Axl Rose is best known as a founding member of Guns N’ Roses, one of the most successful and iconic rock bands in history. He is also known for his amazing voice, which has earned him the title of one of the best singers ever. Also his tendency to step out of the limelight now and then, usually for years, always gets his fans excited when he’s in the news.
As one of the most recognized artists in the world with a legacy that will stand the test of time, fans have often wondered how much he is worth and what he is still today. Here you will find everything you need to know about the legendary musician.
Who Is Axl Rose?
Before he became Axl Rose, he was known as William “Bill” Bruce Bailey; surprisingly, this is not his birth name. He was born on February 6, 1962, as William Bruce Rose Jr. as the son of a young couple – sixteen-year-old Sharon Elizabeth Lintner and twenty-year-old William Bruce Rose. However, his parents separated when he was two years old. When his mother later married Stephen L. Bailey, she changed her son’s name, with young Axl Rose taking the name of his stepfather.
Eventually, the young musician moved to Los Angeles in the early ’80s to begin his career. With his interest in music and the limited experience he gained as a member of his high school choir, he became actively involved in various rock bands, especially L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose. A few years later (1985), he co-founded Guns ‘N’ Roses with an original line-up that included members of the bands mentioned above.
How Did Axl Rose Build His Fame And Fortune?
Axl Rose’s wealth and worldwide popularity are due to the success of his musical career as the frontman of Guns ‘N’ Roses. The band achieved mainstream success with their debut album, which in turn led to Axl Rose’s popularity growing both nationally and internationally.
Appetite for Destruction, the band’s debut album was released in 1987 and sold well over 30 million copies worldwide, with over 18 million copies sold in the United States alone, setting a (still unbeaten) record for the best-selling debut album of all time in the country. It also reached the top spot in the Billboard 200.
Two albums, Use Your Illusion I and II, followed in 1991 and were also very successful, though not as successful as their predecessor, but they both reached the top 1 and 2 and sold over 35 million copies together. Not surprisingly, the impressive album sales translated into higher revenues for all members of Guns ‘N’ Roses, especially frontman Axl.
Following the release of the twin albums, the band embarked on one of the longest concert tours in the history of rock, the two-and-a-half-year Use Your Illusion tour, visiting and performing in 27 different countries.
Rose then disappeared from the public eye for years and Guns ‘N’ Roses disbanded until 2001 when Rose reappeared and revived the band with a new line-up, after which they embarked on a supposed ten-year world tour to promote their upcoming album Chinese Democracy. Unfortunately, despite Rose’s best efforts, Guns N’ Roses never fully recovered; the album was finally released in 2008 but had very limited success.
However, with the success of their Use Your Illusion tour and their massively successful albums – Appetite For Destruction, Use Your Illusion I and II – Axl Rose was able to achieve the kind of fame and fortune that many musicians only dream of.
How Much Is He Worth?
In addition to album sales and high-profile concerts, the American rock star has worked as the headliner for Guns N’ Roses throughout his extensive career, and Rose has made several guest appearances on other people’s albums over the years.
Axl Rose has an impressive net worth, estimated at $200 million. Considering that the musician is still in the entertainment industry and still touring, this amount is likely to increase in the future.
Where Is He Now And What Is He Up To?
In his life, Rose has been the subject of many controversies that have affected both his personal and professional relationships. The bad blood from some of these controversies is the reason why he refused to attend his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an original member of Guns ‘N’ Roses in 2012.
In 2016 Rose joined rock band AC/DC as their lead vocalist; he also reunited with some members of the band’s original line-up and embarked on the eagerly awaited Not in This Lifetime…tour. The tour began on April 1, 2016, and ended on June 27, 2020, and while the tour was still going on, it was already considered by one group as the second most profitable tour, having raised over $560 million by December 2018.