A year after its release, Guns N’ Roses debut album Appetite for Destruction (1987) reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, on the strength of their hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine”. The success of their debut album was followed by the eight- song album G N’ R Lies (1988). The twin albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (1991) debuted No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The cover album “The Spaghetti Incident?” (1993) was the bands last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan. After more than a decade of work, Guns N’ Roses released the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy (2008) which, at an estimated $14 million in production costs, made it the most expensive album to ever be produced in music history.
The band’s classic line-up, along with late members Reed and drummer Matt Sourin, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.