Axl Rose

W. Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose, Jr. on February 6, 1962) is an American hard rock singer and songwriter best known as the lead singer of Guns N' Roses, and is the only original member still part of the band's line-up.



  • "Thanks, but I'm not God. If I were God, 3/4 of you would be girls, and the rest would be pizza and beer."
  • "There are only so many ways to move your hips." - During an interview about sex n' rock n' roll, in answer to whether all that practice made him a good lover!
  • I like to be real private; you don't always want everyone around you - even when they like you.
  • I really liked the Seattle movement.
  • I write the vocals last, because I wanted to invent the music first and push the music to the level that I had to compete against it.
  • “Life sucks, but in a beautiful kind of way.”
  • “It’s really hard to maintain a one-on-one relationship if the other person is not going to allow me to be with other people.”
  • “"We take it for granted we know the whole story - We judge a book by its cover and read what we want between selected lines."”
  • "I know I can do better than that.”
  • "Contrary to allegations in the lawsuit, Axl has never denied that others made substantial contributions towards the success of Guns N' Roses, but there is little doubt as to who was the creative catalyst behind the group's success.”
  • "suffering an apparent attack of arrogance and ego. He is no longer willing to acknowledge the contributions of his former partners...”
  • "I haven't spoken to Slash in ten years. I love the guy, I always wanted everyone to know how great he was, but... I was just talking to Izzy the other day though.”
  • "If you're operating out of fear that you're not going to live past a certain point anyway."
  • "I discovered that I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a Great White or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot." - Axl Rose
  • "I'm late to everything. I've always wanted to have it written in my will that when I die, the coffin shows up a half hour late and says on the side, like in gold, 'Sorry I'm Late'."
  • "We are made up of two contrasting ideals - Love And Fear. Pick One and Live."
  • "Fear is where there is no love. Love is where there is no fear."
  • Basically life on the road is hotel rooms and planes - unless you have a lot of security with you.
  • But at the same time, Guns N' Roses was a big thing. How do you walk away from that? It's a very complicated thing, I think, for everybody involved.
  • But it's always different every night. You never know which song is gonna get you excited.
  • But they can spot me there no matter what I'm wearing, so I don't even bother trying a disguise. They just assume that's my new look.
  • Duff walked out on it, and I walked out on it, because I wasn't allowed to be any part of it.
  • I always loved Queen, so that's very exciting for me.
  • I can't say that there's any one song that I really look forward to doing; hopefully something will spark my emotion and I'll really have a good time.
  • I don't personally believe that was the interest of Guns or Slash, I don't believe the right song was the interest. I mean, what people don't know is, the Snakepit album, that is the Guns N' Roses album. I just wouldn't do it.
  • I don't think everybody should be worshiping me 'cause I was around before them.
  • I go back to listening to Queen - you know, we're still hoping to have Brian May come in and do some tracks, and I got a fax today that he's coming in - Queen had all kinds of different-style songs on their records, and that's something that I like.
  • I just wanted to be good enough to be able to contribute what was needed to this main album. It took working on the majority of these things and at least the couple albums' of material to figure out what should be on the first official Guns album.
  • I just, you know, I pretty much work on this record and, and that's about it. It takes a lot of time.
  • I pretty much stay to myself, and that's about it.
  • I really felt burnt out a lot on the last tour we did. It was very hard for me to be out there because all of the songs were a part of my past, and I wanted to get on to my future.
  • I was involved in a lot of lawsuits for Guns N' Roses and in my own personal life, so I didn't have a lot of time to try and develop a new style or re-invent myself, so I was hoping to write a traditional thing, but I was not really allowed to do that.
  • I'm not a computer-savvy or technical type of person, yet I'm involved with it everyday, so it takes me a while.
  • I'm not working on all this to keep it buried. We plan on getting out there and doing it right.
  • It really hasn't been straight time on the road. It's been three or four month jaunts, and then you have a month or two off.
  • It's like, I think people really wanted to do different things other than try to figure out the right record here for Guns N' Roses.
  • Learning the old Guns songs and getting them up, you know, putting them on tape, really forced everybody to get them up to the quality that they needed to be at.
  • No, and I don't want to be in a situation again where I have to depend on other people and have... start all over.
  • Once the energy was figured out by the new guys, how much energy was needed to get the songs right, then it really helped in the writing and recording process of the new record.
  • Probably the easiest place for me to get around in is L.A.
  • Right now we kind of feel obligated to play the hits, and while that's a little hard on us, we feel that to do a good show and give the people what they want, we have to do that.
  • So in that sense, I think it is like old Guns N' Roses as far as, like, the spirit and the attempt to throw all kinds of different styles together.
  • That was a big difference between myself and Slash and Duff, is that I didn't hate everything new that came out.
  • That was their choice to leave. Everybody that's gone did it by choice. Matt was fired, but Matt came in attempting to get fired and told many people so that night. So it's kind of like everybody left by choice.
  • The new guys are a lot of fun, and like I say, we will be continuing to look for and or decide who the official new guitar player will be, but it's not that important to the band at this time, as that person's not really needed.
  • The record will be about, anywhere from 16 to 18 songs, but we recorded at least two albums' worth of material that is solidly recorded.
  • The second leans probably a little more to aggressive electronica with full guitars, where the first one is definitely more guitar-based.
  • They really didn't think I was going to figure out a way to make a record, didn't want to help really make a record. Everybody kind of wanted what they wanted individually rather than what's in the best interest of the whole.
  • To be honest, it was a long time for me since Guns N' Roses as the old lineup had been fun, and the new guys have been a breath of fresh air. People are really excited about what we got.
  • We had to quit the show early the other night - and that's only the third show we've had to cut short for technical reasons or riots, or whatever - and that bothered us a great deal. We still care very deeply about every song we do.
  • We were trying to make things work with Slash for a very, very long time... about three and a half years.
  • We've been able to push some of the guitar parts a step farther, that had he been here, it's not something that would have been considered, and I wouldn't have been rude enough to attempt to do that. Robin did a great job, but we've been able to up the ante a little bit.
  • What we're doing is we're rehearsing with different guitar players, and we're still recording. I'm doing the vocals. I'm about three-quarters of the way through, and it's a very difficult process for me.
  • Where now, I think, we would consider Jane's Addiction one of the great rock and roll bands in the last however many years. They were a great band, they were a bit ahead of their time. I was a very big fan of them, and Dave.
  • Why I chose to do it that way is that, you know, I can sit and write poetry 'til hell freezes over, and getting attached to any particular set of words... I felt that I would write to those words in a dated fashion, and we really wouldn't get the best music.
  • With most of the songs, we put everything we had into them when we recorded them. So each night, whether you're into playing it or not, you have to rise to it.
  • Yeah, I have a full studio, and that causes me great pain and pleasure.
  • You could find ways to blend all kind of things. It really just takes the right song.


