Guns N' Roses - Axl Rose Rejects Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction (Update)


Guns N' Roses' Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony takes place this Saturday in Cleveland, but Axl Rose won't be attending it. In an open letter posted on GN'R's Facebook page, Axl Rose said that not only will he not attend the ceremony, but he turned down his induction altogether.

He wrote: "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."

"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'."

"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."

Green Day will induct GNR into the Hall. Other 80's/90's stars in attendance, as 2012 Hall inductees, will include the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys.



UPDATE: Axl Rose has written another letter to fans explaining his decision to not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and apologizing to the city of Cleveland for the snub. The group performed with Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy, and the Cleveland crowd booed every time Axl's name was mentioned during the ceremony.

Full letter: To: Cleveland, Ohio, Guns N' Roses Fans and everyone who's shown support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I seriously didn't plan on or expect the overwhelmingly positive response and public support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With such a generous outpouring of solidarity from fans, media outlets, writers and other artists, I'm truly humbled, blown away and unbelievably relieved! To be honest, I thought it would go the other way and was just hoping to weather the storm. As I said, I sincerely didn't want to disappoint anyone. It gets old being the outlaw even if "it's only rock and roll".

It took a lot of focus and soul searching to be sincere and informative while making a genuine effort to be somewhat diplomatic. We made, what I feel, are real efforts to learn about the Hall and the Board, spoke as I said with the president and various members, and though I inducted Elton John and Bernie Taupin in '94 saying something to the effect of "I'm learning what the Hall's about..."

I still don't exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially "rock" enough to be in the Hall? This isn't an attack. These are genuine issues I don't have enough verified information on to have more than rough ideas. Certainly not enough information to make any judgments about.

I would like to apologize to Cleveland, Ohio for not apologizing to them beforehand for not attending [the ceremony] in their city. I think they know how much I genuinely love performing there. Cleveland does in fact Rock!

Now that the smoke's cleared a little, any desperate, misguided attacks have been just that, a pathetic stab at gossip, some lame vindictiveness, the usual entitlement crap, he's obsessed, crazy, volatile, a hater. I once bought a homeless woman a slice of pizza who yelled at me she wanted soup. We got her the soup. You can get your own.

Again: Huge thanks to the fans and to everyone for the incredible public support. My congratulations to the other artists inducted. And my apologies to the city and people of Cleveland, Ohio. I hope you'll forgive me and we hope to see you again soon! Keep Rockin', Axl

Unlike my open letter to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N' Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern this was written for GNR's official website, Facebook account and my personal twitter account and not intended as a press release. If anyone does choose to pick this up as has been done previously I'd appreciate if you'd run in full including this paragraph so as not to give a partial picture, have things taken out of context or to imply or inadvertently give the impression this was intended for other outlets.

Source: gunsnroses.com
Band profile: Guns N' Roses
 
Posted: 20.04.2012 by LeChron James


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20.04.2012 - 17:27
Valentin B
Iconoclast
The Rock&Roll Hall of Fame is bullshit, but as Angelic said a few posts above, he's probably rejecting this just because they only recognize the original line-up as being the "real" Guns n Roses.

This does not affect me in any way, I don't really care as the current GnR is pretty good live and I know it's going to be a few years until they re-unite (cuz let's face it, the call of the almighty dollar will be too much to handle at one point).
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20.04.2012 - 18:36
Cynic Metalhead
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Still guys are commenting on Grunts n Noises's shit.
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20.04.2012 - 20:42
BloodTears
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Written by M C Vice on 20.04.2012 at 13:50

You mean he switched drugs.


That is exactly what I meant lol
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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20.04.2012 - 21:12
Nemo Atkins
Overwhelming public support? From what I'd seen prior to the induction, the majority of reactions were of anger that he was not even going for the fans. Where's he been looking to find overwhelming public support at basically saying "Fuck you all" to all of the GN'R fans, the anti-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame forum?
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21.04.2012 - 04:29
M C Vice
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Written by Nemo Atkins on 20.04.2012 at 21:12

Overwhelming public support? From what I'd seen prior to the induction, the majority of reactions were of anger that he was not even going for the fans. Where's he been looking to find overwhelming public support at basically saying "Fuck you all" to all of the GN'R fans, the anti-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame forum?

From his imaginary friends?
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21.04.2012 - 07:10
Doc Godin
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Written by Nemo Atkins on 20.04.2012 at 21:12

Overwhelming public support? From what I'd seen prior to the induction, the majority of reactions were of anger that he was not even going for the fans. Where's he been looking to find overwhelming public support at basically saying "Fuck you all" to all of the GN'R fans, the anti-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame forum?

I don't exactly follow your logic. Rejecting an induction from a crappy institution is a big fuck you to the fans, how?

In the words of Johnny Rotten; "That hall of fame is a piss stain"
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22.04.2012 - 01:05
Nemo Atkins
Written by Doc Godin on 21.04.2012 at 07:10

Written by Nemo Atkins on 20.04.2012 at 21:12

Overwhelming public support? From what I'd seen prior to the induction, the majority of reactions were of anger that he was not even going for the fans. Where's he been looking to find overwhelming public support at basically saying "Fuck you all" to all of the GN'R fans, the anti-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame forum?

I don't exactly follow your logic. Rejecting an induction from a crappy institution is a big fuck you to the fans, how?

In the words of Johnny Rotten; "That hall of fame is a piss stain"

I wasn't saying his refusal to accept the award was a middle finger to the fans (frankly, no one cares about the awards anyway), what was the middle finger was, after thanking the fans for inducting the band, he then refuses to (and not cannot) attend the ceremony, despite the fans saying "Go for us" because they wanted to see the original line up of GN'R perform for one last time, not what many consider to be an Axl Rose solo project (and I'm not gonna lie: I'm with those who say "new" GN'R ain't the "real" GN'R, as I really didn't like Chinese Democracy compared to their earlier stuff despite giving it a few fair listens). Which, if what I've heard about him is true, has pretty much been his attitude since the Use Your Illusion tour.
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22.04.2012 - 11:29
The Shape 1973
Can I have some pizza too.
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02.04.2013 - 20:11
nasmith
If he had gone, he would've cancelled the show.
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