50-year-old Axl Rose announced yesterday that he has “respectfully declined his induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” in a letter obtained by the L.A. Times.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place in Cleveland on Saturday but Axl has decided to bow out of the appearance.
In 1994 Axl Rose gave a speech at Elton John’s induction to the Hall of Fame and said, “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors the musicians who make the music that not only becomes the soundtrack to our lives but it actually helps us get through each day of our life.”
Two years later Guns N’ Roses fell apart.
After reading the letter he sent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it seems that Rose declined the invitation because he thinks the induction ceremony would be an awkward and complicated affair. He went on to say that he thinks “the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.”
He has also requested that he not be “inducted in absentia” and warned people to resist accepting any induction on his behalf.
Towards the end of the letter he made it very clear that Guns N’ Roses will not be reunited: “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.”
While he claims he values his fans he went on to insist that he doesn’t owe them any happy endings.
He closed the letter by saying:
“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!!”
Here are some Twitter reactions to his decision:
Lets be real here, Axl Rose’s crazy confused denial letter to the rock HOF was spawned by an ill fated attempt to button his old kilt.
Pretty disappointed that Axl Rose won’t get a chance to show up 3 hours late to his Rock and Roll HOF induction with 4 guys I never heard of
Everyone’s saying Axl Rose is a ‘real rockstar’ because he denied entry to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. No, he’s just a massive wanker.
What happened between 1994 and 2012?