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Axl from ’99, ’05 and ’08


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7 hours ago, Blackstar said:

There's been a lot of wild speculation regarding Axl's face and how he looked different in the '00s compared to the '90s. Personally I don't think he had facial surgery. I lean toward to it being due to a combination of chemical peels (and maybe bottox), age, and likely some health issues, physical (?) and mental.

As for the '00s, with the exception of the video from the NBA finals in June 2001, where there was something very off and unhealthy about him (not only his face, but his body language and general demeanour), his face didn't really change between 2001 and 2006/07. The "strangeness" in 2002 was mostly the result of the cornrows, how he dressed and some bad pictures (the one in @Neider's collage is not representative of how he looked that year - he looks more like himself in pictures and videos from the 2002 shows). It's just that, as he grew older, he couldn't look great in every picture regardless of face expression, light, etc., like he did when he was young. In 2006, the beard, what he wore and his more extroverted and confident demeanour made all the difference. In 2006 pics where he's clean-shaven, his face doesn't look different than it did three years before:

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I agree that he looks absolutely sickly in the NBA 2001 interview. I'd argue, however, it's actually one of the more laid back interviews he's given. Knowing how these sports interviews typically go, I would be willing to bet that the interviewer either: a) didn't even know who Axl was (someone on the crew told him right before they approached him) or b) he knew it was the lead singer of Guns N' Roses, but had no idea this was essentially the equivalent of getting an "on the street" interview with the music industry (at the time) equivalent of Howard Hughes or J.D. Salinger. Axl remains active enough now that even when he disappears for a minute, we assume he'll be back. At this time it still seemed like every live performance could be his last. 

If I had to guess why Axl seems so uncomfortable in the NBA interview, I would imagine he really did not know how the interview would go, and was probably bracing himself for Guns n' Roses related questions he wanted to evade. You can see him lighten up as the interview goes on, and I'm willing to bet it was because he realized it would be a sports only interview. It's not dissimilar to how Axl got pissy/defensive at points when people asked him GN'R questions in the 2008 forum chats, but he actually gave very humorous and self-effacing answers to more "silly" questions unrelated to music. 

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I'm betting he did chemical peels which will smooth the facial skin thus giving it a shiny smooth looking appearance. It can also tighten the face alittle depending.

But his 2006 look is superior :shades: Who ever thought Axl would get dreds/rows and pull them off so well?

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@lost un the jungle In your post of Axl photos in 2001, could you change what HoB says for The Joint later that year? Because those photos are from that (those) show on December 29 and 31, 2001. HoB was a whole year earlier (01.01.01), and in a post I did later, there are photos of Axl at that show.

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21 minutes ago, Neider said:

@lost un the jungle In your post of Axl photos in 2001, could you change what HoB says for The Joint later that year? Because those photos are from that (those) show on December 29 and 31, 2001. HoB was a whole year earlier (01.01.01), and in a post I did later, there are photos of Axl at that show.

Done! I changed the title where the photos are listed to avoid confusion.

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3 minutes ago, lost un the jungle said:

The holy grail now is to get a 2008 picture. I wonder if he shaved his head after the dreads were removed, had implants or what was the deal with this weird hair

These are cornrows, you can undo them and end up with still having your hair, if a bit messed up for a while.

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3 minutes ago, jamillos said:

These are cornrows, you can undo them and end up with still having your hair, if a bit messed up for a while.

yes, but this was not 100% Axl's hair, he had them mixed with fake hair or extensions, I don't know. If he never had a hair issue I wonder why he did this....

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7 minutes ago, lost un the jungle said:

yes, but this was not 100% Axl's hair, he had them mixed with fake hair or extensions, I don't know. If he never had a hair issue I wonder why he did this....

I think his braids from 2002-03 were with extensions, but in 2006 they looked like they were made with 100% his hair. Still, in 2006 he looked on fire, and he would have looked even better had he had his 2001 HoB and RIR hair.

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21 hours ago, Destiny said:

But his 2006 look is superior :shades: Who ever thought Axl would get dreds/rows and pull them off so well?

He looked aces and sounded killer live. But a lot of people still complained about the cornrows at the time.

There was a running gag that he was aping the looks of Sean Paul.

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5 hours ago, lost un the jungle said:

The holy grail now is to get a 2008 picture. I wonder if he shaved his head after the dreads were removed, had implants or what was the deal with this weird hair

For me it's more pictures from the late 90's, particularly 1999. I'm really curious to see how he looked at the tail end of that decade. It's also close enough to the HOB show that was 01/01/2001 to really gauge how much he changed in a relatively short period of time. Also would show how he looked when he recorded the bulk of Chinese Democracy.

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