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 Felt ‘Lame’ Telling the Crowd He Was Sick
Guns N’ Roses' frontman thanks fans for support after he performed while “severely ill.”
'Severely Ill' Axl Rose Refuses to Cancel Guns N’ Roses Show
Abu Dhabi set cut short to 16 songs after frontman tells fans, “I’ve been throwing up for about the last five hours.”
Rockers Slam Donald Trump’s California Forest Fires Response
Axl Rose, Rod Stewart and others react to U.S. President’s threat to pull Federal aid instead of offering support.
'Can U Say S---bags?!': Axl Rose Rips President Trump's GNR Use
The Guns N' Roses frontman tweets his ire after the president plays "Sweet Child o' Mine' at a rally.
Chris Slade Recalls AC/DC Fan ‘Prejudice’ Against Axl Rose
Drummer says both he and Guns N’ Roses frontman faced flak from people who listened with their eyes and not their ears.
When Axl Rose Threatened to Cancel a Show Over Traffic Ticket
Guns N' Roses singer threw a tantrum over illegal left-hand turn.
Axl Rose Says ‘You Never Know’ About New Guns N’ Roses Music
“Everyone seems to be getting along,” Axl Rose says in rare, tame interview.
Axl Rose ‘Misrepresented,’ Says Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses
On board since 1990, Dizzy Reed eventually became the second longest-serving Guns N' Roses member.