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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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ManiacalZebra    

Let him pout. He'd only cause trouble if he goes.

894 days ago
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Tomme Lynn     

I have been a huge fan of G N'R since I was a teenage girl, and I can't express how heartbroken I am that Axl Rose will not be attending the Rock & Roll HOF induction. I bought tickets for my daughter and myself the moment I heard that G N'R were going to be inducted. We are driving to Ohio from North Carolina for the induction on Saturday. I knew it was a giant leap of faith hoping they would all be there, especially Axl, even if they didn't actually perform together. I do wish he would atleast accept the induction. He deserves this honor. Without Axl Rose there would be no Guns N' Roses. As disappointed as I am, I truly believe he's doing what he feels is the right thing for him and I respect that. Axl may have felt unwanted or not respected regarding this ceremony, but that is definitely not how his true fans feel. I love the old Guns and I love Guns N' Roses as they are now. I saw them last year in Greenville, SC and it was amazing. Hopefully, I will get my chance to see Axl and G N'R in concert again soon.

894 days ago
108.

Get back to work!    

Is that Chaz Bono?

894 days ago
109.

EastCoastChopper    

Dude...eat a Snickers! Jeeeeez!

894 days ago
110.

Big D    

Who cares! They sucked anyway.

894 days ago
111.

peter    

What a F#@King Nozzle. Please someone close to him, punch this A-Hole in the face. He is so self important tool.

894 days ago
112.

Tesla_Consulting    

This is why we like him, large and in charge.

894 days ago
113.

deteecher    

He won't appear because he's so bloated and nasty.

894 days ago
114.

Joe    

I can't believe GNR is even being inducted to the HOF..There are far more worthy bands who deserve to be honored before GNR..
With that said. Axl Rose is the biggest DB who ever walked the face of the earth..Please Axl stay home..Bigass egotistical crybaby..

894 days ago
115.

marc    

He should be grateful to the band. Now he's more like Pop guns and Cabbage..loser.

894 days ago
116.

JIM    

AXL ROSE NEVER COULD SING, AND CANT NOW. AND HAS NO BUSINESS GRACING THE ROCK HALL OF FAME WITH THE LIKES OF REAL MUSICIANS.HE HAD AN APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION FOR HIS OWN UNDESERVED CARRER GOOD RIDDANCE

894 days ago
117.

Symian    

Err.. I think he needs to rethink that decision. If he isn't going to accept induction for his Guns N' Roses work, he isn't getting in at all. He actually thinks his solo career will get him in. It won't. His decision on the HOF induction makes about as much sense as his dreadlocks did. ;/

894 days ago
118.

Doug     

Was something from 1987 - 1992. 20 years later, it's embarrassing.

894 days ago
119.

Mr.Sinister    

Sniveling, whining, poopy diaper, crybaby! Good singer, but a douchbag of a human being! Too bad.

894 days ago
120.

Sue    

Its an honor to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

There are Groups and Singers out there waiting and hoping for that honor.

But Axl, being the stupid SOB he is, throws it away.

Its ok Axl, no body gives a crap about you anyway. Your a forgotten sole.
Go lay in your bed, cause you made it. Stupid is as stupid does

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