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Axl Rose Writes to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Refusing Induction

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The Guns N’ Roses front man made his message clear with a lengthy letter to the HOF.

Axl Rose Writes to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Refusing Induction

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Guns N' Roses is one of the groups being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, but front man Axl Rose is less than pleased with the whole situation.  The band has gone through many changes since Rose co-founded it back in 1985.  Because of that, Rose penned a letter to the Hall letting them know that he wouldn't be attending the ceremony and that he didn't want to be inducted.  The L.A. Times music blog Pop & Hiss received the letter and has more:

Early this morning, Pop & Hiss received a letter from Guns N' Roses co-founder Axl Rose, through his publicist, announcing his decision to not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday in Cleveland. Written under the greeting, "To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N' Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern," Rose explained specifically why he was declining his induction into the Cleveland music institution. [...]

Since February, Rose has remained mum on his plans, even as guitarist Slash has spoken out in favor of a Rock Hall reunion -- and acknowledging Rose's antipathy. "He hates my guts," Slash told Rolling Stone in early April. "It's over a lot of different stuff; I don't even know. There's just no communication between us. I talk to Duff and Steven, but when it comes to old Guns N' Roses, there really isn't anybody that makes decisions."

In the letter below, Rose specifically criticizes comments by Adler, who speculated to Billboard magazine in 2007 that the band might reunite. Those comments were given by Adler while promoting his own Adler's Appetite tour, which was timed to support his book, "My Appetite for Destruction." "I want to finish what we started," Adler told Billboard then (parentheses and elipses theirs), "and ... with the love and support I got from those guys, I think we can (reunite). I'm gonna leave it up to Axl. That's gonna be Axl's call, and I love Axl and I know he'll make the right call." Below, Rose calls Adler's comments "reunion lies." Continuing attempts to reach Adler have not been successful.

You can read the whole letter on the blog (it's over 1,000 words and very interesting), but all this seems rather weird.  I guess that Rose has a legitimate beef?  I really don't know.  I get that those guys aren't in the band now, but why would you take such offense to their suggestions of a reunion seems petty.  Obviously a lot of stuff went down with those guys, and Rose writes about how he doesn't want to make a scene at the ceremony, but why not just go to the damn ceremony and not make a scene?  Just accept your induction with the guys that used to be in the band and be done with it.  It doesn't seem that complicated to me, but I'm not in the band.

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