Guns Roses founder and lead singer Axl Rose on Wednesday rejected his part in his groups induction into the Rock Roll hall of fame. In an open letter to the organization, his fans and his former band members Rose announced that he would not show up to Saturday’s ceremony which is slated to be hosted by rock group Green Day.
Rose sent his letter to Pop Hiss through his publicist and in his letter he writes:
“To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern.”
At which point Rose says he will reject the organizations offer.
News of Axl’s rejection shouldn’t really come as a surprise, while he says he’s thankful for the honor he has never had any type of respect for his fellow bandmates or his fans for that matter, having on numerous occasions caused fans to miss shows while ending others before they barely started, at one point causing an actual riot in Montreal, Quebec.
When Guns Roses were announced as inductees it led to speculation that GNR would be seen together with its original five members for the first time since 1993. While guitarist Slash said in recent months that he would be willing to appear with the original Guns Roses for a Rock Roll Hall of Fame performance however Slash admitted of Rose “he hates my guts” while telling Rolling Stone:
“It’s over a lot of different stuff; I don’t even know. There’s just no communication between us. I talk to Duff and Steven, but when it comes to old Guns N’ Roses, there really isn’t anybody that makes decisions.”
Here’s the gist of the letter Axl Rose sent to the Rock Roll Hall Of Fame by way of the LA Times:
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.
Also being inducted on Saturday is Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Donovan.
Do you honestly believe what Axl Rose says in his letter? The funniest part might be that Axl Rose is the biggest self promoter of all five men and he constantly uses back talk and speculation when talking about his former bandmates and the future of Guns Roses.