Top 10 Axl Rose Feuds and Rivalries

The Guns 'N Roses has been in about as many rivalries as he's had hits. We take a look at his ten biggest feuds.

Axl Rose, lead singer of Guns 'N Roses, is notorious for having a bad temper and getting into arguments with other musicians and celebrities. Today we look at the top 10 biggest feuds that the GnR frontman has gotten himself into.


Tommy Hilfiger

Axl Rose was set to play a surprise acoustic show at Rosario Dawson's 27th birthday party. The singer claims that he tried to move Tommy Hilfiger's girlfriend's drink when Tommy started to attack him. According to Hilfiger:

Axl pushed me, and I said, 'That was rude.' He had a huge ring on. He wears all this jewelry. I'm thinking, if I get hit, it's over. No teeth, no eye. So I hit him before he hit me. It was self-protection."

Level of Axl Douchebaggery: 4/10


Vince Neil and the rest of Mötley Crüe

A feud between Axl and Neil broke out after Neil attacked former Guns 'N Roses rhythm guitarist, Izzy Stradlin. The fight was sparked from an incident the night before when Izzy began making passes at Neil's wife.

Level of Axl Douchebaggery: 3/10.. 7/10 if you include Izzy.


Bob Guccione Jr from Spin Magazine

The song Get In The Ring was Axl Rose's response to all the hatred that he was getting from the media. Instead of lashing out at the media without pointing fingers (see Nirvana's Rape Me), Axl actually called out members of the press by name. One line in particular states: "Bob Guccione Jr. at Spin, What, are you pissed off cause your dad gets more p*ssy than you?" (his dad founded Penthouse).  Bob actually accepted Axl's challenge to "Get In The Ring" but the singer didn't respond.

Level of Axl Douchebaggery: 5/10


Dexter Holland and The Offspring

On April Fool's Day 2003, Dexter Holland from The Offspring fame pulled a prank on the music world by jokingly revealing that his then unnamed album, Splinter, would be known as Chinese Democrazy - You Snooze You Lose. Axl didn't find the joke funny and sent his lawyers after Dexter. Dexter joked that as soon as they referred to the album as Chinese Democrazy, production came to a halt.

Level of Axl Douchebaggery: 6/10


Scott Weiland and Velvet Revolver

Scott Weiland, from the Stone Temple Pilots, joined forces with former Guns 'N Roses members, Slash, Duff, and Matt, to form Velvet Revolver. When Axl found out about Velvet, he quickly called Duff "spineless" and claimed that Weiland was a "fraud". Weiland rebutted a few days later in a statement on his website:

"[Axl is] a frightened little man who once thought he was king, but unfortunately, this king without his court is nothing but a memory."

Level of Axl Douchebaggery: 6/10


Jon Bon Jovi

According to Axl Rose, in 1986, Jon Bon Jovi called him a "scumbag" at a Hyatt hotel. Jon later tried to attack Axl. That's when their drummer, Steven, hit Jon with his cast. The real version of the story is more likely to be: Axl called Jon a "scumbag" and Steven then hit Jon. Either way, Bon Jovi's album, Slippery When Wet was originally going to be named Guns 'N Roses but the incident caused the name change.

Level of Axl Douchebaggery: 7/10


Eagles of Death Metal

In 2006, Eagles of Death Metal were selected by Tommy Stinson as the opening act for Guns 'N Roses. After arriving more than 30 minutes late, Axl didn't hesitate to call the Eagles "Pigeons of Shit Metal". After hearing that, Tommy Stinson said "fuck you, that's it". Axl then took Tommy's bass and threw it at him. He also kicked a few members of the audience out. So why the huge uproar by Axl? Because the band, namely Josh Homme, was good friends with Dave Grohl (more on that later).

Level of Axl Douchebaggery: 9/10


James Hetfield, Metallica and all of Montreal

Back in 1992, Metallica was playing a set at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. During the song Fade to Black there was a mishap with the pyrotechnics which burned James Hetfield; he was rushed to the hospital. Guns 'N Roses took stage but there were a few problems with the stage monitors. Axl became furious, claimed his throat hurt, and he left the stage. The Montreal crowd became irate and riots broke out all over Montreal.

Tensions grew between James and Axl. During an interview with Rolling Stone, James said: "They're a different type of band - and I use the word band loosely. It's a guy and some other guys." Axl retorted by claiming that James was racist.

Level of Axl Douchebaggery 9/10


Kurt Cobain (and all of Nirvana Really, and Courtney Love)

In the early 90s, Axl had asked Kurt Cobain if Nirvana could open up for Guns N' Roses to which Kurt declined. At the 1992 MTV VMAs, Courtney Love asked Rose if he wanted to be Frances Bean's godfather. Axl told Kurt to tell his "bitch" to shut up. Kurt complied which pissed off Axl even more. He threatened the Nirvana frontman and challenged him to a fight. Kurt was holding his baby daughter in his arms during the incident.

Level of Axl Douchebaggery: 10/10


Slash (and anyone who has ever been involved with Guns 'N Roses)

Clearly, the biggest feud Axl has been in is with Guns 'n Roses former guitarist, Slash. Axl has gone on record stating that Slash is "cancer, better removed and avoided",  the duo would both die before a reunion would occur and Slash should have left after Gun's n Roses' album Lies. Somehow, I have a feeling that Axl is a bit bitter towards Slash. So why the bad blood? In the mid 90s, Axl replaced Slash's guitar track with that of his childhood friend, Paul Tobias in a cover of Rolling Stones' Sympathy For The Devil for the soundtrack of Interview With The Vampire. Slash got upset and left the band. In February of 2011, Slash went on record and stated that if Axl we're to call him an apologize, all would be forgiven and he'd reunite and reform Guns 'n Roses. Axl still refuses.

Level of Axl Douchebaggery: 11/10

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