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BJ'S BLOG 04/13/12 "Axl Rose's Snub"

This weekend, Guns N’ Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but one member will not attend.

In an open letter, Axl Rose says not only will he not attend but he turns down the GNR induction completely.

I’m not one with great music tastes and am not the biggest fan of GNR but I know if I was a huge fan like most people are, I would be pissed!


Here is the letter:

“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!!


Axl Rose

 P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III


What upsets me is that Axl always talks about how he’s an “artist” but this is the same “artist” that walked in with a piece of paper saying, “I am Guns N Roses” and made the other guys sign it saying that they are not.

That wasn’t art Axl…that was business. I can respect anyone trying to do business but once you step into that world, you then have to take care of your customers, which in this case are your fans.
This letter is a giant middle finger to everyone who ever bought your music and merchandise and went to your concerts.

One of the highest honors is to be put in a hall of fame of anything and to be this big of a jerk is ridiculous.

With all of your resources and money Axl, you can’t get a therapist and overcome the bad blood there was or is still there with the other guys?

I know I’m not the biggest GNR fan out there but I know that if I’m a fan of something, I would hope that the people that put it together in the first place can get it together to come back and make something great! This band you have isn’t Guns N’ Roses, it’s some other atrocity, but it’s not Guns N’ Roses.


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04/13/2012 8:21AM
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04/13/2012 10:41AM
axl rose
that idiot dont deserve the hall of fame,hes a clown with no talent and he was never the talent.i was a huge gnr fan ,loved the music till mron opens his mouth then it went to downhill,gnr into the hall of fame what the heck is this?better bands have done more,in fact isnt gnr dead in the water now.axl dont want it boohoo,good to know,hes a idiot who needs to crawl back under his rock....have a great weekend guys.msspinkybear has left the buildng lol
04/13/2012 11:31AM
Rock n roll hal of fame
I would have to agree with axl on this one, but my reasoning behind it would be slightly different than just not wanting to get back together with gnr. The rock n roll hal of fame doesn't just induct great rock n roll bands, it inducts anyone and everyone with popular music. I would be extremely upset if my band was chosen. I'd feel like an overrated sell-out musician that is just trying to get a check. I support Axl in his choice, it's not about what the fans want it's about what is best for gnr and it's band members. Besides, by rejecting it he is getting far more publicity than if he were to accept.
04/13/2012 12:32PM
Go Axl
I agree with my bro!
04/13/2012 12:34PM
You lose!
You lose if you don't understand Axl!
04/16/2012 7:53AM
is simply a tw@t.
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