Axl Rose declined induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in an open letter to the Rock Hall and pretty much anyone who had time to read the rambling note.
In the letter, Axl Rose said he would not only skip the induction ceremony, “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 nay induction for me or speak on my behalf.”
Axl Rose and the rest of the original members of Guns N’ Roses parted ways long ago, but he has continued to tour with a rotating cast under the band name that is legally his.
In the letter that was released via the L.A. Times Pop & Hiss music blog, Axl Rose said he would not begrudge anyone else from GNR 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. That said, 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.”
The letter really is a long one, and rambles extensively with references to things only insiders, or really hardcore fans, would be privy to, so to read the note in its entirety check out the original here.
Axl Rose concluded the letter with thanks to the Rock Hall and GNR fans, but also said there is no possibility of a conversation, let alone a reunion, between the original GNR lineup.