Axl Rose refuses induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
It sounds like former Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is so angry about the past he can't enjoy his present accolades. The singer announced on Facebook he won't be at the induction of his old band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Where will you go now, Axl?
In the drawn-out missive abstractly listing several reasons he doesn't think he should be inducted, Rose says he thinks the ceremony "doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected." He calls the decision "personal" and says he's already made it perfectly clear he doesn't want to reunite with former members Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan or Steven Adler.
"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," he writes. "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'."
The AP notes only the Sex Pistols have declined induction before, but the Hall plans on sending him in with the rest of the group, anyway. He's currently fronting a new version of the band with Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and DJ Ashba, so maybe he'll show up at a potential second induction. Don't hold your breath, though.