Axl Rose

Axl Rose
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Rose performing at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, Poland, 2018
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Bruce Rose Jr.
Also known as
  • W. Axl Rose
  • William Bruce Bailey
  • Bill Rose
  • Bill Bailey
Born (1962-02-06) February 6, 1962 (age 58)
Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • musician
  • activist
  • Vocals, piano
Years active1985-present
Associated acts

W. Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose Jr.; raised as William Bruce Bailey; born February 6, 1962)[3] is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and musician. He is the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, and has also been the band's sole constant member since its inception in 1985.[4] In addition to Guns N' Roses, he also toured with Australian rock band AC/DC in 2016 during the final two legs of their Rock or Bust World Tour when Brian Johnson took a break due to hearing problems. Rose has been named one of the greatest singers of all time by various media outlets, including Rolling Stone and NME.[5][6]

Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, Rose moved in the early 1980s to Los Angeles, where he became active in the local hard rock scene and joined several bands, including Hollywood Rose and L.A. Guns. In 1985, he co-founded Guns N' Roses, with whom he had great success and recognition in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their first album, Appetite for Destruction (1987), has sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide,[7][8] and is the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S. with 18 million units sold.[9] Its full-length follow-ups, the twin albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (1991), were also widely successful; they respectively debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide.[10]

After 1994, following the conclusion of their two-and-a-half-year Use Your Illusion Tour, Rose disappeared from public life for several years, while the band disintegrated due to personal and musical differences. As its sole remaining original member, he was able to continue working under the Guns N' Roses banner because he had legally obtained the band name. In 2001, he resurfaced with a new line-up of Guns N' Roses at Rock in Rio 3, and subsequently played periodic concert tours to promote the long-delayed Chinese Democracy (2008), which undersold the music industry's commercial expectations despite positive reviews upon its release.[11] In 2012, Rose was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N' Roses, though he declined to attend the event and requested exclusion from the Hall. In 2016, the same year as he toured with AC/DC, Rose partially reunited the "classic" lineup of Guns N' Roses and has since toured the world as part of the Not in This Lifetime... Tour.

Early life and ancestry

Rose as a child

Rose was born William Bruce Rose Jr. in Lafayette, Indiana, the oldest child of Sharon Elizabeth (née Lintner), then 16 years old and still in high school,[12] and William Bruce Rose, then 20 years old.[13][14] He is of paternal Scots-Irish and maternal German ancestry.[15] His father has been described as "a troubled and charismatic local delinquent," and the pregnancy was unplanned.[12] His parents separated when Rose was approximately two years old, prompting his father to abduct and allegedly molest him before disappearing from Lafayette.[12] His mother remarried to Stephen L. Bailey, and changed her son's name to William Bruce Bailey.[14][16] He has two younger siblings—a sister, Amy, and a half-brother, Stuart.[17][18] As a young child both Axl and his siblings were regularly beaten.[19] Until the age of 17, Rose believed Bailey was his natural father.[20] He never met his biological father as an adult; William Rose Sr. was murdered in Marion, Illinois, in 1984 by a criminal acquaintance who was convicted even though the body was never recovered.[21] Rose did not learn about the murder until years later.[22]

The Bailey household was very religious; Rose and his family attended a Pentecostal church, where he was required to attend services three to eight times per week and even taught Sunday school.[23] Rose later recalled an oppressive upbringing, stating, "We'd have televisions one week, then my stepdad would throw them out because they were Satanic. I wasn't allowed to listen to music. Women were evil. Everything was evil."[23] He accused his stepfather of physically abusing him and his siblings and sexually abusing his sister.[14][20] Rose found solace in music from an early age. He sang in the church choir from the age of five, and performed at services with his brother and sister under the name the Bailey Trio.[24] At Jefferson High School, he participated in the school chorus and studied piano.[25] A second baritone,[26] Rose began developing "different voices" during chorus practice to confuse his teacher.[24][26][27] He eventually formed a band with his friends, one of whom was Jeff Isbell, later known as Izzy Stradlin.[28]

At the age of 17, while going through insurance papers in his parents' home, Rose learned of his biological father's existence, and he unofficially readopted his birth name.[16][20] However, he referred to himself only as W. Rose, because he did not want to share a first name with his biological father.[16][20] Following the discovery of his true family origins, Rose became a local juvenile delinquent in Lafayette; he was arrested more than twenty times on charges such as public intoxication and battery, and served jail terms up to three months.[16][29] After Lafayette authorities threatened to charge him as a habitual criminal,[25] Rose moved to Los Angeles, California, in December 1982.[29] After moving to Los Angeles, he became so engrossed in his band AXL that his friends suggested he call himself Axl Rose;[16][30] he legally changed his name to W. Axl Rose prior to signing his contract with Geffen Records in March 1986.[26][29][31]

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