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Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose Jr., 6.2.1962)
Axl Rose is best known as the singer of the heavy rock band Guns N' Roses
Childhood: Axl Rose was raised in Indiana - the son of Sharon and William Rose - in a turbulent family environment. The singer has publicly stated that he was sexually abused by William and physically abused by his mother's new husband, Stephen Bailey, who Axl believed to be his biological father whilst he was growing up.
Although he expressed his love of music by singing in church and learning to play piano, he frequently encountered run-ins with the police.
Axl left home at a young age and moved to Los Angeles. He sang for a number of local rock bands, eventually forming Guns N' Roses with Tracii Guns, with whom he had been in the band L.A. Guns. In L.A. he was reunited with Izzy Stradlin. In 1986, he legally changed his name to W. Axl Rose and had the name tattooed on his arm.
The early years of Guns N' Roses: Guns N' Roses was formed in March 1985. The band was a merge of two bands: L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose. The band members at this point were Axl, Tracii Guns, Ole Beich and Duff McKagan.
The band's debut gig was at the Troubadour club in Hollywood. They built a fan base by playing regularly on the L.A. club circuit and eventually caught the eye of a number of record companies.
After a number of line-up changes, the band settled with Rose on vocals, Slash on lead guitar, Izzy Stradlin on rhythm guitar, Duff McKagan on bass and Steven Adler on drums. They signed to Geffen Records in 1986 and in December of that year, self-released a four-track EP, entitled 'Live?!*@Like A Suicide.'
Guns N' Roses' Commercial Breakthrough: Appetite For Destruction, the band's major label debut album, was released in 1987. Although it sold only 500,000 copies in its first year of release, the band's relentless tour schedule, along with the commercial success of the single 'Sweet Child O' Mine,' propelled the album to the top position of the Billboard 200 album chart the next year. The album has since been certified 15 times platinum and has sold over 27 million copies.
Whilst recording the follow-up to Appetite For Destruction, the band fired Steven Adler, who was struggling with a drug and alcohol addiction. He was replaced by Matt Sorum, former drummer with The Cult.
As the band had enough material for two full-length albums, they released Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II at the same time in 1991. The albums debuted at the first and second spots on the Billboard 200 chart. Guns N' Roses are currently the only band in history to have achieved this.
Cracks started to appear in the band, though, as Axl Rose began to make increasing demands on the band. He received sole ownership of the band's name and Stradlin left the group in 1991. He was replaced by Gilby Clarke, who in turn was replaced by Paul Tobias, a childhood friend of Rose's.
Tensions increased when Slash's guitar parts on their cover of 'Sympathy For The Devil' by the Rolling Stones, were replaced with Tobias' parts. Soon, Slash, McKagan and Sorum all left the band, leaving Rose and keyboardist Dizzy Reed as the only members remaining from the debut album era.
Although the name is owned solely by Axl Rose, he co-owns the rights to the band's back catalogue with Slash and McKagan. The three band members tried, unsuccessfully, to prevent Universal and Geffen from releasing a Greatest Hits album.
Rose withdrew from public view as the band collapsed but he is now known to be spending time working on a new Guns N' Roses album, Chinese Democracy.
The band performed their first live shows for three years in 2006, with a new line-up. Rose has been publicly promising the release of Chinese Democracy since 2006, but a release date has yet to be confirmed.
Acting work: Axl played the voice of Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith in the computer game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. He has also appeared as an un-credited background performer in the 1988 Clint Eastwood film, The Dead Pool.
Stradlin took to Twitter to say that Axl and the band "didn't want to split the loot equally".
Having marked himself out as the only original member of Guns N’ Roses not to participate in the current reunion, guitarist Izzy Stradlin has drawn speculation from Gunners fans as to why he’s refused to play along.
Finally, he’s broken his silence on social media by replying to lead singer Axl Rose’s comments last week, saying that the financial split for the tour wasn’t satisfactory for him.
Rose had told a Brazilian TV station on Tuesday, ahead of Guns N’ Roses’ string of South American tour dates, that 54 year old Stradlin just wasn’t up for it, and didn’t go into details except to imply that he was disorganised and unreliable.
Continue reading: Izzy Stradlin Slams Axl Rose's Comments About Guns N' Roses Reunion
Guns N' Roses were detained at the Canadian border last week for gun possession but they're adamant the weapon didn't belong to them.
GUNS N' ROSES were detained at the Canadian border last week after they were caught with a gun in their possession.
The hard rock band were stopped at the airport in Toronto last Friday (15.07.16) ahead of their gig later that day in the city in Ontario, and found with the weapon on them.
Frontman Axl Rose later told the audience at the gig held at the Rogers Centre: ''We weren't exactly arrested. We were detained. They [the custom officers] were very nice, they were very understanding. You know, it happens: You can forget you have a fucking gun. It wasn't my gun.''
Continue reading: Guns N' Roses Detained For Gun Possession
He's not happy about the fat memes.
No-one likes a guy who takes himself way too seriously, but that's not stopping Axl Rose from going absolutely ape about a particularly unflattering snap of him floating around the internet captioned by a multitude of fat jokes. He's probably managed to double the memes by now.
Has Axl Rose gone too far?
