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.
Posted on Apr 12, 2012 02:42 pm
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.