He brings an unparalleled energy to the stage, but Axl Rose, lead singer of Guns N' Roses — the hard rockers who are famous for hits like “Paradise City” and “Welcome to the Jungle” — is one of the most unpredictable rock stars of all time.
The two-hour REELZ biopic, Axl Rose: Guns N' Roses Frontman, is told by those who knew Rose best and reveals the tortured life of the iconic frontman.
Exploring how he was affected by his strict, abusive upbringing and how he suffered from manic depression, the documentary features appearances from music journalist Lesley-Ann Jones, Guns N' Roses biographer Mick Wall and clinical therapist Carla Lundblade.
In an early interview with heavy metal magazine RIP, Rose revealed his diagnosis. "I went to a clinic, thinking it would help my moods," said Rose. "The only thing I did was take one 500-question test — ya know, filling in the little black dots. All of a sudden I'm diagnosed manic-depressive. 'Let's put Axl on medication.' Well, the medication doesn't help me deal with stress. The only thing it does is help keep people off my back because they figure I'm on medication."
Things were not the easiest for Rose. "Teenagers are all about rebellion, and in an abusive home, a repressive home, Axl felt the need to rebel," Lundblade explains in the REELZ doc.
And his eccentric behavior would also take a toll on his professional projects. According to REELZ, "At the height of his fame, he systematically set out to destroy everything around him – including his band, his relationships, even himself. But why?"
Music journalist Jones explains, "Axl Rose was a definitive self-destructive frontman."
Rose was a man who seemed to bask in chaos and controversy before disappearing from public view. When he emerged and reunited with Guns N' Roses, his demons seemed to be vanquished.
For more on the troubled rock legend, tune in to Axl Rose: Guns N’ Roses Frontman Sunday, April 4, at 10 p.m. ET on REELZ.
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