W. Axl Rose is an American singer, record producer and musician, he is the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, has been the band's sole constant member since its inception in 1985. In addition to Guns N' Roses, he toured with Australian rock band AC/DC in 2016 during their Rock or Bust World Tour when Brian Johnson took a break due to hearing problems. Rose has been named one of the greatest singers of all time by various media outlets, including Rolling Stone and NME. Born and raised in Lafayette, Rose moved in the early 1980s to Los Angeles, where he became active in the local hard rock scene and joined several bands, including Hollywood Rose and L. A. Guns. In 1985, he co-founded Guns N' Roses, with whom he had great success and recognition in the late 1980s and early 1990s, their first album, Appetite for Destruction, has sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide, is the best-selling debut album of all time in the U. S. with 18 million units sold. Its full-length follow-ups, the twin albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, were widely successful.
After 1994, following the conclusion of their two-and-a-half-year Use Your Illusion Tour, Rose disappeared from public life for several years, while the band disintegrated due to personal and musical differences. As its sole remaining original member, he was able to continue working under the Guns N' Roses banner because he had obtained the band name. In 2001, he resurfaced with a new line-up of Guns N' Roses at Rock in Rio 3, subsequently played periodic concert tours to promote the long-delayed Chinese Democracy, which undersold the music industry's commercial expectations despite positive reviews upon its release. In 2012, Rose was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N' Roses, though he declined to attend the event and requested exclusion from the Hall. In 2016, Rose reunited the "classic" lineup of Guns N' Roses and has since toured the world as part of the Not in This Lifetime... Tour; that same year, Rose toured with AC/DC, filling in for Brian Johnson as the lead singer of the group and embarked on a world tour with them.
Rose was born William Bruce Rose Jr. in Lafayette, the oldest child of Sharon Elizabeth 16 years old and still in high school, William Bruce Rose 20 years old. He is of maternal German ancestry, his father has been described as "a troubled and charismatic local delinquent," and the pregnancy was unplanned. His parents separated when Rose was two years old, prompting his father to abduct and molest him before disappearing from Lafayette, his mother remarried to Stephen L. Bailey, changed her son's name to William Bruce Bailey, he has two younger siblings—a sister, a half-brother, Stuart. Until the age of 17, Rose believed, he never met his biological father as an adult. Rose did not learn about the murder until years later; the Bailey household was religious. Rose recalled an oppressive upbringing, stating, "We'd have televisions one week my stepdad would throw them out because they were Satanic. I wasn't allowed to listen to music. Women were evil. Everything was evil." He accused his stepfather of physically abusing him and his siblings and sexually abusing his sister.
Rose found solace in music from an early age. He sang in the church choir from the age of five, performed at services with his brother and sister under the name the Bailey Trio. At Jefferson High School, he studied piano. A second baritone, Rose began developing "different voices" during chorus practice to confuse his teacher, he formed a band with his friends, one of whom was Jeff Isbell known as Izzy Stradlin. At the age of 17, while going through insurance papers in his parents' home, Rose learned of his biological father's existence, he unofficially readopted his birth name. However, he referred to himself only as W. Rose, because he did not want to share a first name with his biological father. Following the discovery of his true family origins, Rose became the local juvenile delinquent in Lafayette. After Lafayette authorities threatened to charge him as a habitual criminal, Rose moved to Los Angeles, California, in December 1982. After moving to Los Angeles, he became so engrossed in his band AXL that his friends suggested he call himself Axl Rose.
Shortly after his arrival in Los Angeles, Rose met guitarist Kevin Lawrence outside The Troubadour in West Hollywood and joined his band Rapidfire. They recorded a five-song demo in May 1983, after years of legal action, was released as an EP, Ready to Rumble, in 2014. After parting ways with Lawrence, he formed the band Hollywood Rose with his childhood friend Izzy Stradlin, who had moved to Los Angeles in 1980, 16-year-old guitarist Chris Weber. In January 1984, the band recorded a five-song demo featuring the tracks "Anything Goes", "Rocker", "Shadow of Your Love", "Reckless Life", relea
Ralph Michael Saenz, better known by the stage name Michael Starr, is an American singer and musician. He is best known as the lead singer of the comedic glam metal band Steel Panther. Ralph Michael Saenz was born on May 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, he is of Swedish descent. He was raised in Van Nuys, where his father was a college professor. Saenz was the lead singer for the David Lee Roth-era Van Halen tribute band Atomic Punks from May 1994 to December 2008, where he used the stage name David Lee Ralph, he was the lead singer for L. A. Guns, singing on the Wasted EP, he has sung for the bands 7% Solution, First Cause and Nightfall. The latter was featured on the KNAC radio sponsored Pure Rock compilation, with Ralph going under the name Michael Saenz. Saenz appeared in the 2001 film Rock Star, seen in the glass booth auditioning when Mark Wahlberg's and Jennifer Aniston's characters walk into the audition, he glares at the two. He provided background vocals for AFI on the albums Sing Decemberunderground.
