Guns N' Roses. One of my fav bands. The group was formed in March 1985 by Hollywood Rose members Axl Rose (vocals), Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar), and L.A. Guns members Tracii Guns, Ole Beich (bass) and Rob Gardner (drums). The band took their name by combining the names of the two original groups. Their first performance took place on March 26, 1985. A short time later, guitarist Tracii Guns left the group to reform L.A. Guns, and was later replaced by Slash ,after Duff McKagan replaced Ole Beich, Slash had known Rose and Stradlin during a short stint in Hollywood Rose. The new line-up came together quickly , and after Gardner quit and was replaced by Steven Adler, the band established its first stable line-up. It wasn't until June 1985 when the band went on what they dubbed the "Hell Tour" from L.A. to Seattle, that their camaraderie as members of Guns N' Roses really solidified. According to an interview with SuicideGirls.com, Slash insists, "That [trip to Seattle] is really what cemented the band" and established its chemistry.