So the new AC/DC singer has taken out a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) on all replications of a certain photograph of him performing live at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada 6 years ago; he's looking less than his best and, to put it bluntly, a little chunky. As such, he's been turned into a string of memes captioned 'Sweet Piles Of Pie', 'Welcome To The Jungle, We Got Lots Of Cake' and 'Estupido Y Gordo' among many more.
Continue reading: Axl Rose Is Trying To Erase An Embarrassing Photo From The Web
Axl Rose was announced as joining the band for the final shows on their word tour, following Johnson’s departure.
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has released a statement explaining his decision to bow out of the remaining dates on the band’s Rock or Bust world tour. Johnson was advised by doctors to stop touring or face permanent hearing loss, after fronting the hard rock band for over 35 years.
Brian Johnson has spoken out after being forced to step down as AC/DC singer for live shows.
Johnson’s statement comes days after AC/DC announced that Guns ’n’ Roses singer Axl Rose would be fronting the band for the remaining dates of the tour. “On March 7th, after a series of examinations by leading physicians in the field of hearing loss, I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness,” Johnson told fans.
The Guns ’n’ Roses singer is filling in for departed frontman Brian Johnson.
AC/DC have confirmed that Guns N' Roses' singer Axl Rose will be fronting the band for the remaining dates on their latest world tour. Rose has recently reunited with his former Guns 'n' Roses bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan for a string of gigs including a headline slot at this weekend’s Coachella festival.
Axl Rose will front AC/DC for the reminder of their tour dates.
In a statement AC/DC said: "AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band over the years. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we support Brian's decision to save his hearing. “
Continue reading: Axl Rose To Front AC/DC For Remaining Tour Dates
The cities, but not the dates, have been announced.
One of this century's biggest musical reunions is set to arrive this year as GUNS N' ROSES confirm 21 tour dates in a short teaser video, with a line-up that rejoins guitarist Slash and singer Axl Rose for the first time in 23 years. The new dates are in addition to their upcoming appearance at Coachella in April.
Guns N' Roses hit the road again
We knew Axl Rose, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan were doing at least one reunion show this year as the Coachella news had already been announced, but it seems they are extending their tenure this year with no less than 21 further dates. However, we're still waiting on the actual details; the only information they have released is a 15 minute video on their site yesterday (March 25th 2016) featuring the names of US cities where they will be playing. It also plays a snippet of their song 'Patience', worryingly taken from an album entitled 'G N' R Lies' but we're trying not to think about that.
Continue reading: Guns N' Roses Confirm North American Summer 2016 Reunion Tour
The Guns 'N' Roses frontman is reportedly poised to replace Brian Johnson as the AC/DC 'Rock Or Bust' tour resumes.
With their lead singer Brian Johnson sidelined with immediate effect because of his hearing problems, AC/DC are now reportedly considering inviting Guns ‘N’ Roses’ frontman Axl Rose to step in and provide lead vocals when their North American tour resumes.
In a report by Alternative Nation, a radio DJ from Atlanta named Jason Bailey claims that a “very very good source” has told him that the legendary rockers will recruit the controversial Gunners singer Rose for the remainder of their North American tour dates, having flown him to the US city to audition with them.
Axl Rose performing with Guns 'n' Roses in London, 2012
Continue reading: Is Axl Rose Set To Front AC/DC?
We're pretty sure that the Iron Maiden lead singer speaks for a great many people in the music industry.
In a new interview with Le Journal de Montréal, the rock veteran recalled an incident on May 16th, 1988 when the Gunners, then on the rise to their meteoric success with their debut album Appetite For Destruction, opened for the more established Iron Maiden in Quebec City in Canada.
Dickinson regrets not punching Axl Rose [above] in the face
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The Guns ’n’ Roses frontman and guitarist Slash are though not to have spoken since 1996.
Guns ’n’ Roses frontman Axl Rose and former member Slash are reportedly on speaking terms again, nearly 20 years after the guitarist’s exit from the band. In an interview with Swedish website Aftonbladet, Slash revealed that the two have finally buried the hatchet, saying that the reunion was ‘probably way overdue’.
Slash has said he’s buried the hatchet with Axl Rose.
When asked during the interview if he and Rose had ‘made friends again’ Slash said, "It was probably way overdue, you know. But it's very cool at this point to dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long."
Continue reading: Have Slash And Axl Rose Finally Buried The Hatchet?
The frontman was recently named as the world best singer due to his impressive vocal range.
Axl Rose is infamous for many reasons. His constant late appearances, sometimes taking to the stage almost two hours after their billed start, means every recent Guns n’ Roses tour is dogged by disgruntled fans and a swathe of bad press. The singer is notorious for his cantankerous temperament which has resulted in numerous cancelled appearances and YouTube-worthy angry rants that would give even Kanye West’s irritable soliloquys a run for their money. He is so surrounded by criticism that it is no surprise the frontman’s vocal attributes are often overlooked.
Rose has posted a bashful response to the award of "World's Best Singer"
Now, the singer has been named as the best vocalist of all time on a recently published chart, an accolade that is extremely misleading given the nature of the basis for which the award has been meted out to the rock legend. The award is based on versatility in vocal range rather than any consideration for tone, grain or strength which are commonly considered as the most endearing vocal traits.
Continue reading: Is Axl Rose Really The World's Best Singer?
Date of birth
6th February, 1962
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