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29 Absolutely Ridiculous Stories of Axl Rose's Hard Partying Days With Guns N' Roses

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Axl Rose stories are the stuff of rock and roll legend. The lead singer of Guns N' Roses has led such a colorful life even his roadies got in on the action, as evidenced by Axl Rose roadie stories circling the globe. Whether he's starting random fights, walking off stage in the middle of concerts, felling winged creatures with shotguns, or showing up hours late for commitments, all the crazy Axl Rose stories you've heard are true, and completely insane. 

Guns N' Roses shot to stardom during the spandex-and-glitter nightmare carnival of hair metal, in 1987, and offered a dirty, rough, violent antidote to the empty calories of glam sleeze's nonsense confections. Like many bands of the era, they were known for hard partying, their days and nights saturated with alcohol, drugs, women, and excess.

Frontman Axl Rose, who was born William Bruce Rose on February 6, 1962 in Lafayette, Indiana, announced himself as a volatile presence as soon as GnR's worldwide dominance began; a new bizarre Axl Rose scandal seemed to emerge every week. The volatility of the band as a whole, and its individual members, added to the excitement of their music and shows. The self-destructive energy Axl channeled into his music led him to the top, and kept him from staying there.

The Axl Rose weird stories on this list demonstrate his unpredictable mood swings; several tales of Axl Rose fights pit him against other celebrities. Even true fans may be surprised at these crazy stories about one very wild rock star.

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  • After James Hetfield Of Metallica Was Scorched By Pyrotechnics, Rose Delayed GnR's Set By Two Hours Then Incited A Riot By Walking Off After Nine Songs

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    A lot went wrong when two of the biggest heavy bands in the world, Metallica and Guns N' Roses, rolled into Montreal on August 8, 1992. During Metallica's set, James Hetfield was seriously burned on stage in a pyrotechnic accident, cutting short Metallica's show. While Hetfield was rushed to the hospital, promoters tried to get GnR onstage, which took two hours and 15 minutes to accomplish. 

    Guns N' Roses only played nine songs that night (usual set lists on the tour ran almost 20 songs). The band was off kilter from the start. Axl was having trouble with the monitor speakers and, instead of finding someone to fix the issue, broke his microphone, sat down on the monitors, then walked off stage, never to return. His bad performance may have been a self-fulfilling prophecy - he apparently believed "bad juju" befell the band in cities beginning with "M".

    Fans rioted when they realized GnR wasn't coming back to the stage. Piles of t-shirts were set on fire, police cars were overturned, and the stadium's souvenir shop was looted. Backstage, Axl drank champagne with groupies while his management spatted with the concert promoters, and the rest of the band partied like it was 1999. 

  • At Age 44, He Bit A Security Guard In The Leg

    Even at 44, Axl was up to his classic, wild man antics. While on tour in Sweden in 2006, Rose was arrested for allegedly biting a security guard in the leg. The guard was trying to break up an argument between Rose and a woman in a hotel lobby and somehow managed to get attacked by the rock star.

    When police arrived, Rose was drunk, aggressive, and had to be restrained. He was left in a cell overnight, since he was too intoxicated to be properly questioned. After admitting to the charges, Rose was given a fine of $5,500, and had to pay $1,360 to the security guard.

  • He Incited A Legendary Riot By Attacking A Fan Then Walking Off Stage

    On July 2, 1991, Guns N' Roses performed at the Riverport Amphitheater near St. Louis. In the middle of "Rocket Queen," Axl spotted someone in the audience taking pictures and demanded security personnel take the camera. When his request was denied, Axl leapt, mid-song, into the audience, grabbed the camera, and attacked the photograph-taking fan and various members of the security team.

    Climbing back on stage, he yelled, "Well, thanks to the lame-ass security, I'm going home!", threw down the mic, and stormed off. The rest of the band followed him, and thousands of fans stormed the stage, destroyed the band's equipment, and tore down fences and video screens.

    Rose was charged with inciting a riot, but authorities weren't able to arrest him until almost a year later. In gratitude, GnR added "F*ck you St. Louis!" in the "Thank You" section of Use Your Illusion II's artwork.

  • He Once Killed A Moth With A Shotgun

    According to Craig Duswalt, one of Axl's former assistants, the rock star had unusual ideas about proficient bug extermination. When a moth got trapped in Rose's Malibu home in the early 1990s, after the release of the Use Your Illusion albums, his assistants tried to shoo it out, but were unsuccessful. Axl took matters into his own hands.

    Instructing Duswalt to keep a close eye on the moth, Rose went upstairs and returned with a shotgun. He asked Duswalt to trap the moth in a corner so he could get a clean shot, despite his assistant's attempts to convince him he could reach it with a flyswatter. "Not going to happen," said Rose as he pulled the trigger.