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Rapidfire: The first recordings of a very young Bill Bailey who later became known as Axl Rose are in the pipeline headed for production – check this out.

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The first ever recordings of a fresh off the bus, untattooed Bill Bailey AKA Axl Rose on a never released 1983 Rapidfire CD. Amazing!!

 

NEVER RELEASED Rapidfire CD from 1983, with Bill Bailey AKA Axl Rose on vocals. This was the FIRST time in a recording studio for all members of the band. This CD happens to ROCK:

In 1983 we were gigging around the Los Angeles area as a three piece band called Rapidfire, with me, Kevin Lawrence on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Mike Hamernik on Bass and Chuck Gordon on Drums. Well… I admittedly kinda sucked as a singer, so we needed a new singer. Luckily I met a fresh off the bus, untattooed rookie named Bill Bailey, later to be known as Axl Rose, who informed me that he was a singer. I told him we were looking for a singer and asked if he had a PA, he said “yes,” That was basically all it took. He auditioned and got the lead singer slot for Rapidfire. He was given a set of songs to learn in a week before the March 20,1983 Battle Of The Bands gig at Gazzarri’s, which he brilliantly did… Oh, and by the way, we won.

We rehearsed more in Chuck’s Mom’s house, gigged a bit, did a photo session, and quickly went into Telstar Studios on May 25,1983 to record five Rapidfire songs written, produced, copyrighted, and paid for by myself Kevin Lawrence. The band did a great job even though we were just a bunch of kids.

Axl_Rapidfire_1983_4KickStarter is right HERE check it out.
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With all Copyright PA and SR forms in order, as well as physical possession of the original tapes, digitized multitracks, and a payment receipt in my name, this CD of 5 songs which has never been heard by the public except for the short sample of “Ready To Rumble” is almost ready to release and in need your backing to press CDs and maybe some collectors vinyl. I hope you choose to back us, get some perks, and get this piece of musical history off the ground, and into the publics hands once and for all. Its been 31 years. Let’s get “Ready To Rumble.” Thank you for your consideration… Seriously… THANK YOU!!!

Kevin Lawrence

KickStarter is right HERE check it out.

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