A lot of rock stars pose as rebels, then do whatever they can to maximize their income. Axl Rose is the real deal. He put Guns N' Roses on a long hiatus after a huge stadium tour in 1993, then parted ways with every original member of the band. He could have spent the entire 1990s playing alongside Slash and Duff, earning enough money to buy a medium-sized country. Instead, he went into seclusion and emerged with a new Guns N' Roses. It had a member of the Replacements on bass and a dude who wears a KFC bucket on his head.
The fans wanted Slash onstage. Axl instructed the club to not even let him inside. The fans want a reunion. Axl called Slash "a cancer" and wouldn't even show up at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He's also fast to take a swing at anyone who pisses him off, from the paparazzi to Tommy Hilfiger. He has no problem taking the stage after midnight, and when the press asks about this, he gets upset and blames Slash. In all likelihood, he'll go to his grave without ever playing with the old lineup again, regardless of how much money that costs him. He might be in need of serious therapy and medication, but he's definitely a rebel.