  • "Well....thanks to the lame ass security, I'm going home!"
    • Riverport Amphitheatre, St. Louis, Missouri, (USA) (July 2 1991)
  • We had our share of problems with so called "alternative bands". What is this word? I mean, I can't find myself using it, "alternative", like someone who live's an alternative lifestyle.All that I know is that, when Guns N' Roses started ain't no fucking radio station wanted to play our shit either. Ain't no radio station wanted to play Metallica. So I think we have the world's biggest alternative crowd here tonight. I think that the problem starts, when you start thinkin' that you're different from everybody else on this fucking planet. It may be a lil' different from what you're doing so how you gonna 'bout doing it, but I've got a good feeling that you're probably a human being. Right? You're probably a human being? And so righ now alternative, the only thing that means to me, is someone like Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, who basically is a fucking junkey with a junkey wife. (...) And he's to good and to cool to bring his Rock N' Roll to you because the majority of you he doesn't like or want to play to you. Is a general feeling among alternative bands, and the don't want the majority of people even liking them. They Like it on the outside.
  • I didn't come all the way to fucking England to be told to go back fucking home, by some fucking ASSHOLE!
    • Temple Newsam Park, Leeds (England) (August 23, 2002)
  • I was in this restaurant-bar and there was this girl. And she seemed to be excited. And then they wanted an autograph. And then we finished eating and they wanted to talk. And then she proceeded to rip me a new asshole. I was like, where the fuck do you get this? And she said "I read the internet, I know what's going on". Yeah, there's a fucking reliable source there. But then again, I find out what's happening in my own band on the internet. I'm like "did you know this?" and then I call someone and I go "fuck, I didn't know that" and the other guy goes "oh yeah, I knew that". Happens all the time. It's a handy tool, the internet.
    • Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh (November 22, 2002)
  • I read something somewhere. Someone was writing an article about my other friends. And they wrote this thing about how "in the old days they used to have a lot of problems, technical errors in the band, Izzy couldn't hear himself". The reason that Izzy couldn't hear himself is our roadies would stand behind Izzy's amps. Because Izzy would be so whacked out of his mind that he would basically be playing a different song in a different key. And the only way we could do the songs was every time he would go to his amps he would turn his amps up and he would turn around to the crowd. When he would turn around to the crowd, the roadies would reach around and turn his amps back down so that we could play the song. That worked especially well in Tel Aviv.
    • Fleet Center, Boston (December 2, 2002)
  • You downloading motherfuckers!
    • Hammerstein Ballroom (2006)
    • When the crowd was singing along to the illegaly released leaked track "IRS".
  • I'm melting! I'm melting! It's the sun you see. I don't see that very often. Don't normally make it out this time of day.
    • RDS Arena, Dublin (2006)
  • Its nice to be here, actually i didn't have much choice really, it was either here or in *jail
    • Hartwall Areena, Helsinki (2006) * - almost put in jail in Sweden a few days earlier
  • Izzy, I thought you left the band.
    • Download Festival (2006)

