has written another open letter
, this time to apologise to fans in Cleveland for ditching the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
event in their hometown.
He also thanked fans and the media for what he called an "overwhelmingly positive response" to his open letter last week
, though we're not sure if this is accurate or just old-school spin to convince the world that it went down well.
The letter goes on to join the chants of KISS
, who have questioned
how the Hall Of Fame functions, how it makes money, and who actually votes for the artists that are inducted.
Axl requests that the letter is republished in full, but since he repeats certain points, we're publishing the highlights:
"I seriously didn't plan on or expect the overwhelmingly positive response and public support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With such a generous outpouring of solidarity from fans, media outlets, writers and other artists, I'm truly humbled, blown away and unbelievably relieved! To be honest, I thought it would go the other way and was just hoping to weather the storm. As I said, I sincerely didn't want to disappoint anyone. It gets old being the outlaw even if 'it's only rock and roll' [...]
"I still don't exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially 'rock' enough to be in the Hall?
"This isn't an attack. These are genuine issues I don't have enough verified information on to have more than rough ideas. Certainly not enough information to make any judgments about.
"I would like to apologize to Cleveland, Ohio for not apologizing to them beforehand for not attending [the ceremony] in their city. I think they know how much I genuinely love performing there. Cleveland does in fact Rock!
"Now that the smoke's cleared a little, any desperate, misguided attacks have been just that, a pathetic stab at gossip, some lame vindictiveness, the usual entitlement crap, he's obsessed, crazy, volatile, a hater. I once bought a homeless woman a slice of pizza who yelled at me she wanted soup. We got her the soup. You can get your own.
We certainly enjoy seeing the human side to Axl - he deservedly gets a lot of bad press for late attendance at Guns N' Roses
shows, and we're still disappointed that he didn't show up at the Hall Of Fame, but it's refreshing to see his reasoning in detail.
Hey Axl - more blogs like this please! That's right, open letters are called blogs these days. You're pretty good at it. Keep it up.