Dr. Dre and Axl Rose might actually have been cut from the same artistic cloth.
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 rehab....it was the only way.
Axl Rose: I don`t think everybody should be worshiping me `cause I was around before them.
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.
Guns N` Roses Thank you for all of the support you give us day in day out. All you folks on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, the message boards that fight the good fight - we feel it and very much appreciate it - THANK YOU!. And special thanks to MusicRadar for holding the poll and letting people speak. - Axl
I wrote this song for this girl who was gonna have a band and she was gonna call it Rocket Queen. She kinda kept me alive for a while. The last part of the song is my message to this person, or anybody else who can get something out of it. It`s like there`s hope and a friendship note at the end of the song. For that song there was also something I tried to work out with various people—a recorded sex act. It was somewhat spontaneous but premeditated; something I wanted to put on the record.
He had a fight with Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love in the MTV Music Awards (1992).
His biggest influences are Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Freddie Mercury (Queen), Elton John and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith).
He hates Bon Jovi!
Axl doesn’t have any children, though he wanted to.
His group of high school friends included to Jeffrey Isbell (Izzy), David Lank, Dana and Monica Gregory, Mike Stagg, David Pyley and Shanoon Hoon.
In 1992, he told to Rolling Stone that his father sexually abused of him when he was two years old.
In 1987, his ex-wife, model Erin Everly, abruptly canceled one of her last modeling assignments, a lingerie shoot, because Rose had dragged her from her apartment and she had abrasions up and down her body.
Axl threw a woman down the stairs in 1990 after she refused to have sex with him.
He had an affair with the porn actress Savannah between 1985-1986. She was 15 years old; he, 23.
Axl grew up listening to Elvis and Jimmy Swaggart records.
Axl started singing in church at age five, and later even taught Sunday school!
Axl was thrown into jail at least 20 times in Indiana.
The initials of his name spells WAR. Acording to him, is purely accidental.
His first band was A.X.L.
His friend and ex-girlfriend Michelle Young is the person who introduced him to heroin. The song “My Michelle” is about her.
He was ranked on #64 of the Rolling Stone’s list “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.
Is manic depressive. (imdb.com)
Played in a band called Hollywood Rose prior to Guns And Roses.
Legally changed his name to W. Axl Rose in 1986. The `W` is legal, not an abbreviation, and was chosen because Rose did not wish to share the name William with his biological father.
Released two albums at the same time with Guns N` Roses. This was the first time a band had ever released more than one album on the same day.
Guns N` Roses were voted the 92nd Greatest Rock `n` Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.
"Welcome to the Jungle" is played in The Dead Pool (1988).
"Sweet Child O` Mine" is played in State of Grace (1990).
Has kicked off Guns N` Roses` "Chinese Democracy" world tour in Hong Kong, China. The band will play a series of shows in East Asia and Europe before resuming their tour in Spring 2003, and will keep the tour going for "two or three years" according to Rose. The album they`re supporting, "Chinese Democracy", is in its finishing stages. [August 14, 2002]
Played with Guns N` Roses in Rock in Rio II (January `91) and Rock in Rio III (January 2001) as one of the most expected attractions.
Grew up in a strict Pentecostal (fundamentalist Christian) household. Was kicked out of his house at age 16 for not cutting his hair.
Has served as his own lawyer and defended himself at his innumerable trials.
Was found guilty in November 1992 of property damage and assault at a 1991 Guns N` Roses concert in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Was given two years probation and ordered to pay $50,000 to community groups.
"Axl Rose" is an anagram for "oral sex".
When compiling song selections for the 1999 Guns N` Roses live album "Live Era", he communicated with Slash and Duff McKagan only through intermediaries.
Attended high school with former longtime Guns N` Roses bandmate Izzy Stradlin.
His ex-wife, Erin Everly, is Don Everly`s daughter.
Younger sister Amy and younger brother Stuart.
His mother, Sharon E. Bailey died on May 28th, 1996.
Upon signing with Geffen Records in 1986 he had his name legally changed to W. Axl Rose.
Was born William Bruce Rose, but when his parents split his mother changed his name to William Bruce Bailey, taking his step-father`s last name. Axl claims that when he was 17 he learned of his real father and changed it back to William Bruce Rose, but this is disputed. One of Rose`s first music managers in L.A. claims that in the early 1980s Rose was still legally William Bailey.
Has been arrested over 30 times for various offenses, mostly drunk and disorderly and assault charges.