hellDeed is done again, weve wonAint talking no tall tales friendcause high noon, your doomComin for you were the cowboys from hell
Guns N' Roses (GN'R) is an American hard rock band that gained fame during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band's 1987 major label debut, Appetite for Destruction, earned them worldwide popularity. Their 1991 effort, the simultaneous release of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, and subsequent world tour solidified their status. Having sold an estimated 90 million albums worldwide, they are considered one of America's most successful hard rock bands today.
The band's musical style, onstage presence, and image helped usher in a new era within the dominant hard rock and heavy metal scene of the 1980s. With glam metal as the leading genre in record sales, video charts, and radio airplay, Guns N' Roses offered a grittier, more traditionalist take on rock music, and won many fans who admired their apparent authenticity. The band enjoyed worldwide success from 1987 through 1993, but the clashing personalities of various band members, coupled with heavy alcohol and drug abuse hindered the group's ability to work together. Today, frontman Axl Rose is the only original member in the band's current lineup.
Guns N' Roses was founded in Los Angeles in March, 1985 by singer Axl Rose and guitarist Tracii Guns as an informal merger of their respective previous bands, Hollywood Rose and L.A. Guns. The name Guns N' Roses was derived from the two earlier names, and the original Guns N' Roses lineup included members from both bands: Rose's longtime friend Izzy Stradlin on rhythm guitar, bassist Ole Beich (later replaced by Duff McKagan), and drummer Rob Gardner. The band's unique style integrated rock, hard rock, blues, punk and other genres of music into the popular heavy metal music of the time.
When Tracii Guns and Rob Gardner could not appear at one of the first Guns N' Roses shows in Seattle, Rose recruited guitarist Slash and drummer Steven Adler for the performance. In early 1986, the pair joined full-time, with the lineup comprising of: Axl Rose (lead vocals), Slash (lead guitar), Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Steven Adler (drums). On the way back to Los Angeles, Axl wrote the lyrics for "Welcome to the Jungle", which became one of their signature songs.