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Guns N' Axl Rose

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Singer, songwriter and frontman for Guns N' Roses, Axl Rose, is 58 on the 6th of February.

Born William Bruce Rose Jr in Indianna but raised with the surname Bailey, he moved to Los Angelas in late 1982.

Soon after, he joined the band Rapidfire who recorded a demo in '83.

He went on to form the group Hollywood Rose with mate Izzy Stradlin.

Future Guns N' Roses band mates Slash (Saul Hudson) and drummer Steve Adler joined just before the band broke up.

Axl was then in the band L.A. Guns but also worked at Tower Records part time as the group weren't successful.

In March '85 Guns N' Roses were formed and by June they had settled on the classic line up of Rose, Slash, Stradlin, Adler and Duff McKagen.

The band's second single Welcome To The Jungle in '87 was a top 10 hit.

Their debut album Appetite For Destruction hit Number 1 as did their third single Sweet Child o' Mine.

The band had other hits in 80's and 90's including Don't Cry, Patience, November Rain and a great cover of Live and Let Die.

Band infighting saw all of Axl's mates leave during the 90's but the group did not officially break up.

In 2001 Axl resurfaced and Guns N' Roses did some shows with all new and revolving members.

The long awaited sixth studio album Chinese Democracy finally came out in 2008 and was a hit.

In 2012 the band were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame but Axl did not attend the ceremony.

At the start of 2016 a surprise announcement saw Slash and Duff rejoin the band headlining the Coachella Music Festival.

During their North American tour drummer Steve Adler was a part of the band at some of their shows.

In April 2016 it was announced that Axl would tour with AC/DC, filling in for regular frontman Brian Johnson, who was advised to stop touring due to hearing problems .

With AC/DC recording again with Brian, it would seem that this was only a temporary gig.

Guns N' Roses have sold over 100 million records and are in the top 50 of the biggest selling artists of all time.

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