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As its sole remaining original member, he was able to continue working under the Guns N' Roses banner because he had legally obtained the band name.In 2001, he resurfaced with a new line-up of Guns N' Roses at Rock in Rio 3, and subsequently played periodic concert tours to promote the long-delayed Chinese Democracy (2008), which undersold the music industry's commercial expectations despite positive reviews upon its release.During the controversy, Rose defended his use of the racial slur by claiming that "it's a word to describe somebody that is basically a pain in your life, a problem.The word nigger doesn't necessarily mean black." In 1992, however, he conceded that he had used the word as an insult towards black people, stating, "I was pissed off about some black people that were trying to rob me. I didn't want to support racism." In response to the allegations of homophobia, Rose stated that he considered himself "pro-heterosexual" and blamed this attitude on "bad experiences" with gay men, citing an attempted rape in his late teens and the alleged molestation by his biological father." and departed, following which some 2500 fans staged a riot, resulting in an estimated 0,000 in damages.In September 1991, with enough material completed for two albums, Guns N' Roses released Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, which debuted at No. 1 respectively on the Billboard 200, a feat not achieved by any other group.Rose had halted the show several times to calm the audience.
To date, Appetite for Destruction has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, During the band's performance at the Monsters of Rock festival in Castle Donington, England, in August 1988, two fans were crushed to death when many in the crowd of 107,000 began slam-dancing to "It's So Easy".Although the record received critical acclaim, it experienced a modest commercial start, selling as many as 500,000 copies in its first year of release.