W.Axel Rose (Guns’n’Roses”)
American singer-songwriter and Musician W. Axl Rose was born February 6, 1962. He is the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses and was Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, in the 1980’s Rose moved to Los Angeles , and became active in the local hard rock scene joining 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, and is the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S. with 18 million units sold. 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
Following the 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. Rose joined his band in residencies at The Joint in Las Vegas in 2012 and 2014, as well as several shows in North America, Asia and South America as part of the Appetite for Democracy tour supporting the anniversaries of Appetite for Destruction and Chinese Democracy. Rose was awarded the Ronnie James Dio lifetime achievement award in 2014 by Revolver at the Revolver Golden Gods awards. According to a 2014 interview with Rose, their new album, recorded concurrently with Chinese Democracy, and a remix album were completed and pending release.
In 2016, former members Slash and Duff McKagan returned to Guns N’ Roses with Rose set to headline a ‘reunited’ lineup at Coachella 2016. Rose has been named one of the greatest singers of all time by various media outlets, including Rolling Stone and NME Due to his powerful and wide vocal range and energetic live performances and 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. Rose has also recently been the cause of more controversy after replacing Brian Johnson as lead singer of AC/DC after Johnson was forced to retire from singing on medical grounds or face the prospect of going deaf.