Axl Rose

Singer-songwriter + Musician
Born Feb 6, 1962

W. Axl Rose is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the lead vocalist and only remaining original member of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he enjoyed great success and recognition in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before disappearing from the public eye for several years.… Read More

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1962 Birth Born on February 6, 1962.


1985 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, he co-founded Guns N' Roses, with whom he had great success and recognition in the late 1980s and early 1990s. … Read More
1987 25 Years Old In July 1987, Guns N' Roses released its debut album Appetite for Destruction. … Read More
1988 26 Years Old 1 More Event
However, fueled by the band's relentless touring and the mainstream success of the single "Sweet Child o' Mine"—Rose's tribute to his then-girlfriend Erin Everly—the album rose to the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 in August 1988, and again in February 1989. … Read More
1989 27 Years Old With the success of Appetite for Destruction and G N' R Lies, Rose found himself lauded as one of rock's most prominent frontmen. By the time he appeared solo on the cover of Rolling Stone in August 1989, his celebrity was such that the influential music magazine agreed to his absolute requirement that the interview and accompanying photographs would be provided by two of his friends, writer Del James and photographer Robert John. … Read More
1990 28 Years Old In early 1990, Guns N' Roses returned to the studio to begin recording the full-length follow-up to Appetite for Destruction. … Read More
Sorum and Reed played their first show with Guns N' Roses at Rock in Rio 2 in January 1991. … Read More


1993 31 Years Old Guns N' Roses played its final show of the Use Your Illusion Tour on July 17, 1993 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires; it proved to be Rose's last live performance with the band for seven and a half years. … Read More
1994 32 Years Old Without consultation from his band mates, Rose did not renew Gilby Clarke's contract with the band in June 1994, as he claimed Clarke to be only a "hired hand." … Read More
1996 34 Years Old Slash finally left Guns N' Roses in October 1996 due to his differences with Rose, while Matt Sorum was fired in June 1997 after an argument over Tobias's involvement in the band. … Read More
2001 39 Years Old In January 2001, Rose resurfaced with Guns N' Roses at Rock in Rio 3 to commence the decade-long Chinese Democracy Tour, though the majority of its scheduled concerts over the next two years did not take place. … Read More


2004 42 Years Old After the tour was cancelled by the promoter, Rose again withdrew from the public view. During this time, he joined Slash and Duff McKagan in a lawsuit against Geffen Records in an unsuccessful attempt to block the release of the Greatest Hits compilation album, and lent his voice to the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
2006 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In a rare interview in January 2006, Rose stated that "people will hear music this year."
2008 46 Years Old Fifteen years after its last album, in November 2008, Guns N' Roses released Chinese Democracy exclusively via the electronics retailer Best Buy. … Read More
2009 47 Years Old A year after the album's release, in December 2009, Guns N' Roses embarked on another two-and-a-half years of touring, including a headlining performance at Rock in Rio 4. … Read More
2010 48 Years Old In November 2010, Rose sued Activision, the producers of the video game Guitar Hero, for $20 million, claiming that Activision had violated an agreement with him to not include any reference to Slash or his band Velvet Revolver in the game in return for a license to use the song "Welcome to the Jungle". … Read More


2012 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Together with the other members of Guns N' Roses' classic lineup, Rose was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, their first year of eligibility. … Read More
2014 52 Years Old In response to an informal study that named him the 'World's Greatest Singer" based on a study of vocal ranges, Rose told Spin in 2014, "If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I'd say first that I don't know there's a definitive answer as in my opinion it's subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers. … Read More
2016 54 Years Old Rose shared a stage with Slash for the first time in nearly 23 years during the group's surprise performance at The Troubadour in April 2016, ahead of its headlining shows at Coachella. … Read More
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