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As the lead singer of world conquering hard rockers Guns n’ Roses, W. Axl Rose was arguably the most recognizable and talked-about rock star on the planet by the close of the 1980s. Then his fame turned to notoriety, as the ensuing decade saw him virtually disappear from public view, even as his former bandmates were dropped by the way-side, one by one, before finally reemerging in the new millennium as the de facto face of Gn’R. Born William Bruce Rose, Jr., in Lafayette, Indiana, but raised with the surname Bailey after his biological father vanished and his mother remarried, Rose fled an oppressive fundamentalist childhood for the streets of Los Angeles in 1982, and adopted the Axl handle after playing with a band by that name. One of his other fledgling bands during this time was named Hollywood Rose and reunited the aspiring singer with child-hood friend and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin,’ before they both cast their lot with lead guitarist Tracii Guns, first as L.A. Guns and then, by 1985, as Guns n’ Roses. Within a few months, Tracii had been replaced by Saul ‘Slash’ Hudson and GnR’s classic lineup became complete with the addition of bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. Their dizzying climb from the Hollywood gutters to the top of rock’s Olympus has of course been exhaustively documented elsewhere, so for Rose, in particular, the period surrounding the release of 1987’s watershed ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ 1988’s controversial ‘Gn’R Lies’ and 1991’s twin ‘Your Illusion’ double albums, was marked by in-creasing tension with band mates (mostly related to drug use) and a pair of tabloid romantic relationships with Erin Everly (daughter of ‘50s rock icon, Don) and super model Stephanie Seymour — none of which ended well. Nor did Rose’s once ironclad friend-ship with the rest of Guns n’ Roses, all of whom were systematically dispensed with during the 1990s, while Axl himself became something of a recluse, allegedly recording and re-recording new material for an album that was, at first, jokingly named ‘Chinese Democracy,’ because it would probably never arrive. But said album was finally completed in 2008, by which time Rose had been touring again, off and on, with a completely revamped lineup of Guns n’ Roses (as small glimpses into his secretive personal life revealed a peculiar penchant for psychoanalysis and past-life regression therapy). And when the original Guns n’ Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, the ever-eccentric Axl declined to appear, thanking his fans by letter instead.

 
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Axl Rose Joins Billy Joel Onstage for ‘Big Shot,’ ‘Highway to Hell’ at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium

Watch as Axl Rose performs a cover of AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' and 'Big Shot' with Billy Joel.

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Gene Simmons on Long-Running Paul Stanley Partnership: ‘We Never Axl Rose Our Way Out of Anything’

In a new interview, KISS' Gene Simmons discussed the dynamics of his relationship with Paul Stanley, while also taking a dig at Axl Rose.

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Joel Ford / Mike Coppola, Getty Images (2)

Phil Rudd ‘Quite Surprised’ by Axl Rose’s Ability to Front AC/DC

Estranged AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was skeptical at first about Axl Rose fronting the group, but his stance has changed and he's 'quite surprised' by Axl.

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Guns N’ Roses Members Win Four Honors in 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards

See which categories the members of Guns N' Roses won in the 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.

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Axl Rose Settles Lawsuit With Former Guns N’ Roses Instrumentalist Chris Pitman

Axl Rose has settled an outstanding debt with former Guns N' Roses instrumentalist Chris Pitman.

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Photo provided by Rogers & Cowan

Axl Rose Shares Disapproval of Donald Trump’s Attorney General Selection [Updated]

In a recent tweet, Guns N' Roses and AC/DC singer Axl Rose expressed his disappointment with Donald Trump's selection of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

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Axl Rose Invites Teen Waitress Who Received Racist Note to AC/DC Concert

Axl Rose invited Sadie Elledge, a Honduran-American waitress who was left a receipt reading, 'WE ONLY TIP CITIZENS,' to attend an AC/DC show as Rose's guest.

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Former Guns N’ Roses Instrumentalist Chris Pitman Sues Axl Rose for Unpaid Debt

Former Guns N' Roses instrumentalist Chris Pitman has sued Axl Rose over an unpaid promissory note for services provided during his time in the band.

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Axl Rose + Duff McKagan Talk Guns N’ Roses Reunion, Izzy Stradlin + More

Axl Rose & Duff McKagan have pulled back the curtain on some of the details surrounding how the Guns N' Roses reunion came to be.

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Buda Mendes, Getty Images

Alice in Chains’ William DuVall Talks Axl Rose in AC/DC + Shutting Up Naysayers [Podcast Preview]

In this Loudwire Podcast Preview, Alice in Chains' William DuVall talks Axl Rose singing for AC/DC and how he relates when it comes to shutting up naysayers.

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