Born William Bailey on February 6, 1962 in Lafayette, Indiana, our Hoosier hero Axl Rose turns 42 today. Happy birthday.
He hasn't managed to make a record in ten years. Has he also acted like a big jerk? Arguably YES, above and beyond the call of duty even for a rock star.
Nonetheless, he formed Guns n Roses, and recorded several of the GREATEST albums in the history of modern popular music. Give or take The Spaghetti Incident covers album, you can't go wrong with GnR.
Even if he turned into Michael goddam Jackson in the future, he made
Sweet Child O Mine
Welcome to the Jungle
One in a Million
You Could Be Mine
I Used to Love Her
and a whole bunch of other classics. You can't take that away from him.
Axl (and Slash, et al) earned a place in music history.
If you don't have Appetite for Destruction, Use Your Illusions I & II, and Lies in your collection, then you've got your priorities all screwed up.
Get with the program before Axl has to whip your ass.