Hall Of Fame Respond To Axl Rose

See how the organisers stick a middle finger at the Guns N' Roses frontman with this witty and scathing response to his open letter yesterday.

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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:

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179 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Cheeseman Jay
    In turn, the organisers manage to make the finest back-handed comment in history:
    Steady on, it wasn't that good.
    WhoAMEye
    guitarluke96 wrote: The original members should just play without Axl and have Myles Kennedy instead
    I misread that as Mylie Cyrus but then it occurred to me that it would be appropriate to replace one whiny bitch with another
    Eifler121
    You don't want what we want to give you? Well here, take it! They sure stuck it to Axl.
    metallica-#1
    Mahabajaba wrote: More people should have that strength of character to turn down massive amounts of cash to compromise their principles. The thing with that is, is that is really easy to turn down massive amounts of cash when you already have said massive amounts of cash.
    i know i dont speak for everybody here, but id rather have 2 massive amounts of cash than 1
    headbanger32594
    That comment wasn't back-handed by any means. If anything, it was the least back-handed response you could get. I read this expecting Axl to be patronized in some way when I read back-handed.
    vonWerra
    So why don't they just induct the rest of GNR. They could put a big sign up. Don't mention his name. "Note: the induction of GNR does not include their singer. He is NOT a member of the Rock and Roll hall of fame."
    Lapidus
    On the other hand if he didn't want to be officially acknowledged as part of the band why the hell did he kept the GNR brand for his circus act???
    wylde1994
    I like the idea of the original line up playing without Axl and Myles instead.....maybe Slash could wear a T-Shirt saying "Where's Axl?
    C0FF1NCAS3
    really feel like GNR ought to do what they did for some many shows: play without Axl. I don't care how he feels about that or how you read that but I feel like this whole this more about fans than politics and the end result should be GNR giving the fans what they want, that being the original lineup playing he songs that made them famous. If Axl isn't on board who cares, it'll be an instrumental set or we grab Miles Kennedy and get him to cover for Axl. Number one rule of being a musician: the show must go on. You're expected to play at these things, so get out there and play. No one is asking you to talk or reconcile. They're asking you to walk out there and for an hour or so play music you know like the back of your hand. You know, do you job.
    mschup27
    ma_tt11 wrote: Wow, Adler is fried.
    I really feel terribly sorry for Steven Adler. A lot of people give him shit for begging for a reunion just to make money, but I don't see what is so hard to understand about that. He is a recovering drug addict who is desperate to rekindle something that was lost to him as a result of his drug use. As an addict myself, I have sympathy for any person in his position. It is incredibly hard to stay on the wagon when you feel you've lost everything and have nothing going for you. That being said, you should never enable an addict by giving them everything they want, but at the same time if you give them nothing to live for, they will 9/10 times turn back to drugs. This is my main issue with the War on Drugs and throwing people in jail for non-violent drug offenses, but alas, that is a different discussion for a different day.
    Mahabajaba
    More people should have that strength of character to turn down massive amounts of cash to compromise their principles.
    The thing with that is, is that is really easy to turn down massive amounts of cash when you already have said massive amounts of cash.
    FlyingPirahna
    "See how the HOF sticks a middle finger to Axl" "We're sorry he can't attend his induction." oooooh buuuurn. Please.
    xStIcKsxStOnEd
    Put Rush, Deep Purple and Judas Priest in the hall. I'm confident that: KK Downing, Ritchie Blackmore and Rush's original drummer will all graciously accept their nominations!
    dude rush's original drummers dead.he cant accept shit.
    Jesus_Dean
    I actually feel sorry for Axl. He gets asked millions of times, over and over, about plans for a reunion. It's not like he was ever unclear on the subject or hinted around about the possibility of getting together again. Props to Axl for sticking up for what he believes in, right or wrong. More people should have that strength of character to turn down massive amounts of cash to compromise their principles.
