Before Chinese Democracy, before the finger-licking photos, before the giant yellow coat, Axl Rose was the brilliantly overweening frontman of a band that made decent music. Today is Axl's 50th birthday: wish him well with some heroin or casual racism.

If you didn't get tickets to GNR's upcoming shows at Roseland, Terminal 5, or "The Ritz" (AKA Webster Hall) there are some bargains on Craigslist that will make you forget all about Buckethead.

Enjoy this video of the band's acoustic set at CBGB's, and remember how jealous you were of your high school buddy's Spaghetti Incident t-shirt.

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