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In June 1985, Slash was asked by Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin to join the newly founded Guns N’ Roses.[5] Duff McKagan and Steven Adler completed the line-up. They played nightclubs—such as the Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy, and The Troubadour—and opened for larger acts throughout 1985 and 1986. It was during this period that the band wrote most of its classic material, including “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, and “Paradise City”. As a result of their rowdy and rebellious behavior, Guns N’ Roses quickly received the moniker “The Most Dangerous Band in the World”, causing Slash to remark, “For some strange reason, Guns N’ Roses is like the catalyst for controversy, even before we had any kind of record deal.”[15] After being scouted by several major record labels, the band signed with Geffen Records in March 1986. Later that year, they began recording their debut album, but initially nothing was accomplished as Slash had developed a drug problem.[13]
In July 1987, Guns N’ Roses released its debut album, Appetite for Destruction, which sold an estimated 30 million copies worldwide.[16] In the summer of 1988, the band achieved its only US No. 1 hit with “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, a song spearheaded by Slash’s guitar riff and solo. In November of that year, Guns N’ Roses released G N’ R Lies, which sold over five million copies in the US alone,[17] despite containing only eight tracks, four of which were included on the previously released EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide. As their success grew, so did interpersonal tensions within the band. In 1989, during a show as opening act for the Rolling Stones, Axl Rose threatened to leave the band if certain members of the band didn’t stop “dancing with Mr. Brownstone”,[13] a reference to their song of the same name about heroin use. Slash was among those who promised to clean up.[13] However, the following year, Steven Adler was fired from the band because of his heroin addiction; he was replaced by Matt Sorum of The Cult.
In September 1991, Guns N’ Roses released the long-awaited albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, which combined sold an estimated 31 million copies worldwide.[16] Earlier that year, they had embarked on the two-and-a-half-year-long Use Your Illusion Tour. The following November, Izzy Stradlin abruptly left the band; he was replaced by Gilby Clarke of Candy and Kill for Thrills. Slash played his final show with Guns N’ Roses on July 17, 1993.[13] In November of that year, the band released “The Spaghetti Incident?”, a cover album of mostly punk songs, which proved less successful than its predecessors. Slash then wrote several songs for what would have become the follow-up album to the Use Your Illusion twins. Axl Rose, however, rejected the material. In October 1996, asked about the band, Slash stated, “Right now, Axl and I are deliberating over the future of our relationship.”[13] On October 30, 1996, Slash announced that he was no longer a part of Guns N’ Roses.[13]

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