Open Letter from Axl Rose
2012-04-11 by Trey Spencer STAFF | 76 Comments
To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N' Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,

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. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of "Guns N' Roses".

This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp's perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I'm sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I'll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don't intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we've actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, "damned if I do, damned if I don't" scenario all the way around.

In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I've publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing's changed.

The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of "for the fans" or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and DJ Ashba.

Izzy came out with us a few times back in '06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in '06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in '11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that's enough.

There's a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn't room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.

Maybe if it were you it'd be different. Maybe you'd do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We're there for each other when the going get's rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another's, or in this case several others', expense.

But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the "no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn't care about the fans" crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let's move on. No one's taking the ball and going home. Don't get it twisted. 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.

In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I'd like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns' induction. More importantly I'd like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we've had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N' Roses music.

I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!

Sincerely,

Axl Rose

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III

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fuckthatnoise
April 11th 2012
1479 Comments


tl;dr - i no coming bcuz i don want any1 to throw shit at me p.s. slash is meen

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2012
50355 Comments


gay band

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2012
21941 Comments


ok

sixdegrees
April 11th 2012
17048 Comments


let's all just pretend that they broke up 10 years ago.

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BonRurgundy
April 11th 2012
351 Comments


Not a big deal, since when is the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame relevant anyway?

Venpts16
April 11th 2012
283 Comments


Not a big deal, since when is the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame relevant anyway? [2]

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2012
4507 Comments


The Rock 'N Roll Mausoleum

Puzzles
April 11th 2012
3065 Comments


"no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected."

Axl, hush now, you're not wanted or respected anywhere. LOL

MO
April 11th 2012
18667 Comments


The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of "for the fans" or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and DJ Ashba.

holy fucking loaded sentence

elry2k
April 11th 2012
116 Comments


Who cares? Really?

Bloodhail
April 11th 2012
1144 Comments


deaar peeps,

im not getting over myself lol

-axl

BewilderedLemon
April 11th 2012
123 Comments


tl;dr Axl is a bellend.

TrstN01
April 11th 2012
800 Comments


I was so confused while reading this. Half of it made no sense to me.

deathofasalesman
April 11th 2012
5842 Comments


So he doesn't want to be inducted? I expected just the opposite from him.

Captain North
April 11th 2012
6787 Comments


I read the whole thing mostly...started skimming towards the end...but did he just take like a 1000words to say absolutely nothing? I came out of that no wiser for his reasons, except maybe he implied he doesn't want to give credit to former band mates...anyone confirm that?

BonRurgundy
April 11th 2012
351 Comments


Yeah his punctuation is awful, how many times does he want to reiterate "no offence"?

MO
April 11th 2012
18667 Comments


"I read the whole thing mostly...started skimming towards the end..."

same here, which I find astounding since I hate the man with a passion

Spec
April 11th 2012
27167 Comments


Just sort of skimmed this. Sounds like elementary school problems.

AsoTamaki
April 11th 2012
2525 Comments


Yeah, Axl. Because the Hall chose to induct you along with the members of the band who wrote and recorded your most successful albums, it appears that you are not respected or wanted at the ceremony. Makes sense... This guy is such a moron.

since when is the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame relevant anyway?


~ since the time your opinions have been irrelevant.

Fieryfenderz
April 11th 2012
1439 Comments


He's not a moron as much as he is an attention whore

Spec
April 11th 2012
27167 Comments


I don't care anymore. I just don't care.

profoundword
April 11th 2012
239 Comments


Very rock'n'roll

MO
April 11th 2012
18667 Comments


you should care he got your 14000th comment

heyadam
April 11th 2012
1710 Comments


Guy's a douche.

Relinquished
April 11th 2012
25040 Comments


our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and DJ Ashba.


lol they have a DJ

Spec
April 11th 2012
27167 Comments


I didn't even notice! That was a waste of a comment!

Fort23
April 11th 2012
2475 Comments


why is axl rose such a faggot

wakeupdead
April 11th 2012
2208 Comments


what an uppity fuck

BallsToTheWall
April 11th 2012
44333 Comments


In 20 years Nickelback will be inducted in the rock and roll hall of fame,

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wabbit
April 11th 2012
6999 Comments


is Rush in yet?

johnnyblaze
April 11th 2012
2605 Comments


^nope

shut up axl youre gay

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2012
16137 Comments


Kind of understand where he's coming from.

But I still want a reunion just like everyone else.

KSK1
April 11th 2012
4083 Comments


tl;dr

SpaceWhale
April 11th 2012
156 Comments


this is hilarious

SCREAMorphine
April 11th 2012
1752 Comments


Never ends with Axl

KeithStone582
April 11th 2012
1480 Comments


funny...

Mekkalayakay
April 11th 2012
167 Comments


I agree, but erm.

What the hell did he just write?

Graveyard
April 11th 2012
5730 Comments


This guy wrote a whole article with no clear subject matter whatsoever

Is he beating around the bush or something?

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FormerCritic
April 11th 2012
1 Comments


I'm disappointed because this wasn't nearly as funny as the Sex Pistols letter.

