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Axl Rose NOT Attending Guns N Roses Hall Of Fame Induction: Asks To Be Retracted

In what is actually quite the shocking move, Guns N Roses singer Axl Rose has released an open letter stating that not only will he NOT attend the GnR induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, but he is also asking that the nomination be retracted! It’s a surprisingly well-thought out letter, although it suffers from a horrible case of run-on sentences, and Axl definitely gets his point across.

You can read the full letter below and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.

“To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,

When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.

Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.

Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.

For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.

That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”.

This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.

In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.
The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba.

Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.

There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.

Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense.

But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.

In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.

I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!
Axl Rose
P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III”

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  • MrDisgusting

    He’s such a dick, I’ve heard some seriously insane stories that range from wanting changes on an album a day before it hits stores to things he’s done to Slash behind the scenes. Slash is so nice about the situation…

    • Jonathan Barkan

      He has ALWAYS been the crazy one. That being said, I stopped paying attention to the gossip of the band about eight years ago. It was just so childish that it was ruining the music for me.

  • Rob B.

    You gotta give him credit, everybody knows the RnR HOF is full of Shit anyway. Axl is the last real rock star left you dont see him doing songs with Fregie.

  • Will

    I have to say, thanks for ruining my dreams of a final GN’R performance Axl. I do not believe the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may be correct in there decision on voting and who is inducted, but this is a stab in the back on your fans. Furthermore, I know I’m not personally entitled to tell GN’R what to do, but I think and know the fans as a whole would want at least one last performance. I think the fact that you say you’ll get bull shit for years for not caring about your fans is something that you will get and deserve. At least the former members, especially Slash whom your feud has been with for 15 some-odd years for no specific reason, could say he’d go, not for you even if he didn’t say it, but for the fans. I hope you know you let down fans around the world, some like me who are too young to have ever seen GN’R, and some who saw you hundreds of times. I hope I never have to endure ever listening to a follow up to Chinese Democracy because of the fact that I know it’s you,and would wish you luck if it wasn’t called Guns N’ Roses. Face it Axl, this isn’t GN’R. At least change the name or make it a solo band.

  • Will

    I’d disagree. Sure the Hall is a joke, but if the fans wanted him there, he should go. Slash is more a rocker than Axl. He does a song with Fergie, so be it, he’s a guitarist and can expand his music. And that song kicked ass. At least Slash can put out 4 or 5 records in a decade rather than 1 by his former bandmate. And for the record, Slash’s solo record is by far a much better album than Chinese Democracy.

  • djblack1313

    i’m not a huge GnR fan (i like a couple of songs) but what exactly caused the split/rift between which members? clearly it’s Axl VS. Slash(?) and …??? i can’t bash Axl because maybe FOR HIM not going back to that place/time (so to speak) is a matter of self care? at least he wrote the letter trying to get his side across.

  • doomas10

    Again tones of explanations from his part. He is a brilliant musician but a douche nontheless. On the other hand if he doesn’t want to go it’s his choice.although i would prefer for him to put aside the conflict with Slash and the others (since they have already done it) and carry on. AXL you spent tough years and good experiences with these band members. Even if they are absolute slimeballs and you are right, they did not kill your mom so you can’t forget them. SO STFU and go

  • doomas10

    Again tones of explanations from his part. He is a brilliant musician but a douche nontheless. On the other hand if he doesn’t want to go it’s his choice.although i would prefer for him to put aside the conflict with Slash and the others (since they have already done it) and carry on. AXL you spent tough years and good experiences with these band members. Even if they are absolute slimeballs and you are right, they did not kill your mom so you can’t forget them. SO STFU and go

  • Knight-of-Cydonia

    This guy gets off on pissing people off. I’m glad I’m not a hardcore GNR fan.

  • Axel Osbourne

    Is anyone really suprised? The guy is an egomaniac, completly insane, and still pissed off at the world for the abuse he’s gone through in his life (which, let’s face it, probably only happened in his mind) that he just has to be a whine dick. Plus, let’s face it, it’s the only way he can get talked about anymore, because the world doesn’t care anymore.

  • Rod

    Axl Rose is such a cock head. Crazy and an egomaniac. Why doesn’t he just pack up and retire. The current incarnation of GNR is a shell of its former self. Look at how many band members he needs just to get through the songs, and the line up is always changing. He is clearly the problem. I hope the past members go to the awards and whoop it up.

  • crow454

    Good for him. The Hall is a joke. He wouldn’t benefit from attendance, so why should the others at his expense. He has a right to say no, at least he has the courtesy to clearly outline why in a civil and respectful professional tone.

  • Accident-with-power-tools

    I think it’s good, I’m the biggest gnr fan, seen ever version of the band, all solo bits stood in line to meet,you know all the geek stuff… And I absolutely positively get it, so should any fan… They’ve moved on… I’d love to see it happen but it won’t and Mr Dusgusting has it so wrong, r elieves the hype, Slash has more to blame with Axls view of the old band than anyone… Axl loves being a dick, he enjoys it, plays up to it… Sorry to break any views but Slash is actually a real dick, can’t get us shit together and is rather needy…. That said, love em all….. Really wanna see gilby back!

  • VictorCrowley

    Can’t say I blame Axl for declining to show. RnR HOF is a joke, and every real music fan knows it. As far as everyone continuing to bash him for the Appetite lineup breaking up, the other members are just as much to blame. Notice I said Appetite lineup, not original lineup. The original lineup was Axl, Izzy, Traci, Ole, and Rob. Anyway, I saw GN’R in Chicago on 11.15.2011 and they were PHENOMENAL. The current lineup is tighter and sound better than the Appetite guys but of course, that’s not the popular thing to say so people bash it. But, props to Axl for bowing out. Don’t blame him a bit.

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