LA Coliseum, Los Angeles (October 18, 1989)

  • I hate to do this onstage, but I've tried every other fucking way. Unless certain people in this band get their shit together, these will be the last Guns N' Roses shows you'll fucking ever see. Because I'm tired of too many people in this organization dancing with Mr. God Damn Brownstone.
  • No Barney's a fag...Ugh, I mean Barney's a pussy.
    • When asked, by kids, if his fancy dress dinosaur costume was of Barney

House of Blues, Las Vegas (January 1, 2001)

  • I have traversed a treacherous sea of horrors to be with you here tonight.
  • Good morning. I just woke up, I've been taking a nap for about eight years.
  • The emotion in this next song, that's all that it's about. It's not like an intelligent song, it doesn't have the answer to anything. But it's the title track of the record which, God willing, we will finish. And it's not necessarily pro or con about China. It's just that right now China symbolizes one of the strongest, yet most oppressive countries and governments in the world. And we are fortunate to live in a free country. And so in thinking about that, it just kind of upset me. So we wrote this little song called "Chinese Democracy".
  • So Thursday night was the first night I ever like, sang a set with these guys. It was the first time I like, sang a set in eight years. I had a little bit of an emotional problem doing the old stuff, I had to work through it. I don't know, I was a little worried. Because see, there was a rehearsal. Then we had some kind of a setlist. Then I actually went to soundcheck. That's a first for all three of those in fifteen years. I was afraid that might jinx the show. Like baseball players wearing different socks or something, I could fuck things up.

Rock in Rio III, Rio de Janeiro (January 15, 2001)

  • I know that many of you are disappointed that some of the people that you came to know and love could not be with us here today. Regardless of what you have heard or read, people worked very hard (meaning my former friends) to do everything they could so that I could not be here today. I say fuck that. I am as hurt and disappointed as you that, unlike Oasis, we could not find a way to all get along.
  • We've only done one show before this, and already we have been criticized for playing the old songs. But I have no intention, and I never did, of denying you something you enjoy.
  • I used to go on the Internet. But the Internet seems to be like a big garbage can. So I don't read the things that they say on the internet anymore. And that goes for your comments too Renato (brazilian music critic), and Xozy (female fan running the now defunct website, and anyone else who likes to think that they know what's going on but have no idea.
  • I would like to say without the love and support of one person above all others, I would not be here today. In America, for the last seven years, I have been supported by, and taken care of, and looked out for. The band has been taken care of. She has walked every step of the way through rehearsals, recording, contracts, and what a pain in the fucking ass I am. I've been taken care of for the last seven years by a Brazillian family. This is Elizabeth (Beta), my assistant, and her three amazing children Alex, Vanessa, and Fernando. She has been a mother to me, my manager, my other assistants, and anyone in the band ever needed her at any time. I thank her, and I thank all of you for her.

About Axl Rose

  • Axl also had an interest in talking about life, both his own and in the greater sense. I didn't have a lot to say but I was always a good listener. So he told me about his family and the hard times he'd endured in Indiana; it was half a world away from anything I could comprehend. Axl impressed me then the way he always has: no matter what anyone might say about him, Axl Rose is brutally honest. His version of events might be singular, to say the least, but the truth is, he believe in what he says with more heart than anyone else I've ever met.
  • It became pretty clear to me from that point forward that Axl had a few personality traits that set him very apart from every other person I'd ever known.
  • Axl is a dramatic kind of individual. Everything he says or does has a meaning, a theatrical place in his mind, in a blown-out-of-proportion kind of way. Little things become greatly exaggerated, so that interactions with people can become magnified into major issues.
  • Axl has the kind of presence and star power that threatens authority figures; they see him as nothing but a "ringleader".
  • Duff, Izzy, and I were gutter rats, but Axl was more sophisticated, and always brought a different edge to the proceedings. At the very least, he wasn't usually passing out like we were.
  • Axl is superintelligent, yet at the same time he lives in a place where the logic that governs other people does not apply. He doesn't ever realize what an inconvience his choices might be for others. He means no harm; it's just the way he is. It's very hard to try to even explain it. He is as sincere as someone can possibly be, but it comes down to the fact that Axl, regardless of the world around him, insists on existing according to the rules that holds true only in the universe he has created around himself.

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