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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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91.

EggsOverEasy    

Whatever.. they should attend and receive the award without him.. GnR deserves it, and Axl is just behaving the same way he always has.. It's the same old sh*t 20 years later.. Life goes on

868 days ago
92.

Jackie    

OK I would like to state for the record that I'm a HUGE...MEGA HUGE fan of Guns n' Roses.........HOWEVER....These guys need to MAN UP and stop calling each other names in public and stop their other high school BS......What an incredible honor to be in the Hall of Fame....and Axl can't set all the BS aside for one damn night to attend????...ughhhh. All you have to do is just sit there for one damn evening FFS...It's well known that Axl Rose has mental illness and has all sorts of issues..always has..........sad because he's one of the greatest lead singers of ALL TIME...so multidimensional..SO RARE.....he's his own worst enemy...UGGGHHHH I'm so PISSED

868 days ago
93.

Superman    

Axl is a childish ****.

868 days ago
94.

LC    

What the Hell AXL??? What the hell.

868 days ago
95.

tellmeaboutit     

Still crazy after all these booze/drug filled years. He's got a way distorted opinion of his importance. Induct the band and ignore this douche. Grow up, Axl.

868 days ago
96.

Michel    

Why did TMZ post a picture of one of the FAT BOYS with this article ???

868 days ago
97.

Orionsaint    

Get yourself Axl. Life is short.

868 days ago
98.

RealityBites    

I feel bad for the other guys....what a major jerk, but it's not a surprise, he's always been a jerk. Duff is a nice guy with a lot of class.

868 days ago
99.

Lane    

You need to get over yourself. Who are you again?

867 days ago
100.

james hawke    

Get over it, YOU ****!!!

867 days ago
101.

AXL is Delusional    

Does AXL actually realize that Guns n Roses was contrived as a team? His **** band is that, a **** band. Everyone knows that G N R needs to get back to its roots, talk their **** out and get back together, they are another case of wasted opportunity. They could have been the biggest band ever. But now we have to deal with this bull****. It sounds like AXL is a lawyer in this letter. At least perform together once, and see what happens when you are all together back on stage. I am sure that magic will happen! Differences will be resolved.

867 days ago
102.

Ms. Jäger    

Now I see where Rob Dyrdek got the idea for Blobby light!

867 days ago
103.

JZ    

I understand POV from the posts, I am never going to defend Axl, but I will defend the process of writing music and defending said music to the day you die. Has anyone on this thread written a song? Dealt with the music business and BS that it was in the '80's and now? That is what Axl is protecting. The integrity of GNR music and what it stood for back then and the sham that the HOF is now. WE are the spoiled brats, with our portable digital players and phones. We have lost a lot in this new digital age. Now we just click 'download'. Axl is trying to hold on to that. Crazy he is, but unaware he is not.

867 days ago
104.

wheelz    

Axl is far from a has-been. The shows Guns N Roses have been performing are truly the best they have ever sounded in a live setting. I recently saw them twice and have seen the old lineup too many times to even remember how many. Hands down, this new lineup rips and kicks the holy hell out of the sound of their past perfomaces with the original band. Chinese Democracy is absolutely brilliant! If you are a true musician and don't respect what they did on Democracy, put your crap back in its case and call it quits. True, the amount of "hits" are low on the totem pole, but it is total genius what is on that album. The two shows I recently saw, Axl was no more than ten minutes past the scheduled time to go on and they absolutely kicked major ass! Who gives a sh*t about the Hall of Fame? The Hall of Fame is the epitome of Corporate America.

867 days ago
105.

lauren    

F**K axl!

867 days ago
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