Axl Rose Turns 50 Today

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Happy 50th Birthday to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Guns N’ Roses[/lastfm] frontman [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Axl Rose[/lastfm]!

And in his honor, Jack FM is making “Mr. Brownstone” our Song of the Day!

Do you think Axl would show up if we threw him a party?

Yeah, probably not.

They have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, making them one of rock music’s most successful bands.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1985, Guns N’ Roses first became a staple of the Hollywood club scene, playing at such famed places as The Troubadour and The Roxy.  Their unique hard rock sound quickly garnered the attention of major labels, and in ’86, the band signed with Geffen Records.

In July 1987, G N’ R released their debut album, Appetite for Destruction.  It was a huge commercial success, selling over 18 million copies in the U.S. and spending four weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart.  The singles “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Paradise City” were both Top 10 hits, while “Sweet Child o’ Mine” went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The videos for all three were also big hits on MTV.

G N’ R Lies was released in 1988, with Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II coming three years later.  To promote the latter, Guns N’ Roses embarked on the 28-month-long Use Your Illusion Tour.  Although it was successful financially, the tour was marred by riots, late starts, cancellations and outspoken rants from lead singer Axl Rose.

The straw that broke the camel’s back came in 1994 when G N’ R covered the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rolling Stones[/lastfm]‘ “Sympathy for the Devil” for the movie Interview with the Vampire.  The tension-filled recording sessions led to guitarist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Slash[/lastfm] quitting the band in ’96, followed by the departures of drummer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Matt Sorum[/lastfm] and bassist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Duff McKagan[/lastfm] a year later.

In 2001, after a seven-year absence from the music world, Axl Rose re-emerged with a new Guns N’ Roses lineup.  In ’08, the band finally released the long-delayed Chinese Democracy.  The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and sold a million copies.  The singles “Chinese Democracy” and “Better” were both Top 5 hits on rock radio.

Guns N’ Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April.

Check out the video for G N’ R’s 1992 hit “November Rain.”  And for the record, Jack FM totally beat Slash in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

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