Formed in Los Angeles in 1985, Guns N’ Roses are one the most successful heavy metal bands of all time. In Axl Rose, the only remaining original member of the band, they have one of rock’s great characters, and one the most instantly recognisable vocalists in the Western world. They combine the attitude and swagger of punk rock, with screeching electric guitars, pounding drums, and everything else required by a stadium-bound heavy metal group. They are also notorious for their often unsavoury, public behaviour, and their excessive indulgence of alcohol and drugs. The band has sold in excess of 100 million albums worldwide, and in Appetite For Destruction they have the bestselling debut LP of all time. The band has continued through countless line-up changes, and the release of Chinese Democracy in 2008, after more than ten years in the making, appears to suggest that they are far from finished.