The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame have responded to Axl Rose's open letter yesterday.
Axl had said he wouldn't attend the ceremony where Guns N' Roses would be inducted for their contribution to rock. Further, he "strongly requests" that no one accepts the award on his behalf. Put bluntly, he wants nothing to do with it.
In turn, the organisers manage to make the finest back-handed comment in history:
"We are sorry Axl will not be able to accept his induction in person," read an official statement (via LA Times).
Wow. If it's not clear, this spiked comment is basically saying that he will be officially acknowledged as part of the band and will be inducted whether he likes it or not.
It's a stroke of PR genius, if a little mean - but how else do you respond to such an ego?
Meanwhile, drummer Steven Adler spoke to Noisecreep about the ceremony, saying how he wished the original lineup could put the past behind them with one final show:
"People around the world come up to me and say that they wanna see the five guys together," said Adler. "I was hoping to end my part of the legacy with GN'R by performing with the five guys again. Not just for me, but for the world."
He says the failure to organise a performance is nothing to do with him, and "if it were anything to do with me, it would have happened a long time ago."
Watch the video interview with Steven Adler here: