Back in the 80s, at the height of his Guns 'n' Roses fame, William 'Axl' Rose was a rocker in its purest form; you know, a tattoo and leather-clad badass with hair spun from a rock god's discarded guitar strings, and a genuinely dangerous edge.

So today, on his 50th birthday, let's remember a time when heaping adoration on a man with a penchant for Star-Spangled Banner shorts and bandanas was the norm, and marvel at this photograph, taken at a gig in 1990. Happy birthday, Axl, you are one of the greats.