Sirob
April 11th 2012
2653 Comments


so who is this axl character anyways. cant tell if name is a typo or trying to be edgy...

The7thVermicide
April 11th 2012
925 Comments


Oh dear

BassDemon333
April 11th 2012
3377 Comments


Seriously Axl is such a fucking douche

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mastille
April 12th 2012
532 Comments


Wait Guns n Roses still exists?

chug73
April 12th 2012
1055 Comments


Someone translate this crap.

mastille
April 12th 2012
532 Comments


tl;dr

"I don't want to disrespect my current bandmembers by accepting an award with my previous ones"

+- "They're all douchebags/I am god etc etc"

Emim
April 12th 2012
26621 Comments


It's gotta be bad when Axl Rose turns you down.

CrownOfMagnets
April 12th 2012
2258 Comments


as usual axl is running away from everything

paxman
April 12th 2012
4084 Comments


"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."

I think this is the most important paragraph, but I can't make any sense of it. Seriously, this guys is a terrible writer.

mastille
April 12th 2012
532 Comments


Nah the most important paragraphs (ie the ones with any content) are these

The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of "for the fans" or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and DJ Ashba.

Izzy came out with us a few times back in '06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in '06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in '11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that's enough.

foxxxyroxxx
April 12th 2012
496 Comments


i dont get it

mastille
April 12th 2012
532 Comments


"...anyone['s efforts] to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup...

...I invited [old bandmember Steven] to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned...

For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage... for a song or two, that's enough [of my doing anything related to the 'old' Guns n Roses]."

is that clearer

foxxxyroxxx
April 12th 2012
496 Comments


yeah i get that, thanks. but the other 5 paragraphs

mastille
April 12th 2012
532 Comments


"blah blah blah I care about my fans blah blah"

"blah blah blah blah I'm not offending you maybe probably blah blah blah"

"blaarhblah blah blah"

maybe that clears things up

foxxxyroxxx
April 12th 2012
496 Comments


hahahahh yea thx

thumbcrusher
April 12th 2012
3592 Comments


i read the whole thing and i feel i deserve a prize for my hard work

MoosechriS
April 12th 2012
5008 Comments


Hahahahaha hilarious reading. Judging by the whole thing rose' egomania is still rampant as he clearly still thinks the world revolves around him

sublimefan1991
April 12th 2012
757 Comments


"our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and DJ Ashba."

yea, cuz all those names just scream "guns n roses."

omnipanzer
April 12th 2012
21450 Comments


well, that thing takes a wild spin off into left field. I've never been a fan but is he actually producing music at this point? Have I missed a release somewhere?

WhiteNoise
April 12th 2012
3147 Comments


They had THREE FUCKING ALBUMS, people should learn to put the spotlight on other more grateful bands.

Imperial
April 12th 2012
1730 Comments


Rush isn't in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame so who cares.

evilford
April 12th 2012
22550 Comments


wow Axl likes to see himself write


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Myles7
April 12th 2012
170 Comments


"lol they have a DJ"

Actually, he's a guitarist... just sayin'

chris0987
April 12th 2012
66 Comments


didn't realize axl was now an author of large novels

erdi
April 12th 2012
23 Comments


As a GNR fan, I find Axl's letter so egotistic as he's always been.

BUT;

deal with it,

he is always the egotistic guy with a very instable mental health.

but the hipsters who are digging shit albums and trying to be funny by making stupid jokes about him
are funnier than Axl Rose.

At least Axl has always been the same personality, nothing less, nothing more.

You may hate Guns N Roses because they are " TOO MAINSTREAM ".

I recommend you to shut the fuck up and to keep listening your shitty, " OBSCURE" records.

No offence .

evilford
April 12th 2012
22550 Comments


lol

thebhoy
Emeritus
April 12th 2012
4459 Comments


lol erdi

17WordHaiku
April 12th 2012
157 Comments


Erdi I totally dig UYI I and II. Two of the best albums of the 90's imo.

But saying Axl is "mentally unstable" isn't a very good excuse.
Yeah he's always had the same personality: Fuckingshitpussyassholenality.

climactic
April 12th 2012
18907 Comments


tl;dr - i no coming bcuz i don want any1 to throw shit at me p.s. slash is meen


lmfao

Ironbound
April 12th 2012
3 Comments


Those who actually care are worse than the prick who wrote the letter

YetAnotherBrick
April 13th 2012
4449 Comments


lol what a dick

Timmons
April 13th 2012
561 Comments


i really don't care enough to read that.

rockandmetaljunkie
April 13th 2012
3302 Comments


He is quite honest. He wants to remain refrained from every sort of reunion and that's what he does. Hats off to him.

rockandmetaljunkie
April 13th 2012
3302 Comments


GNR have died long time ago...

AtomicShane
April 13th 2012
1789 Comments


tl;dr made me lol

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Hospital
April 13th 2012
2058 Comments


what did i just read

peaks40
April 15th 2012
2759 Comments


if nickelback get into the hall i dont know if i can listen to music no more



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