|GN'R on VH1's Top 33 Greatest Bar Songs
This VH1 show will be aired on Friday, Aug 8, at 6 PM (Eastern Time in the US) then repeated at 10 PM (ET)
Sweet Child OP' Mine is the GN'R song that made the Top 33 Greatest Bar Songs list.
Axl mention in a NY Daily News July 31, 2003 article.
Edit note: These are only the Axl mentions.
Who's My Daddy? The family secret that shocked Demi Moore, Axl Rose, Orlando Bloom and other celebrities.
by Melena Z. Ryzik
Imagine the shock: After years of calling the man who raised you "Dad," you find out he isn't your biological father. Sound like something out of a soap opera? In fact, it's a page torn from the biographies of many celebrities.
From Jack Nicholson to Axl Rose, celebs have discovered - privately and publicly - that dear old Dad (or, more rarely, Mom) was not the person they grew up with. More likely, it was someone they'd never met.
Axl Rose, lead singer of Guns N' Roses, must have suspected something when - at a time he was called William Bailey - he found some papers listing his family name as "Rose." At 17, he learned that his biological father, whom his mother married while still in high school, was William Rose, who Axl claims physically and sexually abused him before leaving the family when Axl was 2 years old. Rose's mother subsequently remarried, but Axl's stepfather was hardly a better parent, and Rose was haunted by his family troubles for years to come.
THE TIES THAT BIND
Though (Orlando) Bloom and (Liv) Tyler accepted their newfound fathers, Rose's reaction may be more common. The initial shock of the revelation gives way to anger and often, betrayal, says (Evan) Imber-Black.* "You think, 'Do I want to affiliate with the person who lied to me?' "
*author of "The Secret Life of Families" and director of the Center for Families and Health at the Ackerman Institute in New York City.
This is in the "Correspondence" section of Rolling Stone's Aug 21 issue in response to a Weiland quote about Axl in the July 24 issue.
RS July 24 "Loose Talk":
"I hope Axl makes a great record because he was very, very important. It just seems he's going through his Brian Wilson phase right now." - Scott Weiland
RS Aug 21 "Correspondence"
I found the "Loose Talk" where Scott Weiland says that Axl Rose was going through a "Brian Wilson" phase [RS 927] deliciously amusing. Yes, perhaps that's what you could call it; you might also say that Weiland is going through one of those equally troubling Robert Downey Jr. phases with a little bit of wife-beating mixed in for good measure. - Gordon Venegas, Sumner, Washington
RollingStone, July 24 issue (with Eminem on the cover)
with David Fricke
You have a choice: Sit around waiting for the new Guns n' Roses album until you qualify for Medicare, or bang your head now to this raw parent of Appetite for Destruction, cut by Boston's Thundertrain in 1976 for the local Jelly label. I bought the original LP in '77 and remember how weird and refreshing it sounded in the thick of punk: the heavy glam of Aerosmith and Mott the Hoople with the garage-production values of the first Clash album. Pump up the bass to compensate for the tin-shed fidelity of the studio tracks. Crank up the live "I Gotta Rock," from September '76, to hear how Thundertrain were the G n' R of their town and day.