Axl Rose Rejects Hall Of Fame

In an open letter, the Guns N' Roses frontman says he wants nothing to do with the forthcoming ceremony, and wants his name removed from the award.

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Axl Rose is so fed up with the pressure from fans and friends to front Guns N' Roses at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame that he has written an open letter saying he won't even attend the event.

Further, he has asked the organisers to remove his name as a co-founder of the band, shutting himself out from the awar entirely.

In the open letter posted to the GN'R website, Axl reveals that he did in fact make efforts to arrange a performance, but feels the Hall Of Fame organisers do not want or respect him enough.

He firmly requests that no-one accepts an award on his behalf, but hopes fans are not disappointed with his decision.

Despite this hard stance, Axl thanks the board for their nomination to induct GN'R, and the fans for helping the band active success over the years.

Here are some highlights from his surprisingly eloquent open letter:

"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.[...]

"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."

What do you think? Has Axl been reasonable, or should he get over his frustrations and accept the award? Share your opinion in the comments.

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    AcdcTXfan
    Skaternick98 wrote: Slash is still going though.. Right..?
    \ Yes. Probably the reason Axl isn't going.
    OxMxGxTACOS
    Ok, THIS IS NEWS! Take notes UG, you did something right in bringing a compelling news flash.
    TriAxe222
    I could have told you he was gonna try to stay in the news by saying he wasn't sure. He prolly never intended to go in the first place. Axel trolls fans again. R&R HOF is a joke anyway.
    mpk3432
    its a double bluff, he said he wouldnt attend the 2012 ceremony, GN'R get inducted in 2013
    jedke
    Its kind of funny how Axl doesn`t even want to be acknowledged as a co founder of the band yet hes the one touring with " Guns n Roses "
    Caughtinamosh90
    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."
    I'm surprised nobody commented on this. I can't help but feel Steven's comment about "Hacks N' Roses" made Axls decision final.
    satanlives
    sage76 wrote: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! If he goes people call him a sellout ***** and bitch about how major rock acts aren't inducted but madonna is. If he doesn't go, he is still an *****. You dipshits make me sick. Axl did the right thing. Fuck the hall of fame. The main songwriter and singer arent attending. I wish slash and duff did the same and that would be one giant bird flipped to these *****s at Hof.
    Best comment on this topic sorry for the post before this one I did the quote thing wrong did not mean to act like I said it.
    rickyj
    I wanna see Axl's face when the appetite lineup plays with Myles Kennedy in his place.
    Baphometronic
    schirripar wrote: metallicaftwlp wrote: how disappointing...this is a new low even for him. A new low? This was a good move. The HOF puts pop acts in the ROCK AND ROLL hall of fame but rejects some of the most major rock acts of all time for really no reason. It's nice that someone wants to stick it to them. I'm not even really that big of an Axl Rose fan. I just think he did what most other musicians wouldn't do. ShakeMe90 wrote: Someone please kidnap Axl Rose and John Frusciante, giftwrap them, and drop them on the corner of the HOF It's not like the Froosh isn't being inducted, he just doesn't want to go to the ceremony because it would feel weird for him. He is emotionally detached from RHCP right now and seeing them back on stage might make him regret leaving (which is awesome for RHCP fans, but sucky for the fans that want to hear the 400 something songs he has written and not released.) It's like seeing your ex getting married. It's awkward. You don't want to see that
    considering neither Rush nor Jethro Tull are in the hall of fame, I'll do my best to not shed a tear for Axl Rose
    lost my pick
    I wonder if we all stopped caring, would Axl get back with GNR? The guy thrives off of attention, take it away maybe he'll actually make some music and make himself worth talking about.
    Thermon
    Am I the only that is sick of hearing about the HOF drama going on with GNR and Axl's bullshit?
    Parkl
    I admire the fact that he will push his beliefs and deny the HOF induction, but him being this childish and refusing that award because of something HE'S MAD ABOUT just isn't right. Slash was the one who quit because of him, not he quit because of Slash. Axl ran that band like Hitler and he's still doing that to a degree if members are leaving that band. Plus he's the only one in GNR. No one gets that.
    Irwin Navarro
    I got an idea. Just my 2 cents here. Slash, Gilby Clarke, Duff Mckagan, and Matt Sorum, should perform featuring Myles Kennedy or M Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold. And the new GNR could ask Sebastian Bach to do vocals for them. If not, just let Tommy Stinson do the singing,
