Lafayette, Indiana Residents React To AXL ROSE's 'Chinese Democracy'

Tim Brouk of Journal and Courier reports: Chris Vester is only 24 and a 2003 graduate of Jefferson High School.

Yet the Jefferson radio and television assistant is often grilled by his students about the school's most famous — and notorious — student, Axl Rose.

"They ask me 'Did you know him?' They want to know stories of when he went to Jeff," Vester said.

But Vester wasn't even born when Rose left Lafayette for Los Angeles. He was still in diapers when Rose and fellow Lafayette native Izzy Stradlin (Jeff Isbell) formed GUNS N' ROSES and released "Appetite for Destruction", the most successful debut album for a rock band of all time. 1991 brought "Use Your Illusion" while Vester was in elementary school, the last full-length album of new music from GNR — well, basically now just Rose — until Nov. 23.

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