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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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121.

ruckus    

What a ****. Axl who????

924 days ago
122.

PPC    

I like Gun N Roses a lot, have for years. Though unfortunate, I think his letter was respectful and well written. Axl Rose has always had labels put on him, he was the star QB of the biggest band in the world, at that time. As a band, I like all the members and wish they would try to work it out on a professional level (tour), but it most likely will never happen. I'm totally neutral with the different members, but think - what could have been with this group (ie. Rolling Stones, Beatles)

924 days ago
123.

cheese    

ALL you people continue to bash Axl for things you have no friggen clue about. Axl repsects his fans like no other. Playing for over 3 hours every night on tour, or giving his first interview in over a decade to his fans on the internet for FREE (he could have sold it to a magazine for a &*^% load) are just a couple examples. Yeah, so he has a thing for coming on late....who cares? Not everyone is perfect, and he has admitted numerous times that he is a night owl, and it takes him a while to get everything (stage, voice, etc) ready to put on a great show....FOR HIS FANS! Some of you people suggest he needs to put the past aside for a night and get back with the old lineup. But have you ever thought that sitting beside people who continue to bash you in the media....could turn out horrible? Just last week, Steven was talking #$%^ about the new GNR. Weather you like the new GNR or not, Axl does. Axl enjoys his new friends and you can tell if you have seen a show recently. They are having a blast up on stage! If someone talked #$%^ about your friend, would you just push it aside and play nice? Well I got news for you...Axl has never been about that. Axl has always done what he believes in! He was open to attending the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame at first, but then every media outlet, former member, rock hall, and a lot of fans were screaming for a reunion. If Axl doesn't believe in a reunion and does not want to do it (for many reasons), why should he? Just to please you people? Who's more selfish...Axl, or you people? Axl's doing what he believes in. You people are TELLING him to make a reunion happen, FOR YOUR SAKE!

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/axl-rose-will-not-attend-guns-n-roses-rock-and-roll-hall-induction-ceremony-20120411#ixzz1rpuW5Eg4

924 days ago
124.

Beaners    

The guy needs some serious surgery, and his plastic surgeon should have his license pulled! Someone needs to remove Axl’s Cranium from his Anal Cavity, in simpler words remove head from ass!

He was the cause of the Bands demise, he remains the sole individual that continues to create “DRAMA” and he deserves everything he gets.

924 days ago
125.

jay    

F!@% Axl Rose....He has pretty much single handedly kept what could have been a legendary group apart. They were great together and by the time Axl truly realizes it, no one will want to see them in their damn wheelchairs. Get ahold of your own ego and start soul searching. You currently suck and will never regain what you once had without Slash and the other. I'm a bit disgruntled, can u tell?

924 days ago
126.

supermom    

Douche!

924 days ago
127.

Elliot Rodger    

All for the best!

924 days ago
128.

A viewer    

Axl needs to:
1. Snap out of it.
2. Go, because if he doesn't, he'll regret it the rest of his life.
3. Give Slash a big, fat hug and forget all the crap.
4. Dry out.
5. Lose weight.
6. Do some impromptu gigs and re-connect with his fans.
7. Have fun with the $ he'll make if he snaps out of it.

924 days ago
129.

Suds    

I always new that paxil was a punk bitch.I new he would go down in flames.You can't act the way he does and be respected by anyone.GO AWAY ay ay ay.

924 days ago
130.

ShrinkWrap    

He will soon be quoting Ron Burgandy: "I immediately regret this decision!"

924 days ago
131.

Linda    

Axl Rose is such a MORON! I cannot stand this jerk. GLAD HE WON'T BE ATTENDING the Rock and Roll HALL Induction...it will be nicer without that jerk. He is such a tool!

924 days ago
132.

cardiacbuzz    

Oh well!

924 days ago
133.

Kc    

What a jerk...sorry but there are a lot of other bands who deserve this honour more than GNR and who would respect it enough to attend.

924 days ago
134.

Jay Greenspan    

I loved their music and songs. The band MADE him not the other way around.

924 days ago
135.

UME1    

Man what bad vibes for you Axl. If you (or agent) follows all this it seems nothing is good in any comments. I'll step out by saying nobody can possible know the exact truth about any fall out involving situations. So on that note Axl (agents) see pg. 4 at www.khwikball.com "ROCK FOR RECOVERY" and join us to put Americans back to work and we'll provide the PAYCHECKS and OPPORTUNITIES to be awarded. Axl this will get you some positive feed and if not by lost fans then by us and those going to work throughout the USA. email: inventor@khwikball.com THIS IS A LIGIT OFFER AXL DON'T SIMPLY DISMISS. Come ROCK as we PLAY and then jump in with your band as a team against the Inventor. FUN to do good and save homes-families!!!

924 days ago
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