    swave75
    ne14t wrote: Well at least Miley Cyrus would have tits to entertain me through the mediocre music. I am glad that the RnR HoF basically said "Hey Axl you Chooch were inducting you if you like it or not" no man should ever be as prissy as he is.
    I too would rather see her tits than hear Axl screeching through "Knocking on Heaven's Door".
    john_kimble
    Axl Rose only cares about Axl Rose. A true dick rock star. On a side note, Steven Adler looks like the Cowardly Lion.
    guitarist41
    GuilT wrote: Why do people keep going on and on about Myles Kennedy? The guy has a weak, whiny voice. That guy sucks.
    It seems to be the new cool thing to do. Kind of like how bashing Metallica was cool for a few years.
    djmk9419
    guitarluke96 wrote: The original members should just play without Axl and have Myles Kennedy instead
    Even better get a few different singers to do a few different songs?
    brannonbuckley
    Duff and Izzy did all the background vocals on Appetite, why don't the 4 of them just get up there, play, and have those two sing?
    davpajaro
    Put Rush, Deep Purple and Judas Priest in the hall. I'm confident that: KK Downing, Ritchie Blackmore and Rush's original drummer will all graciously accept their nominations!
    arnolddrummer
    guitarluke96 wrote: The original members should just play without Axl and have Myles Kennedy instead
    F*CK yeah!
    Onehitsrock
    Why rip on Adler..He's actually turned his a life around, still plays in a band, does interviews..Lay off you negative bastards..Compared to a few years ago the guy could be called "strait-edge"
    PRM
    Original band should play with Myles Kennedy or just jam without Ax or with out any singers ...
    alles7
    looks like adler's crashing at grandmas house... too bad they didnt get that HOF gig going.
    Iommianity
    guitarist41 wrote: GuilT wrote: Why do people keep going on and on about Myles Kennedy? The guy has a weak, whiny voice. That guy sucks. It seems to be the new cool thing to do. Kind of like how bashing Metallica was cool for a few years.
    Ah yes, who can forget all the closet Load and St. Anger fans who just wanted to be cool, and maybe get some tang on the side?
    Bubbles516
    Axl keeps going on about about trying to get things together but whats there to get together? All they gotta do is pick a date, show up, practice the few songs they would be playing then show up at the RnR HoF and play the damn songs say thanks and then bugger off.. Its not like they don't know the songs anymore, they still bust out the GnR hits every now and again with their own bands so its not like they need to learn the songs again. Why couldn't they do that? Thats my rant for today.
    Jyrgen
    HOF was not witty in their response, it only implies a complete lack of respect towards Axl's wish to not be inducted.
    AcdcTXfan
    metallica-#1 wrote: i know i dont speak for everybody here, but id rather have 2 massive amounts of cash than 1
    I second that
    PRM
    *The Original band should play with Myles Kennedy or just without any singers ...
    Fear The Abyss
    Adler is clearly baked here... As long as it is weed I have no problem. I don't wanna see him on heroin again.
    zenbone
    wow... this is a lot of drama for a band that put out 2 decent albums in 1987 and 1988 then fell off the face of the earth. Seriously, there is more thought being put into this "induction" than the sum total of all the effort put into their albums combined.
    Minivirus2
    Note: Just because the most notoriously asshated musician ever refuses to accept your reward, does not mean you have to resort to acting like a 2 year old yourself. This will doing nothing but further the growing perception that the HoF is a total joke.
    Ibeanez
    GuilT wrote: Why do people keep going on and on about Myles Kennedy? The guy has a weak, whiny voice. That guy sucks.
    Probably the most clueless comment I've ever read on the internet.
    ne14t
    Well at least Miley Cyrus would have tits to entertain me through the mediocre music. I am glad that the RnR HoF basically said "Hey Axl you Chooch were inducting you if you like it or not" no man should ever be as prissy as he is.
    Baphometronic
    GuilT wrote: Why do people keep going on and on about Myles Kennedy? The guy has a weak, whiny voice. That guy sucks.
    if you actually believe that, I feel sorry for you
    YFZ450kp
    ma_tt11 wrote: Wow, Adler is fried.
    Thats what Happens when You have a stroke from a SpeedBall...