Can’t we all get along? “Axl Rose not attending induction.” Really!?

I don’t understand this. They have it all; world wide recognition, tens of millions sold and at one point, infectious chemistry. Why won’t they work together?

To much ego too soon?

Getting caught up in this business can be sad. So much success so fast typically leads to very talented artists thinking that the only thing that matters is the issue that only affects them. When, in fact, it’s only their fans that matter. They are already not going to work together again so why not do one more show? It’s about a bigger picture gentlemen. If it wasn’t for the people they are going to disappoint they wouldn’t be where they are.

Right now it seems hopeless, but at some point I sincerely hope they can work it out. The funny thing is that I’m not a huge GN’R fan. I love Appetite for Destruction, but that’s about it. Anyway here’s what going on right now….


Axl Rose Writes Letter To Rock Hall, Says He’s Not Attending Induction

By Jason Lipshutz and Marc Schneider, New York


GN'R. The good ol' days.

Fed up with “reunion lies” and looking to avoid awkward situations with ex-bandmates, Axl Rose has decided to not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Guns N’ Roses this Saturday (Apr. 14), and has asked to have his name withdrawn as a member of the band he co-founded and still fronts today.

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In an open letter released on GN’R’s official website on Wednesday, Rose writes, “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.”

In his letter, Rose begins by saying he was honored when the news was announced in December, but that after listening to fans, talking to members of the board of the Hall of Fame and reading “various public comments and jabs from former members” of the band, as well as assorted press coverage, he has decided to “let sleeping dogs lie” and not attend the ceremony.

“I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision,” he writes. “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.”

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In recent weeks, members of the original GN’R lineup, which included Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler, have addressed a rumored reunion at the Rock Hall induction with ambivalence. Matt Sorum, who replaced Adler as the band’s drummer in 1989, told Billboard last month that there were “no real plans” to reunite for a performance, while current keyboardist Dizzy Reed said, “I don’t know exactly what’s going to go down. It’s one of those things I’m sure will all come together and be really cool. I’m just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart.” Green Day is set to induct Guns N’ Roses at the Cleveland ceremony.

The current version of Guns N’ Roses — of which Rose is the only original member — continues its world tour in Moscow on May 11.

Here is the full text of Axl Rose’s letter and the rest of the article.

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