News Segment


October 26, 2005

Never mind the fact that Axl Rose hasn’t been seen in years – not since his reconfigured Guns N’ Roses pulled out of their 2002 tour with eight stops to go. Forget that Guns N’ Roses haven’t released fresh material in more than six years (the track “Oh My God” appeared on the “End of Days” soundtrack in 1999). None of that matters to the teenage readers of Ellegirl magazine.

To them, even though Axl hasn’t been a blip on pop culture’s proverbial radar for years, he’s still rad.

According to the results of the magazine’s latest poll, which can be found in the new “Cool” issue, Rose, at the ripe age of 43, is one of the world’s coolest old people. He ranked second in the survey (that’s 10,000 girls worldwide, with about 4,000 of them U.S. citizens), right behind top vote-getter “grandparents.” Whose grandparents? Everyone’s grandparents, it seems.

Called “The Second Annual International Cool Survey,” the poll covers all the basics – coolest couple, coolest guy celeb, coolest band, and coolest person to be stuck in an elevator with (that person being Clay Aiken), among other categories.

GN’R’s reclusive frontman – who has been working on his long-overdue Chinese Democracy album for about a decade now – wasn’t the only recognizable name that made the cut. Clint Eastwood, who’s 75, was third in the voting, followed by rocker Elvis Costello (51), Julie Andrews (70), designer Karl Lagerfeld (67), Madonna (47), Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (62) and designer Vivienne Westwood (64).

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