Best known as the co- founder and former rhythm guitarist with hard rock band Guns’n’Roses the musician, singer songwriter Izzy Stradlin Jeffrey Dean Isbell was born April 8, 1962. Stradlin developed an interest in music early in life; by the age of eight, his musical favorites included Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, and Led Zeppelin.His biggest musical influence was his paternal grandmother, who played drums in a swing jazz band with her friends. Inspired, Stradlin talked his parents into buying him a drum kit. During high school, Stradlin started a band with his friends, one of whom was singer William Bailey, later known as Axl Rose.Stradlin recalled, “We were long-haired guys in high school. You were either a jock or a stoner. We weren’t jocks, so we ended up hanging out together. We’d play covers in the garage. There were no clubs to play at, so we never made it out of the garage.” Despite his aversion to school, Stradlin graduated in 1979 with a D average. Set on a career in music, he subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California.
Shortly after his arrival in Los Angeles, Stradlin joined punk band Naughty Women. During his ill-fated first show with the band, audience members began attacking the musicians; His two-month tenure in Naughty Women was followed by a stint in punk band The Atoms, before his drum kit was stolen from his car and he switched to bass.Stradlin then joined the heavy metal band Shire, during which he took up rhythm guitar to aid his songwriting. In1983, Stradlin formed Hollywood Rose with his childhood friend Axl Rose, who had moved to Los Angeles the previous year. In January 1984, the band recorded a five-song demo featuring the tracks “Killing Time”, “Anything Goes”, “Rocker”, “Shadow of Your Love”, and “Reckless Life”, which were released in 2004 as part of the compilation album The Roots of Guns N’ Roses. The group disbanded in August, following which Stradlin briefly joined Sunset Strip staple London. He also formed the short-lived band Stalin with singer Eric Leach and guitarist Taz Rudd of Symbol Six. In December, he reunited with Hollywood Rose, who changed their name to Guns’n’Roses after the name of the compilation album.
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Guns’n’Roses formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1985. The classic lineup as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Today, Axl Rose is the only remaining original member, in a lineup that comprises Use Your Illusion–era keyboardist Dizzy Reed, lead guitaristsDJ Ashba and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, rhythm guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer, and keyboardist Chris Pitman. The band has released six studio albums to date, accumulating sales of more than 100 million records worldwide, inluding shipments of 45 million in the United States,making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. Ayear after its release, Guns N’ Roses’ debut album Appetite for Destruction (1987) reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, on the strength of the hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, their only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.The album has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide,including 18 million units sold in the United States, making it the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S.
The success of their debut was followed by the eight-song album G N’ R Lies (1988). The twin albumsUse Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (1991) debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on theBillboard 200 and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide,including 14 million units sold in the United States alone.The cover album “The Spaghetti Incident?” (1993) was the band’s last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan. In 1991 Stradlin left Guns’n’Roses and Following his departure, he led his own band Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds for one album and tour.Following his departure from Guns N’ Roses, Stradlin returned to his hometown of Lafayette, Indiana, where he began working on new material. He formed the band Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds, which consisted of Stradlin on vocals and rhythm guitar, Rick Richards of Georgia Satellites on lead guitar, Jimmy Ashhurst of Broken Homes on bass, and Charlie Quintana on drums. Their self-titled debut album was released in October 1992 to critical acclaim; Rolling Stone called it “a ragged, blues-drenched, and thoroughly winning solo debut.”Ju Ju Hounds played its first show in September at The Avalon in Chicago, before embarking on a tour of Europe, Australia, and North America.
In May 1993, Stradlin reunited with Guns N’ Roses for five shows in Europe and the Middle East to fill in for his replacement, Gilby Clarke, who had broken his wrist in a motorcycle accident.After Stradlin returned to the Ju Ju Hounds, Axl Rose dedicated the Stradlin-penned “Double Talkin’ Jive” to him during several shows. In September, the Ju Ju Hounds toured Japan, afterwards Stradlin then took time off from music, during which he traveled extensively and dedicated much of his time to his other passion—motor racing, even building a track close to his Indiana home. In 1995, Stradlin began recording material for his second solo album, 117°.Released in March 1998, the album featured his former band mates Duff McKagan and Rick Richards, and former Reverend Horton Heat drummer Taz Bentley. In December 1999, Stradlin’s third solo album, Ride On, was released in Japan Stradlin, McKagan, Richards, Bentley and keyboard player Ian McLagen played four shows in Japan and Recorded two more albums: River, and On Down the Road. Stradlin was then asked by his former Guns N’ Roses band mates Duff McKagan, Slash, and Matt Sorum to join the supergroup Velvet Revolver which Stradlin ultimately declined although he offered to share vocal duties with McKagan.In 2003, Stradlin recorded his sixth album, Like a Dog, with guitarist Rick Richards, drummer Taz Bentley, and bassist JT Longoria. However, the album was not released until October 2005,The following year, Stradlin re-released Ride On, River, On Down the Road, and Like a Dog.
In May 2006, thirteen years after his last performance with Guns N’ Roses, Stradlin made a guest appearance at the band’s show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York; he played on “Patience”, “Think About You”, and “Nightrain”.He then performed with Guns N’ Roses during the band’s summer European tour. Stradlin released his seventh album, Miami, which featured Rick Richards, Taz Bentley, JT Longoria and keyboardist Joey Huffman. He also released the album, Fire, the Acoustic Album, which featured Richards, Bentley, and Longoria. Stradlin’s next release, Concrete, came out in July 2008 and Stradlin invited his former Guns N’ Roses band mate Duff McKagan to play bass on three songs, including the title track.Stradlin then released two more albums Smoke, which came out in December 2009, and Wave of Heat, which followed in July 2010 and again featured McKagan, who appears on seven tracks. Also in 2010, Stradlin appeared on former bandmate Slash’s first solo album, Slash; and plays rhythm guitar on the first track, “Ghost”. In April 2012, Stradlin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the classic lineup of Guns N’ Roses. The following month, he joined Guns N’ Roses on stage during two shows at London’s O2 Arena, where they performed a range of songs including “14 Years,”.He also performed with Guns N’ Roses at Saint-Tropez and Palma de Mallorca, and during the last two shows of the band’s twelve-date “Appetite for Democracy” residency in Las Vegas. Stradlin also released the iTunes-only single “Baby-Rann.
Guns N’ Roses gained a reputation that had earned them the nickname “The World’s Most Dangerous Band”.The band’s classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, their first year of eligibility. Rose has also been named one of the greatest singers of all time by various media outlets, including Rolling Stone and NME.