Question at the bottom: Guns is my all time favorite band strait up. With that said Guns to me has almost been like a favorite sports team to me throughout the years. The band has been through quite a few different era's/lineups. For a while I wouldn't call the band Guns N Roses without slash and Duff but that changed. Axl believed in keeping the band going on no despite who was in the band or not. He kept the music alive and afloat. He's the frontman and voice of the band. He's the only person who coulda done it. The other original members over on and did their own things and were successful. Sports team/franchises stay the same team/franchise no matter what athletes and coaches are making the lineup on the team. If you're a true die hard fan you're not gunna stop loving you're favorite team just because of personell changes. You wouldn't be a true fan if you did. You can not agree with decisions made and have opinions and disagree about the way things are but the love stays. When it comes to Guns the Illusions era lineup is my personal favorite. I love the original 5 lineup also. When slash, then matt Sorum and Duff the final 3 disbanded all by 1997/1998 it was a weird time. Personally I didn't like the bucket head era from 98-02. The band had all these different personalities in costumes and the show itself was awkward with bucket heads solo act. It was like a circus. Idk what Axl was thinking but I still respected him believing in the music and keeping the band going. Long story short,when the Chinese album came out I loved it. It was more like an Axl Rose solo album but it still had a GNR sound. From 08-2014 the band became a true band again. It wasn't a circus act. The band had an 8 person lineup that had a chemistry and put on a great show. With the departure of Robin Finck DJ Ashba came in and really brought back a a GUns N Roses type feel. He was like a slash mixture in his own way. Smoking cigs on stage and just being a pure rock n roller. Tommy Stinson is one of my biggest influences and favorite musicians. The band was a cool band and a tru band. If the reunion never happened I would be content with that ban the 08-2014 lineup. Besides the original AFD classic lineup what it your favorite era/lineup of GNr?