From pretty much the moment Rose stepped onto the stage, he was gaining stardom. The first album from this legendary arena rock band, “Appetite for Destruction” reached number one on the “Billboard 200” a year after its release. The singles “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City,” and “Sweet Child o’ Mine” have all attained legendary status in the rock world.
The album has sold over thirty million copies, making it the United States’ best-selling debut album and the eighteenth-best selling album overall. Born in Lafayette Indiana, Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose Jr.), moved to Los Angeles at the age of seventeen and changed his name, beginning his career.
Iggy Pop of The Stooges
He was the Godfather of Punk, and he's still rocking to this day. Born James Newell Osterberg Jr. (there's a rock name for you), he adopted a raw, almost primitive style of rock, but The Stooges sold few albums when they began. As the genres of music shifted, however, he found himself coming into more and more success with the band.
Pop prefers to perform shirtless. He was one of the first performers to stage-dive and is credited with popularizing the activity. He was well-known for his wild on-stage antics and his substance abuse, for which he has often taken time away from the stage.
Axl Rose Now
Rose has always been a diva, and it's hard to blame him after such a meteoric rise. Guns N' Roses were the kings, but they couldn't keep the throne forever. Axl Rose has now stepped in to provide vocals for AC/DC after singer Johnson left due to hearing loss.
Guns N' Roses have even come out with some music recently, and are said to have an album coming out soon. Singles “Absurd” and “Hard Skool” have been released from the album. However, we're unsure when the album itself will come out.
Morrissey took a lengthy hiatus after moving from his native England to Los Angeles. His solo career continued in 2004 with “You Are the Quarry.” He released his autobiography in 2013 and then a novel in 2015.
He's had a few albums in the twenty-teens, including “Low in High School” in 2017, a cover album “California Son” in 2019, and “I Am Not a Dog on a Chain” in 2020. His unflinching quality in the music he's produced has led to him being called one of the greatest lyricists in British history.
Morrissey of The Smiths
True passion and talent came together with the frontman for The Smiths, Morrissey (born as Steven Patrick Morrissey). He's released some of the most profound and emotional lyrics since he started releasing music, helping The Smiths produce hits like “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” and “Bigmouth Strikes Again.”
When The Smiths came to an end, Morrissey didn't stop putting out music. His solo career started with “Viva Hate” in 1988, and then the albums “Kill Uncle,” “Your Arsenal,” and “Vauxhall and I.” All of them produced hit singles that stayed on the United Kingdom charts for a while.