Guns N' Roses are an American hard rock band who were one of the most controversial bands of the late 1980's and early 1990's era. They took influence from The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and The New York Dolls, but added their own pop/metal edge that brought them huge success. Criticized for their non-p.c. approach, the band's major record debut Appetite For Destruction was a global smash, having now sold over 28 million copies. With lead vocalist Axl Rose and ex-guitarist Slash's controversies and continual disagreement, the band began to wane and by 1997 Rose was the only founding member left. The band released their studio album 2008's Chinese Democracy fifteen years after their last release to mixed response.