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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 Within a few months, Tracii had been replaced by Saul ‘Slash’ Hudson and GnR’s classic lineup became complete with the addition of bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler.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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Zakk Wylde Talks Relationship With Ozzy Osbourne, Says Axl Rose Is Best Choice to Front AC/DC

Zakk Wylde has stated he's a phone call away if Ozzy needs him and that Axl Rose is the best choice to front AC/DC.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

DJ Ashba on New Guns N’ Roses Lineup: ‘Axl Wanted Me to Be a Part of It’

DJ Ashba has revealed that Axl Rose wanted the guitarist to rejoin the band as part of the new lineup featuring original members Slash and Duff McKagan.

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TMZ

Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose Talks AC/DC, Prince + Coachella During Paparazzi Encounter at Los Angeles Airport

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose was seen riding through LAX airport on a scooter and he answered a few questions for the paparazzi.

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Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

The Who’s Roger Daltrey: AC/DC With Axl Rose Is Like Watching Karaoke

The Who's Roger Daltrey is not a fan of Axl Rose fronting AC/DC, saying it is like going to watch karaoke.

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Jo Hale, Getty Images / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Alice Cooper Says Axl Rose’s Voice Is ‘Absolutely Perfect’ for AC/DC

Alice Cooper is among those that thinks the pairing of Axl Rose and AC/DC is a good one.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Guns N’ Roses Welcome AC/DC’s Angus Young at Coachella 2016

After revealing that Axl Rose would be singing for AC/DC, Guns N' Roses put an exclamation point on the announcement by welcoming Angus Young at Coachella.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Axl Rose Confirmed to Sing for AC/DC on Remaining 2016 Tour Dates

It's official! Axl Rose will indeed sing for AC/DC when they play their upcoming European shows and make up their postponed U.S. dates.

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Axl Rose Uses Dave Grohl’s Guitar Throne at First Guns N’ Roses Las Vegas Show

Guns N' Roses performed their first Las Vegas show and Axl Rose performed from Dave Grohl's guitar throne after breaking a bone in his foot last week.

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Axl Rose Broke His Foot at L.A. Show, Guns N’ Roses Still Playing April Shows

Guns N' Roses will still play their April shows despite Axl Rose's broken foot.

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Geffen

Guns N’ Roses Perform First Show Featuring Reunited Axl Rose, Slash + Duff McKagan – Videos, Photos, Setlist, More

Well, it happened! Guns N' Roses performed their first show with the reunited Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Friday night.

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