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Marquee at the Hollywood Palladium before the Guns N Roses show on March 9, 2012
An open letter from Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose circled the digital planet yesterday stating his displeasure about "reunion lies," and declining Saturday's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"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," notes the L.A. Times.
Announcement of the ceremony and concert prompted speculation about a possible on-stage collaboration of the famed (Axl / Slash / Steven Adler / Izzy Stradlin / Duff McKagan) lineup. Rose criticized the murmurs in his letter calling out Adler specificially for a years-old article in Billboard.
L.A.'s favorite 1980s deli rockers are set to be honored this weekend alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and others.
Under the circumstances I feel we'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.
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.