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Celebrity X – name that celebrity! (no. 21)

June 25th, 2011

Celebrity X no. 21

Celebrity X no. 21

Hi everybody! It’s finally time for a new Celebrity X article. This celebrity’s name is going to be a little harder to guess than those of Sarah Jessica Parker and Patrick Swayze from our previous posts. I don’t know about you but I think this face is so adorable (yeah, there’s a new girl writer on Celebrities than and now and things are gonna change..) I’m sure you were able to see past the soft girlish features and figure out that we’re dealing with a boy, i.e. a man by now. As singer of a world famous hard rock band this celebrity was the heartthrob of many a teenage girl in the late eighties and early nineties. I know that if you’re like me you’re probably wondering right about now how this sweet innocent boy could end up in a hard rock band. Not that there’s anything wrong with hard rock, but he just doesn’t seem the type, does he? His real name was William Bruce, but he changed it to a name he also later used on stage. He kept the last name though. He was born to a very religious family and had a troubled childhood. As a teenager he became quite the rebel, earning the reputation of a  local juvenile delinquent. He soon fled his small hometown of Lafayette, Indiana and moved to Los Angeles hoping to start a successful music career. The band in which he was the lead singer reached stardom in the late 80s mainly on account of the song he had written to his then girlfriend. During his career he was known for his great live performances as well notorious lateness, getting on stage up to two hours later than scheduled which often caused riots. He eventually split with his former band members (the most popular of which is Slash) and the band stopped performing for several years.  His career followed a slow downwards spiral ending up in the release of the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy in 2008, which was not as successful as anticipated. Oh, and his name is an anagram for “oral s*x”. Did you guess yet?

Axl Rose

Axl Rose

It’s Axl Rose! Yes, the former hard rock hunk turned weird braid sporting old geezer. The Guns and roses debut album Appetite for destruction released in 1987 was a commercial success, with 28 million copies sold worldwide. The albums Use Your Illusion I and Use your Illusion II, released simultaneously, debuted at No. 1 and No.2 of the US chart. They are the only band ever to have pulled it off.  With the increasing success of the band, Axl started to get harder to work with. He just couldn’t get along with the other band members and he blackmailed them into signing the rights to the band name over to him. That’s why he later performed with different people under the same band name. He was diagnosed with manic-depressive disorder but later questioned the accuracy of the diagnosis. Once No. 64 on Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2008, Axl tried to regain former success with the album Chinese Democracy which unfortunately fell short of the band’s previous accomplishments. Most fans of the band didn’t like it very much. What do you think?

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