Guns N' Roses

Any lingering hopes we’d had of a classic-lineup Guns N’ Roses reunion have now been officially dashed. The Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony already happened, with many of the late-’80s old-school GN’R members playing alongside the guy from Alter Bridge, of all people. And Axl Rose, true to his word, didn’t show up. Last week, Axl wrote an open letter announcing that he wouldn’t be there and asking the Hall not to induct him, which they did anyway. And now he’s written another letter to media outlets, further explaining his decision and apologizing to the city of Cleveland for not helium-screaming at them. And honestly, it makes a lot of sense. Read the entire letter below.

To: Cleveland, Ohio, Guns N’ Roses Fans and everyone who’s shown support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I seriously didn’t plan on or expect the overwhelmingly positive response and public support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With such a generous outpouring of solidarity from fans, media outlets, writers and other artists, I’m truly humbled, blown away and unbelievably relieved! To be honest, I thought it would go the other way and was just hoping to weather the storm. As I said, I sincerely didn’t want to disappoint anyone. It gets old being the outlaw even if “it’s only rock and roll”.

It took a lot of focus and soul searching to be sincere and informative while making a genuine effort to be somewhat diplomatic. We made, what I feel, are real efforts to learn about the Hall and the Board, spoke as I said with the president and various members, and though I inducted Elton John and Bernie Taupin in ’94 saying something to the effect of “I’m learning what the Hall’s about…”

I still don’t exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially “rock” enough to be in the Hall?

This isn’t an attack. These are genuine issues I don’t have enough verified information on to have more than rough ideas. Certainly not enough information to make any judgments about.

I would like to apologize to Cleveland, Ohio for not apologizing to them beforehand for not attending [the ceremony] in their city. I think they know how much I genuinely love performing there. Cleveland does in fact Rock!!

Now that the smoke’s cleared a little, any desperate, misguided attacks have been just that, a pathetic stab at gossip, some lame vindictiveness, the usual entitlement crap, he’s obsessed, crazy, volatile, a hater. I once bought a homeless woman a slice of pizza who yelled at me she wanted soup. We got her the soup. You can get your own.

Again: HUGE thanks to the fans and to everyone for the incredible public support. My congratulations to the other artists inducted. And my apologies to the city and people of Cleveland, Ohio. I hope you’ll forgive me and we hope to see you again soon!

Keep Rockin’,

Axl

Unlike my open letter to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern this was written for GNR’s official website, Facebook account and my personal twitter account and not intended as a press release. If anyone does choose to pick this up as has been done previously I’d appreciate if you’d run in full including this paragraph so as not to give a partial picture, have things taken out of context or to imply or inadvertently give the impression this was intended for other outlets.

(via Rolling Stone)

 
Comments (9)
  1. “I still don’t exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially ‘rock’ enough to be in the Hall?”

    You know your hall of fame is full of crock when one of the most irrational rock stars of our time rationally questions your hall’s purpose.

    • Oh I don’t know about that

      “Can’t you guys just let me in? C’mon! Whassamatter with you guys. Aw you’re mean. What’s even the point a this thing.”

  2. We all know what the purpose of the hall is: it is to ostracize Rush.

  3. Needs more women!!! Where’s Siouxsie in that Hall? I hope that women begin to be represented a lot more often as more women are becoming elgible in the next few years

  4. I always thought the Hall was created to give people from Cleveland something to tell people about their home town without having to mention all the horrible sports franchises or crappy mall. “I’m from Cleveland, home of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame!” is a lot more fun to say than “I’m from Cleveland, home of the Cleveland Browns!”

  5. Still waiting for Izzy Stradlin’s apology.

  6. “I still don’t exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially “rock” enough to be in the Hall?”

    Funny…I think the same thing about Guns N’ Roses.

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