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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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61.

ok    

He needs to get this thyroid checked out..he's packing on the pounds.
Anyway..who cares what the yelping banshee does.

735 days ago
62.

sally    

what an ax-hole.

735 days ago
63.

Christine    

Axl, put on your big boy underwear and realize you won't be where you are now without the original members of GNR.

735 days ago
64.

Shaggy    

This is just more proof of what a total no-talent douche he is. That line up of G-n-R sold more records than any other . He is a petty little man hiding behind a big team of lawyers, and thats why if I ever listen to any of his new music it will be illegally downloaded. F*ck axe-hole in the goat ass. God how I hope he reads this. Oh wait, Im pretty sure he cant read.

735 days ago
65.

CF    

OMG! I didn't even know who he was. He's changed so much. except for the selfishness.

735 days ago
66.

tuffsheet    

If none of their songs were ever played again it would not affect how we look at music except for the fact that people like Axel just shows the WORST in music groups! Go put a bullet in your skull Axel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

735 days ago
67.

Shane    

Grow the f*** up, you spoiled brat. I wouldn't go see the current lineup of GnR if you were performing a concert on my front lawn for free. You don't give a s*** about the fans. You have a well do***ented history of showing up hours late for concerts if at all. You have now deprived us of the only thing we want to see. A trip down memory lane to the 1980s of when GnR ruled the rock world. I hope one day you can come to peace with your past.

735 days ago
68.

Devin    

where's he deliverin pizza's these days......

735 days ago
69.

ginny    

what an ass.. he used to be good now he is simply a jackoff.

735 days ago
70.

Not-GNR    

He's waiting for the FAT Hall of Fame to call. Courtney Love?, Axl?... NOBODY cares. Go away.

735 days ago
71.

Talk Psychic    

Really Axl?? You can't take one for the team? So sad that someone can't sit the original ( and the BEST ) Band down and have a come to Jesus talk with them. What a better way to show how much you REALLY care about us fans. Time to grow up and put your differences on the back burner...the only ones you are hurting are your FANS...the FANS that made you and the old GnR legends that you are today.

735 days ago
72.

jason    

He looks like **** no wonder he is always so miserable and acting like a ass..

735 days ago
73.

Surfer Gal    

How could you respect someone with that 1970s porn mustache? Team Slash.

735 days ago
74.

Zach Swan    

The simple facts that a) GnR were legend back in the day, and b) new fake GnR haven't turned out a worthwhile song since the early 90's when Axl destroyed the greatest thing that would ever happen to him, simply makes it clear that he was never the reason for GnR's success. If he was, he'd be doing more than leading a GnR cover band 20 years later while still disrespecting his 'fans' by showing up 3 hours late.

735 days ago
75.

cat     

Axl Rose: You are a complete piece of s%!t for doing this. Whether or not you get along with your band mates holds no merit. You ALL set forth your music carreers not knowing what would happen -- and guess what, you made it. . . . BASED ON ONE ALBUM! DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD THAT IS TO DO??!!!! The Beasties deserve this more than anyone. A lot of people will be glad you're not there on Saturday.

735 days ago
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