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Singer Axl Rose emerged with Guns N’ Roses just when rock needed him, with late-’80s music dominated by safe pop-metal and synthy dance music. GNR reshaped hard rock in their image on their 1987 debut album, ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ which sold 33 million copies and spawned three hit 10 singles, including the timeless ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’ But the band took almost four years to release a pair of follow-ups. Then there would then be a 15-year gap between the 1993 covers album ‘The Spaghetti Incident’ and 2008′s ‘Chinese Democracy,’ by which time Rose was the only original member still left in the lineup. These days, Rose continues to front an updated edition of Guns N’ Roses with keyboardist Dizzy Reed (who joined in 1990) as the only other longtime member. When the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, the ever-mercurial Rose elected to stay away.

Axl Rose and Slash’s Relationship Was Torn Over Michael Jackson, Ex-Manager Says

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Frank Micelotta / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Guns N' Roses' ex-manager says an argument over collaborating with Michael Jackson is ultimately what fractured the relationship between Axl Rose and Slash.

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Axl Rose Once Confronted Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock About ‘Ripping Off Led Zeppelin’

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Frazer Harrison / Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Adam Horovitz was in his early 20s and riding high on the Beastie Boys' 10-times platinum debut album when he bumped into Axl Rose at a star-studded Hollywood party in 1988.

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Steven Adler Hasn’t Seen Axl Rose Since 2006

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Michael Loccisano / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Steven Adler is on record as being in support of a reunion of the classic Guns N' Roses lineup, but that doesn't mean he has any special influence over bandleader Axl Rose.

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Guns N’ Roses Road Manager Insists Axl Rose Is a Great Guy

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

It's difficult to change people's minds about you once you develop a reputation for being a certain way, and Axl Rose has a bigger reputation than most.

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Kid Rock Sticks Up for Axl Rose: ‘The Nicest Guy on Earth!’

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Robert Laberge / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Kid Rock rose to Axl Rose's defense in a rangy talk with Rolling Stone that also covered his opinions on Jimmy Buffett, post-concert sex and Beyonce, among many other topics.

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Axl Rose Would Never Reunite Classic Guns N’ Roses Lineup for Money

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Axl Rose has surely received some obscenely huge offers to reunite the classic Guns N' Roses lineup for a new album or tour, but he's obviously never accepted any of them.

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Meet the Artists Who Refused Their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

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How Axl Rose, Johnny Rotten and Ozzy Osbourne all turned down their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame invitations.

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Axl Rose Debunks Death Hoax, Hints at New Guns N’ Roses Music

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Guns N' Roses star Axl Rose insists he's not dead - and hints that he's working on new music.

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Axl Rose Recordings With Early ’80s Band Rapidfire Now Available for Sale

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After years of wrangling, fans can finally buy a collection of demo recordings made by Rapidfire, the L.A. rock band fronted by a young Axl Rose in 1983.

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DJ Ashba Says Axl Rose Has ‘Two Complete Albums’ Ready to Go

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Between Sixx:A.M.'s new 'Modern Vintage' album and the band's upcoming world tour, guitarist DJ Ashba isn't focusing on his Guns N' Roses gig these days -- but it sounds like he expects that to change sometime in the not-too-distant future.

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