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Guns N’ Roses is an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band, led by frontman and co-founder Axl Rose, has gone through numerous line-up changes and controversies since their formation. The band has released six studio albums, three EPs and one live album during their career. The band has sold an estimated 100 million albums worldwide,including over 43 million in the United States.The band’s 1987 major label debut album Appetite for Destruction has sold in excess of 28 million copies and reached number one on the United States Billboard 200. In addition, the album charted three Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Sweet Child O’ Mine” which reached number one.The 1991 albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II debuted on the two highest spots on the Billboard 200 and have sold a combined 14 million copies in the United States alone and 35 million worldwide. After over a decade of work, the band released their follow-up album, Chinese Democracy, in 2008. Their mid-to-late eighties and early nineties years have been described by individuals in the music industry as the period in which “they brought forth a hedonistic rebelliousness and revived the punk attitude-driven hard rock scene, reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones

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The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986,
consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler.  The band has released six studio albums, accumulating sales of more than 100 million records worldwide, including shipments of 45 million in the United States, making Guns N’ Roses one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.

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Slash and Axl Rose (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
Slash and Axl Rose (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)

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Appetite for Destruction
Guns N’ Roses’ debut album Appetite for Destruction was released July 21, 1987. The album underwent an artwork change after the original cover design by Robert Williams, which depicted a surrealist scene in which a dagger-toothed monster vengefully attacks a robot rapist, was deemed too controversial. The band stated the original artwork was “a symbolic social statement, with the robot representing the industrial system that’s raping and polluting our environment.”The revised cover was done by Andy Engell, based on a design by tattoo artist Bill White Jr., who had designed the artwork for a tattoo Rose had acquired the previous year.The artwork featured each of the five band members’ skulls layered on a cross.

In the U.S., “Welcome to the Jungle” was issued as the album’s first single, with an accompanying music video. Initially, the album and single lingered for almost a year without performing well.

In 1990, Guns N’ Roses returned to the studio to begin recording the band’s most ambitious undertaking yet. Drummer Steven Adler was briefly fired from the band over his drug use, but he was reinstated after signing a contract in which he vowed to stop taking drugs. During the recording session of “Civil War”, Adler was unable to perform well due to his struggles with cocaine and heroin addiction, and his difficulties in the studio caused the band to do nearly 30 takes.Adler claimed at the time he was sick from taking opiate blockers to try to kick his addictions. Adler was fired on July 11, 1990 as a result, and later filed a lawsuit against the band. Adler recalled the reason for the lawsuit and recapped his firing in a 2005 interview:

Civil War” is a song by Guns N’ Roses, which originally appeared on the 1990 compilation Nobody’s Child: Romanian Angel Appeal and later on the 1991 album Use Your Illusion II. It is a protest song on war, referring to all war as “civil war” and stating that war only “feeds the rich while it buries the poor”. In the song, singer Axl Rose asks, “What’s so civil about war, anyway?”

It was released as a single in 1993 in several regions. Several regions in which the single was not released instead saw the release of The “Civil War” EP.

Released May 3, 1993
Format CD single
Recorded June 1990
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 7:40
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan
Producer(s) Mike Clink, Guns N’ Roses

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