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« on: April 11, 2012, 04:13:20 PM »

Axl's letter to The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N' Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern

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

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 04:25:44 PM »

As I said on the other thread, go and get a steak and go partying Sir Rose  ok You owe nothing to noone

And thanks to Jarmo for the quick release of that.
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 04:27:49 PM »

i understand him and stand by him in this one.
im certainly not one of those fans who would be feeling that he dosent care about the fans.

this whole thing seemed a trying to get a reunion rip off and thats not what gnr stands for.. well at least for me




i wonder if steven calling gnr hacks is related to axls decision.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2012, 04:29:46 PM »

Not quite following this rambling, but appreciate it nonetheless.
Just in time! I was considering buying a ticket since prices have come back to reality.
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2012, 04:31:04 PM »

Hmm, quite disappointed Axl won't be there... but hey that's his decision.

Kind of puts a damper on me driving to Cleveland now... hmm.
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2012, 04:31:34 PM »

Short and sweet:

Axl Rose pens letter to Rock Hall: won't attend, declines induction



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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2012, 04:35:28 PM »

Hmm, quite disappointed Axl won't be there... but hey that's his decision.

Kind of puts a damper on me driving to Cleveland now... hmm.

Seconded.... Sad
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2012, 04:35:44 PM »

Good for you Axl !
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2012, 04:36:05 PM »

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2012, 04:36:31 PM »

Just read this and I have to say it has made me respect Axl more than ever before...

He has been honest, kind in his words, true and respectful, and that's all we can ask of as fans. I for one totally agree, with Axls' decision and know in my heart it's the right thing to do for Guns N' Roses.

As Axl said, there is innevitibily going to be bad press related to this letter, but no one can help that.

Thank you Axl for being sincere, true and a gentleman about this issue.  Smiley

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« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2012, 04:36:48 PM »

So it's just going to be Spash, Duff, Matt and Steven?

lol. I wish I had a video camera in all the old washed up bandana wearing soccer dad's bedrooms right now so I could see them crying their pain away.

I already got my reunion. Brain and Finck for life!

I'll still watch for the drama. Can't wait to hear Steven's induction speech.
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« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2012, 04:38:04 PM »

Awesome. Best thing posted on this board since he answered fans questions awhile back.
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« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2012, 04:42:52 PM »

" Life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another's, or in this case several others', expense."

That's pretty much the heart of the matter isn't it? We all knew what we were asking, however unfair. Seriously, would you wanna go on a date with someone you'd broken up with 20 yrs ago....badly? Can't help but be disappointed tho. Undecided
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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2012, 04:45:03 PM »

As I said on the other thread, go and get a steak and go partying Sir Rose  ok You owe nothing to noone

And thanks to Jarmo for the quick release of that.
I totally agree. thankyou Jarmo. Thankyou Axl!
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« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2012, 04:52:13 PM »

Good on Axl & the band! 

Now come back to So Paulo please.  love
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« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2012, 04:52:39 PM »

Wow, Axl heard my prayers.

AWESOME letter, total respect. Love it.

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« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2012, 04:53:55 PM »

Not shocked. Knew this was coming. Axl has every right to decline. The Hall of Fame is a joke really. That is life.

I'm happy with GN'R right now. I don't need a reunion.

I love how Axl is the last true Rock N Roll star and people view him like a giant dick. No matter what he does people still see him that way. He could cure cancer and still be hated. I love that he's not persuaded or bought. Money doesn't buy Mr. Rose.
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« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2012, 04:56:34 PM »

I've always felt that he was not going to show up, let alone perform with old band members, at this thing. I do think it's cool he gave this explanation and didn't just leave the whole matter up in the air until the day of.
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« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2012, 04:57:40 PM »

I'm so happy!

Axl is cool.
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« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2012, 04:58:02 PM »

Great letter from Axl...

Totally respect the decision and understand it too...

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