About Guns or Roses

About the Band

Band Members

Martin Axl as Axl Rose

Martin first realised he could hit the notes like Axl Rose when he started performing Guns N' Roses songs at karaoke. Having been involved in original bands for some time, he started playing Axl with various GnR tributes about 12 years ago, but has now exlusively been the unmistakable frontman of Guns or Roses for nearly a decade. Martin agreed to help the band out for a couple of gigs at the start of 2010...and he's sung every show since! Sometimes the comedian, always the rock-star on stage (although surprisingly quiet and subdued off stage), he is a force to be reckoned with and the definition of RnFnR. The live wire of the band, he is a real character with an awesome voice and the stage presence of a true performer.

Years of service: 9

Favourite songs to play live: You Could Be Mine / Coma

Other favourite bands:
Ghost / Avenged Sevenfold / Iron Maiden / Metallica / Queen

Most memorable band moment:
Playing to a packed out tent at The Isle of Wight Festival.

John Sumbler as Slash

John grew up with music from a very early age, his parents both being professional classical musicians. Having started playing the violin at the age of 3, he had an intensive classical training as a violinist and went on to study at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School. Aged 11, he even had a piece of music he wrote for orchestra performed at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. However, along the way he also discovered a love of rock music. John was invited to perform with a band in Germany at the age of 16, and he spent the next 6 years fronting them with an electric violin before turning his focus more towards the guitar. John has since played guitar in numerous bands and has performed all over the world, both as a guitarist and violinist. John is the original founder of Guns or Roses.

Years of service: 10

Favourite songs to play live: Nightrain / Estranged

Other favourite bands:
Aerosmith / Bon Jovi / Queen / Extreme / Dream Theater

Most memorable band moment:
Our first international gig, playing a biker festival in Bulgaria

Padraig Tansey as Matt Sorum

Padraig hails originally from Gurteen, County Sligo, a county in Ireland renowned for its traditional Irish Music. The eldest son of traditional Irish flute virtuoso Seamus Tansey, Padraig grew up listening to and playing Irish Music. In his early teens his musical tastes changed when his uncle Tony taught him to play the drums. He went on to play in a host of local bands and in his early twenties he studied drums at New Park Music College in Blackrock, County Dublin. Padraig has played with and supported artists including Seamus Tansey, Tom Jones, Ruby Turner, Chris Farlow, Steve Wickham (The Waterboys) and Ian Parker. He is a founding member of Guns or Roses.

Years of service: 10

Favourite songs to play live: Rocket Queen / Mr Brownstone / Paradise City

Other favourite bands:
Led Zeppelin / Iron Maiden / Dream Theater / The Aristocrats / Soundgarden

Most memorable band moment:
Playing my home town of Gurteen, County Sligo.

Dermo RoSheen as Duff McKagan

Dermo began playing the bass at the age of 12 with his first Squire Jazz bass and he soon started his own band, playing rock covers and writing original material. For a number of years, the bass took a back seat and Dermo spent far more time with an acoustic guitar as a solo performer. But a chance meeting with Guns Or Roses in 2011 resulted in him dusting the bass off to help out for a couple of shows, which turned into many more and here we are today! He has had the pleasure of meeting Slash a few times and even getting to hang out with the one and only Duff McKagan in Glasgow, Leicester and Manchester. Dermo once even received a birthday card from Duff himself - a truly awesome personal gift which he treasures along with his Duff signed bass & Slash signed Les Paul.

Years of service: 7

Favourite songs to play live: You Could Be Mine / My Michelle

Other favourite bands:
Johnny Cash / Blink 182 / Blind Melon / Stroke 9 / The White Buffalo

Most memorable band moment:
Norway (there's quite a story about the black slope) and Belgium

There are currently 2 guitarists sharing rhythm duties depending on where we are playing:

'Marbles' Huyton as Izzy Stradlin
Marcus Huyton as Izzy Stradlin

Marbles is our Southwest based rythym guitar player who sounds like a pirate and is always happy to add some shouty mouth vocals! Having been playing guitar since the age of 11, he has been involved with GnR tributes both as a roadie and a guitarist since he was only 15. Along with many years of playing in other cover, tribute and original bands, Marbles has toured extensively across the UK and Europe. With a love of anything rock n' roll, he fits right in with Guns or Roses...

Years of service: 2

Favourite songs to play live: Coma / Move to the City

Other favourite bands:
Rancid / Mötley Crüe / Motorhead / Extreme / Blink 182

Most memorable band moment:
All experiences with Guns or Roses have been awesome, but the one that sticks out the most is playing the Isle of Wight Festival in 2017. For a tribute band at a festival that big, the Electro Love tent should've been empty... Fortunately it was wall to wall with no room to move! A truly incredible gig.

'G' as Izzy Stradlin
'G' as Izzy Stradlin

G has been playing in bands for about as long as he can remember. Inspired early on by the energy and aggression of Guns N' Roses and other bands of the era, a guitar was never far from his grasp. By the 90s, G was gigging all over the UK with bands like Zenna, The Terrible Things and Cypher, as well as performing studio sessions for anything from radio jingles to albums. In 2003 he met SevenYearsDead and went on to play bass with them for several years, releasing the album 'To The Ruin of All'. G also started playing guitar for Subhuman Race, the UK's premier Skid Row tribute band and it was through gigging with them that he got to know Guns or Roses. Now our Northwest based rhythm guitarist, he helps us capture the spirit and energy of those early GnR performances that first inspired him.

Years of service: 2

Favourite songs to play live: Estranged / Paradise City

Other favourite bands:
Aerosmith / Queen / Skunk Anansie / Skid Row / Van Halen

Most memorable band moment:
Isle of Wight Festival 2018, winning over what was not a rock crowd by all appearances.

Although he doesn't appear with us at every gig, you'll find our keyboard player
with us on the bigger stages - at festivals, theatres and selected venues:

Shawn Charvette as Dizzy Reed
Shawn Charvette as Dizzy Reed

Shawn Charvette is an enigma, a flamboyant, self taught multi-instrumentalist and composer currently living in Nottingham. He began pursuing a career in music at the age of 12, the day after accidentally watching the Purple Rain movie starring Prince which led to him deciding to ditch his childhood dream of being a professional footballer. To this day, Prince remains his biggest idol and you can find the iconic symbol attached to his keyboard. As well as playing for Guns or Roses, Shawn is the keyboard player for the chart-topping AOR rock band, Midnite City with whom he has released two albums and regularly performs internationally. He has played shows with bands such as Skid Row, L.A Guns, Jean Beauvior, Hardline and many others. Shawn also plays with tribute bands Mötley Crüde (as Nikki Sixx) and Poizon (as Bobby Dall).

Years of service: 2

Favourite songs to play live: November Rain / Estranged

Other favourite bands:
Bon Jovi / Prince / Mötley Crüe / Hans Zimmer / Desmond Child

Most memorable band moment:
Playing FoFestiv 2017 in Martigny, Switzerland.