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Axl Rose 50th Birthday: Guns N' Roses Lead Singer Marks Milestone with Shows (VIDEO)

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By Brendan Giusti , Christian Post Reporter
February 6, 2012|4:22 pm

Axl Rose's 50th birthday marks a milestone for the Guns N' Roses lead singer.

The legendary front man marked five decades on Monday with shows. Rose was famous for his hits, but also for his style.

He famously wore bandanas throughout the band's height during the 1980s and 1990s and was known for high energy shows. The high energy also was carried off the stage.

Rose had several arrests, including once for throwing chairs out a hotel window at journalists. The singer has more than 30 arrests on his record, according to reports.

The frontman is marking his milestone birthday with shows around the U.S., including stops in New York, which the band left out of their 2011 tour. Other shows include one in Atlantic City, N.J., one in Chicago, Ill. and another in Silver Springs, Md.

One venue, Webster Hall, was the site of an MTV taping with the band in 1988. The shows are slated to include the original lineup of the band and coincide with the band being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

The original lineup includes lead singer Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler.

Guns N' Roses released its first EP in 1986 and its first full-length album in 1987, titled "Appetite for Destruction."

The band became a quintessential heavy metal band, synonymous with the genre itself. The band borrows from earlier bands, such as AC/DC and Aerosmith, but managed to create a recognizable sound that was original and set them apart from their counterparts.

Songs from the first album that quickly became anthem rock hits include "Paradise City," "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Mr. Brownstone."

The band split up after playing several years together and reformed with different members, though the original band remained a hit with fans. The original lineup on the mini-tour marks a significant move for the band.

"We started off something; let's end the career playing together, at least once. I'd love to do a whole tour of the world," Adler told Rolling Stone. "I personally -- and I know that Slash and Duff feel the same way -- we owe it to the fans to do a tour around the world. We haven't performed for over 20 years, and they've stuck by us and believe in us."

Watch a video of the group playing below.

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