Axl Rose

Axl Rose


2/6/1962, Lafaytte, Indiana

Birth Name

William Bruce Rose Jr.



Also Known As

W. Axl Rose, William Bruce Bailey
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Axl Rose is most famous as the frontman and vocalist of the legendary American rock band Guns N Roses. He co-founded the band with his friend Izzy Stradlin in 1985. He wrote most of the songs on GNR's incredible debut album "Appetite For Destruction." He is renowned for…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Axl had a small part as an uncredited background performer in the 1988 Clint Eastwood film The Dead Pool.

    • Axl has been the frontman in a number of bands before forming Guns N Roses including Rapidfire, L.A. Guns, and Hollywood Rose.

    • Rose Is good friends with former Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach who has reported that there are 4 new albums on the way.

    • Axl sings on Sebastian Bach's new album Angel Down on three tracks- "Stuck Inside," "Love Is A Bitchslap," and "Back In The Saddle."

    • Songs leaked from his band's upcoming album Chinese Democracy include "Better," "Catcher In The Rye," "I.R.S.," "There Was A Time," "Chinese Democracy," and "The Blues."

    • Axl is friends with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder.

    • The GNR lineup was supposed to feature Axl playing lead guitar, but then Axl discovered Slash and knew that he was much better.

    • Axl is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan and he was very pleased when Dodgers closer Eric Gagne chose GNR's "Welcome to the Jungle" as his introduction song.

    • Axl has said that he enjoys hip-hop.

    • Axl has stated that he enjoyed and appreciated the Seattle Grunge movement.

    • Axl is a Nine Inch Nails fan.

    • Axl has stated that he has always been a big fan of Queen.

    • Axl is represented by the middle skull on the logo for "Appetite For Destruction."

    • One of Axl's favorite movies is "Cool Hand Luke." That is why the song "Civil War" opens to a quote from the 1967 Paul Newman movie.

    • Axl has publicly stated that his father sexually abused him as a child.

    • Axl turned into a strict vegetarian, and quit all of his unhealthy vices, including alcohol and tobacco. He meditates, and practices Yoga everyday to stay 'centered'.

    • Axl is known for wearing skin-tight jeans, bandanas, and for his high screaming voice during his songs.

    • Axl was named 'Coolest Old Person' by the teen magazine Ellegirl in 2005, at the age of 43. He ranked second in the survey, right after the top vote getter: Grandparents.

    • Axl has been sued for 1.15 million dollars for backing out of a deal to pay 2.36 million dollars for a Andy Warhol portrait of John Lennon.

    • Axl plays the character DJ Tommy 'The Nightmare' Smith on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

    • Axl has had some plastic surgery work done. Changes include a light face lift, cheek bone implants, and numerous chemical peels.

    • Axl's Malibu mansion is the one featured in the video for 'Estranged'.

    • Axl challenged Kurt Cobain, former lead singer of Nirvana to a fist fight at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

    • Axl paid tribute to one of his biggest influences, Freddie Mercury, at the 'Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert' in 1992.

    • Axl was labeled a racist homophobe for the lyrics that he wrote for his song 'One in a Million'.

    • Axl started dating cover model Stephanie Seymour in 1991, who appeared in his video for 'November Rain'. The two lasted for two years, parting ways in 1993, Axl fell into a deep depression.

    • Axl wrote the hit Sweet Child 'O Mine for then girlfriend, Erin Everly, daughter of Don Everly of The Everly Bros.

    • Axl led Guns n Roses to sign on with Geffen Records, in 1986.

    • Axl formed Guns N Roses in the mid-eighties. He was on vocals, Izzy Stradlin played rhythm guitar, Slash on lead guitar, Duff McKagan on bass, and Steve Adler played the drums.

    • Axl left Lafeyette on the advice of his attorney, and headed to Los Angeles, California in the early '80's where he re-united with his childhood friend, Izzy Stradlin.

    • Axl was arrested over twenty times as a youth, for crimes that included public drunkness & assault. All of his charges led to the Lafeyette authorities attempting to have him locked up as a habitual criminal.

    • Axl was interested in playing the piano, music, and singing in his Church's choir as a youth.

    • Axl blames being schooled and raised in a strict Pentecostal home and environment for his beliefs that woman and sex were evil.

    • Axl was physically abused by his step father, Stephen Bailey, and ran away at age 16 to escape the abuse.

    • Axl was molested by his biological father as a child, but had repressed the memories until he was an adult.

    • Axl was arrested in Stockholm in July 2006 over allegations he bit a security guard. A court ordered Axl to pay the guard $1800.

    • On April 1, 2005, a new GN'R track, titled "I.R.S." was leaked onto the internet by an anonymous source.

    • Axl Rose made a surprise appearance at the 2002 music awards, and showed the new Guns n Roses line up. Even Ozzy Ozbourne said that their performance was amazing.

    • Axl Rose is the one who continued owning Guns N Roses after everyone else quit.

