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Early 80s Recording of Axl Rose Surface


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Before Axl Rose hit it big as the lead singer of Guns N’ Roses he was a part of a group called Hollywood Rose. And before that, in the year 1983, he was just a kid in a little band that went by the name Rapidfire, and this is where it all began. The group recorded a five song demo tape before going their own way, and you know what happened next. Rose helped form Guns N’ Roses, began playing the clubs in L.A. and from there, the rest is history.

Now for the big news. Former Rapidfire guitarist Kevin Lawrence has discovered the original recordings from the Rapidfire demo tape which has been in storage for almost 30 years. And once he found it he put up a few clips online and it’s making the rounds on the internet as the earliest recording of Axl Rose. It sounds like an early recording too. Instead of the higher pitched singing that became a trademark of Axl Rose and Guns N’ Roses, Rose favors a deeper tone of voice.

If your interested in more of the history of Rapidfire, they have their own website where you can read a kinda lengthy history about the band and the impact that they had. Check it out HERE.

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