Axl Rose says he refuses to attend Guns N' Roses' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and "respectfully declines" his inclusion in general, saying in a long rant that his decision is personal.
Since the famed rock group was announced as one of the inductees of the April 14 event, fans and press have speculated about whether Rose, the only original member, would appear on stage with former band mates, such as guitarist Slash, for the first major reunion in about 20 years
"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," Rose said in a Facebook message posted on Wednesday, April 11.
"For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such," he added. "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."
Slash and fellow former "Guns N' Roses" rockers Matt Sorum, Dizzy Reed, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler had indicated that they planned on attending the ceremony, Rolling Stone said. They had quit or were ousted from the band amid drug issues, legal disputes and creative differences.
Rose, 50, performs with other musicians under the band's name, but Guns N' Roses in its current form is not as popular as it was in the 1980s and 1990s, when it released hits such as "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Don't Cry," and "Paradise City."
"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," Rose added in his rant. "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."
"This decision is personal," he said. "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."
On Friday, April 6, Rose was asked by a celebrity cameraman about the prospects of a Guns N' Roses reunion tour with the original lineup. Just before he entered a vehicle with 25-year-old indie rock singer Lana Del Rey, he said: "Not in this lifetime."
He said in his rant that "nothing's changed" regarding reunion prospects, adding: "So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on."