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Axl Rose

Axl Rose
Axl Rose 2010.jpg
Rose in 2010
Background information
Birth name William Bruce Rose Jr.
Also known as
  • W. Axl Rose
  • William Bruce Bailey
  • Bill Rose
  • Bill Bailey
Born (1962-02-06) February 6, 1962 (age 55)
Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • musician
Musical career
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres
Instruments Vocals, Piano
Years active 1983–present
Labels
Associated acts

W. Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose Jr.; raised as William Bruce Bailey; February 6, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and musician. He is the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, a position he has held since its inception in 1985. In addition to Guns N' Roses, he is also the current lead singer of AC/DC since 2016. Due to his powerful and wide vocal range and energetic live performances, Rose has been named one of the greatest singers of all time by various media outlets, including Rolling Stone and NME.

Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, Rose moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, where he became active in the local hard rock scene and joined 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 one of the best-selling debut albums 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.

After 1994, following the conclusion of their two-and-a-half-year 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. 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. In 2016, Rose partially reunited the 'classic' lineup of Guns N' Roses and toured the world as part of the Not In This Lifetime... Tour.


Title Year Role Notes
The Dead Pool 1988 Musician at funeral Uncredited
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (video game) 2004 DJ Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith Voice

  • W. Axl Rose
  • William Bruce Bailey
  • Bill Rose
  • Bill Bailey
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • musician
  • Ready to Rumble (2014)
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