    Phoenix V
    Axl rejects the HOF? That's OK, cause I already rejected Axl quite some time ago
    Asterix_13
    Wow. If he doesn't want to be considered part of Guns N' Roses maybe he should stop using that name for the current bullshit karaoke band he's in.
    gilbertn923
    I never really gave two shits about the HOF or Axl Rose for that matter. The HOF is a joke all together and I could care less if my band is inducted or not. I also like GN'R, but that doesn't mean I have to like Axl Rose. I get why some people like him but I never could stand that little shit.
    FlyingPirahna
    westley23j wrote: Ibeanez wrote: There is no way in hell he wrote that letter. Just saying. agreed. this sounds too much like a document a lawyer would type up. not an over the hill rock star who thinks the world, and the RnR HoF, owe him something.
    No, this is how he writes. He visited a fan forum a few years back and was confirmed to be actually Axl, and everything he wrote was written the same way as this.
    thebigredjj10
    I have two thoughts on the matter. 1. Daily updates on GNR's HOF performance status got old long ago. 2. He may be an ass at times, but I do respect refusing to go to the HOF awards. They are meaningless.
    P.B.
    so, what songs did they play when he left the stage back in the day?
    dial-a-death
    Further, he has asked the organisers to remove his name as a co-founder of the band, shutting himself out from the awar entirely.
    Hooray! If he doesn't want to be a founding member, that means he should have no right to the name, and can drop the farce that is G'n'R today. Can't we just have a reunion of Slash, Izzy, Duff and Steven with Izzy and Duff sharing vocals as Izzy wanted to do with Velvet Revolver.
    MegadethFan18
    dial-a-death wrote: Further, he has asked the organisers to remove his name as a co-founder of the band, shutting himself out from the awar entirely. Hooray! If he doesn't want to be a founding member, that means he should have no right to the name, and can drop the farce that is G'n'R today. Can't we just have a reunion of Slash, Izzy, Duff and Steven with Izzy and Duff sharing vocals as Izzy wanted to do with Velvet Revolver.
    ...and which Slash said no to.
    MegadethFan18
    The RNRHOF is a joke anyway it not like it's a real award. It isn't even voted for by fans Alice Cooper and KISS aren't even in there. Hell it even took like 10 years for Van Halen to get inducted. Yeah because the bands that inducted in those 10 years were more worthy than Van Halen, please.
    gilbertn923
    gilbertn923 wrote: I never really gave two shits about the HOF or Axl Rose for that matter. The HOF is a joke all together and I could care less if my band is inducted or not. I also like GN'R, but that doesn't mean I have to like Axl Rose. I get why some people like him but I never could stand that little shit.
    Whoops I meant to say my 'favorite' band, not my band lol.
    Blackwaterson89
    I guess Axl wanted perform with his verison of the band right now and they shut him down on it. At least that what I am guessing that what he means he try to set up a performance. The truth is Axl is a douchebag. Always have been and always be. Slash should just perform with the rest of the old band with Miles Kennedy on Vocals, and Rhythm guitar. It would be better then Axl up there. Axl would just be a douchebag during the whole performance. I just wish this Gun N Roses shit would be put to bed. Axl has got his shit. Slash, and Duff have there own bands that is putting out amazing music. I rather listen to their new albums then the original band write a new album.
    Root Beer
    Wow. Could this be.....the only thing Axl Rose has ever done that I admire?.... He doesn't deserve to get in anyway, but I am surprised he turned down the award.
    Superperfex
    "Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It's their show not mine. Neither nor, either or! But yeah, this was a mature move of Axl even if you all think it isn't
    Shaggy91
    axl was very eloquent, and it has to be hard being the most hated front man in rock n roll
    Shaggy91
    Axl was very eloquent, and it has to be hard being the most hated front man in rock n roll. Not to say its not without reason, moreover he simply does as he pleases much to the chagrin of others. Axl is simply being Axl, albeit a respectful and well thought out Axl. It could have been worse....but seriously who is surprised?
    Maiden95
    "A new low? This was a good move. The HOF puts pop acts in the ROCK AND ROLL hall of fame but rejects some of the most major rock acts of all time for really no reason. It's nice that someone wants to stick it to them." I agree the hall is BS. BUT. They have inducted Guns N Roses. It's Axl's band, he needs to go. He isn't denying induction out of respect for shunned artists. He's doing it because he is King Axl Rose
    swave75
    KISS should be in the Hall of Fame. So should Deep Purple and Rush. I could care less about Axl and his screeching. Shut up Axl.
    DroneBlues27
