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W. Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose, Jr. on February 6, 1962 in Lafayette, Indiana) is an American musician, and the lead vocalist of hard rock band Guns N` Roses.

As the lead singer for Guns N` Roses, Rose enjoyed tremendous success, recognition, record and concert ticket sales in the late 1980s and early 1990s before dropping out of the public eye for several years. In 2001, he resurfaced with a new line-up of Guns N` Roses, and has since played periodic concert tours, finally releasing the long delayed album Chinese Democracy in 2008. This album was actually recorded over many years before finaly being released.

The only original member still part of the band`s line-up, Rose still places high in numerous polls as one of hard rock`s all-time greatest frontmen, but is also infamous for his on stage antics and high-profile disputes with former band mates and others in the entertainment business.[citation needed]

He was ranked 11 in the Hit Parader`s Top Metal Vocalist of All Time [3] and 64 in Rolling Stone`s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.[4]

Born as William Bruce Rose, Jr. in Lafayette, Indiana, as the only child to Sharon E. Lintner, then 16 years old, and William Bruce Rose, then 20 years old.[5] Rose is predominantly of Scottish and German ancestry. In addition, one of his grandmothers was Polish.[6] When Rose was two years old, his father abandoned his family.[2][6] In 1965, Rose`s mother met Stephen L. Bailey at a singles night at her church, and married him shortly after. She changed her son`s name to William Bruce Bailey, using the surname of her new husband. He has two younger half-siblings '' sister Amy and brother Stuart. Rose has stated that he and his siblings were often physically abused by Bailey. As a child, Rose believed that Bailey was his biological father.[2] Rose stated in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in April 1992, that during his childhood, he was made to believe that women and sexuality were evil and that due to the violent treatment of his mother by his stepfather he witnessed as an impressionable child, he had been led to think that domestic violence was normal in families.[2][7]

The Bailey household was deeply religious, and Rose and his family having attended a Pentecostal church, where he was required to attend services three to eight times per week.[7] He sang in church from the age of five, and also performed at services with his brother and sister in the "Bailey Trio".[8] Rose was so involved with the church that he even taught Sunday School. In addition to singing in church, he also participated in his high school chorus and studied piano.[9]

Rose speaks in the baritone register. He originally sang in the low baritone range in his choir, however his normal singing voice is tenor[10] range. He can sing parts ranging from bass, to baritone, and to a high falsetto/soprano, and has several different recognized "voices" used in his songs. He has stated that he originally started to develop his range to confuse his chorus teacher in school.[8][11][12]

He attended Jefferson High School in Lafayette.[13] He dropped out of high school.[14] At age 17, while going through papers in his parents` home, Rose learned of his biological father`s existence and his own origins, and readopted his birth name, William Rose (although he was still legally William Bailey). He referred to himself as W. Rose only, however, as he did not wish to share a name with his biological father.[2]

After discovering the truth of his background, Rose began "acting out" in earnest. He was in trouble numerous times with the police, and was arrested over twenty times on charges such as public drunkenness and assault. At age 16, he was kicked out of his house for not cutting his hair. At this age, Rose also met future Guns guitarist Izzy Stradlin in a driver`s education class.[15] The two bonded over their love of rock music and eventually started playing in bands together. Stradlin eventually left Rose, and Indiana, to go to Los Angeles and focus on music.

Lafayette authorities threatened to charge Rose as a habitual criminal in his late teenage years.[9] When he was 17, on the advice of his lawyer, he left Indiana and began hitchhiking and taking buses across the country.[16] Although he returned to Indiana to visit family from time to time, he left for good in December 1982 and moved to Los Angeles, accompanied by a girlfriend.[17]

Rose eventually adopted the name W. Axl Rose ("Axl" after a band in which he once played [18]), and set out to re-unite with Stradlin. Rose legally changed his name to "W. Axl Rose" in 1986,[11][19] and had the moniker tattooed on his arm.[17], on the eve of Guns N` Roses signing with Geffen Records. According to author Stephen Davis, Rose tried to sign the contract "W. Axl Rose", but was legally unable to do so, since his legal name was still William Bailey. Rose then changed his nam
First Name
Last Name
Full Name at Birth
William Bruce Rose Jr.
Other Names
William Bailey
W. Axl Rose
William Bruce Bailey
Bill Rose
Bill Bailey
Date of Birth
Eye Color
Hair Color
Red Hair, Green Eyes, Tattoo, Vocal
Net Worth
$200,000,000 USD
Star Sign
High School
Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Producer
Occupation Category
Claim to Fame
Frontman Of Guns N' Roses (1985 - Now)
Hard Rock
Heavy metal
blues rock
industrial rock
Music Genre
Year(s) Active
Vocals, piano, guitar, keyboards, percussion
UZI Suicide
Black Frog
Associated Acts
Official Website
Associated People
Scootie (Dog - Appeared in G N' R's "Estranged" music video) [1991]
Dijon (Cat )
Geneva (Dog - Maltese) (1985-1990)
Mojo (Dog - Arctic Husky) (died in 2010)
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