Thursday 17 August 2017

The end of an era? Axl Rose 'considering' retirement

Axl Rose of Guns 'n Roses Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Axl Rose of Guns 'n Roses Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Axl Rose wants to disband Guns N’ Roses and retire, according to reports.

The flame haired singer has been the frontman of the rock band since their formation in 1985. But after their current Las Vegas residency ends next month, it’s been reported the 52-year-old is keen for the group to part ways.

“Band members have been told their calendars are free following Vegas,” a source close to the band told Radar Online. “Axl is considering retiring and it’s done. Band members and support staff were surprised when told the news and are actively looking for work.”

The Sweet Child O’Mine singer is the only original member still in Guns N’ Roses. The original line-up included lead guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Steven Adler and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin but all left at various points over the years.

The current members are bass player Tommy Stinson, Dizzy Read on keyboards and percussion, lead guitarist DJ Ashba, Frank Ferrer on drums, Chris Pitman on keyboards and rhythm guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.

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Axl Rose's band have been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 with Axl refusing to attend. But after years on the road and the various band member changes, Axl has reportedly had enough of touring.

“Axl has made enough money and wants to stop touring,” another source added. “He is considering retiring.”

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Guns 'n' Roses In the early 90’s there were two bands that dominated the American rock scene; the grunge infused Nirvana and the shambolic genius of Guns 'n'Roses. Lead singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash were respectively hailed as the greatest lead singer and guitarist of their time; they could also pencil a track or two, racking up record sales exceeding 100 million. All founding members, barring Axl left the band through the years due to infighting and rock n’ roll egos getting in the way. Although a band called Guns and Roses are still touring and making albums, most music fans realise it’s just Axl and some musicians who are willing to put up with his prima donna behaviour

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