Axl Rose has amassed quite a few detractors over the years based on his late arrivals to the stage - or in the instance of a 2002 show in Philadelphia, not showing up at all. On that fateful night in 2002, when the crowd found out Guns N’ Roses wouldn’t be taking the stage, a riot erupted, resulting in several fans being sent to the hospital.
It's a celebratory time for the current and former members of Guns N' Roses and not just because they are gearing up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, which is set to take place in April, or because Slash has a new album coming out in May! Two key members are celebrating birthdays this week, which was acknowledged by Slash via Twitter.
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose turns 50 years old today (Feb. 6) and we're celebrating with the band's classic videos for their singles ‘November Rain,’ ‘Paradise City’ and ‘Welcome to the Jungle.’ Not only can you watch the clips below, but you can also vote for your favorite in the accompanying Readers Poll.
Given his well-known penchant for showing up late -- not to mention his knack for inciting the occasional riot -- you'd think most lawyers would blanch at the prospect of W. Axl Rose serving on a trial jury. But that didn't keep the Guns N' Roses singer from doing his civic duty when his number was called for a recent civil trial in Santa Monica, Calif.
Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed went from playing the Whisky in Hollywood on Thursday nights to flying to clubs in private jets overnight when he joined the ranks of GN'R in 1990. Reed hooked up with the band when they were at their musical and cultural apex AKA the biggest, baddest band in the world. If Reed wanted a trial by fire, he got it. He recalled his early days in the band while the band was on its current U.S tour.
The end of the year tends to be a reflective time for most people -- a time of looking back at where we've been, assessing what we've learned, and looking toward the future. And even though he might have a cooler hat collection (not to mention more guitar-playing ability) than most of us, Slash is no different -- as evidenced by his recent column for Esquire, titled 'What I've Learned.'
There's the phrase "Don't Mess With Texas," but there should be a new one: "Don't Mess With Axl Rose."
During their performance Saturday night (Dec. 17) at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the Guns N' Roses' frontman took matters into his own hands when he had security remove an unruly fan from the crowd.