Saenz and his wife, live in Los Angeles, California. Hole Patrol Feel the Steel Balls Out All You Can Eat Lower The Bar Hey That's What I Call Sludge Vol – 1 Compilation feat: original demo of Death To All But Metal Wasted 6969 Gus G. I Am the Fire Rock Pit Interview Ralph Saenz on IMDb
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Scott Griffin (musician)
Scott Griffin is an American musician, best known as a former bassist for L. A. Guns and Ratt. In 2007, Griffin was announced as the bassist for L. A. Guns, having played in Dizzy Reed's cover band Hookers N' Blow, replacing Adam Hamilton. From 2015 until April 1, 2016, Griffin was the bassist of a revamped version of Ratt, led by drummer Bobby Blotzer. After one of Griffin's side-projects, The King Mixers, were offered a residency in Las Vegas in 2009, he left the group and was replaced by former Beautiful Creatures bassist Kenny Kweens. In 2011, he re-joined L. A. Guns, but departed the group once again in September 2014
Hollywood is a neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, notable as the home of the U. S. film industry, including several of its historic studios. Its name has come to be a shorthand reference for the people associated with it. Hollywood was incorporated as a municipality in 1903, it was consolidated with the city of Los Angeles in 1910 and soon thereafter, a prominent film industry emerged becoming the most recognizable film industry in the world. In 1853, one adobe hut stood in Nopalera, named for the Mexican Nopal cactus indigenous to the area. By 1870, an agricultural community flourished; the area was known as the Cahuenga Valley, after the pass in the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. According to the diary of H. J. Whitley known as the "Father of Hollywood", on his honeymoon in 1886 he stood at the top of the hill looking out over the valley. Along came a Chinese man in a wagon carrying wood; the man bowed. The Chinese man was asked what he was doing and replied, "I holly-wood," meaning'hauling wood.'
H. J. Whitley decided to name his new town Hollywood. "Holly" would represent England and "wood" would represent his Scottish heritage. Whitley had started over 100 towns across the western United States. Whitley arranged to buy the 480 acres E. C. Hurd ranch, they shook hands on the deal. Whitley shared his plans for the new town with General Harrison Gray Otis, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Ivar Weid, a prominent businessman in the area. Daeida Wilcox learned of the name Hollywood from Ivar Weid, her neighbor in Holly Canyon and a prominent investor and friend of Whitley's, she recommended the same name to Harvey. H. Wilcox, who had purchased 120 acres on February 1, 1887, it wasn't until August 1887 Wilcox decided to use that name and filed with the Los Angeles County Recorder's office on a deed and parcel map of the property. The early real-estate boom busted at the end of that year. By 1900, the region had a post office, newspaper and two markets. Los Angeles, with a population of 102,479 lay 10 miles east through the vineyards, barley fields, citrus groves.
A single-track streetcar line ran down the middle of Prospect Avenue from it, but service was infrequent and the trip took two hours. The old citrus fruit-packing house was converted into a livery stable, improving transportation for the inhabitants of Hollywood; the Hollywood Hotel was opened in 1902 by H. J. Whitley, a president of the Los Pacific Boulevard and Development Company. Having acquired the Hurd ranch and subdivided it, Whitley built the hotel to attract land buyers. Flanking the west side of Highland Avenue, the structure fronted on Prospect Avenue, still a dusty, unpaved road, was graded and graveled; the hotel was to become internationally known and was the center of the civic and social life and home of the stars for many years. Whitley's company sold one of the early residential areas, the Ocean View Tract. Whitley did much to promote the area, he paid thousands of dollars for electric lighting, including bringing electricity and building a bank, as well as a road into the Cahuenga Pass.
