Axl Rose not to attend Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 Guns N’ Roses induction

By on Apr 12, 2012 in Entertainment, Music, United States Comments

Axl Rose announced on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 that he will not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony of his former band Guns N’ Roses, to be held this coming Saturday, April 14 in Cleveland.

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Axl Rose, 50, or William Bruce Bailey in real life, Guns N’ Roses‘s lead vocalist, reportedly sent a letter to Los Angeles Times‘ “Pop & Hiss” that day, explaining the reasons why he will not go to the said event.

Below is an excerpt from Axl Rose‘s letter to his fans and to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame about his plan of not attending, as taken from the official Guns N’ Roses Facebook page.

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.

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“.

On the latter part, Axl Rose thanked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame board members for their nomination and votes for Guns N’ Roses, which will be inducted by Green Day; as well as to his fans over the years.

Axl Rose also wished the upcoming show to be a great one and even congratulated those who will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which includes the Beastie Boys, Small Faces/Faces, Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others.

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