Has been arrested over 30 times for various offenses, mostly drunk and disorderly and assault charges.
Was born William Bruce Rose, but when his parents split his mother changed his name to William Bruce Bailey, taking his step-father's last name. Axl claims that when he was 17 he learned of his real father and changed it back to William Bruce Rose, but this is disputed. One of Rose's first music managers in L.A. claims that in the early 1980s Rose was still legally William Bailey.
Upon signing with Geffen Records in 1986 he had his name legally changed to W. Axl Rose.
His mother, Sharon E. Bailey died on May 28th, 1996.
Younger sister Amy and younger brother Stuart.
His ex-wife, Erin Everly, is Don Everly's daughter.
Attended high school with former longtime Guns N' Roses bandmate Izzy Stradlin.
When compiling song selections for the 1999 Guns N' Roses live album "Live Era", he communicated with Slash and Duff McKagan only through intermediaries.
"Axl Rose" is an anagram for "oral sex".
Was found guilty in November 1992 of property damage and assault at a 1991 Guns N' Roses concert in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Was given two years probation and ordered to pay $50,000 to community groups.
Has served as his own lawyer and defended himself at his innumerable trials.
Grew up in a strict Pentecostal (fundamentalist Christian) household. Was kicked out of his house at age 16 for not cutting his hair.
Played with Guns N' Roses in Rock in Rio II (January '91) and Rock in Rio III (January 2001) as one of the most expected attractions.
Has kicked off Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" world tour in Hong Kong, China. The band will play a series of shows in East Asia and Europe before resuming their tour in Spring 2003, and will keep the tour going for "two or three years" according to Rose. The album they're supporting, "Chinese Democracy", is in its finishing stages. (August 14, 2002)
"Sweet Child O' Mine" is played in State of Grace (1990).
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