The lighting ran for several blocks down Prospect Avenue. Whitley's land was centered on Highland Avenue, his 1918 development, Whitley Heights, was named for him. Hollywood was incorporated as a municipality on November 14, 1903, by a vote of 88 for and 77 against. On January 30, 1904, the voters in Hollywood decided, by a vote of 113 to 96, for the banishment of liquor in the city, except when it was being sold for medicinal purposes. Neither hotels nor restaurants were allowed to serve liquor before or after meals. In 1910, the city voted for merger with Los Angeles in order to secure an adequate water supply and to gain access to the L. A. sewer system. With annexation, the name of Prospect Avenue changed to Hollywood Boulevard and all the street numbers were changed. By 1912, major motion-picture companies had set up production in Los Angeles. In the early 1900s, most motion picture patents were held by Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company in New Jersey, filmmakers were sued to stop their productions.
To escape this, filmmakers began moving out west to Los Angeles, where attempts to enforce Edison's patents were easier to evade. The weather was ideal and there was quick access to various settings. Los Angeles became the capital of the film industry in the United States; the mountains and low land prices made Hollywood a good place to establish film studios. Director D. W. Griffith was the first to make a motion picture in Hollywood, his 17-minute short film In Old California was filmed for the Biograph Company. Although Hollywood banned movie theaters—of which it had none—before annexation that year, Los Angeles had no such restriction; the first film by a Hollywood studio, Nestor Motion Picture Company, was shot on October 26, 1911. The H. J. Whitley home was used as its set, the unnamed movie was filmed in the middle of their groves at the corner of Whitley Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard; the first studio in Hollywood, the Nestor Company, was established by the New Jersey–based Centaur Company in a roadhouse at 6121 Sunset Boulevard, in October 1911.
Four major film companies – Paramount, Warner Bros. RKO, Columbia – had studios in Hollywood, as did several minor companies and rental studios. In the 1920s, Hollywood was the fifth-largest industry in the nation. By the 1930s, Hollywood studios became vertically integrated, as production and exhibition was controlled by these companies, enabling Hollywood to produce 600 films per year. H
American Hardcore is the fifth album by L. A. Guns, it is their only album to feature singer Chris Van Dahl and the first to feature bass guitarist Johnny Crypt. This album continues the increase in heaviness by the band started on their previous album Vicious Circle; the band re-branded themselves "The L. A. Guns," at the time of the release of American Hardcore. According to Steve Riley, this was done to note the change in direction from the band's classic Phil Lewis Personnel. According to Riley, the band was a 5-piece and bassist Kelly Nickels was still much part of the band during the recording of American Hardcore. Nickels received co-writing credit on eight of the 12 tracks. Second guitarist Johnny Crypt switched over to bass following Nickels' departure, the band remained a 4-piece; the opening track F. N. A. was intended to sound like a disc skipping, is rumored to be a portion of their cover song "Black Sabbath" - available on the Japanese import version of the album - played backwards. A hidden track can be found following an extended break at the 17 minute mark of the final track "I am Alive."
The track features an exchange between a couple of prison guards discussing the pending execution of an inmate. According to Van Dahl, he did. Atomic Punks singer Ralph Saenz was recruited to replace Van Dahl after he was fired in 1997 to finish out the last couple months of the tour; the band, with Saenz, would still perform several of the songs from American Hardcore, including "Give." Saenz would subsequently stay with the band to record the Wasted EP in 1998. "F. N. A." - 0:21 "What I've Become" - 3:37 "Unnatural Act" - 4:10 "Give" - 3:16 "Don't Pray" - 4:07 "Pissed" - 4:01 "Mine" - 3:35 "Kevorkian" - 4:47 "Hey World" - 5:01 "Next Generation" - 2:33 "Hugs and Needles" - 3:08 "I Am Alive" - 18:51The song "I Am Alive" ends at 7:00. After 10 minutes of silence, at 17:00, an untitled hidden track begins. "Black Sabbath" Chris Van Dahl - lead vocals Tracii Guns - guitar Johnny Crypt - bass guitar Steve Riley - drums
Tracy Richard Irving Ulrich, known professionally as Tracii Guns, is an American musician best known as the founder of glam metal group L. A. Guns, as well as the supergroups Brides of Contraband, he was a founding member of Guns N' Roses, but left shortly afterwards and was replaced by guitarist Slash. Ulrich was born to non-observant Jewish parents. Ulrich's uncle Ron taught him. Ulrich attended Fairfax High in Los Angeles. While there, he met future L. A. Guns members Robert Gardner and Michael Jagosz; the three formed. Ulrich and Jagosz recruited Danish bassist Ole Beich for their new band in 1983 forming L. A. Guns. Ulrich cites Johnny Thunders, Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Mick Jagger, Michael Schenker, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page as his influences. L. A. Guns was formed by Guns in 1983 with singer Mike Jagosz, bassist Ole Beich, drummer Rob Gardner; this lineup recorded the EP Collector's Edition No. 1 which would be the only release from the band with its original lineup. After Jagosz was arrested in a bar fight, Bill Bailey joined the band as singer.
