October 21, 1991 |
Heavy metal star Axl Rose always knew he would be famous, and as a boy his incessant talk of future success often got him in trouble. Rose, known then as William B. Bailey, was once stuffed into a locker. Another time cross-country teammates from his eighth-grade class taped his mouth shut, according to Rose's former running coach, Phil Hurt. "All of us sat back and laughed about (his boasts) and said, 'Sure, Bill, we've heard this before,' " said Hurt. "He said, 'No, you watch, I'm going to make it.' " His fifth-grade teacher, Billy Johnson, said that when the future star was growing up in Lafayette, Ind., he was "very intelligent, very personable, always had a smile.
November 23, 2008 |
At long last, Chinese Democracy has arrived. And on behalf of procrastinators everywhere, I'd like to offer hearty congratulations to Axl Rose for finally completing his magnum opus. After all, why do today what you put off for 17 years? That's how long it's been since Guns N' Roses put out an album of original music. It was 1991 when the savage Los Angeles hard-rock band, in a characteristic act of hubris, released two, with Use Your Illusion I and II. But is that really so long to wait?
December 17, 1989 |
When rock fans watch the live pay-per-view cablecast of Tuesday's Atlantic City concert by the Rolling Stones, there will be at least one thing wrong with the picture. His name is Axl Rose. The lead singer of the enormously popular hard-rock band Guns 'N' Roses is one of several "special guests" scheduled to perform at the second of three Stones shows at the Atlantic City Convention Center, the final site on the U.S. leg of the group's "Steel Wheels" tour. The Stones will also perform there tonight and Wednesday.
November 11, 1992 |
Axl Rose was found guilty yesterday on charges coming out of an aborted July 1991 Guns N' Roses concert in Missouri that ended in a riot. A St. Louis County judge, who considered evidence without a trial, put Rose on two years' probation and ordered him to pay $50,000 to five local charitable groups. The rocker could've gotten 4 1/2 years in jail. Concert videos showed Rose leaping off a stage after spotting a man with a camera, slugging the guy, returning to the stage, smashing a mike, then storming off. Resultant rioting caused thousands of dollars of damage to the outdoor theater.
December 10, 2002 |
After canceling its second show in a month Friday night at the First Union Center, Guns N' Roses scratched five more dates on its troubled Chinese Democracy World Tour yesterday, casting the rest of its itinerary - and the future of the hard-rock band - in doubt. By early last night, neither the band's management nor its record label had offered details about the cancellation of Guns N' Roses' Friday and Sunday shows in Philadelphia. After listening to two opening acts, a capacity crowd at the First Union Center was told at 11:04 p.m. Friday that the main act would not appear because of "health issues.
December 6, 2002 |
Tommy Stinson, longtime veteran of the rock wars, actually sounds defensive. "We're not the Guns N' Roses cover band," the former Replacements bassist and current Axl Rose sidekick says, a bit petulantly, referring to one snarky description that's been following the reconstituted hard-rock band around on its first tour since the early '90s. "I'll accept the 'Village People of Rock.' No use pretending otherwise - this is something different from the old band. We didn't want to sound like a cover band learning these songs, and you'll hear it - we're adding our own thing to them.
October 23, 1993 |
Diana Ross, out and about shilling her autobio, Secrets of a Sparrow, drops a bombshell on Monday's Oprah Winfrey TV show that isn't even in the book: That the oldest of her three daughters, Rhonda Suzanne, was fathered by Motown founder Berry Gordy, who fashioned the singer's rise to stardom. "Rhonda has two fathers," Ross tells Winfrey. "(First husband) Bob (Silberstein) is her father. He has raised her . . . yet Berry Gordy is her father. " Gordy acknowledges Rhonda, 22, as his own. In the book, Ross writes that during their marriage, Silberstein "was in a great deal of pain.
December 3, 1993 |
Axl Rose is defending Guns N' Roses' cover version of a song by mass murderer Charles Manson by insisting that its inclusion on their new album was not an attempt at shock value. Rose issued a statement earlier this week in response to criticism that the song, "Look at Your Game Girl," glorifies the convicted mass murderer. Rose said the band chose not to mention the song on the album credits because "we wanted to downplay it. We don't give any credit to Manson on the album; it's like a hidden, bonus track.
March 9, 1994 |
"This is a film about Noriega's spiritual journey. " - Lawrence Wright, the screenwriter for Oliver Stone's latest obsession, about the Panamanian dictator BLOOM IS OFF THIS ROSE - TWICE A second woman has stepped forward to sue rocker Axl Rose for abusing her. The first one was his girlfriend, model Stephanie Seymour. This new one is his ex-wife, Erin Everly. As Jack Nicholson would tell you, "Dames - they're nuttin' but trouble. " The particulars are particularly nasty, even by Axl Rose standards.
June 25, 2013 |
Kanye West is the Alpha and the Omega of life. At least, where disciple Kim Kardashian is concerned. Days after welcoming their baby girl, Kanye lets his Ego loose on W mag, claiming he's the reason Kim is a fashion icon. "She just needed to be given some platforms of information to work from," West says. Without an inner life of her own, Kim dresses up for him. "For her to take that risk," he says, "it just shows you how much she loves me. " Kanye, who says his life goal is "to make Kanye West as dope as possible," says he appears on Keeping Up with the Kardashians not for more PR but for love.