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STP's BLOG 04/12/12 "Axl says NO!"

This sucks! Apparently Axl Rose has no intentions of going to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame…and doesn’t even want to be inductued! He wrote a long letter on his Facebook, and explained why…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!!

Sincerely,
Axl Rose
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A lot of people are really pissed at Axl…including BJ. I get it…I get why they are pissed, but I am torn. Yes…I think the band should do this for the fans, and I think it’s the right thing to do, but Axl did bring up a great point…the line about it being like a divorce rings true. Being in a band is like being in na relationship, and sometimes relationships are so bad that it’s damaged beyond repair. Could this be the case for AXL AND Slash (I say Slash because he was the one member he clearly left out on purpose in this letter). Would you go back to an ex for one night that you absolutely hate, because of a special dinner that everyone wants you both to be at? Of course not. My only issue is that I think these guys should try and fix what is broken…what they had was so special, the Apetite record is one of a kind, and I would think that when Axl is 70 years old looking back on life…he might regret passing up an opportunity to give something back for his fans, old band mates, and ultimately himself. You can’t deny the importance of that band.

Actors often make movies they don't necessarily like. It's all about the paycheck. Apparently, Chris Evans does this a lot. He says, "At this point I've made a lot of films. I've made about 20 movies and I'm probably proud of three." “Captain America" is one of them. Chris says, "Not only was I extremely happy with how the film turned out, but it was such a fantastic working experience. Everything about it has been a positive. There has not been one negative." The other 2 movies he is proud of: The Avengers and Sunshine

Based on this…What is your proudest moment? What is a moment you are least proud of? Here are the texts:

In 2 months my daughter will graduate from highschool! She the 4 oldest of all her cousins yet first to graduate!!! Worste moment when i found out the wife was bangin a black dude!! Stp is so right what he said this mornin women lie so damn much, cant believe a word they say!!! Kevin in p town(puyallup)!!!!

I'm a teacher and I organized 3 benefit concerts for a student of mine battling Leukemia. Raised a ton of money and developed a bond with the family.

Proudest moment is when I ended dated this girl that way out of my luague. And the worstnis when I accsently ced my pants on a road trip and she broke up

My proudest moment was getting my text read on air on 99.9 KISW.

Im least proud of having unprotected sex while i was drunk with a fat girl, i now have a child....ooops!!!

Proudest moment is when I got married. My least proudest moment is when I got hammered drunk and next morning I woke up in my friends bed with him in it.

When I seduced an older woman, until I found out she was a whore, now it's my least proudest


A clothing company called Austin Reed surveyed 2,000 women to figure out the qualities that make up the "PERFECT MAN." Here are some of the qualities…

--Physical. Six feet tall. Muscularly toned and athletic. Brown eyes. Short dark hair. Smooth chest. Clean shaven. Good fashion sense, but gets ready in 17 minutes or less. Wears jeans and a v-neck sweater.

--Habits. Non-smoker. Prefers beer over wine or cocktails. Admits when he looks at other women. Eats meat.

--Education, Career, Money. College degree. Earns more than you . . . approximately $76,000-a-year. Drives an Audi.

--Hobbies. Loves shopping. Watches football. Can swim and ride a bike. Knows how to change a tire. Has a driver's license. Likes dramas and reality shows.

--Other Emotional Stuff. Calls his mom twice a week. Says "I love you" only when he means it. Is sensitive when you're upset. Has a good sense of humor. Wants a family.

So this survey was done on the qualities that make a “perfect man” – but what about the fellas? What is a quality that makes for a “perfect woman”? Ladies…what else would you add to your list of qualities? Here are the texts:

Adding to the perfect man list Personally I love a beard. Not anything to long or shaggy. But if he takes care of it and trims i go crazy over it..

She must have common sense, and not be a complete dingbat. Oh.. And tatas. No a cups or flapjacks.

Simple. I want a chick that dont have ugly feet. Havent found one yet. All of em. Ugly feet and ugly knees. Not askin a lot, but guess I am.

1.She shuts up 2. She makes a hell of a sandwich 3. She gives sex on demand Mike in auburn

Tattoos...... The perfect guy is gonna have tat's ,short or bald hair and no suits!!

A good man is someone who doesn't care and encourages he's spouse to go out with friends and nit get mad. Natalie from port orchard

Honesty, Loyalty, and a FAT ASS!!!! BIGJOHN

My perfect man is respectful and will take me out on fun dates like go karting and funny stoner movies. He has to be ok with my piercings, smokin the gan ja, and me smoking cigarettes. I don't like selfish guys, he should try to make me happy as much as I try making him happy ;) and lots of sex

Hardworking,honest, good looking for a perfect man.



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