Axl Rose’s Birthday – February 6th, 1962
Posted 2/6/2013 12:00:00 AM

Axl Rose’s Birthday – February 6th, 1962

 

Conversation Starters

  • Happy Birthday Axl Rose! What’s your favorite Guns N’ Roses song where Axl shows off his vocals?
  • GNR singer Axl Rose celebrates his birthday today! Would you consider him one of the most iconic frontmen of all time?
  • Axl Rose turns 51 today! Would you still go see Gun N’ Roses despite the band’s altered lineup?

Fast Facts

  • Born William Bruce Rose on February 6, 1962 in Lafayette, IN
  • Rose was raised in a strict Pentecostal family and began singing in church; he also taught Sunday School
  • Legally changed name to W. Axl Rose in 1986
  • Rose co-founded Guns N’ Roses in the early 80s, which rose from the ashes of bands such as LA Guns and Hollywood Rose; the lineup included Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler
  • The band’s debut album, Appetite for Destruction (1987) is one of the best-selling albums of all time
  • GNR did not official disband, but key members such as Slash, Matt Sorum and others gradually left as there was an incredible amount of turmoil in the band
  • Guns N’ Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012; Axl did not attend the ceremony
  • Rose is known for stopping concerts to deal with unruly fans; he is also known for his constant tardiness, at times showing up more than three hours late for concerts
  • Rose once told Rolling Stone he wants “Sorry I’m Late” written on his coffin, and to have it show up a half hour after the ceremony starts
  • Axl stills plays under the GNR moniker to this day, and there are rumors that the group (which has an entirely new lineup sans Rose) will release a new album sometime in 2013

Personal Info

  • Was married to model Erin Everly, who was the inspiration for the song “Sweet Child O’ Mine;” Rose filed for divorce after just a month
  • Rose has had his share of legal trouble; In 1988, he told Rolling Stone he had been arrested "over twenty times,” including once for biting a Swedish security guard’s leg

Discography (studio albums with Guns N’ Roses)

  • Appetite for Destruction (1987)
  • G N’ R Lies (1988)
  • Slashin’ Pumpkins (1990)
  • Use Your Illusion 1 (1991)
  • Use Your Illusion 2 (1991)
  • On Tour Now (1991)
  • The Spaghetti Incident? (1993)
  • Chinese Democracy (2008)

RIAA

  • G N’ R Lies-Multi-Platinum (1993)
  • Appetite for Destruction- Multi-Platinum (2008)
  • Use Your Illusion 1- Multi-Platinum (1997)
  • Use Your Illusion 2- Multi-Platinum (1997)
  • The Spaghetti Incident?-Platinum (1994)
  • Chinese Democracy- Platinum (2009)

Awards

  • Billboard Top 200 Albums
    • Appetite for Destruction #1
    • G N’ R Lies #2
    • Use Your Illusion 1 #2
    • Use Your Illusion 2 #1

Videos

Links

Sources

Check out the top 10 Guns N' Roses songs at Ultimate Classic Rock

Check out his yearbook photo at Noisecreep

Posted By: Rabbi  

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