As the former frontman of the legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose has established himself as one of the prominent figures of rock music with his extraordinary voice and charismatic stage presence. He’s had a very successful musical career but also faced many controversies around life and career.
The band is planning on releasing their new song ‘Hard School’ soon. Slash, the lead guitarist, recently posted a teaser of him rehearsing the song, which can be seen on his TikTok. Recently at a Chicago concert, Axl started getting sick early on in the show due to what he believes is food poisoning, but still got through it and appreciated the crowd.
As evident, Axl is making sure to stay relevant in showbiz by monetizing his past fame. After all, the singer still has a Net Worth of $200 million as reported by Celebrity Net Worth. But before we dive into the singer’s riches, let’s look at the humble beginnings he rose from.
Axl’s Hard Life Before Forming Guns & Roses
Axl was born in Indiana on February 6, 1962, while his father, William Bruce Rose Sr., was 20 and his mother, Sharon Elizabeth, was 16 and still in high school. Sadly, the singer’s father left the family while he was still a toddler but he still inherited his father’s name ‘William Bruce Rose’. He had his name changed to William Bruce Bailey by his mother after she married Stephen L. Bailey. He and his two younger siblings had a rough upbringing with them being regularly beaten up by their father.
Rose believed Bailey was his natural father until the age of 17 when he learned about his biological father while going through papers at his parents’ house, after which he chose Rose as his last name.
Likewise, Axl’s youth was full of troubles. He was arrested more than twenty times on charges such as public intoxication and battery and served jail terms up to three months and became a local juvenile delinquent in Lafayette.
After the authorities threatened to charge him as a habitual criminal, he moved to Los Angeles, California, in December 1982. He then joined the band AXL and became so fascinated with it that his friends suggested to call himself Axl Rose. After that, he changed his name to W. Axl Rose.
Axl was playing in bands like Rapid-fire, L. A Guns and Hollywood rose and even recorded demos before he formed Guns N’ Roses, which would then go on to become one of the largest rock bands in history. The band signed to Geffen Records in 1986 and released their debut album Appetite for Destruction in 1987. The members of the band were Axl Rose (lead singer), Slash (lead guitarist), Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitarist), Duff McKagan (bassist), and Steven Adler (drummer).
As we know today, Guns N’ Roses were destined to steal the heart and attention of a whole new generation. And with the fame, came a lot of opportunities to earn millions as well.
Axl Rose’s Lifestyle, Past Earnings, Car Collection
Rose at the start of his musical career was struggling to make it into the Hollywood music scene and was financially sustaining himself with different jobs, including the position of night manager at the Tower Records/Video and smoking cigarettes for the wage of 8$ per hour for a scientific study at UCLA. His debut album with Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction sold as many as 500,000 copies in its first year of release.
However, it was the year 1988 when the album managed to sell 15 million copies in the United States alone. Guns N’ Roses have sold over 100 million copies of their albums globally.
In 1987, Axl earned 30 million dollars from the album Appetite for Destruction, 11 million dollars the next year from G N’ R Lies, 39 million dollars from the 1991 albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. In, 1993, he earned 5 million dollars from The Spaghetti Incident?.
The singer also made a million from the compilation album Use Your Illusion in 1998 and raked in 800 thousand dollars from a live album called Live Era ’87-’93 plus 13 million dollars from the compilation album Greatest Hits in 2004, 6.5 million dollars from the album Chinese Democracy in 2008.
But he also faced some loss due to the cancelation of events due to his controversial song ‘One in a Million.’ The band got their show for an AIDS benefit canceled by the Gay Men’s Health Crisis due to the song’s inclusion of the word “faggots”. Later, Axl denied being homophobic and stated that listeners had misinterpreted the song.
Nevertheless, Rose continued to have a luxurious life from his musical career, branding, and merchandising of his legendary image. He sold his Hollywood Hills home for close to its $699,000 asking price which he had bought with his former wife for $800,000.
As of now, Rose resides in Malibu at a mansion he bought for $3.9 million. In 2006, it became evident that the singer was into car collection since Rose sued a Beverly Hills car dealership in 2006, claiming that the dealership failed to get him a 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo and a 2005 Porsche GT3 after receiving $20,000 in deposits.
Axl’s Earnings In 2021
From April 1, 2016, to November 2, 2019, Guns N’ Roses organized the ‘Not in This Lifetime’ concert tour with the band’s classic lineup Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan. They performed 175 shows covering all continents except Antarctica making it their third-longest tour ever. The former drummer Steven Adler also joined the guest spot for several shows. It became 2016’s highest-earning-per-city global concert tour and also the fourth-highest-grossing overall that year.
The tour ranked as the second highest-grossing worldwide tour in 2017. After 158 different concerts, it grossed $584.2 million and sold 5,371,891 tickets becoming the third highest-grossing tour in the history of Billboard’s Boxscore.
In 2019, the sweet child O’ mine hitmaker ranked 25th in the Forbes magazine for the highest-earning musicians of the year earning a whopping $44 million, with them and Metallica becoming one of the highest-earning rock bands of the year.
Guns N’ Roses are also generating lots of revenue from streaming and other digital platforms. The band’s classic hit Sweet Child O’ Mine surpassed a billion plays on Spotify and its official video received more than a billion views on YouTube. They’ve even scheduled lots of shows for 2021 and 2022 as well.
Like most groups, they too have an official store for their merchandise and fans are eagerly waiting for the band’s new song ‘Hard School’ expected to release by the end of 2021.