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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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31.

Home Skillet    

No, no, no, Axl ... they said they wanted to induct you into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Lame!"

832 days ago
32.

Brenda    

When, oh when, will he OD, already?

832 days ago
33.

Jack Nielsen    

So Axl is refusing to go on stage? On behalf of those of us that paid to see G'N'R play (back when they were relevant), might I ask, so what else is new? Rose was usually at least two hours late, if he bothered gracing us with his presence at all. Once on stage, he would provoke the audience and band members alike. It usually didn't take him long to latch on to some offense, whether real or imagined, at which point, he threw down his mic and stormed off the stage in a huff, leaving the band to deal with the carnage that would ensue.

So my congratulations to Slash, Duff, Steven and (if he wants to be there for it) Izzy. They have earned this honor, if for nothing else, putting up with a level of Rock'n'Roll douchebaggery that would have made the Roman Emperor, Caligula blush.

832 days ago
34.

MC    

His recent shows rocked, they did, but he is a headcase, but I guess he can do what he WANTS TO DO as always, if it was me I would be proud to be in with my old band peeps, like the Chils are, but hey, ITS HIS LIFE and he worth 256 millon!

832 days ago
35.

AxlSucksSlashRocks    

Tell the truth, Axl. You're too fat and Slash is nat.

832 days ago
36.

mitch    

maybe he'll watch it with david lee roth,eddie & alex van halen .... 3 other guys who should have set things aside for one night

832 days ago
37.

immie    

Grow the **** up already!!

832 days ago
38.

jimjet    

It reads like the first half was written by an attorney and the second half was written by a retard.

832 days ago
39.

dboz555    

Axl:

Thank you for turning down coming to your induction ceremony at The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. We at The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were trying to find a way to not invite you and now you saved us a lot of trouble. You have to admit you are a giant douche bag and people hate you so why would we want you here. Good luck with what ever you are doing these days (getting high at the age of 50) and we wish you well.

Sincerely,

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Staff

832 days ago
40.

REALbarbwire7    

What an f-ing disappointment. AXL ROSE IS Guns N Roses. How long can a person hold a grudge. What is the purpose. Just say thank you.

832 days ago
41.

Sue    

ignorant ass

832 days ago
42.

Home Skillet    

He looks like the lovechild of David Spade, Gallagher and Garfield.

832 days ago
43.

Criss    

He had to go and ruin what was once an awesome band!

832 days ago
44.

Lady Di    

When did he turn into such a fat pig?
No wonder he doesn't want to go....he'd loose his spot @ the "In-n-Out"

832 days ago
45.

Jack Nielsen    

I just counted the comments for and against the current owner of the rights to G'N'R, and it looks like Axl Rose and his PR b**ch, Eddie Trunk are part of an overwhelming minority.

832 days ago
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