Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, W. Axl Rose is the pure embodiment of decadent late 1980s rockerdom. Brash, slightly misogynistic and notoriously wild, Rose grew up in a maniacally dysfunctional household - molested by his own father at age two; beaten by his abusive stepfather.
When Axl was 17 he fled Indiana on a Greyhound bus destined for Los Angeles (the haven for all that embodies sinnin' and grinnin'). After auditioning for a lion's share of punk bands (many of which he was turned down for because of his uncanny vocal resemblance to Robert Plant) he joined the seminal rock band L.A. Guns before ultimately forming Guns N' Roses. After Guns N' Roses met with the unprecedented success of their debut album "Appetite For Destruction", massive stadium tours soon became a reality, and Axl's status as a bona fide sex symbol was officially cemented. However, internal troubles with the band members and the heavy drug use among them eventually rendered Guns N' Roses obsolete until only recently. Comeback? We'll see.
Born on February 6th, 1962 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He grew up with strict religious teaching, but at the age of seventeen, left his town and headed to Los Angeles. Some time after, his long time friend Izzy Stradlin' joined him in LA and they started playing in some bands like Hollywood Rose and LA Guns. Some time after Axl and his pals Izzy, Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler formed Guns n' Roses. They released several albuns like "Live?! Like a Suicide" (86, EP), "Appetite for Destruction" (87), "Gn'R Lies" (88), Use Your Illusion I and II" (91), "Spaghetti Incident?!" (93- cover album) and "Live Era 87 - 93" (99-live). In 1990 Steve Adler is out and Matt Sorum is in. In 1991 Guns 'n' Roses gets a sixth member, keyboarder Dizzy Reed. in November 1991 Izzy leaves and Gilby Clarke joins the band. Between 1994 and 1999 all the other members of the band leave, except Dizzy Reed. In 2000/2001 New Year night Guns n' Roses play live in Las Vegas with a new line up: Axl Rose (vocals), Paul Huge Tobias (guitar), Buckethead (guitar), Robin Finck (guitar), Tommy Stinson (bass), Chris Pitman (keyboards), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Brian "Brain" Mantia (drums). John Freese (drums), Ricahrd Fortus (guitar) and some others have also worked in Guns n' Roses. Between 2002 and 2003 Guns n' Roses had a world tour.IMDb Mini Biography By: Emerenciano
|Erin Everly||(28 April 1990 - January 1991) (annulled)|
Tight-fitting, leather biker shorts
High pitched singing
His dancing onstage
High vocal range
Well known for his onstage rants often directed at fans
Outspoken and confrontational attitude
Long red hair
Has been arrested over 30 times for various offenses, mostly drunk and disorderly and assault charges.
Is manic depressive.
Was born William Bruce Rose, but when his parents split his mother changed his name to William Bruce Bailey, taking his step-father's last name. Axl claims that when he was 17 he learned of his real father and changed it back to William Bruce Rose, but this is disputed. One of Rose's first music managers in L.A. claims that in the early 1980s Rose was still legally William Bailey.
Upon signing with Geffen Records in 1986 he had his name legally changed to W. Axl Rose.
His mother, Sharon E. Bailey died on May 28th, 1996.
Younger sister Amy and younger brother Stuart.
"Axl Rose" is an anagram for "oral sex".
Was found guilty in November 1992 of property damage and assault at a 1991 Guns N' Roses concert in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Was given two years probation and ordered to pay $50,000 to community groups.
Has served as his own lawyer and defended himself at his innumerable trials.
Grew up in a strict Pentecostal (fundamentalist Christian) household. Was kicked out of his house at age 16 for not cutting his hair.
Played with Guns N' Roses in Rock in Rio II (January '91), Rock in Rio III (January '01) and Rock in Rio IV (October '11) as one of the most expected attractions.
Has kicked off Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" world tour in Hong Kong, China. The band will play a series of shows in East Asia and Europe before resuming their tour in Spring 2003, and will keep the tour going for "two or three years" according to Rose. The album they're supporting, "Chinese Democracy", is in its finishing stages. [August 14, 2002]
"Sweet Child O' Mine" is played in State of Grace (1990).
"Welcome to the Jungle" is played in The Dead Pool (1988).
Guns N' Roses were voted the 92nd Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.
Released two albums at the same time with Guns N' Roses. This was the first time a band had ever released more than one album on the same day.
Legally changed his name to W. Axl Rose in 1986. The 'W' is legal, not an abbreviation, and was chosen because Rose did not wish to share the name William with his biological father.
Played in a band called Hollywood Rose prior to Guns And Roses.
Is a huge fan of Elton John. The two performed a duet of "Bohemian Rhapsody" at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in London in 1991.
Is of Scottish, German, and Irish descent.
Considers Christina Aguilera "The greatest Vocalist of our time".
Is the oldest member of Guns N'Roses, being two months older than Izzy Stradlin.
Lives in Malibu, California.
Is a huge fan of Queen.
Life sucks, but in a beautiful kind of way.
I used to use the Internet a lot, but I got tired of reading all the garbage on there about me. The Internet is just a huge garbage can.
We're out there to win at what we do. And if that means going on two hours late and doing a good show, I'm gonna do it. I take what I do very seriously.
My growth was stopped at two years old. And when they talk about Axl Rose being a screaming two-year-old, they're right.
We want people to realize, man, just play whatever the f*ck you want to play, not what someone else thinks you should play, so that's what we've done.
Some people say I got a chip on my shoulder.
We'd rather be unknown and live in Idaho than have someone tell us what to play and how to "make it."
[in a letter rejecting his nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame] Let sleeping dogs lie, or lying dogs sleep, or whatever.
(May 2002) Is still working on finishing the first album of new Guns 'n Roses material since 1991's 'Use Your Illusion' two-CD set. It is titled 'Chinese Democracy,' and is one of the most delayed releases-to-be in music history.
(August 2004) The album "Chinese Democracy" is currently slated for a November 2004 release.
(May 2006) W. Axl Rose is back on the road, performing four dates in New York in May, before embarking on a 30+ date tour throughout Europe.
(April 2007) Still working in the studio on "Chinese Democracy". The album has now been delayed for over a decade.
(November 2008) Has finally completed the long anticipated new Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy".
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