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.
AC/DC's Angus Young Hasn't Written Music With Axl Rose
"Nothing really came out solid," guitarist said of potential collaboration with Guns N' Roses singer.
Brian Johnson Has a 'Lot of Respect' for Axl Rose's Work in AC/DC
Singer commended Guns N' Roses member for doing a "fantastic job" while subbing in onstage in 2016.
AC/DC Continuing With Axl Rose ‘Never Really Came Up’
Angus Young says Guns N’ Roses singer has “his own life.”
Why Axl Rose's 'Appetite for Destruction' Cover Idea Was Rejected
Axl Rose pushed for a tragic image to be LP's main artwork.
Rolling Stones Joined by Axl Rose, Eric Clapton on New Live DVD
'Steel Wheels Live' stems from a guest-filled stop in Atlantic City in 1989.
Axl Rose Blasts Surgeon General Over Comments on Large Gatherings
Guns N' Roses singer exchanged tweets with Jerome Adams leading up to July 4 weekend.
How Axl Rose Was Animated for His 'New Looney Tunes' Episode
Artist for the show takes viewers through the process from rough draft to animation.
The Full Story of Axl Rose's 'Looney Tunes' Appearance Revealed
The 'New Looney Tunes' writers reveal how the Guns N' Roses singer's appearance happened.
'Bennie and the Jets': The Song That Made Axl Rose Want To Rock
Classic 1973 song was inspired by the era and ended up as inspiration for future artists.