    • His birth name was William Bruce Rose, Jr, but at the age of 17 he adopted the name William Rose.

  • Quotes

    • Axl Rose: When the going gets tough, the tough get an uzi.

    • Axl Rose: Life sucks, but in a beautiful kind of way.

    • Axl Rose: (about the song "My Michelle") I know a girl named Michelle and she became a really good friend of the bands' and I was going out with her for a while, It's a true story. Slash and some other members of the band said that's kinda too heavy to say about poor sweet Michelle; she'll freak out. I'd written this nice sweet song about her and then I looked at it and thought that really doesn't touch any basis of reality' so I put down an honest thing. It describes her life. This girl leads such a crazy life with doing drugs, or whatever she's doing at the time, you don't know if she's gonna be there tomorrow. I showed her the lyrics after about three weeks of debating and she was so happy that someone didn't just paint a pretty picture. She loves it.

    • Axl Rose: I sing in about five or six different voices-that are all part of me, it's not contrived. I'm like a second baritone or something. I used to take choir classes and stuff and I'd always- sit there and since I could read music, I'd try to sing other people's parts and see if I could get away with it. We had this teacher who was pitch perfect, or whatever you call it. He had ears' like a bat, man, like radar. So, in order to get away with singing someone else's part, you'd really have to get it down. Or else, he'd know exactly what corner of the room this person is who's not singing right. So, I guess, I really started working on it then by trying to mess with this guy's head. Like how come he's hearing a soprano in the bass section.

    • Axl Rose: If you're bored with a song and its one of your songs, you just play it. It's like having a pair of pants. Those pants meant something to you at one timeyou liked them or whatever-but if you just outgrow them and you're tired of wearing them, it's like they're not you anymore. Some songs I re-write cause the verses aren't me anymore. I could come off stage in tears because I was so moved by the music. I want people to feel that too.

    • Axl Rose: I've really learned to control myself. It used to be that 1 would get mad, break everything in the room, smack somebody in the face and then leave. Now I work real hard at trying to keep things cool and together.

    • Axl Rose: I'm a big Metallica fanatic. I like the new Queensrÿche record. We listen to everything. Pop, it's hard to say, if you tell someone you like the new Michael Jackson song, everybody thinks you like everything Michael Jackson ever did. So, it's weird to have to say what you like. We usually like to get into a song or even a part of a song of just about anybody. We'll sit down and go 'nah, that sucks, but there's that one bass part that's cool.

    • Axl Rose: You don't see a lot of that anymore-Queen used to do it, and Zeppelin, but nowadays, people tend to stay in one vein.

    • Axl Rose: We have pieces of everything in our band and we try and find a way to bring it all out rather than limit ourselves into one frame.

    • Axl Rose: I'd just like to say that I have a personal disgust for small dogs, like poodles. I have some serious physical problems with them. Everything about them means I must kill them. I must.

    • Axl Rose: We take it for granted we know the whole story - We judge a book by its cover and read what we want between selected lines.

    • Axl Rose: I haven't spoken to Slash in ten years. I love the guy; I always wanted everyone to know how great he was.

    • Axl Rose: (about his religious upbringing) My particular church was filled with self-righteous hypocrites who were child abusers and child molesters. These were people who'd been damaged in their own childhoods and in their lives. These were people who were finding God but still living with their damage and inflicting it upon their children. I had to go to church anywhere from three to eight times a week. l even taught Bible school while l was being beaten and my sister was being molested.

    • Axl Rose: I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a Great White or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

    • Axl Rose: We are made up of two contrasting ideals-Love And Fear. Pick One and Live.

    • Axl Rose: I'm not a computer-savvy or technical type of person, yet I'm involved with it everyday, so it takes me a while.

    • Axl Rose: I like to be real private; you don't always want everyone around you, even when they like you.

    • Axl Rose: I pretty much stay to myself, and that's about it.

    • Axl Rose: I don't think everybody should be worshiping me 'cause I was around before them.

    • Axl Rose: It's always different every night. You never know which song is gonna get you excited.

    • Axl Rose: Guns N' Roses was a big thing. How do you walk away from that? It's a very complicated thing, I think, for everybody involved.

    • Axl: I regret the way that things went down between me and Stephanie. I really loved her, and her son Dylan. To go back in time, I would treat her like the princess that she is, and never utter a cross word. Tha's what is so screwed, you always look back at the love lost, and think of what could've been, instead of thinking beforehand, how it should be.

    • Axl: It was an insane night. Tommy Hilfiger, who is the size of a leprechan in high heels, straight slapped me in the face for moving his girlfriend's alcoholic beverage. I was shocked, and a bit amused, but I didn't retaliate, I just watched as his own security guards dragged him out of the club.

    • Axl: I had a hard time laying off the booze, man. I needed the alcohol and the drugs to escape my reality, and when I figured that it was time to wake up, I went straight to was the only way.