Four years before Guns N' Roses unleashed their monster debut album "Appetite for Destruction," singer Axl Rose was a member of an LA band called Rapidfire. And now, 30 years later, group's former guitarist Kevin Lawrence posted a rare recording the band made with the founding member of GN'R.
Titled "Ready to Rumble," the track was recorded on May 25, 1983, and shows the side of Axl's voice we are mostly unfamiliar with.
Far from the high notes the vocalist has got us used to over the years, the song features Axl singing in a lower range, making his voice almost unrecognizable. It is only at the end of the clip where the signature high-pitched Rose howl can be heard.
The song is supposedly the first studio recording Rose had ever made. According to Brave Words, just three days later, on May 28, 1983, Axl performed with Rapidfire at Gazzarri's nightclub in Los Angeles where he was noticed by guitarist Slash for the first time. Four years later, Guns N' Roses have propelled to rock 'n' roll superstardom.
Apart from Rose on vocals and Lawrence on guitar, Rapidfire also featured bassist Mike Hamernik and Chuck Gordon on drums. You can check out the band's entire story here.