Guns N’ Roses lead man, Axl Rose, has pissed off a lot of people since selling more than 30 million copies of the band’s first album, Appetite for Destruction, in 1987. (He’s been known to use racist and homophobic slurs, for starters.) Appetite for Destruction was the best-selling debut album of all time in the US, and then the band hit gold again with Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.
Axl Rose’s celebrity was enormous and it pushed him to disappear from public life for several years. In 2012, Rose was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even though he declined to attend the event and requested to be excluded. Rose’s reason wasn’t for political causes, like when Marlon Brando declined the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1973 for his performance in The Godfather. Brando was protesting Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film. Rose simply didn’t feel wanted or appreciated by his band mates. Slash can attest to that. The Guns N’ Roses guitarist squashed all notions of a Guns N’ Roses reunion, this week. Slash told GuitarWorld.com, “People have been speculating about it for years, but I really have a hard time picturing it.” People who worked with Brando often had similar feelings.