Published Apr 11, 2012You can always count on Axl Rose to stir up shit. His band Guns N' Roses are due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14 in Cleveland, OH. Rather than accept the honour graciously, however, the volatile frontman has turned down the induction outright.
In a lengthy open letter posted on the band's Facebook page, Rose wrote, "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.'"
Axl's refusal seems to stem from his ongoing feud with the former members of GNR, most notably guitarist Slash. He called his decision "personal," and had this to say about his split with his former collaborators: "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."
Axl also claimed that "the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected." But to be realistic, continuing to be so high maintenance probably isn't going to help him win any favours either.
Read the full letter, which oscillates between petulant and polite, right here. We're assuming that the band are still going to be inducted, but we probably shouldn't expect to hear much about Axl at the ceremony.
UPDATE: In response to Axl's rant, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame spokeswoman Lauren Bishop has simply replied, "We are sorry Axl will not be able to accept his induction in person."