Formed Guns N' Roses in 1985 with Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler.
Toured the country as the opening act for Aerosmith.
Guns n' Roses' debut album, Appetite for Destruction, went platinum and was No. 1 on the Billboard chart.
At a concert in St. Louis in 1991, jumped from the stage into the crowd in pursuit of a fan who had been photographing him, after which he and the band left the stage. In the riot that ensued, 60 people were hospitalized and $500,000 worth of damage was caused.
Rolling Stone, Hit Parader and NME (New Musical Express) have included Rose on their top-singers lists.
In 2008, after many monumental delays, Rose (working under the band name of Guns N' Roses) finally released Chinese Democracy.
Got into a war of words with music mogul (and former manager) Irving Azoff over the Chinese Democracy's promotion; an attorney for Azoff kiddingly asked whether Rose also blamed his client for "being on the grassy knoll in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963."
Declined his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Guns N' Roses) in 2012.