Axl Rose Declines Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction

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Axl Rose has declined induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and requested that he not be inducted solo, as part of Guns N' Roses, or in absentia.

“I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony and respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” frontman Rose said in a letter ahead of this week's ceremony.

The rocker, who is reportedly dating Lana Del Rey, adds, “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.”

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Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Small Faces/Face, Laura Nyro, and Donovan are all set to be enshrined in Cleveland on Saturday.

Rose, who has had a long-running feud with Slash and several other former band members, doesn't really explain his reasoning for rejecting the honor.

Nor does his letter take any real cheap shots; it's actually rather polite. Axl's vague explanation continues with the following pseudo-explanation:

"Under the circumstances surrounding this I feel I’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."

"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."

Follow the link to read the full text of Axl's letter to the Hall of Fame.

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AXL U'LL ALWAYS B THE GREATEST! I RESPECT UR JUDGMENT AS U LEAVE THE JUNGLE. LONG LIVE THE GUNNERS!!!!!

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Maybe Axl saw this for what it was, just another blatant attempt to force the band together to try to make them appear to be considering a reunion. Let the others do what they want, I think he did the right thing. Why do anything for people who thumbed their noses at GnR for years when the original band was together. Right on Axl!!!

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what a fucking asshole

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It's up to him - and he has been very courteous and eloquent in his letter and has not made one derogatory remark about any band members. I feel they should respect his request but it seems a great shame that an opportunity has been missed for the band to stand together like adults for one last time. If Pink Floyd could manage it ...

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Well if this is what he wants, then give it to him. I don't remember but 1 good album that they did. He said that it would mess him up either way, so he had to make the decision to decline it. Leave it at that.

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No one should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who does not want to be there. They do not deserve the recognition.

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Axl you're a fing singer you're nothing special. You haven't had a hit in 20 years!!

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Man what a dope! He would mess this up. He needs to take his medicine.