Singer Axl Rose has refused his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N’ Roses. Axl Rose penned a letter to the organization saying he will not attend the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH on Saturday and has requested that he not be inducted without his permission.
Guns N’ Roses rose to worldwide fame in the 1980s and early 1990s with such hits as “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”
“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,” Axl Rose said in a letter to the organization released on Wednesday. “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,” the singer said.
Axl Rose currently fronts a new version of Guns N’ Roses missing former famous members Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adle — those who made up the version of the band being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend.
The new lineup of the band featuring Axl Rose includes Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba. Axl Rose has made it clear in the press he has no intention of having any kind of reunion with his old bandmates. Nor, apparently, does he want to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of that previous Guns N’ Roses lineup.
“So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever,” Axl Rose concluded in his letter. “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.”