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.
40 Years Ago: Axl Rose Plays Final Gig With Rapidfire
Future Guns N' Roses frontman's first L.A. band didn't last long.
Axl Rose Has an Onstage Joke Button, Richard Fortus Reveals
Guns N' Roses singer cuts off his mic from PA system to chat with his bandmates during shows.
Axl Rose, Billy Corgan Perform at Lisa Marie Presley's Memorial
Alanis Morissette also paid tribute to the late singer, who died earlier this month.
Axl Rose Says He's in 'Tossers Anonymous' After Microphone Drama
"The first step, you know, you've got to admit you have a problem."
Axl Rose Responds to Fan's Microphone Injury Claim
Australian woman was reportedly hurt when the Guns N' Roses frontman threw his mic into the crowd.
Axl Rose Tells Drone Pilots: ‘Play With Your Toys Somewhere Else’
Guns N' Roses frontman responds to latest development in bootlegging after Australia shows.
Ex-Guns N' Roses Drummer 'Brain' Mantia Loved Axl Rose's Chaos
'Chinese Democracy'-era member likens 2002 tour dramas to Led Zeppelin's last U.S. show.
Watch Axl Rose and Carrie Underwood Sing Two Guns N' Roses Songs
The country and rock stars teamed up for "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City."