    so let me get this straight...axl doesn't feel that he will be honored and respected enough at a ceremony aimed towards honoring and respecting him...uhhh,what? bold move, ill give him that, he makes some points about the machine that is the hall of fame attached to a mainstream hungry industry. however, this would have been more for the fans than anything else i think. to see them do a one off would have been nice, despite the probability of their decades-old attitudes reamping to hate each other upon walking off the stage again. but, hey, maybe they'd make amends. BUT NOW all hope is lost as axl gives a last minute no to his own honoring. seriously axl, take your head out of your ass and quit your self-obsessive attitude about everything, its been old news for a while.
    MightyAri
    It's funny how so many sheep on U-G think that because Axl isn't doing what they want him to do (lap it up with a bunch of over rated,money hungry,egotistical washed up "artists") that he is selfish. HOW IRONIC Good on him for giving you all something to bitch about atleast.At the end of the day these artists are "immortalized" so companys continue to cash in after they die.
    stndrdprcdre
    No matter what his intentions are, I think it's good that he's not going. The R&R HOF is an abortion and anyone who rejects their invite is pretty cool in my book, even if they are a raging egomaniac like Axl Rose.
    Hungry_Hameds
    get Miles Kennedy or someone to perform with Slash, Izzy, Duff and Steven, and Matt too! Hell it's more accurate to call 4/5 of them Guns n' Roses than the Axl Rose karaoke club currently dragging the name thru the mud!
    arthursevin
    I'm starting to not believe these HOF articles. I mean, they could be true, but at this point I wouldn't be surprised if Axl got on stage and kissed Slash.
    Parkl
    I mean if you were AXL and you read this would you want to play for this know-it-all. Slash was ****ed out on drugs don't blame Axl for thinking ahead into the future as opposed to living in the moment getting ****ed up passing out in hotel halways and almost dying.
    Axl shouldn't have pulled a sneak attack like that on Slash. Let's think of how many times Axl is ****ing people up with mics and his fists. And let's think of him many time Axl got in a fight with other people. And then what what about Slash. I think there's a big ratio there.
    rlewishughes
    Why are we still discussing this ****ing reject. Hes been Talked about so much. We all no he is an egotistical prick who obviously has a crush on slash. Hell look at buckethead. Very similar to slash. Its funny how the reject Is still using the guns n roses name yet chinese democracy sucked because the band itself was not there. Just 6 ass holes he brought together to make the sound 4 guys could make. Yet the band itself went on to create velvet revolver and they were a hit. He tries to blame everyone else and he always will. He blames the breakup on slash but its his own egotistical agenda that keeps him in the news for being the biggest jerkoff in Rock and Roll history. Hes even worse than the sex pistols and they are ****ing ass hole extrordinaires especially johnny Rotten. He could eat a bullet for all i care.And there are so many ppl bitching that kiss hasnt made it into the hall of fame blaming it on one of the members who decides who gets inducted and who dosent. Kiss was nothing more than Four ugly ass men that wore makeup cause they were afraid to show their face because their music ****ing sucks. All they do is run around stage to pyro and spitting blood and put on a show not a concert. hell They did a ****ing disco record. If you wanna know the all time sell out band kiss is number 1.
    Megafall
    i dont like him a lot...but this is at least a seemingly thought out decision...give him that much credit
    aldogia
    Scary Guy wrote: Man after reading/hearing AXL bashing comments for years and SLASH can't do anything wrong comments and people blaming Axl for everything i don't blame him for not wanting to "play for the fans" i mean who the **** do u think u are, u guys are like the kids not AXL. "Oh he's such a ****wit now come play for all of us" I would tell u all to go jump aswell!
    Seriously?? He treats his fans like shit. Have a look at the Use Your Illusions tour where he attacked a fan because he was filming the show, or where incited the crowd(Yes I know...the crowd are also to blame). What about the Monsters of Rock Festival where they had to get a roadie to sing in Axl's place. He's a drama queen and a joke.
    djmk9419
    joee75 wrote: djmk9419 wrote: joee75 wrote: Was Axl scared he would sound shit?..because, he does...he hasn't the energy to push out the songs how they should be sung...get the rest of the band on-stage and and play some tunes with other singers...Axl being a selfish f**khead once more..tosser. Are you kidding me? He wrote the ?"stuff"?. He is the Rose in Guns N Roses? You havn't listened to him live then lately??? out of breath, flat notes, the growl is a scream of pain...i wouldn't pay to see that train wreck..and have to wait 3 hours...
    I listened to him online live and I still say he has it!