Tracii Guns, LA Guns mastermind and the co-founder of Guns N’ Roses who only spent a brief period in the band, was asked by Guitar World on how he met Axl Rose, to which he replied:
“I first met Axl from Izzy [Stradlin]. Izzy always told me, ‘Yeah, you know, I have this buddy in Indiana. He can really sing. I’m gonna bring him out here.’
“Izzy was living at my mom’s house. I was about 16 or 17 and he was about 19 or 20. And so eventually Axl came out and they put together, I think it was probably Hollywood Rose.
“And then L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose and Poison did a show – our first show – together at Madame Wong’s West. Poison played upstairs in the big room and LA Guns and Hollywood Rose played in the small room downstairs and that was really the first day I heard Axl sing. It was at soundcheck.
“And I was like, ‘Holy shit!’ He was incredible. We became friends after that, and within the next six months he ended up singing for LA Guns. And we eventually changed that into Guns N’ Roses. I was in that version of Guns N’ Roses for about eight months and then I took off to do LA Guns again.”