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.
Rose received much criticism for his late appearances at concerts, sometimes taking the stage hours after the band was scheduled to perform.
In July 1991, 90 minutes into a concert at the Riverport Amphitheater near St.
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.
With the success of Appetite for Destruction and G N' R Lies, Rose found himself lauded as one of rock's most prominent frontmen.
By the time he appeared solo on the cover of Rolling Stone in August 1989, his celebrity was such that the influential music magazine agreed to his absolute requirement that the interview and accompanying photographs would be provided by two of his friends, writer Del James and photographer Robert John.
By the albums' release, however, Rose's relationships with his bandmates had become increasingly strained.
His childhood friend Izzy Stradlin abruptly left the group in November 1991; he was replaced by Gilby Clarke of Kill For Thrills.
Rose and Stradlin also smoked cigarettes for a scientific study at UCLA for the reported wages of per hour (equivalent to in 2016).
By June, after several line-up changes, the band consisted of Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff Mc Kagan, and drummer Steven Adler.
Rose had halted the show several times to calm the audience.