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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 Within a few months, Tracii had been replaced by Saul ‘Slash’ Hudson and GnR’s classic lineup became complete with the addition of bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler.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.

Selected Discography: ‘Appetite for Destruction’ (1987), ‘Use Your Illusion, I & II (1991), ‘Chinese Democracy’ (2008) Related Artists: Guns n’ Roses, Slash, Duff McKagan, Hollywood Rose Further Reading: 10 Best Guns N' Roses Songs Read More: Axl Rose News

Slash: ‘I Don’t Think There’s Any Truth’ to Rift With Axl Rose Over Michael Jackson Collaboration

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Despite the recent comments by former Guns N' Roses band manager Doug Goldstein, Slash doesn't feel Michael Jackson was the cause of his rift with Axl Rose.

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Former Guns N’ Roses Manager Blames Michael Jackson Collaboration for Axl Rose + Slash Feud

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Michael Jackson is the main reason Axl Rose and Slash's relationship crumbled. That is, if you listen to Guns N’ Roses former manager Doug Goldstein.

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Guns N’ Roses Manager on Axl Rose: He’s the Guy You Call If You Need To Be Bailed Out of Jail at 4AM

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GN'R road manager Del James has nothing but great things to say about Axl.

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Guitarist Richard Fortus: Axl Rose Won’t ‘Whore Himself Out’ to Reunite Classic Guns N’ Roses

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The biggest question when it comes to Guns N' Roses is: Will the classic lineup reunite?

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Guns N’ Roses Tap Into Old Slash Material for New Album; Axl Rose Posts Ghostly Studio Photo

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Richard Fortus offered some great insight into the current creative process of Guns N' Roses' next album, including a tidbit about seeds of old Slash material.

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Axl Rose on Death Hoax: ‘If I’m Dead, Do I Still Have to Pay Taxes?’

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Apparently, an Internet hoax was making the rounds on Wednesday stating the almighty Axl Rose had died.

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Slash on What He Admires Most About Axl Rose – Exclusive Video

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Instead of harping on the negative, we asked Slash to name a few of Axl's best qualities.

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12 Unforgettable Axl Rose Onstage Moments

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NEVER throw ANYTHING on the stage while Axl is performing, be ready for a physical assault if you're taking photos and DO NOT go see GN'R with a Slash shirt.

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Guns N’ Roses Unveil ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ DVD Clip; Axl Rose Condemns Police Shooting of Dog

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Guns N' Roses have unveiled the performance of 'Sweet Child O' Mine' from their new DVD, while Axl Rose has slammed Utah police for shooting a dog.

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Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose Makes Cameo in World Cup Budweiser Ad

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Check out Axl Rose in this new World Cup Budweiser commercial.

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