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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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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.

735 days ago
152.

Adrienne    

Holy Fatness!!!!

735 days ago
153.

Keith    

I see no reason he should even be considered. Talentless singer who was known for his look and not his abilities. 15 minute Hasbeen.

735 days ago
154.

Lena    

O-o and Truthfully---you guys said it so much better than I...yeah...he is a big big big disappointment. GnR was a HUGE part of my happy college years. Watching them get inducted will be fantastic...seeing that Axl is so ....petty and small and I don't want to get bitchy again...it would give his hissiness too large of an area...suffice it to say I'm disappointed but not surprised...

735 days ago
155.

FletchGuy    

I loved that original G'N'R lineup and this seemed like a perfect way to go out if not for the group , but as a last tahnk you and good bye to the fans. I really just can not see the poison Axl has in him. So much hate anger, misdirection. To come together for 20 minutes for maybe 2-3 songs and give an official thank you and good bye to the fans seems like something they could do as adult mean then it never has to be brought up again. If it ever was a job or about global success a reunion by the original signed group would profit in the billions setting all of their families for life. I guess it will always be left to just something Axl will never let go until he dies. I as a fan will never know all of what set this fire but it is a shame Axl will live such a hate filled life. Good luck to the individuals.

735 days ago
156.

John    

What an ego... He sounds like a real big D-CK. Some things never change. W2G Axel, your great for the fans.

735 days ago
157.

Dana    

Just look at all of the publicity this has generated for Axl.

I am guessing that in his mind Axl figures he'll be remembered more for refusing the induction into the RRHOF rather than actually accepting the induction.

Axl has been a legend in his own mind since at least 1984. The rest of the original members only wanted to play music and have a good time.

735 days ago
158.

Blondzilla    

Here's the thing, I am a huge GNR fan, The original lineup. I get why people think he is a douche or an ass but, he has the right to decide what he wants to do, is comfortable doing and what is best for him. It seems as though there is some bad blood between the original bandmates so even if there was a reunion, I doubt the same chemistry would be there. I don't know what people feel the need to attack anyone for the choices they make.
And for the record, all of you can say he is not relevant, old, whatever...but YOU are the ones that clicked on the article AND commented. If you really didn't give two ****s...why waste your time reading it?

735 days ago
159.

Dana    

it's like a driving by a car accident - even though it may be gruesome, you just have to look and in my case, comment as well.

735 days ago
160.

Hervey....Hervey of Arabia...He was a single guy...    

Haven't seen Axl since 1990.....Now he's not only a douche like he was then but a fat ****ing douche now.....**** head.

735 days ago
161.

Evil Monkey    

Thought that was Wilford Brimley for a sec

735 days ago
162.

lookItsMegRyan    

I'd like to speak for Axl. "I am Axl Rose and I suck."

735 days ago
163.

Bubba    

He is full of it, the real story is Axl asked to have all the doors widened at the hall so he could actually fit in the room! They said it was possible, so he made this story up! Join a gym tubby!

735 days ago
164.

Yayabeanes    

What else would an aged has-been hack one trick pony with no new talent to give have to say while acting out like a two year old for that long lost attention he was used to.

735 days ago
165.

lanny    

maybe he's jelous of slash coz slash still rockin and selling with myles kennedy. **** u axl !!

735 days ago
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