- 2 Career
- 3 private life
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Rose was born in Lafayette, a small town in the Midwest State of Indiana. His father, William Rose, left the family when he was two years old. According to Rose, his father was murdered 20 years later; his body was found at a lake in 1984 in Chicago. His mother, Sharon, remarried shortly after the separation with Stephen Bailey, whose surname Rose from then on bore. Rose believed that Bailey until his 17th was his real father. His parents had two children, Stuart and Amy.
Rose knew said an unhappy youth. In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1992 Rose claimed that he had discovered through regression therapy that he was sexually abused by the age of two his biological father. He also accused his stepfather it to have mistreated him during his youth. The stepfather of Rose was extremely religiously;as a member of the Pentecostal Church to which the family belonged was Rose's expected three to eight times a week attended the church service. The church choir gave Rose at a very young age the possibility to develop his singing talent. Rose Later sang with his brother and sister during the service under the name The Bailey Trio. In high school developed Rose a passion for rock music, which he shared with his school friend Jeff Isbell, later known as Izzy Stradlin, the former guitarist of Guns N ' Roses.
At the age of seventeen Rose discovered the truth about his biological father, after which he took his original last name. He began with his parents and the authorities and was frequently arrested for public drunkenness and disturbing the public order. In the early 1980s hitchhiked Rose several times to Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.When authorities in Lafayette Rose threatened to declare a recurrent criminal, his lawyer advised him to leave the city as soon as possible. Rose departed In december 1982 with his childhood love for good to Los Angeles.
After several failed projects — including, AXL Rose, L.A. Gunsand Hollywood Rose— Rose founded with Stradlin and some fellow musicians in 1985 the band Guns N ' Roses on. the resulting occupation consisted of Rose, Stradlin, lead guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKaganand drummer Steven Adler. During these years lived Rose with some band members in a dilapidated building that drugs known as the "Hell House". Rose went to get money relationships with strippers and introduced himself available for medical experiments. In 1986 brought Guns N ' Roses EP the in-house Live?!* @ Like a Suicide from. That same year, the band signed a record deal with Geffen Recordsthe great. In order to be able to sign that contract with its preferred name, officially changing his name let Rose "William Bruce Rose" in "w. Axl Rose" — the abbreviation "w." because he does not want to bear the same name as said his biological father and "Axl" to his first band.
In 1987, Guns N ' Roses: their debut album Appetite for Destruction. Thanks to the hits "Welcome to the Jungle", "Sweet Child o' Mine", and "Paradise City" grew the band soon became one of the biggest rock bands in the world. In 1989 was followed by a second album, GN'R Lies— a partial reissue of the EP Live?!* @ Like a Suicide— which contained the hit "Patience".
With the success also grew the problems within the band: performing as opening act by the Rolling Stones in 1989 Rose threatened to leave the band as some band members not quit "dancing withMr. Brownstone" ' ", slang for heroin use. In 1990, Adler eventually fired because of his heroin addiction; He was replaced by Matt Sorum. During a performance in St. Louis in 1991 caused an uproar by Rose from the stage the audience to jump in to save a fan because of his illegal video camera and then to break down halfway through the concert. Later that year published the long-awaited albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. Of these albums were the hits "You Could Be Mine", "Don't Cry", "November Rain", and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" coming. Stradlin left the band that year because of problems with the enormous success of the band and with his childhood friend Rose; He was replaced by Gilby Clarke.
In 1992 caused Rose again a riot during a tour with Metallica: Metallica's James Hetfield during concert after singer was injured, refused Rose to act earlier than planned and then left after only having played a few songs, after which the public millions of damage. During the MTV Video Music Awards of that year Rose challenged Nirvana 's Kurt Cobain to a fight; Cobain held. In 1993, followed a cover album The Spaghetti Incident?, that thanks to the rise of the grunge movement was less successful than the previous editions. That year, the band played its last gig with that occupation.
From 1994 it became quiet around Rose and Guns N ' Roses. In 1994, Clarke dismissed by Rose. Slash, who along with Rose as frontman of the band, left the band in 1996 was due to musical and personal problems with Rose. In 1997, Sorum also left the band and fired by Rose McKagan, making Rose last original band member left. Nevertheless, Guns N ' Roses survival remained, because Rose has now become the full rights to the band name possessed. Rose withdrew as a hermit to back in his villa in Malibu with a seemingly endless changing occupation to work on a new album. Although there was no sign of new music for the time being, did Rose several times with new line-ups on tour. In 2002 Rose again caused an uproar by failing to show up at a concert in Vancouver, after which the audience for thousands of dollars in damage. In 2008, Guns N ' Roses — consisting of Rose, lead guitarist Bumblefoot, guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer, and pianists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman— after 15 years a new album: Chinese Democracy .
Rose was engaged to his first girlfriend, Gina Siler, whom he met in 1982 in Lafayette. The couple moved to Los Angeles In December 1982. It did not come to a marriage; Rose and Siler late 1985 went apart because of heroin use by Rose.
In 1986 Rose a relationship with Erin Everly, the daughter of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers. Rose wrote the hit "Sweet Child o' Mine" for Everly, who also played in the corresponding video clip. Rose and Everly were married on april 28, 1990 in Las Vegas; Rose had the previous morning at Everly rang the Bell with the announcement that he had a gun in the car and that he would commit suicide if they are not married with him. A month later threatened Rose all in a divorce. In October 1990, after which the couple got Everly miscarried a month later finally disbanded. The marriage was annulled in January 1991.
Rose got in 1991 a relationship with top model Stephanie Seymour, who then in the video clips for the hits "Don't Cry" and "November Rain" played. During their relationship Rose took the role of stepfather Seymours's son Dylan on itself; He was, in his own words very attached to the little boy. Rose and Seymour engaged in February 1993, but still the same month went apart.
In October 1993 filed a lawsuit against Rose to Seymour for assault, was called as a witness where Everly. In March 1994, Everly filed a lawsuit against Rose, who they accused her for years to have physically and emotionally abused. Also Siler came forward with allegations of abuse in the media. Both lawsuits out of court in 1995 were suitable.