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Guns N’ Roses was formed in 1985 in Los Angeles, California, and originally comprised vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. The current lineup consists of Rose, Slash, McKagan, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist Melissa Reese.
Their debut album, Appetite for Destruction, was released in 1987, and reached number one on the Billboard 200 during the following year. The album sold 30 million copies worldwide, including 18 million in the United States.
Their next studio album, G N’ R Lies, was released in 1988, reaching number two on the Billboard 200, and selling ten million copies worldwide.
Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, recorded simultaneously and released in 1991, sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide. The Spaghetti Incident?, released in 1993, was an album of covers and the band’s last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan before their initial departure.
After several lineup changes, their long-awaited sixth album, Chinese Democracy, was released in 2008. Slash and McKagan rejoined the band in 2016 for the Not in This Lifetime… Tour, which is still going on.
Guns N’ Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. To date, the band sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 45 million in the United States.
Firenze Rocks is a rock festival which takes place every year in Florence since 2017. The first edition of Firenze Rocks brought on stage names like Placebo, Aerosmith and System of a Down.
In 2018, in front of over 210,000 spectators, The Kills, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne appeared on stage. In 2019, the most important artists performing at the festival were Ed Sheeran, The Cure, The Smashing Pumpkins, Dream Theater and Eddie Vedder.
Visarno Arena is located in the Cascine Park, in Florence. Surrounded by nature, the area is a perfect summer venue for concerts, music festivals and other kind of events.
The arena is reachable on foot or by public transport from the center of Florence. The closest bus stop is Shelley, about 150 meters away, on the bus Line 55, but you can also use the bus 17, getting off at Cascine 02, a bus stop located about 300 meters away from the arena.