The Star behind the success of the popular rock band group Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose is a well-known controversial figure, a multi-talented musician, the founder and lead singer of the Guns N’ Roses band that was formed in 1985. His active contributions, creativity and exceptional music style have kept the band group under the spotlight for a very long time now.
The band has sold over a hundred million copies of their albums all over the world and that has made them one of the world’s highest-selling bands of all time; all thanks to their relentless effort and determination.
The rock band star Axl has been a constant figure in the band group Guns N’ Roses since their inception to date. Aside from being the lead singer of the band, Rose is also a prominent record producer, songwriter, and musician, well known in the United States.
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Axl Rose’s Bio
The rock star William Bruce Rose Jr. was born in Lafayette, Indiana located in the United States of America on February 6, 1962. He’s of mixed ethnic descent and the first child of his parents who separated when he was two years old; he has two other siblings a brother and a sister.
While he was growing up, Axl Rose never experienced a good and peaceful upbringing due to the frequent abuse and molestation he encountered with his father William Bruce Rose. After their divorce, William disappeared from Indiana and later, he was reportedly murdered by his gang partner in Illinois in 1984. His mother remarried a man named Stephen L. Bailey who adopted Rose and trained him with his other siblings.
When Rose was five years old, he joined the church choir and performed during church services alongside his brother and sister, they were using the name The Bailey Trio. More so, Axl Rose attended Jefferson High School where he joined the music group and he also studied piano. Following his undeniable passion for music, he worked extra hard to develop himself and also sang in different voices at the time. He later formed a band with his high school friends.
However, his unstable upbringing affected him so much that while he was still a teenager, he started believing that everything in the world was evil including women and this led him to put up a ruthless behaviour, he became notorious in Lafayette. He was further arrested and punished more than 20 times which finally contributed to his decision to change his life. In order to achieve this, Rose relocated to Los Angeles in 1982 to pursue a career in music.
After his relocation to Los Angeles, Axl started his music career when he joined a band group named Rapidfire in 1983 and in 1984, he left the group and formed his own band named Hollywood Rose along with his childhood pal Stradlin who also moved to Los Angeles and the band recorded five songs.
Rose, however, joined another band group called L.A Guns which later merged with his own band Hollywood Roses to become Guns N’ Roses in 1985. The performance of the band attracted the attention of tons of major record labels but they finally signed a record deal with Geffen records in 1986.
Rise to Fame
The Guns N’ Roses rock band got their breakthrough after they released their debut album titled Appetite for Destruction in 1987. The album reportedly sold more 30 than million copies across the world and 18 million in the United States, making it the best-sold debut album in the United States.
Axl Rose and his rock band crew have recorded tremendous success both locally and internationally, thus, setting a standing record in the rock history. The band completed their International music tour to 27 countries and played 194 shows in a space of two years from 1991 to 1993. They have equally recorded several other albums which were major hits including Guns N’ Roses Lies, Use Your Illusion I & II and many more.
Guns N’ Roses Music Break and Re-formation
Following the massive success recorded by the band, they were also engrossed by conflicts which led to the exit of some of the members. Rose, on the other hand, disappeared from the public and started living a secluded life in his mansion located in Malibu.
Being the last standing member of the band, Rose legally adopted the band name and started gathering new members that will fill in for the members that had left. Though faced with much challenges of getting the best, Axl finally raised the flag again in 2001. He appeared with the band at Rock in Rio 3 where they started the much anticipated Chinese Democracy Tour which ended in 2011.
The tour covered Europe, America, Asia, and Oceania and the band played a total of 239 shows. Additionally, the album dedicated to the Chinese Democracy was finally released in 2008 and it sold over 3 million copies. A year later, Axl Rose and his group continued with an outstanding performance in their two and half year tour in Rock Rio 4 which ended in 2014. The group earned more than four million dollars from the music tour.
Hall of Fame and Guns N’ Roses Reunion
In 2012, the lineup of the original band members was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, though Axl did not attend. He cited in a letter that his absence was as a result of the rift he has with his bandmates who would also attend the ceremony. Four years later, the most awaited part in the group’s history came when it was declared that Guns N’ Roses original members will be reuniting for the Not in A Lifetime Tour which included shows in Las Vegas, Coachella and Mexico City.
The tour which ended in September 2017 was a very successful one with the group making more than $200 million and Axl Rose was able to sing alongside his mates in April 2016 after 23 years.
Since 2016, Axl Rose joined AC/DC rock group where he replaced the lead singer named Brian Johnson who left as a result of hearing loss. Until today, he has been active in the group and has been touring the world with them.
Unlike most celebrities, Axle Rose was rumoured to have gone for the usual cosmetic surgery and the rumour, however, turned out to be true but the reason to change his looks was solely his decision. Looking at his before and after photos above, you would notice that he had undergone the procedure to make him look younger which didn’t turn out well.
He has gotten numerous criticisms from his fans who have insisted that his natural looks were more decent and appealing than his transformed look. This has tarnished his personality and changed people’s perception of him.
It was alleged that he had gone through facelifts, cheek implants, eyelid and nose jobs. Also, the star has been suspected to have gone for a chemical that rejuvenates the skin which ironically left his skin swollen and reddish.
Conclusively, Axl Rose is one among many celebrities whose plastic surgery went the wrong way and has left many of his fans with thoughts of what could have prompted the decision to change who he was.
Personal Life: Wife, Kids, Girlfriend
Talking about his personal life, the rock star Axl Rose has had a weird and unstable life. He married a famous model named Everly Erin who reportedly claimed that Rose forced her to marry him, if not he will end his own life.
The duo tied the knot on April 28, 1990, at Cupid Inn Chapel in Las Vegas. Their marriage, however, lasted less than a year before it was annulled. The couple separated in 1991 and didn’t have any kids from the marriage.
Subsequently, Rose started dating a Supermodel named Stephanie Seymour. The couple was getting along very well and finally got engaged in 1993. Just like a rolling stone that hit the rock, the couple broke up not long after their engagement with claims of assaults, rascality and misunderstandings. They sued each other after which they settled out of court.
Axl never had a smooth relationship with women and he doesn’t have any biological children till date. He has dated so many ladies including his special assistant, a Brazilian named Elizabeth Beta Leibas who has three kids.
There are rumours he had been involved with Lana Del Rey, Kat Mack, Dyan O’Connor, Sasha Volkova, Deniz Akkaya and Jennifer Driver but the rumours, however, cannot be verified. Apparently, Axl Rose is not in any known relationship at the moment and doesn’t have a girlfriend.
Axl Rose’s Net Worth
The multi-talented frontman of the popular rock band Guns N’ Roses has put up a great performance and has become a prominent figure in Rock and Roll music. He has amassed so much wealth from his music career.
So far, Guns N’ Roses have sold more than a hundred million albums and this has contributed to his net worth. Axl Rose currently has a net worth of $150 million.
Quick Facts about Axl Rose, Height
Birth name: William Bruce Rose Jr.
Date of birth: February 6, 1962
Birth city: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Education: Jefferson High School
Profession: Songwriter, Singer, record producer, Musician
Height: 5’ 9” (175 cm)
Weight: 81 kg
Marital Status: Divorced
Spouse: Erin Everly (m. 1990 – 1991)
Net Worth: $150 million