Bailey had fronted Hollywood Rose, backed by Izzy Stradlin and Chris Weber. Rose's stint in the band was short-lived. Guns joined. Shortly afterwards, L. A. Guns and Hollywood Rose merged bands to become Guns N' Roses, with the lineup consisting of Guns, Stradlin and Beich. Guns and Gardner would exit Guns N' Roses just two months into the new band, with Guns leaving after an argument with Rose, claiming "It just wasn't fun anymore." Guns was replaced by Slash, while Gardner and Beich were replaced by Steven Adler and Duff McKagan forming the "classic lineup" of Guns N' Roses. In 1985, Guns and singer Paul Black reformed L. A. Guns, recruiting former Dogs D'Amour singer Robert Stoddard to be the new guitarist with the group, rounded out by Nickey "Beat" Alexander on drums and Mick Cripps on bass; the group's lineup would change with Black being replaced by Girl frontman Phil Lewis, bassist Cripps switching to guitar, replacing Stoddard, former Faster Pussycat bassist Kelly Nickels joining the group.
L. A. Guns recorded their eponymous first album, released in 1988 on Vertigo Records, charting at number 50 on the Billboard 200. On the first album's supporting tour, Alexander was replaced by former W. A. S. P. Drummer Steve Riley with the lineup being regarded as the Classic lineup of L. A. Guns; this lineup remained until 1992. In 1989, they released their second album Cocked & Loaded, which charted higher on the Billboard 200 at number 38. During 1991, the band released their third album Hollywood Vampires on Polydor Records. In 1995 they released their fourth album Vicious Circle, drummer Michael "Bones" Gershima played on parts of this recording as this was around the time Phil Lewis fired drummer Steve Riley in January 1992 after touring with Skid Row in support of Hollywood Vampires. Riley returned to the band for the successful Vicious Circle club tour. After this, L. A. Guns were dropped from Polygram Records. Phil Lewis and Mick Cripps left the band. July 1995 saw Guns and Steve Riley recruit vocalist Chris Van Dahl and guitarist Johnny Crypt after seeing them perform with their band Boneyard.
Six months into recording sessions, Kelly Nickels left Johnny switched to the bass. In 1996, the new L. A. Guns released their fifth record, titled American Hardcore, they toured throughout 1996 and into 1997 where Tracii let Chris go and was replaced by singer Ralph Saenz. Tracii, Steve and Ralph toured for the remainder of'97 and in early'98 released the six song EP Wasted. Halfway through the band's 1998 Rock Never Stops tour, Ralph quit to form his own band, forcing the band to find a new singer. Joe Lesté from Bang Tango and Jizzy Pearl from Love/Hate were considered as candidates, with Pearl getting the job, they toured in late 1998 and early 1999 and released Shrinking Violet, produced by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. This release was followed shortly by Crypt's departure. In September 1999, the classic lineup of Tracii Guns, Steve Riley, Phil Lewis, Kelly Nickels, Mick Cripps prepared to reunite. L. A. Guns set out on the reunion tour in October 1999 and recorded a live album in their hometown of Hollywood, enlisting Gilby Clarke as producer.
The album, named Live: A Night on the Strip, was released the following year. After the reunion and Kelly couldn't commit to the summer 2000 tour, so they were replaced by guitarist Brent Muscat and bassist Muddy Stardust, respectively. Ratt and L. A. Guns teamed up with Warrant for a remainder-of-the-summer tour, which L. A. Guns dropped off in August due to booking problems. Mick Cripps again rejoined the band in late 2000 to record an album with the band, entitled Man in the Moon, released on Spitfire Records in April 2001. L. A. Guns released the album Waking the Dead, the last album to feature Tracii Guns, in August, 2002, produced by Andy Johns, to positive reviews from critics and fans; the future of L. A. Guns was in doubt until both Steve Riley and Phil Lewis told the Hairball John Radio Show that the band would continue despite Tracii Guns' involvement in Brides of Destruction. Guns left the band in October 2002. In 2006, Guns announced he was to perform a'Best Of" tour with former L. A. Guns members Paul Black on vocals, Nickey Alexander on drums and former Brides live member Jeremy Guns rounding up the lineup on bass following a brief sti