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Axl Rose

I Will NOT Attend

Rock and Roll HOF Induction

4/11/2012 3:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Axl Rose has shot down the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ... claiming he REFUSES to attend the Guns N' Roses induction ceremony on April 14 ... as long as his old bandmates plan to attend.

Rose just fired off a strongly worded letter to the Hall ... saying, "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."

He adds, "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."

Axl also notes he's aware that certain former GNR members have taken "jabs" at him recently ... and he doesn't want to appear anywhere he is "not wanted or respected."

"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 diss won't be news to Slash ... who recently told Rolling Stone, "[Axl] hates my guts ... It's over a lot of different stuff; I don't even know. There's just no communication between us."

AXL'S FULL LETTER TO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME:

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!!

Sincerely,

Axl Rose

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III
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136.

Joann    

Who really cares!

926 days ago
137.

Jay Greenspan    

You look like you gained lots of weight in you picture. Does that make you BIG headed. The band made you not the other way around.

926 days ago
138.

O_o    

what an ungrateful, egotistical, pretentious, manchild. i grew up on gnr. i remember the very firt time sweet child o mine was played on mtv... the hall of fame induction should be an honor, REGARDLESS of any bad blood between band members. small small little men. ::shaking my head::

926 days ago
139.

ExtraKetchup    

That isn't Axl... that's some dude that ate Axl and has somewhat of a resemblance to him. Anyhoo, this isn't news. He has said before that that lineup will never reunite and he won't partake in anything Slash is a part of. Maybe if Slash dies first then you will see Axl come around more but until then, no chance!

926 days ago
140.

billybob    

I guess he just doesn't want to be seen as the unbelievable big fat ass he actually is.

926 days ago
141.

Lena    

Fat, horse-shoe bald, red haired AND no longer relevant. Wow. Axl has fallen...probably isn't all that sober either. Can't wait to see the smiling faces of the real members when they're inducted.

Hey Axl...go take a crap in your hat (you and Mel Gibson)...Harvey knows what I'm talking about I bet....

926 days ago
142.

Marvin    

What a midget, fat old midget.

926 days ago
143.

Truthfully    

One would be hard pressed to find another musician who's made more of an effort to stomp on his own ****.

926 days ago
144.

Kariann Hart    

Axl Rose acts like this is the first time band members have quarreled and ignored each other. Yet, some how the badn members have worked it out, Then some big names like Diana Ross and Paul McCartney failed to show up and then later regret it. One day he will realize what a stupid decision this is. To me, he isn't a big name star like the others who made this STUPID mistake.

926 days ago
145.

Joao    

That was the ramblings of a pathological disturbed person. Post #136 bears an interesting resemblance to the Rock Hall of Fame letter [hint-hint]. I'm around Axl's age and Gun "n Roses wasn't on my radar. I couldn't tell you one thing they sang. In fact, if anything, their induction suggest to me that the Hall of Fame is hurting to find folks to induct. They should have cut the inductees down to three instead of 90 every year. Axl, read these posts, then smell the coffee---NOBODY CARES!!!! YOU ARE NOTHING. AND YOU CHIT DOES STINK.

926 days ago
146.

Kariann Hart    

Axl Rose acts like this is the first time band members have quarreled and ignored each other. Yet, some how the battling members have worked it out, Then again some big names like Diana Ross and Paul McCartney failed to show up for induction, and then later regret it. One day he will realize what a stupid decision this is! This is an honor and should send a relative to get his award. He's so wrong!

926 days ago
147.

Kariann Hart    

What kills me is that the RRHOF will probably show this letter on screen as they did with the Sex Pistols. One day he is going to regret this big time.

926 days ago
148.

Sin D    

At this point I BLAME THE AUDIENCE for even showing up to his pony show.

926 days ago
149.

Meg    

what a loser!
The only GNR that matters is the original GNR!
and if he cant recognize why he was made famous in the first place, he should shut the hell up and go away. it wasnt him it was the whole band.
I am so tierd of hearing about axel and his poor me crap.
go away already!

926 days ago
150.

mjeakman    

It is most unfortunate that the band (the only G&R in most fans eyes) that is the original Appetite for Destruction line up cannot put emotions aside. I am a former concert promoter on the Sunset Strip and GnR, Great White, Ratt etc are all bands that define the 80's and particularly the SoCal music scene. Maybe one day Slash and Axl can step away from managers, handlers, attorneys etc. and air it out. After all, it's only rock & roll.

926 days ago
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