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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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Axl Rose.


1962 Birth Born on February 6, 1962.


1980 18 Years Old After parting ways with Lawrence, he formed the band Hollywood Rose with his childhood friend Izzy Stradlin, who had moved to Los Angeles in 1980, and sixteen-year-old guitarist Chris Weber. … Read More


1982 - 1985 2 More Events
1986 24 Years Old In early 1986, Rose began a relationship with model Erin Everly, the daughter of singer Don Everly of the Everly Brothers. … 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 1 More Event
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 1 More Event
Seymour and Rose became engaged in February 1993, but separated three weeks later.
1994 32 Years Old Without explanation or consultation from his band mates, Rose fired Gilby Clarke in June 1994. … Read More
1996 34 Years Old Slash finally left Guns N' Roses in October 1996, followed by Matt Sorum's firing in June 1997. … Read More
2001 39 Years Old In January 2001, Rose resurfaced at Rock in Rio 3 with a new line-up of Guns N' Roses, featuring lead guitarists Buckethead and Robin Finck, rhythm guitarist Paul Tobias, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia, and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman. … Read More


2004 42 Years Old Rose then withdrew from the public view for a second time. In 2004, he joined his former band mates Slash and Duff McKagan in a lawsuit against Geffen Records in an unsuccessful attempt to block the release of the Greatest Hits compilation album. … Read More
2006 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In a rare interview in January 2006, Rose stated that "people will hear music this year."
2007 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In December of that year, Rose issued an open letter to his fans, in which he discussed, among other things, the reasons why Chinese Democracy had still not been released, and named March 6, 2007 as a tentative release date. … Read More
2008 - 2009 2 More Events
In October 2011, Guns N' Roses headlined Rock in Rio 4, before beginning a tour of the Americas, including their first U.S. tour in five years.


2012 50 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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 HoF. … Read More
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