Axl Rose at the Download Festival in 2006.
February 6, 1962
Lafayette, Indiana, United
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instrument(s) Vocals, Piano, Percussion,
1983 – present
Guns N’ Roses, Hollywood
Rose, L.A. Guns, Rapidfire
W. Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose,
Jr. on February 6, 1962) is an American
musician, best known as the lead vocalist of
hard rock band Guns N’ Roses.
Rose grew up in Indiana in a troubled fam-
ily environment. His
love of music was
fostered by singing in church, participating
in school chorus and studying piano, but his
numerous run-ins with the police and activit-
ies as a teenager led to his leaving home at a
young age. After moving to Los Angeles in
1982, Rose fronted various local bands, even-
tually forming Guns N’ Roses with former
L.A. Guns bandmate Tracii Guns.
As lead singer for Guns N’ Roses, Rose en-
joyed tremendous success, recognition, re-
cord 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
finally releasing the long delayed
Chinese Democracy in 2008.
The only original member still part of the
band’s line-up, Rose still places high in nu-
merous polls as one of hard rock’s all-time
greatest frontmen, but is also infamous for
his onstage antics and high-profile disputes
with former bandmates and others in the en-
He was ranked 11 in the Hit Parader’s Top
Metal Vocalist of All Time.
Rose was born as William Bruce Rose, Jr.
in Lafayette, Indiana, the son of Sharon E.
Lintner, then 16 years old, and William Bruce
Rose, then 20 years old. Rose is of Scot-
tish, Irish, and German descent. His father
left the family when