Today’s William Bruce Bailey’s birthday. Under that name I’m positive many of you don’t know who I’m talking about. What if I say today Axl Rose is 51? Now you know, huh?
Every year when I update my organizer with birthdays and remarkable dates I add some of my personal heroes’ birthdays and anniversaries too. I already told you that. I never forget Axl’s despite the rough times he’s forcing all GN’R fans to go through.
We could discuss about him for hours, days, weeks and even months, and the only conclusion we would reach is that he’s one in a million.
Those who think his bizarre behavior was caused by GN’R’s meteoric ascent to stardom, and a rough comprehension of their situation, are wrong. Axl was a freak from the very beginning, partly due to all the family issues, child abuse and other traumas he had to go through at early age, and also because of his explosive nature.
I remember one of the funniest episodes of Axl’s outbursts and unexpected reactions Slash narrated in his autobiography. The guitarist always reckoned he had to treat his bandmate with “kid gloves” due to his unpredictable temper. To make it simple, Axl’s never taken criticism very well.
For a short period of time Axl was crushing at Slash’s basement because he had no other place to stay at. However he had an argument with Slash’s grandmother when he was politely requested to move off a sofa he had passed out on. His reaction was quiet rude and Slash was immediately reported and advised to put things in order with his guest.
Let me quote this passage from the biography, so you will get the picture:
One morning, I took off to work, and in the afternoon I guess he woke up and passed out on my grandmother’s couch.
“I came home from work and my mom said, `You know, that guy Axl, I came home and he was asleep on the couch and grandma had nowhere to sit.’
“I told him he had to get up and whatnot, so he went downstairs.’ I thought I had to confront this issue.
“So we got in the car and I very delicately put it that that was sort of rude. His reaction was to jump out of the car at about 35, 40 miles per hour on Santa Monica Boulevard. I realised what I’d said to him had offended him.
As far as I can remember, Axl didn’t show up at rehearsals for few days, and he acted as if nothing had happened, and Slash didn’t have the guts to bring out the subject. By the way, Axl didn’t come back to the basement as you can imagine.
Thus, as you can see, this is Axl Rose, an unpredictable freak with a dreaded personality. Take him or leave him. I chose first, long time ago. At the end of the day he’s the last greatest rockstar on Earth, pretentious, diva like, willful, with a defiant attitude. He’s so beyond good and evil it took him 15 years to have Chinese Democracy ready to see the public light, and hasn’t recorded any video single up to date. All his decisions have been questioned, but at the end of the day, no matter his personal guru, the pressure coming from bands, nor the record companies and other parts, he’s always had very clear which address to take, and has always done whatever the fuck he’s wanted. Guess this is the reason why I love Axl. He’s constantly defying the world.