April 12, 2012 13:00
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame responds to Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose's withdrawal
It seems the singer will be inducted after all…
Rose made his decision public via a lengthy letter to a number of media outlets last night (April 11) and made it clear in the letter that he wished to have nothing to do with this Saturday's (April 14) ceremony or the band's induction.
Writing in the letter, Rose said: "I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorised nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me. 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".
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame however have issued a simple statement, which states that they are going ahead with the band's induction and that Rose himself will be a part of it.
They said in a statement:
We are sorry Axl will not be able to accept his induction in person.
Rose has said he decided to boycott the ceremony due to the media coverage of the build-up to the ceremony and "jabs from former members of Guns N' Roses". He also told the group's fans that "'life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending."
Former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler and Matt Sorum are all still likely to intend the ceremony this weekend, but are unlikely to perform at the show.
You can read Rose's letter in full by visiting Latimesblog.com.
To read a new feature about Guns N' Roses, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.
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